More Reviews
REVIEWS Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunk Review
I was confident in my Dark Souls abilities. Then From Software released new Dark Souls II DLC.

The Swapper Review
One of 2013's best indie games swaps its way to Sony platforms.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Pillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Sacred 3
Release date: 08/05/14

CounterSpy
Release date: 08/19/14

Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: 08/19/14

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: 08/19/14


LATEST FEATURES How Bioware Creates Romances
Bioware's games have romances where you might save the world, on the side of course.

We Absolutely Should Be Upset With Club Nintendo's Latest Elite Rewards
Surveys out the wazoo and I get a code for Dr. Luigi?
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Picking Your Gender: 5 Industry Professionals Discuss Queer Identity in Gaming
Women from Naughty Dog, ArenaNet, Harmonix, and Gamespot unite to talk about what they want from games in terms of diversity.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Kakulukia
Why Sunset Overdrive Can Go Suck A Lemon
By Kakulukia
Posted on 07/14/14
Yesterday, while cleaning up my media center, I found my copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into The Nexus, which I bought sometime before Christmas last year. I had been pretty excited about this game pre-release, what with it being the first "traditional", albeit shorter than usual,...

MEMBER BLOG

Melaisis Melaisis' Blog
PROFILE
Average Blog Rating:
[ Back to All Posts ]
My Thoughts On World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Posted on Saturday, August 29 2009 @ 12:23:31 Eastern

Don't mind me - I'm just jumping on the bandwagon. 


Cataclysm is the newest expansion for World of Warcraft. Its slated for release in 2010 and featured a return to the two main continents of the world. Blizzard have announced their intentions to completely revamp the old zones, alongside including many more much-needed featured. More information is available here.

What do I think of all this? Well its certainly interesting to see the developers have gone back to Azeroth. Instead of thinking up completely new lands, the majority of the expansion is supposedly going to focus on how the cataclysm has reshaped classic areas. There's only 5 planned new zones so the issue here is whether or not its worth the money. This is an especially topical question in these difficult financial times. Blizzard have continually released less and less content with the recent free patches, so it makes sense that they've set their core design team on something big. What are they trying to achieve with such drastic changes and will it be worth buying?


No one can say for sure. Cataclysm appears to be going in all possible directions at once. On one hand there's a lot of recycled material from Wrath of the Lich King. The Dwarven fortress of Tol Barad is the new Wintergrasp, the Goblin and Worgen starting areas are phased like the Death Knight equivalent, et cetera. On the other hand there's far more adventurous things awaiting players. New dungeon content brings new monsters and gear. Long-requested changes like a better guild UI and rated battlegrounds hope to reach out to all those people who thought the 'Suggestions' forum was always ignored. I believe Blizzard are attempting to satisfy two key audiences simulateously here:

- People who quit WoW due to lack of true innovation over time.

OR!

- The so-called 'new generation' of players who have been on board since Wrathand now have grown used to a constant stream of updates. They demand more and more, lest they leave for Aion or a similiar hypefest.

As part of the first group, I feel that its my right to express what I think aboutCataclysm. Its difficult not to reminisce about the good old days where a bunch of buddies and I would roam The Barrens and kill anything that looked uglier than Heidi Montag. However, we all have to accept that times change. The days of epic Alliance v. Horde battles around level 20 grinding areas are over. I don't really mind that, especially since Wintergrasp and the battlegrounds serve the same sort of purpose and satisfy my blood-lust. Therefore I'm not devastated about my old haunts being ruined, although the fact that the Alliance are losing Southshore did piss me off a little*. I do like the possibility that the developers are going to throw caution to the wind to advance the story. Its a big risk, but hopefully it'll pay off - literally.


These massive changes provide a unique problem. Its a data overload if you haven't kept up-to-date with the latest additions to WoW. I'd hate to have left shortly after hitting 80 and then have stayed completely in the dark until Cataclysm. I wouldn't have any idea about all this 'Deathwing breaking through an elemental plane' tripe and I can foresee many people stumbling through quest chains with no idea of what's going on. Furthermore, Blizzard are taking the redesign of Azeroth to make the 1-60 levelling experience better, but this could potentially alienate new players. Who wants to start up in a ruined world? Cataclysm, by definition, is supposed to shake our security in Azeroth so we arm ourselves to defend it. Newbies don't have an attachment to the world, so why should they give a crap?


In addition to all this, Blizzard are changing zones like Desolace and Darkshore to make them more colourful and populated. Wonderful news, but I have fond memories of questing through such isolated patches of the world and appreciating the peace. We can conclude that the pacing of WoW is morphing from 'chilling out in cities and getting excited in dungeons' to 'chilling out in cities and getting excitedeverywhere else'. Pushing players through zones they probably didn't even consider visiting previously causes bottlenecking and the potential for tensions between factions to spark once again - just like in vanilla WoW. If they can make questing as exhilarating as raids, then Cataclysm has my attention.

Blizzard seem to have finally got around to giving us what we've asked for. Yep, they're playing the populist card but its hard not to get excited. Even at this early stage Cataclysm is ticking all the right boxes

*What next? Helcular as a Lich King general? YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!

My image rights belong to me, biatches. Oh, and Blizzard of course!
comments powered by Disqus

 
More On GameRevolution