Monday, 13 June 2011

The Shattering!

World of Warcraft - Cataclysm is the latest release from Blizzard Entertainment. Announced in 2009 at Blizzcon, which is the Blizzard Convention held every year in California, Cataclysm is the third expansion in the series, following up from the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. Cataclysm has been the biggest expansion so far, as it underwent drastic changes in preparation for Deathwing (The BAD guy) to wreak havoc on Azeroth, this includes re-modeling the world, introducing new spells and talents, new mounts, new races, new quests and more importantly new content!

Now, the first thing in this long review that I want to talk about, is the new races that are involved within the expansion. Burning Crusade introduced Blood Elves and Draenei, Wrath of the Lich King introduced the new hero class Death-Knights, however. In Cataclysm, they released two new races, which are Goblins and Worgen.
  • The Goblins are alongside the Horde faction as the Orcs and Trolls helped the Goblin escape from Kezan and the Lost Isles after Deathwing shattered their island and homeland. 
  • The Worgen are alongside the Alliance faction after the Undead began to wreak havoc within Gilneas, so they sought after the Humans and Night Elves in order to help them fight back.
Since the world has been re-modeled, there has been plenty of new quests, new areas that have not been discovered by young adventurers before and that said, there are new zones that have popped up out of no where due to Deathwing shattering the world. The new areas that are included are; Hyjal, Vashj'ir, Deepholm, Uldum and also the Twilight Highlands!
  • Now, Hyjal is one of the beginning questing zones for those who are level 80. The questing experience of Hyjal takes you through the visions of Ysera and Malfurion Stormrage and it is your job to help the Archdruids of Nordrassil to regain control of the Mountainous region of Hyjal by eliminating the Twilight Cultists! 
  • Vashj'ir which is the second questing zone for those who are level 80 takes you through the eyes of the Earthen Ring trying to eliminate the nasty Naga from taking over the coasts of the Eastern Kingdoms!  
  • Deepholm is the exciting zone in the middle of the Maelstrom. This takes you through the eyes of the Earthen Ring and the forces of Therazane trying to find out the cause of the lost troops and the repairment of the Pillar of the Earth.  
  • Uldum takes you through the Egyptian like deserts in order to find out the tales of Harrison Jones and the escapement of the Ramhaken as they finally escape the grips of Al'akir. 
  • And last but not least is the Twilight Highlands which is the battle between the Dragonmaw Clan and the Wildhammer Clan. Aswell as the Red-Dragonflight taking force to Deathwing throughout the zone!
When you have finished questing through the above zones, you should reach 85 and then begin your real adventures of the World of Warcraft. This includes taking force to the opposing faction through Player vs. Player experiences, blasting through dungeons and even tackling the new raid bosses that have been introduced into the game!
  • There has been three new Player Vs. Player changes to the current expansion, they've introduced two new battlegrounds aswell as a PVP stronghold in which people fight for to unlock the secrets of Baradin Hold. The two new battlegrounds are; Twin Peaks and also the Battle for Gilneas. Twin Peaks is a Capture the Flag type battleground. You must obtain 3 flags in order to win, or whoever has the most flags capped after the 25minute time limit. The Battle for Gilneas is a domination type battleground, as there are 3 nodes and you cap the nodes to win, the first team to 2000 points wins the battleground!
  • There are quite a few new dungeons involved in this expansion, Blackrock Caverns, The Throne of the Tides, Vortex Pinnacle, The Stonecore, Lost City of Tol'vir, Grim Batol, Halls of Origination and also the two new remodeled instances of Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep. Each of the above dungeons has attached lore involved in it, so dungeons are quite enjoyable as you start off in the game!
  • Last but not least, the raid content. There has been three new raids introduced into the game at this stage. Which are the Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent and also the Throne of the Four Winds. You and up to 9 (10man) or 24 (25man) allies must rally through these raids in order to stop Deathwings minions from furthermore causing havoc throughout Azeroth. Once you kill these bosses, they unlock an extra difficulty in which you can kill for increased gear. This applies to dungeoning aswell.
Just like many MMORPG's there is a currency involved, and in World of Warcraft generally it is Gold, which is obtained from selling/buying stuff on the Auction House or completing quests to obtain gold. In order to obtain gear, you can do either of the three topics that I have listed above, in Player Vs Player, Dungeoning and Raiding.

Below is a screenshot of World of Warcraft, and yes. If you're wondering I do play it, hence why this review is really, really long.

The only thing that is really bad about World of Warcraft, and Cataclysm in general is that it is really, really expensive to begin to play. You must acquire all expansions and also pay $15.00 a month in order to keep playing, another downside is that the servers come down practically every night for rolling-restarts and maintenance on every Tuesday, which causes disruption in your playing style if you only have time to play during the night. However, the positives are what I have listed in this whole review, so yeah.

This game is really worth it, in my opinion, however the cost of it kind of turns people away. It costs $29.99 for the Original Expansion, followed by the Burning Crusade which is also $29.99 furthermore followed by the Wrath of the Lich King which is ALSO $29.99 and then on top of that you have Cataclysm which is $49.99. So, all in all it costs $150.00 AUD to start off and then you have to furthermore pay an extra $15.00 a month to continue playing.

Thanks for the continued support, Shif7 out!


  1. I will look into this game. Thanks man

  2. I love WoW. It is hard to come up with the money to pay each month bt my love for the game is too strong. I must kepp playing lol. Great post though!

  3. Looks pretty dope, I miss my old days of playing WOW, but I'm 4 years sober, and plan on keeping it that way :)

  4. all i can say is screw WoW its a huge waste of time .-.

  5. I couldn't agree with your post more. If it's value you want from a game - you can't beat WoW - there's so much to do.

  6. Warning, It is very addicting. Many of my friends are playing it everyday thus affecting them in class the morning after.

  7. WoW is one of the greatest out there altho these days they're only after the money and that brings down the quality of the game imo... thats why I quited

  8. I just started playing wow again today, and its $14.20AUD (tried today) since our dollar is higher then the us... which is awesome, $30 for Lich king.. I've been looking for another copy and the cheapest I've found was $50AUD(JB HiFI) and $58AUD at Eb games :(

  9. will take a look as well. good job and keep it up.

  10. Reading this reminded me of why I enjoyed WoW so much. I will admit, I am a Cata baby because I did not start playing until after Cata came out. I had to quit a few months ago because of money problems, but as soon as I get that straightened out, I am going back.

  11. @Burn Paradox, yeah. It's expensive at EB/Jb Hi-Fi. However, try the Blizzard Store, I'll give you a link. It's $20 cheaper than retail as it's a digital download.

    For some reason Burning Crusade is $9.99 and Wrath of the Lich King is $29.99, however. It's still saving you money instead of directly paying full price at the major retail chains, ie. Cataclysm is $40.00 here. Buying direct from Blizzard is the way to go in my opinion, if you're interested in playing of course.

  12. Hmmm, tempted to fire up my old WOW account now.

  13. I stopped playing WoW before Cataclysm came out and I don't plan to play it again, still I gotta admit when seeing things like this I get the desire to play...

  14. Yeah the prices you listed at the end are the exact reason I don't play WOW, I just cannot justify paying that much for a game, no matter how many hours of game play you get out of it.

  15. I really want to check it out, but I can't afford the monthly payments.