Thursday, August 16, 2012

News Filter: WOW MOP TLR

  • The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria trailer is out. You've probably watched it, but I really like embedding videos now.
  • Opinions are mixed, as I've come to expect from the internet. I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I like having actually Horde and Alliance characters in the video again. I love that it evokes a sense of mystery about the world. And I love that it returns to the whimsy that has always been a hallmark of the game. If the trailer tells me anything, it's "This is going to be fun."

  • Since I love Top Five lists, here are the WoW trailers from my most to least favorite:

    • World of Warcraft - The first is still the best. It introduced the world, the characters, and the conflict cleanly and clearly.

    • The Burning Crusade - Following in the footsteps of the first, TBC's trailer sticks with the character focus while giving a hi

    • Mists of Pandaria - See above. It feels like a natural continuation of the first two trailers.

    • Cataclysm - Like the WotLK trailer, this is more about telling a story than introducing a world. But it pretty cool seeing Azeroth messed up like that.

    • Wrath of the Lich King - Definitely the worst of the trailers. It is beautiful from a technical perspective. But it takes the focus away from the characters and the world and places instead on the big Blizzard story instead. No thank you.

  • What did you think of the new trailer? Which one was your favorite?

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  1. I actually hadn't seen the trailer yet, so thanks for embedding it. It didn't change my mind about skipping this expansion, although I'm not really skipping the expansion so much as I am done with the game itself, but it did make me wish Blizzard would give up on making games and make animated movies instead.

  2. I agree with your ranking on the trailers completely. The MoP trailer is entertaining, but it's also a cartoon to a greater degree than any of the past trailers. I feel it's a signal that Blizzard is no longer committed to making a serious game at all, in terms of narrative or content that caters to hardcores.

  3. Addendum (to clarify): Not to imply that MoP won't be fun. I think it will, I'll put in my month or two gunning through it. The trailer just seems to me like one of multiple lines of evidence pointing to a shift in focus from here on out.

  4. I think I mentioned on Twitter that the first trailer is still my favorite, but I'm completely biased because my main is a druid and that particular cinematic made the class look so badass. I still remember seeing that night elf female run through the woods and that moment she shapeshifted into a panther was like pure awe for me.

    I liked the Panderia trailer, I thought it was all right. I appreciated the bit of humor in it too.