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Mists of Desperation

For the first time in years, a Blizzcon has come and left me with, dare I say it, LESS desire to play WoW than than before. Forgive me for sounding a little negative but am I the only one who finds this whole Mists of Panderia thing a bit pathetic? This is what the death of a giant looks like.

The game will see an influx of players, of course, but I fail to see how any long term player can see this as anything other than pouring a giant bucket of water into what was once a potent mix of serious story and light-hearted humor. There is nothing worth taking seriously anymore. Not the ‘epic’ raids (where we fight, what, a giant stuffed zebra?), because when you insert a bunch of Disney character wanna-bes into the role of ‘grand defenders’ the whole attempt becomes little more than a joke. But then, I guess they see that as their strong suit these days.

Other aspects of this expansion:

Challenge Dungeons: Because Blizzardifying good ideas never goes out of style. On the plus side, it’s safe to say that Blizzard as a whole company is now safely among the most derivative in all of PC gaming. I don’t care that you “forged this path” by releasing the original Diablo or Warcraft. The fact is, here we all all these years later and the amount of good ideas you’ve had on your own can be counted on one hand.

Pokepets: I actually really like this idea. It CAN fit in the game world and could be a lot of fun. It also really feels like an idea they scrapped as ‘too fluffy’ back in 05.

New Race/Class: Having players repeat the same leveling process is easy money. The Monk class sounds interesting. Going all out and calling it a ‘fat ninja’ was too far, I guess, but would probably have been more fitting with their new theme.

Talent Re-Vamp: I didn’t think it was possible for Blizzard to make WoW any MORE Vanilla but they’re doing it. I don’t think it’s a good idea to give players any less choice than they already have. You know what’s horrible? When I read about this, the first thought that came into my mind is

Free Diablo 3 when you subscribe for twelve months: Because, sheesh, after finishing Cataclysm in three days, subscribing for a full year is asking a lot of people. Frankly, I’ll just buy D3 and save the $50.

In short, everything they’ve announced just reeks of desperation and struggling to find an identity that can compete with TOR, GW2, and every other game that makes WoW look old. While I watch coverage it won’t be to look for extra tidbits of x-pac info, it will be to see if their devs have the same ‘daddy knows best” attitude as last year.

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