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Wrath Retrospective: Lore and the art of storytelling, page 2 {WoW}

Jun 10th 2010 4:58PM Wrath's the good:
1. Scenic beauty: Howling Fjord has to be one of the best zones in the game to date. Striking scenery, great background music and the "nordic" feel is pervasive throughout the zone. All the Northrend zones have their own rich more "realistic" feel to them.
2. EPIC questing: Wrathgate and the Hodir line are just amazing storylines. Truly grand scaled in every sense of the word.The phasing, for reasons already mentioned is an excellent breath of life in an otherwise static feeling world.

Wrath's the bad:
1. Malygos, and the Nexus War. The Aspect of Magic was destroyed with very little apparent consequence..(yet). The nexus war could have been half the storyline in Wrath. Just as the two factions are coming together to assault the Lich King, suddenly there is a (arguably) bigger crisis that must be tackled before hand. It really seems like a major loss of opportunity there. After Eye of Eternity, all you get is Alextraza saying,

"I did what I had to, brother. You gave me no alternative.
"And so ends the Nexus war."
"This resolution pains me deeply, but the destruction - the monumental loss of life - had to end. Regardless of Malygos's recent transgressions, I will mourn his loss. He was once a guardian, a protector. This day, one of the world's mightiests, has fallen"
"The Red Dragonflight will take on the burden of mending the devastation brought on Azeroth. Return home to your people and rest. Tomorrow will bring you new challenges, and you must be ready to face them. Life, goes on."
Very anticlimatic..

2. Hero class = Heroic balance issues. Waaay too much time was spent tinkering on Death Knights and most of the other classes. I seem to remember the second half of the expansions lifecycling going week to week with my characters, pouring over the ptr notes trying to anticpate what change was coming next. It seemed like like constant changes were being made.

Wrath's the ugly:
1. Argent Crusade - wha? Too much to say about it and I've already got a wall of text going. So I'll just point out the obvious. Timing seemed to be off. Location seemed way off. (I think I read somewhere it was supposed to be in Crystalsong Forest but Dalaran Lag was too much for the servers to handle.) Concept: Poor at best. Send the best and brightest of each faction to kill each other instead of properly training for the coming Lich King battle. "Danger Room" dungeons are just lazy design. Whatever happened to the confilict between the Sunreavers and the Silver Covenant. Will it be forgotten? Will we ever have an answer?

But this is all just my opinion...

Scattered Shots: Transitioning to hunter PvP {WoW}

Jun 4th 2010 1:49PM PVP'ing as a huntard is hard, PVP'ing as a Hunter is a blast!

Breakfast Topic: When your gaming gets emotionally charged {WoW}

Jun 4th 2010 11:48AM That is a really sweet story. Probably the best ever result of taking up playing this game. Congratulations, by the way, and best of luck to you both!

Breakfast Topic: Lil Timmy, destroyer of worlds {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2010 9:39AM Grinding xp from mice, :P

Patch 3.3.5 PTR: Zalazane's Fall quest summary and gallery {WoW}

May 28th 2010 10:09AM Write one and submit it, or shut up and wait.

The Daily Blues {WoW}

May 14th 2010 9:38AM I've been using the mobile site since it launched, even while on home pc or work pc. I dont like the "busy" layout adds and webcandy like the flyout menus and junk. The mobile site is just straight up text and the header pic. Trust me, its a much more enjoyable read that way. It's at for those not in the know.

Officers' Quarters: Pre-expansion doldrums {WoW}

Apr 28th 2010 11:15AM About 5 weeks ago I noticed I was getting bored running endless heroics and becoming increasingly cranky, snarky and just all around negative in game with other players and friends. I even started jumping into Trade with typical smartass responses and "stick poking".

It was at that time I decided to go game hunting. I rezzed my AION account, played Allods for a few weeks, tried out Alganon, prepurchased and got into SCII Beta. Until finally one day, I actually found myself wondering what was going on with my guild and friends from WoW again. When I got back I told everyone I was on a WoWcation.

I highly recommend just such a thing if your suffering from burnout. I've been back for about 3 days, my buddy and I have paired up on a couple of alts that have been languishing at 70ish and we're questing together. It's revitalized my wow experience again.

Breakfast Topic: Game over man! Game over! {WoW}

Mar 29th 2010 10:06AM Geewiz, c'mon man. I agree with hellofireman, you need help. You might not know it but there is a larger gaming world out there and there is even a real world where many adventures can be had to much satisfaction. WoW is not the beginning and the end of gaming, nor life for that matter. Your Mom called, she told me to tell you to go outside and play.

[1.Local]: Making your comments matter {WoW}

Mar 22nd 2010 10:03AM The name of this article should have been, "my personal soapbox" or "how to poke trolls with sticks"