Despite the best efforts of my “real life” to keep me away from the computer this past weekend, I did manage to finally spend some time in World of Warcraft to check out the new expansion. After spending just a few short hours in Northrend, I’m prepared to declare that Wrath of the Lich King is, quite simply, awesome.
The first thing that struck me upon arriving on the new continent was how great the environments looked. Blizzard has outdone themselves once again in creating an environment that feels like a real living and breathing continent. So far I’ve spent all my time questing in Borean Tundra aside from a quick journey of exploration where I ran through some of the other zones, just to check them out. There is some seriously nice looking scenery in this expansion, particularly the view pictured above from Grizzly Hills.
Aside from looking great, the content itself seems pretty solid. Quest-wise, there hasn’t been anything radically different from anything I’ve done before, but it’s been interesting enough to keep me going. That’s Blizzard’s hallmark I suppose; “don’t recreate the wheel, just make the best darn wheel possible”.
I’ve said it a few times on this blog before, that EverQuest II’s Rise of Kunark expansion killed that game for me. The whole thing felt like one grind following another. I wondered if the same would happen with this expansion, but from the very moment I first entered Northrend, as the boat I was on approached the dock, I could tell that Blizzard just “gets it”. I’m definitely eager to see what else the expansion has in store in the levels to come, but by no means am I in a rush to get there. That to me, is a sign of a great expansion.
Either way, I should at least have something to blog about for the next while.
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