Thursday, September 27, 2012

Blizzard's Masterpiece?

Spinks, one of my favorite bloggers, wrote a comment on her own story that I found quite interesting:

I think this could well be Blizzard’s masterpiece. So blown away by what I have seen so far. There are slower parts (like wandering through Valley of the Four Winds) but the payoff, when it comes, is amazing.

Could she be right?  Could Mists of Pandaria be Blizzard's apex?  Could these furry, funny, meditating pandas be the absolute zenith of WoW?

I think she's spot-on.

So far, Mists of Pandaria is scratching all the right places.  It's the perfect balm for my recent MMO hurts.  It's funny yet poignant.  It's action-packed yet contemplative.  The player crashes onto the shores of Pandaria amid violence and hate, but while traversing the land the beautiful tapestry Pandaren cultural unfurls before you.  Yes, there are kill-fetch quests.  Yes, you have to collect oranges and guts.  This is World of Warcraft after all.

But then there are other moments.  Moments like meeting the Jade Dragon.  Moments like listening to the lore lesson on the Wandering Isle.  Simple moments where NPCs meet and greet you.  It's the simple things, really, that affect you the most.

Is MoP Blizzard's masterstroke?  The greatest of all their expansions?

My inclination, right now, is to 'yes.'  And I can't wait to find out what lays in store for me.

4 comments:

  1. I would think that two days after release is a bit early to judge an expansion's place in the pantheon.

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    1. That's why it's an inclination only :D But so far the way MoP feels and plays, it's going really well.

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  2. I decided to have a peek, and paid for a month. After downloading (argh!) and re-installing the most basic mods(ARGH!) I played through the Pandaren starting area.

    Dear goddess, I forgot just how bloody colourful WoW is. It felt like a sugar-high. :D And the music! *melts* And female Pandarens aren' anorexic beanstalks! *yay*
    I also liked the story of the starting area. At one point I seriously fought with tears. That poor turtle!
    I really didn't expect to have so much fun, and now I am seriously considering shelling out the money for the expansion. Hmmmm....

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    1. So far, I'm enjoying myself to a stupid degree. WoW's a lot of fun in a 'get in, zone out' type of way. Mists has been a total homerun for me, for now.

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