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6-04-2011 @ 11:12PM
To me Cat has just felt a little all over the place whereas previous expansions felt more focused in their setting and purpose. TBC took place in Outland and dealt with Illidan and the legion whereas Wrath was all about the campaign against the Lich King in Northrend. Both had you entering foreign lands and working your way through hostile territory until reaching the final villains. Cat, by comparison, has you going under the sea, on top of a mountain, underground, to the desert, and then to the highlands of all places. These are all interesting places, but they lack the thematic cohesion and flow that their predecessors had. Its harder to tie in story lines between Vashj'ir and Deepholme than it would be between, say, howling fjord and grizzly hills. As a result, we're left with a lot of open endings and numerous side stories.
6-05-2011 @ 3:17AM
That's true, but I also feel that that is the intent. It's a second sundering. It's chaotic. It's actually a bigger shame that we didn't see the effects of the Cataclysm in Northrend as well, but to be fair, they did too much on the 1-60 anyway, didn't need them to look at 70-80 at the same time. That's more "future real-estate" for content patches.
6-05-2011 @ 7:47AM
Cata kind of does have a theme...the Twilight's Hammer is what brings all the different locations together. Wherever you go (at least from 80-85)...there will be Twilight's Hammer. The problem is...The Twilight Cult is incredibly boring!In BC we were fighting Illidan's Naga/Blood Elves in addition to the Burning Legion's Demons. Obviously that brings a lot of variation and I never felt like I was fighting a certain creature too often.Then in WotLK we were fighting the undead. It sounds boring because they're only one type of enemy, but in reality there's so much variation within the undead scourge that it wasn't boring at all. I never said "ugh...more undead? COME ON!" when leveling up.Now in Cata we're fighting the Twilight's Hammer and...that's it. Has there ever been a more boring enemy? They all dress the same. They all basically have the same abilities. In fact 95% of them can be put into one of two categories: warrior or elementalist. By the time I was done with the 80-85 quest experience I was thoroughly sick of the TH, which is an experience I've never had with another enemy type before. I think Blizz really overplayed them in this xpac. They should have come up with some more enemies so that leveling isn't just a blur of hacking through purple robes.
6-05-2011 @ 1:58PM
That's the downside of what Cata really is...it was supposed to fill in the gaps, revamp the old world, and put the aging old stuff up to par with newer MMOs in terms of competition....thus, no overarching theme like BC and Wrath.
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