Countless orcs died to bring you this post today. I am now level 100 and readying up to take on WoD endgame after a frenzied weekend of questing and leveling. So is Warlord of Draenor good? Considering that I’ve spent close to 5 days playing an average of 10 hours a day I’d say yes. The best part is that I did so because I wanted to and not because I felt like I had to. I’m writing this while waiting for documents to arrive and the only thing I’m thinking about is running home to play some more.
So I’m going to upgrade my score of WoD from good to Old-school Blizzard good. It has been a long time since Blizzard glued me to my computer an entire weekend without me even realizing.
There was even serious talk in guild over the weekend as to if this was the best expansion ever and while we’re all reserving final judgement for later when we had a proper taste of endgame so far things are looking favorable.
We’re talking about a guild full of jaded WoW veterans here… You could argue that it’s just the new expansion honeymoon period but not since Burning Crusade have I seen this kind of reaction. Even if WoD only reaches BC level in terms of expansion quality it would be quite an accomplishement.
I wish I had a well written list of reasons as to why I love this expansion so much but it’s a bit hard to describe. The garrison is a fantastic idea, the quests and lore blew my mind more than once, the music is fantastic (will kill for downloadable soundtrack) and the zones are gorgeous. I don’t want to go into detailed analysis because each of these point merits a post of their own.
But I think the most important point for me is that for the first time in a long while I feel like I’m playing WoW again and not a loot generator game with raids inside of it. The best part is that I cannot say for sure why I feel this way. I have theories of course but no certitude.
And you know what? I think that this is WoD greatest achievement, to make me forget I’m playing a game and make me not see the gears and numbers at work. Last weekend, I was simply exploring Draenor and it was the greatest feeling ever.