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11-14-2011 @ 11:35PM
I strongly disagree with writer about Cataclysm part (but then again WoW bloggers have usually "tone" of not criticising WoW too much).Deathwing is very distant character and so called End-Of-The-World athmosphere is ever so missing through levels 80-85. All and all Cataclysm was major disappointment after WotLK in feelingswise.
11-15-2011 @ 7:38AM
I agree to many of the statements here, such as yours. I am sure I was quite biased because I loved WC III, and to finally go against Arthas felt special. I remember getting goosebumps by visiting certain places, like the coast where the ghosts of Arthas' men were still lurking around, the Lehner-quests etc.I of course was familiar with DW before Cata, like from the books, but I agree, there's no "feel", no immersion like there was in Wrath. I totally felt immersed in Wrath, but that is missing now, I dont feel "at home". Northrend, the whole continent, just felt such a great place, was totally drenched in "Arthas-ness", with us following his tracks, seeing his plans being carried out, seeing his influence.We're supposed to see that in Cata when it comes to DW, but I dont feel as immersed at all. Maybe nostalgia is a factor, but I just feel that right now, everything is totally over the place, scattered, many storylines arent followed up, and its missing that feel of epicness (another thing that has me worried about MoP).Sure, Blizz keeps saying "Just wait and see!", but whenever a new chapter is added, every time the story develops a tiny step more, its like "Meh"... confusing, switching forth and back, less immersive. I dont know if Blizzs decision to have us encounter DW less has to do with some people complaining about Arthas appearing TOO often (I dont think he did, and if you count his appearances and compare that to the amount of quests, it isnt THAT much... might feel like it though if you ran UP and HoR over and over, like we all did), but...I dont know, its just that you hear from so many people "So what, I dont even care about DW?", while it was very exciting to see the whole Wrath-thing develop towards ICC and that final battle... to see the final movie-scene was definitely closing a chapter.Maybe thats why Cata doesnt pull me in anymore, but I dont think it is... I guess the new way of storytelling (and questing, with the new "do this quest, then you get two more, then do those or you wont get the next one" system) simply isnt for me, and looking at Pandaria, even IF Metzen hints that it all comes together there, that so much will become clearer and epic stuff is coming, doesnt make me feel like I will feel immersed much then either.So I guess Ill just cling to nostalgia... yes, there were some quite bad parts about vanilla or TBC or Wrath, but no game ever made me feel so much at home, so much in the story.Sorry for rambling
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