Our Druids saw a little Zul’Drak action last night.
We’re into the second cluster of quests there now, I’m level 80, the wife 79, and with instant flight the getting to and conducting the required fights are trivial. HOWEVER, I’ve planned to see as much of Zul’Drak with our Druids as possible, and it won’t be over until the fat lady sings. (Yes, the Valkyr are up in Storm Peaks, that’ll be our next stop. I guess that’ll be when she sings.)
So I’m in Cat Form DPSing and I noticed how clunky the current cat form really is, graphically.
Swift Flight Form is gorgeously detailed. The jewelery, the armor pieces, the wings and claws and everything. The Bear and Dire Bear (why can’t the bears get different looks??) are ugly to the point I’d rather not play them. (And I like my DPS fast and furious, cat style, and not slow and plodding, like bear style. So I rarely see my bear form.) Travel Form is cat-like, but smooth. It’s not adorned with a three-crested (or is it just two?) Mohawk like Cat Form, Night Elf version, is.
The new version of the Night Elf Cat Form (and otherwise all the cat and bear revamps for both Nelfs and Tauren) are finally up to speed with current level of “the best” in-game graphics. Some alternate ideas, like Scene Kid Cat, were happily passed over by the development team. However, they appear to have left the dangly glow-in-the-dark baubles intact.
I’m planning on the dark blues cat and bear, and the wife liked the look of the white ones.
I’m happy to see that development is continuing in WoW. Even if the development is being used to test-bed things for the next MMO out of Blizzard it’ll be worth it.
Oh, yeah. As we zipped quest to quest there in Zul’Drak, and I was marveling how fast it was to do quests so easily by flying place to place, it suddenly occured to me, reminded me, that flight will be available at level 60 come the next patch. And faster flight to boot. That means the Outlands will be a lot less painful than it has been. (And mounts earlier, and faster sooner, than ever before.)
Blizzard appears intent on keeping the 1-80 experience (DK and Super Druid experiences aside) for most everyone. “Vee haf content, you vill see it.”
On the otherhand, they’re accelerating folks through it in record time with changes like this.
Is it a good thing for new players? Yes, if the point is to race them to the end-game where all the cool kids are. And no, if you consider what they experience is nothing like we old codgers experienced.
Should rabbit ears, vacuum tubes, and round black and white screens be a pre-requistite to enjoying HDTV on a flat screen? The more you experience of the previous content, the more you appreciate the new content.
“How do you play WoW? I’m new to this.” “Join a guild and get a level 80 Death Knight to catch you up by running you through all the intervening content.” <— This can’t be anyone’s idea of a good thing.
I suppose speeding up travel is a middle-ground solution?
Some day there will be a fantasy game, without an “end-game” and without “PvP required.” More of a world, less of a goal.