[World of Warcraft] I decided to cash in some of my gift cards from Christmas and ordered online two copies of the World of Warcraft expansion, the Burning Crusade. I was surprised to get an email soon after telling me to come on in and pick them up, one for me and one for my wife. I really had expected them to be sold out. There was actually about 100 boxes still on the shelf when I got there.
I got home pretty late last night, so we decided to just upgrade our accounts and install the expansion, perhaps trying to patch before going to bed. 30 minutes later we were done. It was a beautiful thing, couldn’t have gone any better. So we decided to log in and check out the new races. We changed our realm to Doomhammer where my brother (who was already level 64!!) plays and normally encounter a huge queue in the evenings. We got right on, that was unusual.
Everything was going great until we both took a look at the new character models. To be honest, we were quite underwhelmed. It was our opinion that they seemed unfinished. They seemed to lack some of the details present on the first races. It was hard to put our finger on it, but we both agreed, something was off. They looked more cartoonish I guess.
We created Blood Elves, one male and one female. We spent some time laughing at the odd hair styles and default clothing. We logged in and while busy, it was not nearly as crowded as I thought it would be in the newbie area.
The running, jumping and fighting animations all seemed weird to us. The way they stand looks unnatural to us. Perhaps it was just because it was new, but we really were turned off by the whole thing. Looking around, some of the scenery seemed less polished than we had grown to expect from Blizzard. I’m not saying it was crappy, but it certainly seemed below the standards Blizzard had set.
We had decided previously to play Blood Elves but now we are not sure. We spent this morning over breakfast trying to come to terms with exactly what is bothering us. All we know is something about the Blood Elves appearance and movement is too quirky. The female running animation looks really funky. The spin jump is corny. The way the males jump with the knees to the side, who jumps like that? All the time? Weird. It’s almost as if they changed everything they could to make them different than Night Elves, and I mean everything. Perhaps they went too far just trying to be different, I’m not sure.
We did not spend any time looking at the Draenei yet, other than just at the character models. I can say this, I will not play a Draenei male, they look really odd to me. So we are a little bit up in the air now, but we will stick with these Blood Elves for now and see if they grow on us.