•February 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment
We’ve all heard of the announcement from Blizzard confirming the release of Cataclysm in 2010. Since it’s still pretty early into 2010, this time frame can be anything up to 10 months, although I doubt it’ll be coming out at the end of the year. But if Blizzard’s track record serves any indications, you can probably expect Cataclysm to hit the store maybe in the last quarter of this year.
Now the big question, what will we do in game to tide us over till the expansion? Bear in mind there’s a strong possibility Blizzcon will take place sometime in October. This gives us 8 months before Blizzcon and if they launch the expansion after that, it’ll be 9 months till we see Cataclysm.
We know there’ll be another patch coming with some new pve and pvp content as well as the patch 4.0 before the expansion, as been confirmed by a blue post in the forum. Now everyone is speculating about the next patch. Personally, I think it’ll be another Zul’ something raid, like with all previous expansions. Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman both came out as the last patch of content before expansion. Is this going to be enough to make you stay in the game until expansion? Arthas is not going to survive too much longer in hard mode. Will this lull in game drive players to try other MMOs coming out this year? Let’s take a look at what other MMOs are expected to come out this year.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic. It’s Star Wars, the fan base is already there, although it’s rumoured the game won’t be out until 2011, you never know if they’ll make a big push to get this game out if they learn the launch date of Cataclysm, to get a head start over Blizzard and lure the players away from WoW.
- Guild Wars 2. It’s a free MMO (no monthly fee, just have to buy the disks) and plays just like WoW. If WoW didn’t exist, Guild Wars would have a much bigger audience, the game is solid and plays well. Depending on the changes they make for 2, this might be something to draw players in since there’s no subscription fee involved.
- Lego Universe. Building on the success of all the Lego games out for the consoles, the younger players will feel more at home playing this as well as parents who enjoys MMO and would like to play with their children.
- APB: All Points Bulletin. Like GTA but in MMO form. This game looks interesting from what I can see so far. Cops vs robbers with loads of car chases. Could prove to be a dark horse this year. And it’s written by Realtime Worlds, the potential is there, but no one knows how it plays, going to keep a close eye on this game.
- Final Fantasy XIV. Having jumped ship from Final Fantasy XI online to WoW myself, FFXI will always have a soft spot in my heart. Blighted by the lack of new ideas for their expansions and the grindy nature of Japanese MMO, the core of the game is still top notch. One that I’ll certainly try when it comes out. (They’re currently accepting Beta testing applications).
- DC Universe Online. Champions Online was a disappointment, but DC Universe will have proper super heroes and villains to fight alongside with. Can corner the super hero market and maybe draw others in too.
- Need for Speed World. No idea how a racing game can turn into an MMO, but there are millions of Need for Speed fans out there. Could be fun joining a racing world if you’re into driving games. (they’re also taking applications for beta testing from their site).
There are some strong MMO schedule to come out this year, but whether it’ll draw players away from WoW remains to be seen. Or maybe Blizzard is confident in their loyal fanbase and don’t really see the need to push out games faster and expect everyone to just sit around and wait till they feel the game is ready. The younger players won’t attach themselves to a brand as easily as the older gamers, WoW is probably the only Blizzard game they have played. Will this “the game is ready when we feel it’s ready” approach have any repercussions to Blizzard seeing how many MMOs are coming out this year? The exodus before an expansion isn’t anything unusual, while they always return to WoW once the expansion is out, but partly because there isnt any competition out there at the time. But with titles like Star Wars and Final Fantasy, if they can provide a richer and more rewarding enviroment, it’s not inconceivable that the players will stick with it instead of returning to WoW.
Are you feeling a little jaded with WoW and which upcoming MMO piqued your interest? Final Fantasy XIV is definitely on my list and APB should be something to look forward to.
•February 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Having praised Blizzard for giving us Elemental Shaman a dps boost, they gone and take away one of our biggest upgrade in the form of 4 piece tier 10 bonus.
The old bonus of cutting Lava Burst by 1.5 seconds was a god sent because that’s our biggest damage spell in our arsenal, but now our Lava Burst just refresh our Flame Shocks for a further 6 seconds? That’s totally redundant and pointless. With so much running around in ICC on Bosses, you won’t hurt your rotation by throwing in the extra Flame Shock as it’ll be a filler spell while running around, so by refreshing it just makes it pointless.
Trust Blizzard to build up our hopes in one hand and take away more with the other. :(
•February 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment
It’s not easy being an Elemental Shaman in WoW. People just expect so much from you and for some reason, you just can’t seem to deliver what is expected of you even though your gear suggest otherwise. The problem with an Elemental Shaman is you are never supposed to top the dps chart if other dps in your raid knows what they’re doing. You’re there to make other casters look even better than what they should be. Is it the player’s fault? Partly, but more importantly, Blizzard just made the mechanics as such that an Elemental Shaman is nothing more than an utility player in the raiding cog. With so many gimmick fights in Icecrown and the constant repositioning needed for players to survive, it hits the casters hard on the dps front, especially with an Elemental Shaman who relies so heavily on a tight spell rotation to squeeze every last ounce of dps out of a fight that if you can’t be stationary for any stretch of time, you will not see your name appear anywhere near the top of the dps chart. Of course I’m talking in a perfect raiding group where everyone knows their class inside out and the discrepancy in each class will be more prevalent.
