In the transition to Cataclysm
, an increasing amount of the game looks pretty dated, and we've already see Blizzard take a wrench to a number of models like druid forms
and major lore figures
. I've been hoping for a while that they'll do the same with the game's earliest and most dated models -- the ones that haven't changed a whit since the classic game hit beta -- and particularly the following. All of them are a jarring difference from the graphical quality of Northrend creations, and only stand to get more so in Cataclysm
1. The wyvern
The wyvern is the model from which Blizzard cribbed the horrifying older version of Tauren cat form
, but it was already awful in its own right. Compared to gryphons, wyverns look...well...terrible. They have a host of much less impressive and realistic animations and just seem like they're a lower-resolution model overall. The run animation on the player mount version makes it obvious that the thing was never meant to run, and the top of its head looks like somebody took an experimental swing at it with a frying pan. I have yet to see a Horde player fly one of these monstrosities longer than they absolutely have to.
Dear God, someone please put this affront to nature out of its misery.
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