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Default WoW: Cataclysm

I used to play WoW for a bit off and on with a lvl80 BE Rogue being my toughest toon, but decided to leave it officially behind in lieu of my EVE Online interests. Still, with this new expansion released not too long ago I couldn't help but fire up a trial account to investigate just how much of Azeroth has changed.

At least, from the perspective of a Lvl 1 Orc (or Ork, if you please) Warrior with no expansion support. From what I found, not much is really all that different so far. (Key words: So far.)

The landscape has been changed not only to fit with the so called cataclysmic event, but to add more character to the land. While I found 'cataclysm' an exageration to describe how much of the game world has changed by violence, I found the game world to be a much more pleasant and detailed environment. Many of the cities had a facelift, and Orgrimmar seemed to of changed the most. It no longer looks like a village out of the Flintstones and definitely appears to be a lot more 'Orcy'.

Still, there hasn't seemed to have been much devastation along the landscape as I had first anticapated. Yet my biggest qualm is with the redesigned quests. For the most part, they are the exact same quests reformatted to fit with the new era. Better written and more interesting, for sure, but I expected a lot more.

Maybe I set my expectations a little too high for the latest expansion of WoW. While it's great that a huge facelift was added to the game for free to rejuvinate the atmosphere within such a long-standing MMO titan, with the exception of Cataclysm exclusive zones which require the purchase of the expansion itself and the added 81-85 levels, I hardly see it worth $40+ subscription fees. If you have the money to burn, I can dig that, but It's my opinion that this expansion should be no more than $20.

I must say, though, that the new areas added are breath taking from the vids/screenshots I've seen. Deepholm's environment in particular is a work of art. With that, I want to know if any WoW players who are in the new areas have anything to say about it all. Do you feel it's worth the $40? Are there any places or quests in particular that you loved or hated? How do the new Worgen and Goblin races factor in to gameplay?

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