Hey y’all, I will be the one doing the little online diary of World of Warcraft: Catacalysm. Of course, once I actually start the game, then there will be something interesting to talk about. But for now, I am waiting the installation of 25 gigs worth of expansion for the next day or two. Oh yeah, don’t forget about that when you buy the game. Twenty-five gigabytes is no laughing amount. A little spring cleaning on your hard drive is necessary.
So, let met introduce Cataclysm to you. If you don’t know already, this is the 3rd expansion pack of the World of Warcraft series. It features the increased level cap (to level 85), two new races (Goblin (Horde) and Worgen (Alliance), and the newly destroyed land of Azeroth. Basically that explains the large amount of gigs for this expansion– the entirety of Azeroth as we once knew in Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King, has been revamped (for better or worse).
So far I am really excited to start Cataclysm– I remember my good old days in Burning Crusade as Blood Elf Warlock, roaming around the free countryside and destroying n00bs. (And then getting destroyed by an Alliance member). This game won’t visually fail, that’s for sure. I’m expecting a pretty decent story behind the new races (Goblin and Worgen)– I’m just a little mad that Worgen ended up being on the Alliance rather than Horde. I’ll be starting off as a Worgen hopefully– but I’ve never left Horde before so this will be a brand new experience for me.
Anyways, a little tidbit on the installation– this download is ungodly. The main installation on the disc wasn’t too bad compared to the following one that requires an internet connection. (8 gigs for WoW classic client, 12 gigs for the installation on disc, and 4 gigs online for more components). You get the option of skipping some of the 4 gigs download, but that reduces gameplay quality– by a lot.
Since I have nothing else to add, I present to you the LITERAL Cataclysm trailer!
[Some technical issues to clarify]
If you already own WoW (classic)– you have to update to the latest patch (4.0x) to play Cataclysm. In addition, you will need The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King to play.
If you DON’T own WoW (classic)– you can download the FULL beta client at battle.net, which is WoW (classic) updated to 4.0x. Thus you don’t have to get the Burning Crusade OR Wrath of the Lich King to play Cataclysm. However, you still need a CD/Authentication Key to register your game (both WoW (classic) and Cataclysm).