The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it. – Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings.
This is how I felt when I logged into Cataclysm. With the shattering, the world has completely changed into something new and fresh. Many changes are welcome while some you look at and say, “Aw, why did they do that?”
|Big bad worm in Deepholm.|
However, some zones have had drastic changes, such as The Barrens. The zone has not only seen changes in the warfront but in its physical appearance. A massive crater has separated The Barrens, now making it two separate zones. Northern Barrens still remains primarily under the control of the Horde. Southern Barrens has been assaulted by the Alliance, now making it their territory. You will see something similar in many zones.
|The new Thousand Needles.|
I’m not a fan of the speed it takes to get from 80 to 85. The journey to 85 felt way to short, to quick and too easy. While leveling, I never had a single time I needed to group to get a quest done. I like that so much of it is solo worthy but I would have liked to have had a few quests here and there that required a couple people to help you finish them. I’m not talking dungeon quests either.
|Cut scene in Throne of Tides.|
I haven’t had a chance to run every heroic, but I did get the honor of seeing the new heroic Deadmines. I don’t want to spoil anything what so ever, but it’s a very nice change and a lot of fun!
If you’re a returning player, you’ll notice a big change in this expansion, your talent points. They have been changed in a major way that requires everyone to relearn it. Many of the skills and abilities have changed. Also, you are now forced to spec down one single tree for a minimum of 31 points before you can spend points in any of the other trees.
|This DOOMSHROOM oddly reminds me of another game.|
Nice graphics upgrades.
A lot of fun new quests.
The new dungeons are exciting.
Cut scenes are clean and enjoyable to watch.
Old world changes bring a new perspective on everything, and makes for a great new leveling environment for you to start an alt.
Some zones are destroyed that we once loved.
Some towns no longer belong to your faction.
It’s a tad bit too easy to hit 85, as I feel it should have been a bit more of a challenge.
If you’re thinking about getting the expansion, get it. You will enjoy it. If you’re thinking about starting a trial account, why are you still HERE? I already told you before to open one. Go on, get out of here and do it!