By Angie Quidim
Tonight at midnight, millions of Blizzard fans will be lining up to pick up their copies of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. This long awaited expansion tears the world of Azeroth a new one and makes everyone start over (that includes new mods and quests). Blizzard has been hyping their redo of the Eastern Kingdom and Kalimdor since the release of Wrath of the Lich King. Players are constantly coming and going and the main complaint was, “there is nothing new…. same old starting areas, same old characters, same old combinations.”
Blizzard’s heavy hand of destruction is Deathwing. A huge mother*$&!(*% dragon that you probably see now on your login screen when you start the game. For the Horde you get the pleasure of him perching atop Stormwind. The Ancients (the elements) are at unrest and the world really has been torn up. In other situations you will see things that may surprise you. The passage of time has really taken place. You just don’t see the same old fishing pond near the Undercity. New races include the Goblins for the Horde and the Worgen for the Alliance. New towns have been set up for each; New Gilneas (past the Greymane wall) and the Goblin Slums in new Orgmimmar. That means new mounts, new quests and a whole new lot of combinations. The collector’s edition of Cataclysm is pictured below with a ton of goodies (alot similar to the extras that came with WOTLK).
The land of Azeroth will open up to players young and old with flying mounts and new terrains. There are numerious more flight paths and the grinding for levels isn’t as bad as it was. The game has made a change to accomodate new players and getting high level gear is only a couple of dungeons away. Justice Points will allow Jolly Joe the Paladin access to Item levels 230 and above.
Blizzard has also forseen from previous expansion releases that the servers will be flooded with anxious gamers. Patches have been slowly released so that the impace and installation time on game release day won’t be as horrible. I would recommend picking up your game and waiting a day or two to let the populations settle down. Usually release night tends to be ridiculous and the queue times to get into servers are just insane.
Here is the intro to the game:
So saddle up and get ready for some intense MMORPG!