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WoW: maybe not

While I haven’t been playing LoTRO so much, I’ve been having a go at WoW. And it hasn’t grabbed me. I know when a game has. I devour as much information as I can about it; on forums, websites, in magazines. But with WoW, nothing. No intense reading round class build, skills, background.

I’ve tried to work out why. At first I though it could simply be that WoW was not LoTRO. But I’m enjoying Rift and have exhibited many of the ‘Berath grabbed by game’ signs. So it’s got to be WoW itself.

Well to start with, I don’t like the Art style. This is probably a major factor. I always thought gameplay trumped appearance for me, but in the case of WoW it has proved an irritant; the mix of archetypical fantasy and cartoon. Not my taste.

I find it difficult to navigate. I have been questing, mainly to level so that I can keep up with my instance group (the reason why I’m continuing to play is my little group). I have found mayself completing the quests in one hub and then being directed to another quest hub. However, on arriving, I’ve found all the available quests to be lower level and instead of getting 1900+ per quest I’m getting around 600. When my main goal is to level, this is frustrating.

Then there are the hills. Why does WoW put things on the top of hils and then make it so difficult to find the way up? Do they think we enjoy the challenge of finding a path amongst a wealth of dead ends and slopes that look as if they can be climbed but can’t be? A couple of times I’ve just given up.

And finally the ‘witty’ modern references and wacky humour. From time to time it does amuse, but generally I am a grim and humourless person, not a Terry Pratchett fan here, it wears thin.

So, not grabbed.

I’ll continue playing because of my Group which I really enjoy and, a positive here, it seems it’s possible to level mainly through the instances/dungeons; there are many of them. They are well designed and I can see the designers trying to be creative; in general I do appreciate and understand the vastness and detail of the World.

But apart from that I will be playing my other games. Probably not too bad a thing in my time-limited life; I have a feeling that WoW will survive.