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6-04-2011 @ 10:10AM
I have to say that, while I can, in principle, agree with almost all of the criticisms leveled here, Hyjal is still one of, if not actually, my favorite of the 80+ zones. It just works for me.I'd argue that it's the best strictly linear zone Blizz has done. Deepholme is more non-linear, especially at the beginning, but I was bored halfway through my first tiem there. Personal taste, I know. Uldum is beautiful, and it's neat that it has two storylines that branch pretty early, giving you the option to choose which to pursue, but has way too many non-skippable cutscenes. Cutscenes are fine, but let me skip them the second or third or fourth time I've seen them. The Ramkahen storyline was also kind of a non-starter. There's never any sense of the Tol'Vir being any significant threat to the Ramkahen, much less the Alliance or Horde, should it come to that. Vashj'ir is more like what you want, a constant stream or disasters and near-disasters the whole way through, but suffers for being entirely too long. Like, way, way, way too long. Twilight Highlands is pretty cool, but as it's so faction oriented, I'll withhold judgment until I'm able to complete it Horde-side. I will say that playing it Alliance makes me want to drop the hammer on the Dragonmaw en masse, for whatever that's worth.
6-04-2011 @ 10:57AM
Isn't it a good thing that playing as one faction makes you want to kill the other faction?Playing Horde, you never terribly warm to the Dragonmaw- or at least you're never given much incentive to. Personally, I've never liked the whole look of staking dragons out and cutting them up. Still, they are Orcs, and the whole regime change idea can help (one of the rare times when that actually seems to work).
6-04-2011 @ 12:04PM
I put down the whole staking out dragons to the fact that it's not really that easy to cut apart a dragon. And when you build your houses out of dragons, live in bits of dragons, wallpaper and decorate your houses with dragons, wear clothes made from dragons, use dragons in your medicine, eat dragons and ride dragons, you're going to be spending at least some time cutting up some dragons and you want to do it efficiently. Because you don't want to go round wasting dragons.
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