Throughout the Wrath of Lich King expansion, we been asking Blizzard to buff us up to bridge our dps gap with others, all we got so far has been the change to our Fire Nova totem. To be honest, they may aswel not be bothered with that change. It did add a more viable option to our AoE, but how many of us are really that bothered about how much dps we do on trash? Blizzard know we are under powered, so I’m delighted to hear about the upcoming change to our dps boost in patch 3.2.2
We will now get a flat 5% dps boost which will bring us more competitive with other classes. It would be ridiculous to boost us so much that we can overtake the pure dps class, afterall, we’re a hybrid class, for anyone to think we should be on par with the likes of Rogues and Mages etc is just being silly. So I’m really happy with our little dps boost Blizzard is going to implement in our next patch, now all I’m asking is for Blizzard to think long and hard about itemisation to mail gear. If you take a look through the loot list from ICC, there’s hardly any suitable mail gear for an Elemental Shaman. While my guild leader is very understanding to allow me to roll on cloth gear, I’m still quite reluctant to take cloth gear from our mages and warlocks. So here’s hoping Blizzard will see some sense and give us more options as far as mail gear is concerned.
Now on to the raiding front. I haven’t really done much this week except the 10man ICC on tuesday. We have Queen Lana’thel left in crimson wing, I hope we will get a good run on Monday and get her before the final wing opens on tuesday. The Blood Prince council fight wasn’t all that hard, and because I was assigned the job of keeping the kinetic bombs from hitting the ground, I found myself bored out of my mind in that fight. Staring at the ceiling during the whole fight isn’t what I would call exciting, and when you can’t even use a macro to target the kinetic bombs, it makes targetting them that much harder if you happen to get a gravitus cloud on you to block your view. Our 25 man group have Festergut and Rotface down while I been away with personal engagements. I hope it’s not just some dumb luck they got through and they can repeat that success when I’m back raiding full time. Putricide will really test if they’ve learned anything at all in the Rotface fight.
•January 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Been a while since I updated this blog because of the holiday season the guild’s lack of raids. With the new wing open in Icecrown Citadel, things are starting to get interesting. If you have the notion of Icecrown being a faceroll, you better have a rethink, Rotface and Festergut, though not overtly hard, it’ll pose more of a challenge than you previously had in ICC. Rotface is a fight where you will need to pay attention for the duration of the fight and Festergut is a total gear check because of the short enrage timer. Haven’t had a chance to see Putricide yet because my guild only had 1 day of raid time since the new wing opened.
News about Blizzard is going to make changes to Shaman’s Tier 10 4 set bonus is still unclear at this time, will have to see if the change is going to be positive or negative before I’m going to comment on it.
On WoW.com this past month, there’s been a lot of blog post from Adam Holisky writing trash again, first he post about wow players are pressing it’s own self destruct button because of all he QQing, then he pick up some positive changes to how Blizzard is going to restore hacked account and made it into a negative piece. Here’s a link to that very post.
May I remind you all how Blizzard is dealing with hacked account right now. They’ll get you on the phone and verify a few details, then they’ll put you in a queue to roll back the date before your account got hacked and restore all the items you lost, albeit with a wait time of generally a couple of weeks. Tell me if I’m wrong here, if Blizzard is going to give those of you that got hacked, a packaged deal to facilitate the process of restoring your account, isn’t that a good thing for those to take the packaged deal if the account didn’t really have that much valuable items in it? And here’s something really funny, and I’m going to quote what Mr Holisky said, “ If the player does not accept this care package, they are then forced to go into a character restoration queue that is consistently several days to weeks long.” Woah, hang on a second buddy, you are forced into a queue??? What was the alternative before the news of this? That’s right, you are in a queue to get your items restored anyway. What a load of bollocks. If anyone’s pressing the self destruct button, it’s people like him that is out there feeding false information to players to whip up a frenzy. If you are one of the readers of WoW.com, may I suggest you engage your brain and analyze the info before you start your QQing in Blizz forums.
On another note, I’ve played a lot of console games on my XBox 360. Bayonetta is a totally awesome game with beautiful graphics and the fights are amazingly choreographed with completely over the top effects, sometimes you just get lost in what’s going on and end up button mashing. If you enjoyed Devil May Cry, this game might not have the technical panache of DMC, but it certainly made up for it in its sheer exuberance.
Also played the demo for Dante’s Inferno, it’s similar to Bayonetta in it’s game mechanics, but the story seems a little more immersive, oh and lots of boobies :)
Will update again soon after I had more raid time. In the mean time, keep doing your daily random and build up those Frost emblems :)