Games I’m Looking Forward To: World of Warcraft – Cataclysm

WoW has been dominating the MMORPG genre for over 5 years now — it turns 6 on November 23rd of this year — and despite its age it still retains its dominance and recently reached the impressive milestone of 12 million subscribers. Needless to say it’s a lot of work to keep the game interesting after so long and with two expansions under its belt the folks at Blizzard decided it was time to shake the world up a bit.

And they mean “shake the world” quite literally:

That’s Deathwing the Destroyer. He was last seen in Warcraft II Tides of Darkness all the way back in 1995 when Warcraft was a series of real-time strategy games and not the 800 pound gorilla of MMORPGs. If you really want to know you can read up on his lore at his WoWWiki page, but suffice it to say that he’s the Lord Voldemort of the WoW story in that he’s an incredibly powerful dragon aspect originally tasked with dominion over the earth and the deep places of Azeroth who was driven mad by the Old Gods and ended getting his ass handed to him by the good guys when he tried to intervene in one of the great wars.

As you can see in the video, he’s back, he’s pissed, and Azeroth will never be the same again. Almost the entirety of the original game, what you would experience in progressing from level 1 to level 60, is being revamped in every way. Everything from how the various classes play to the quests you’ll do to the geography of the game itself is being modified with some of the changes already live in the current game (classes, talents, and glyphs have had a major reworking on the live servers). The changes are major enough that I’m surprised this isn’t being released as World of Warcraft 2 as that’s what usually happens when an MMORPG is changed this much from its original version.

The whole world is going to hell and I can’t wait to experience it.

4 thoughts on “Games I’m Looking Forward To: World of Warcraft – Cataclysm

  1. I have been back to playing for a while and we intend to get the expansion. While I am excited for the expansion it seems they have nerfed a few classes a little too much while giving OP to others. Not to mention in the patches they have bugged so many things! LOL Hopefully they will get all that fixed by December.

    I am really curious to see what events they are going to have leading up to it…while I am questing now the world intermittently shakes so I just wonder if they are going to do events like they did with The Lich King and have some kind of questing leading up to it.

  2. We started up on WoW a few weeks ago, but probably won’t be getting Cataclysm for a while. 4.0.1 Patch definitely is taking some getting used to, but so far it’s been alright.

  3. Thanks Les, I quit WoW over a year ago. Now here you are like my old crack dealer telling me this new stuff is cut with less baby laxative!~

  4. I’m torn between wanting to play a Worgen and being dismayed at what they are doing to my home. I’ve been playing WOW for a bit more than 4 years and my favorite race is Tauren. Unlike most players I prefer questing, hunting and leatherworking and have spent tons of time exploring every corner of the world with lots and lots of hours in The Barrens. I really don’t want to see that area destroyed.

    I’m also irked at the nerfing of the game to make it easier to race to the highest level so the player can run instances. I have 6 special needs dogs, I can’t spend hours intensely focusing on a raid. Being an atypical player, my fun was getting really good at playing a hunter, knowing what and when to feed my pet and how to work as an efficient team. Now I don’t even need ammunition. Sigh. But Bliz always comes up with something that impresses me, so I will buy the expansion, mourn the destruction of The Barrens and see what they have that is new and shiny.

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