After returning to Azeroth after a prolonged absence I was eager to see how all the changes looked after Deathwing ripped the world to shreds. Below are some images I took this morning followed by a statement on how I never will officially return to Azeroth and the World of Warcraft.
Why I won’t be returning: In all honesty it felt like sitting down with an old girlfriend for a cup of coffee. You sit across from each other and and have that moment when you slowly realize why you’re not still together. All of her quirks and faults that you once found endearing are now just annoying as hell. You may always love aspects of her, but you now fully realize her time is totally up… just like WOW.
- Blow the world up – It’s a great idea, erase all those old quests and start over. The grind from 1-60 was unbearable after the second or third time. This should keep the game going for years to come.
- New race and class combinations – So you want to play as an Undead hunter or an Orcish mage? Now you can. These new combos should breathe some life into the game.
- Fast travel in the old world – finally you can use your flying mount in the old world. Faster travel means less browsing the web between FPs.
- New spells – Finally Warlocks can cast infernal and Doomguard without having to do a song and dance. It only took Blizard 6 years to fix this.
Not Nerd Appropriate:
- Too little too late: all these changes are great, but do you really feel like going through all this again?
- Simplified talent system and skill trees: I enjoyed multi-specing. Now it seems the game wants you to choose a skill tree and dump all your talent points into that single tree. Where is the variety? Where is the fun of trying out that Elemental/Resto , Combat/Assassination build. It’s totally gone.
- It feels old: Even with the graphical updates and new bells and whistles it just feels like they threw a coat of makeup on grandma’s ol’ wrinkle puss.
- No narrative: While I was walking around town someone shouted “Hey where is Thrall?”, another person replied “He’s on vacation!” We should know what is going on in the world at all times. There should be something driving the player to do the things he/she does other than LOOT. Remind me why I’m collecting boar tusks for the good of the universe again?
- The Community: I’m sure there are great WOW communities out there, but when trade channels are filled with morons spamming nonsense 24/7, you begin to ask yourself where are they? In my hour back in WOW this morning I encountered enough stupidity to never go back again. Sorry WOW.
So there you have it. WOW was an amazing ride, but I fear I won’t be coming back. Games have advanced much since 2003 in terms of structure and narrative and appear to have left Warcraft in the dust.