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First Impressions of the WotLK

November 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

So far I’m absolutely loving the expansion, I haven’t been this excited about WoW in a long time. I know this goes without saying, but the zones are simply beautiful. Not only are they aesthetically designed well, the overall layout and quest design is a level above anything I’ve seen before.

It’s difficult to make questing truly interesting in an MMO, but Blizzard has done an excellent job in mixing up the monotony with well placed “oddity” quests (for lack of a better word). The new vehicle system is a great addition and much needed fun factor to the questing grind.

Likewise I’ve been very pleased with the new dungeons. Unique encounters, graphically beautiful, and short enough that you don’t feel like you’ve got to schedule a time to do them, but long enough you feel like you’ve actually cleared a worthwhile instance it. My only major concern with the new dungeons is the ease of difficulty.

So far no dungeon has had any real degree of difficulty, even with PUG groups I don’t think I’ve had a wipe yet. That said, these are only on normal mode, so I won’t make any definite judgement yet, but it’s something I’ve had on my mind while completing the first few dungeons. I’m very interested to see how the difficult level ramps up for the level 80 heroic dungeons and 10 man instances.

Overall I’m incredibly happy with the expansion’s launch, it went better than I could have ever imagined.

How about you? What do you think about the WotLK?

Blizzard’s Secret Project Announced at Blizzcon

October 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

For months rumors have been flying around as to what Blizzard’s “secret project” could be, and after the Blizzcon announcement earlier today it appears the project isn’t so “secret” after all…

The new project is blizzard’s next generation MMO, an MMO which according to the Blizzcon announcement will not take place in one of the franchise’s current universes. As for what this “new universe” is, who knows, we won’t have any definitive answer for several months.

Though this project wasn’t all that secret, it’s still great too get confirmation that it will be outside of the current WoW / SC / Diablo world’s. I’m very interested to see this project built from the ground up.

World of Warcraft’s #1 Competition

July 11, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

There aren’t many games on the market currently that even come close to competing with World of Warcraft. However, it looks like WoW’s number one competitor might have finally developed their game play enough to start putting a dent into the MMO giant that is World of Warcraft.

Wrath of the Lich King Beta

July 5, 2008 by · 5 Comments 

Well, it’s official Wrath of the Lich King beta is officially started! Well, rather it’s officially time to sign up. Blizzard recently announced the launch of the closed beta as well as the sign up forms. It’s the most simplistic opt-in form I think I’ve ever seen an MMO do.

Simply head over to the front page of WorldofWarcraft.com or take this link directly to your account login screen, Beta Opt-in. Log into your account, accept the beta terms of service and you’re done! As for the criteria to get in…well, that will be a bit tricky.

Blizzard changes some of the requirements between betas and such, but without question Blizzard will require all potential beta applications…

  1. be an active subscriber
  2. you have been a subscribing player for at least 6 months
  3. no known connections to media outlets or websites (like this one! hopefully blizzard doesn’t find me out!)
  4. minimal suspensions / black marks against your account for violation of the terms of service

As far as all the real fine-tooth details go, I think anyone’s guess is as good as mine. Either way, there is sure to be tons upon tons of applications, and a very select number chosen for this first phase of closed beta.

However, if you don’t get in don’t worry! Blizzard will increase the number of beta participants as the game progresses into new phases. Up to the point they will hold the open beta and everyone can get a chance to try it out!

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