WoW: Day 1So, I FINALLY managed to get a fully patched client and started playing the game today.
When the donator and I talked about this idea, we decided it would be best if I try to get a nice rounded view of the beginning levels of the game.
I'd try some PvE, some PvP, and yes... even some RP.
When he originally suggested this concept, I remember I was not that amused.
Certain comments about a ball peen hammer and his extremities come to mind.
But, in order to be as fair as possible, I'm going to try and get as broad a view of this game as I can using the trial version.
Do you see what I go through for you people?
Today, in order to get a handle on game mechanics, I decided to start out on a PvE server. I made a Tauren Shaman and logged in.
Side note: Do you remember the cartoony graphics from Wind Waker?
Yeah, apparently all of those guys work at Blizzard now.
All of them.
For a while there I thought I was playing Crash Bandicoot.
Still, the graphics weren't terrible. It did affect the immersion a little bit for me, but I suppose if you were coming into WoW with little or no experience in other games, it would be quite impressive.
I know. You thought I was just going to shit all over the graphics, didn't you?
So did I.
Unfortunately, the graphics aren't bad enough to remark on.
They're just there. They're not the best I've ever seen *coughFFXIcough*, but it's not like this is a Commodore 64 game.
I give them a solid "meh".
What is bad enough to comment on is the music.
Or lack thereof.
Man, if any FFXI players try playing WoW, you should get yourself a good MP3 player because that place is motherf&%@in' quiet.
In FFXI, there's always music playing. Always.
You're walking, there's music.
Riding a chocobo... music.
Killing a bunny rabbit... music.
In WoW, there's just a whole lot of quiet.
They DO have voice acting in parts. I'll give them credit for that.
It's terrible voice acting, but still...
Anyway, once the initial culture shock wore off, I tried to get the hang of the controls.
Funny story... Did you know that the control layout for WoW is nothing like the control layout for FFXI?
That took some getting used to. My hands are just accustomed to that specific organization. Apparently, if you use the same keys over and over for upwards of 10 hours a day, your muscles have a hard time adjusting.
And why is there a jump button?
Seriously, I was looking pretty hard and I didn't find a single use for jumping.
But they put it there, so damn straight I was using it.
I wonder if me skipping through the fields like a four year old girl took any of the drama out of the situation.
That's how I spent most of the day, just hopping through a meadow and killing wolves and cougars and whatnot.
Speaking of which... Can any of the WoW players explain the drop mechanics to me?
I thought it was bad in FFXI when worms and rabbits dropped crystals and stuff, but this game...
Every animal drops completely random shit.
Kill a wolf... And you find a rabbit's foot.
A rabbit's foot.
On a wolf.
Hey, maybe he ate a rabbit, right? Maybe that's it. That makes senses, right?
Then there's the strider (read: two-legged bird looking thing) that drops pants.
Not just leather mind you.
Oh, no. These birds were dropping chainmail armor every other minute. I've got an inventory full of Mail armor I can't even wear.
The rest of my inventory is full of rabbit's feet.
I must be the luckiest bastard to ever step foot in Azeroth.
The rest of my day was spent going to get shit for EVERYBODY. No matter who you talk to, they are going to hand you a shopping list of animal body parts they want you to collect.
Want to get a new pair of pants? Go get the guy 8 bird feathers.
Because I said so. That's why.
It's not that the quests were painful. It's more that they were just plain annoying.
I don't go to the supermarket for Susan either.
You know... Maybe I'm just being hard on the game. Maybe this is just not the best job to choose from the beginning.
I'll pick better tomorrow.
Tomorrow: I roll up a Paladin!