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2-01-2009 @ 3:48AM
They half assed the barbershops by adding one or two new hairstyles a race and just stealing the rest from other races, so I don't see why anyone's excited about these dances at all. Customization seems to be the last thing on Blizzard's mind in this game. If they had their way everyone will be stomping around in tier 7, or whatever they're all on now, I really couldn't care less, looking exactly the same. What's sad about that is that they've been pumping out great visuals on many things: the Vry'khul models and other mobs, the occasional decent looking armor set (which is good, because you'll be seeing that same set visually twelve times in Northrend), hell, even the Mechano-hog, my hatred of the stupid thing not withstanding, is designed with the same level of care and attention to details as the Flying Machine. But they forget one thing: armor can't be relied on for visual appeal: players snatch gear with even a trivial statistical boost over their current piece of gear without factoring in appearance. I loved my Icier Barbed Spear on my troll hunter, but replaced it with a butt ugly rune blade that looked like the fourth reject to Cloud Strife's Buster Sword because it had better stats for me. By that token, the one thing we'll always be looking at on our characters: the models themselves, have had so little love these past four or five years their age shows more and more with the increase with visual quality of everything else around them. Customization has habitually been Blizzard's weakest area, and Wrath of the Lich King hasn't given me any indications that this is going to change any time soon.
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