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2-28-2012 @ 1:21PM
Questing as an Alliance player... there was just so many gimmicks and jokes, that the story often got lost.As you were leveling you got the Rambo-experience, which kinda worked, but kinda also broke immersion. Swamp of Sorrows was pretty good, just to see the faction actually take the initiative for once. Joanna Blueheart is a character I'd like to see kicking some butt in Mists. I kinda liked Westfall too, it felt solid.A lot of the leveling zones were not only about dealing with the Cataclysm and rebuilding after it, but about fighting a losing battle against the Horde. You didn't often get the feeling of being a hero (there's a few exceptions), but instead, of trying to cut your losses. Overall, a lot of the 1-60 experience was either losing ground, or dealing with pop culture references.80-85 felt like everything that I didn't like about 1-60 was emphasized. There was more pop culture jokes, more sillyness. The Dwarf Wedding took way too much time and room. I'd have rather seen more of the Blue vs. Red conflict, especially as I've understood that zone is pretty epic for the Horde. Mathias Shaw could've been used more, as he's kinda like the Alliance Jason Bourne.From a story PoV, Vashj'ir was probably my favorite. I'm still hoping we'll get some closure to what happened to Neptulon. A water themed raid would be great. I'm thinking underwater caverns and such.
2-28-2012 @ 4:56PM
There was originally supposed to be a raid in each of the four elemental realms, but due to time restraints that got cut down to just the ones we have now.Kind of like if you go back to Northrend and head into Gundrak, there's a spot where if you look over the edge of the platform you will see a *HUGE* snake tail. There was originally supposed to be troll raid there. They had the loot art done already (which is why you got obviously troll themed weapons from very non-troll places, they just shoved what they had in wherever they had room in the loot tables), but it just plain didn't make the final cut.Rumors are this is what happened to the Kara Krypts as well.
2-28-2012 @ 5:12PM
Likewise, Azjol'nerub was meant to be a zone, not an instance. As well as Hyjal in Vanilla, it was something they always wanted to get in, but never succeeded before TBC, never sure if it was originally planned as a zone, got chopped to be a raid (hence the portal that used to be in Winterspring) then got left entirely.Sometimes I feel that Blizzard tries to do too much, and forces themselves to compromise (if they opted to release StormPeaks in 3.1 and Icecrown Glacier in 3.3, then there was a good chance Azjol'nerub could've made it as a zone), or newer projects end up putting other plans on hold.
2-28-2012 @ 5:18PM
I hated Westfall with a passion. The CSI jokes were painful, I hate that show, and it completely ruined what could have been a compelling story about Vanessa and her problems with the world. The utter stupidity of the humans who live within the zone was an overplay on the hobo thing and didn't really treat the fact that war refugees and people who've lost everything thanks to war are having a hard time...no, everyone's stupid or gone insane in an adorable overthetop way and eating dirt instead of killing the pigs wandering around right outside the door, asking for coyote tails as if you just pluck those off and don't kill said coyote to get it and have plenty of meat left. And then there's Stoutmantle, who you'd think would have learned his lesson about doubting things that the adventurers are showing him about what's really going on somewhere. It was just another example of the humans being turned into a joke in the expansion, with a few bastions of awesome like SoS and Darkshire.
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