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Thursday, October 14, 2010

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WoW: Cataclysm Starting Zone Content Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Skewed & Reviewed has posted a new preview of Blizzard Entertainment's Cataclysm, the upcoming next expansion for the company's popular MMO, World of Warcraft. The article focuses on the starting zone content available for the game's various races, grading it from Best to Not Acceptable.

The expansion will allow players to adventure as two new playable races, bring their characters to level 85, take on challenging quests and dungeons in all-new zones, and experience dramatic changes to familiar aspects of the game in the wake of a world-shattering disaster.

Blizzard has clearly put forth a good deal of effort in Cataclysm to make the experience for new players a more friendly and positive undertaking. A new player who enjoys the first hour or so of gameplay is going to be thirsting for more. A new player who is frustrated or bored may let their trial account expire without a second thought. Having personally seen new players try the game, not finding it to their liking, and give it up rather quickly, I wanted to take a closer look at the newbie quests and zones in Cataclysm and see how Blizzard’s efforts in creating an engaging and enjoyable starting experience have developed. For the purposes of this article, the starting zone is limited to the area for characters levels 1 through 5, just as they are taking their first steps into the world of Azeroth. For these rankings, I took the following three major aspects into account:
  • Does the starting zone give a good idea of what it means to be a member of the race?
  • Are your actions important? Do the stakes presented give you a feeling of accomplishment?
  • Are you enjoying it? Is it exciting? Is it fun?
All reviews based on content available in World of Warcraft Cataclysm Beta Patch

Warning! Spoilers ahead!
Check out the full article and screenshots at the link below.

Skewed & Reviewed: WoW Cataclysm Preview
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World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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