WoW: Opening ImpressionsFor the first post of my forced WoW week, I decided that I would discuss the opening cinematic.
I decided that because I still haven't been able to start playing yet.
Apparently, in order to go from the trial disc I purchased to an actual playable game, they have to patch every file on my computer.
I'm not even kidding. It tells me it needs a patch and then conveniently downloads the patch for me.
And then, when it's done downloading the patch, it tells me it needs another patch.
Repeat ad infinitum.
They should have called this World of WarPatch.
Thus, with no other option, I am stuck discussing the opening cinematic.
Tomorrow... Tomorrow, I'll probably be discussing my opinion of the update patch system.
Spoiler: Not a fan.
Honestly, I like the opening. It's pretty good.
Oh, don't go getting your hopes up WoW fans. This part is called the set up.
It is pretty good... In the same way a Jeep commercial is pretty good.
A Jeep commercial is designed to be shiny and pretty. The whole point of the commercial is to get you to want to buy a Jeep.
I'm not sure what the plural form of Jeep is.
But, for all of its shiny appeal, the Jeep commercial doesn't present any new or interesting material. It just shows you Jeep(s) driving around.
Everyone knows that's what they do. They're not exactly blowing people's minds here.
No one watches a Jeep commercial and feels moved or inspired.
That's how I felt about WoW's opening.
The movie does what it sets out to do. It introduces the basic material and showcases a variety of characters.
There's a bear.
Bears are the number one threat to America.
What the movie doesn't do is give you any real reason to play.
FFXI's opening movie breaks your heart.
I mean... Look at that.
Isn't that the most heartbreaking thing you've ever seen?
Shut up. I'm not crying.
That movie makes you want to play. It gives you a reason to fight the beastmen horde and make them pay for their crimes.
And it inspires you. It shows people coming together to fight a common evil.
Admittedly, it doesn't show the asshat that is going to kill the NM you've been camping for seventeen hours.
Still, the movie grips you. It makes you feel for the people of Vana'diel and hate the beastmen.
That's a good opening.
Now, let's take a look at the opening for WoW.
It's... It's good. It definitely introduces the main concepts of the game.
There was a World.
There was some Warcraft.
The World was generally composed of Warcraft.
Unfortunately, I could have ascertained that information from the title.
I'm smart like that.
I'm also not going to point out the strong similarity to the Lord of the Rings.
That would be rude.
Don't get me wrong. The movie is good. It is an incredibly well-made, high quality cinematic.
Then again... So's a Jeep commercial.
And I don't see myself going out to buy a Jeep.
I'm hoping the first few levels of the game will provide me with more motivation to play.
Just as soon as all the patching is done...