More Thoughts on the Cataclysm Beta

EDIT: Lost my Picasa album when I reinstalled the WoW Cataclysm client, so the Picasa links won’t exactly work right.

Finally hit a point with the Worgen in Cataclysm where I find the story got interesting. It’s kind of hard to judge without the animated cut-scenes in place, but the early story really didn’t grab me. It was kind of hard to figure out who the Worgen were. Yeah, there were wolf-people all around Shadowfang Keep, and I knew that the boss mob there had something to do with them, but their story didn’t really come across for me. So…I got bitten…then I’m a Worgen, but not exactly. More sort of half-human Worgen, thingie…

Eventually, after the quest that was bugged earlier was fixed, you get the “so you see, Joe” scene where some handy druids show up to explain exactly what’s going on. Better. Still confusing. But at least I have motivation now. I’m half-human, half-Worgen, and the druids are helping all of us contain our bestial side so we can fight the bad guys smartly. Cue the theme from The Hulk.

The art style is kind of gothically kewl. Lots of fancy-dressing and top hats. Made me chuckle happily when one of the quests I did gave me a top hat. Totally worthless from a game perspective, but at least now I look like all the other citizens of Gilneas.

Speaking of totally worthless from a game perspective, there’s a lot of complaining in chat about the whole ability Worgen have to transform. You see, you get to choose your Worgen form, but not your human form, so you swap into this random human form selected for you when you hit the transform button. Being a roleplayer, I kind of like the rp aspects of this, but I’d rather see the transform have a purpose. Maybe not the, “Oh, no, I have to transform or they’ll attack me” kind of thing. But it might be fun to have some quests where you have to change form.

On the Goblin side of things, I tried to heal my first instance as a Shaman. Total disaster. Um….I have one healing spell. And I didn’t spec Restoration. Not that the six or so talent points I had when I tried to do it would have helped. I’m thinking next time I use the Dungeon Finder, I’ll only tick DPS.

For the Alliance…and Horde. ;P