During this holiday break I’ve been exploring the world of Azeroth using the 10-day trial Blizzard offers. I did this because I’ve been hearing so god damn much about the game. I mean, they even devoted a whole South Park episode to the subject. If Matt and Trey care about World of Warcraft then it might be something I want to at least investigate.
I created a trial account and was just a few minutes later playing the game using my own Tauren character.
At first I was underwhelmed, the world I entered seemed bland, uninteresting and very little stuff was going on. This might have been because it was in the middle of the night but that’s the time I thought most people were playing… I was wrong I guess.
My first impression was that everything seemed very slow and there didn’t seem to be much of a story, but first impressions aren’t always right so I kept on going. The basic RPG elements were all there, talk to a NPC, get a quest, go away somewhere and kill some monsters, come back to town and get a reward, repeat.
After doing some fairly uninteresting quests and gaining a few levels I was able to explore the world further and entered the village of Bloodhoof. There I met some people and went on some slightly more interesting quests while more parts of the game was introduced to me. I for example learned that I could fish, make a fire, cook, skin a wolf, get killed by a wolf or try to hunt down rhinoceroses (kodos) while getting killed by wolves.
And there seemed to be lots more you could do (just not in the trial), like training your very own kodo for getting around quickly or capture a wild animal and make into your own pet.
It’s fun to play in groups, when there’s a social element to the game, but just playing on your own isn’t so grand. It’s very easy to chat with people while hacking enemies to bits due to the control-style, so if you’re in a group of people on a quest to kill some goblins or whatnot you can chat the whole time and have a good time.
On your own it mostly feels like any old hack n’ slash RPG… except slower. But still, I have to admit, it’s starting to grow on me. There’s just something to this game that I can’t really put my finger on that makes turn on the game over and over again every day now. It’s like they put cocaine in it or something, I dunno… Anyway, I’m considering buying it at this point but probably not playing it every month, maybe just a few months of the year.
btw, I found a nice santa-hat, so I decided to make a christmas card: