Games Review - World of Warcraft Cataclysm
The third in its series, World of Warcraft Cataclysm features the return of Deathwing the Destroyer, an evil dragon last seen in Warcraft II. Having previously suffered from a horrible defeat, Deathwing returns from the elemental plane of Depholm to plot his revenge, tearing through Azeroth’s dimensional barrier, reshaping a huge chunk of the world’s surface through creation of a sweeping cataclysm.
Other major characters in the Warcraft Lore are planned to return as well. Figures like Ragnaros, Nefarian, and Onyxia are expected to make their re-entrance in Cataclysm as well. Ragnaros, having been defeated in the Molten Core, plans to wage ware on Mount Hyjal with the help of his summoned legions.
It would seem as though World of Warcraft Cataclysm is not short of characters seeking revenge for, Nefarian, son of Neltharion, like Ragnaros and Deathwing, also seeks vengeance for his previous downfall. Having been defeated in the Blackwing Lair, Nefarian will begin anew in the “Blackwing Descent”, which is one of the new dungeons awaiting players in this new Warcraft release.
Blizzard Entertainment expects to deliver a lot of new content in this release, including new quests, new dungeons, new raids, and two new races. The Alliance will get a new “Worgen” race while the Horde will get a new “Goblins” race. The game will feature approximately 3,000 new quests and expanded race/class combinations.
Nine new dungeons and six new raids are planned for this release as well. The level cap on players will be raised to 85. The enhancement is closely related to the two currently existing dungeons, namely Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep, that will get an additional “Heroic Mode” for level 85 players.
The game will feature a new statistics system. This new system removes “mana per five seconds”, defence rating, and armour penetration. These traits will instead be re-integrated as talents. New statistics will be added like Master, enhancing active and passive abilities in such as way that depends on a player’s individual characteristics.
In addition to “in-game” features and enhancements, World of Warcraft Cataclysm plans to take advantaged of a totally-revamped Battle.net, a community platform that is being integrated into other Blizzard titles like Diablo III and StarCraft II.
World of Warcraft Cataclysm was officially announced for release on August 21, 2009, at BlizzCon. How, its publisher, Activision Blizzard, leaked out unofficial news of the release months beforehand. In fact, Alpha testing for the title began on May 3, four months prior to the official announcement. Invitations for closed beta testing were sent to Battle.net gamers a month later.
It is planned for online play on both the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X desktop platforms.
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