World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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It's amazing

on 6/11/2012

Blizzard tears WoW to the ground and builds it up more skillfully than ever before. The new content is creative, has a tangible sense of story and progression that you wouldn't expect from an MMO, and is implemented so skillfully and smoothly that the bumps in the road are actually a bit jarring. Excellent art design goes a long way at concealing the cracks and wrinkles in a ten-year-old engine.

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An ancient evil lies dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane. Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire. Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.


Manufacturer Activision Blizzard
Mfg Part# 72847
SKU 216744379
UPC 020626728478
UPC 14 00020626728478
Format PC
ReviewSource Atomic Gamer
Review Cataclysm is a love letter to fans of World of Warcraft, as it celebrates everything that made the original game so successful while carefully updating the old game to the new standard of play that Blizzard has set. With that new design philosophy finally "coming home", the far-off lands of Northrend and Outland seem like a distant memory - well, at least, until you realize that you still have to visit them to level from 60 to 80 or so. Despite that, this expansion is chock full of new content for both new and old players, lowbies and power-gamers, and it's really one of the best experiences you can have in an MMORPG - assuming you've got the time to play as well as a good group of friends to enjoy it with.
Reviewer Jeff Buckland
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Eurogamer
Review It's difficult to score Cataclysm, because, as Rob pointed out, there has simply never been a gaming product like this before. Judged purely as an expansion pack and leaving the free patch content to one side, it's excellent but ever so slightly underwhelming...Cataclysm doesn't just make WOW better. It does something even more valuable than that; it renews it. It fires your excitement at starting on that long road one more time, and invites you to relish the journey just as much as you'll lose yourself in its ending. If the price we have to pay for that is that it's a little less magical and a little more Magic Kingdom, then that is a price we will all willingly, happily pay.
Reviewer Oli Welsh
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource GamerVision
Review While incredibly epic, the changes are a little bittersweet. To those that have played since the beginning (myself included) it feels a little sacrilegious. This virtual world is somewhere many have spent a good portion of their lives spending time, being entertained and forging friendships. But what has Blizzard done? They've given us all the more reason to stay in this world, continue to explore it and fight for it against Deathwing. World of Warcraft has never been a game that breaks boundaries. What Blizzard has excelled at is taking ideas from other places, refining and improving them, and making them their own. With Cataclysm they've done something that has never been done before on this scale: they took one of the most popular and successful games in history, and utterly changed it. I, for one, love them for it.
Reviewer GamerVision
ReviewRating 9
Archaeology: Master a new secondary profession to unearth valuable artifacts and earn unique rewards.
Classic Zones Remade: Familiar zones across the original continents of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms have been altered forever and updated with new content, from the devastated Badlands to the broken Barrens, which has been sundered in two.
Flying Mounts in Azeroth: Explore Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms like never before.
Guild Advancement: Progress as a guild to earn guild levels and guild achievements.
Level Cap Increased to 85: Earn new abilities, tap into new talents, and progress through the path system, a new way for players to improve characters.
More Raid Content than Ever Before: Enjoy more high-level raid content than previous expansions, with optional more challenging versions of all encounters.
New High-Level Zones: Explore newly opened parts of the world, including Uldum, Grim Batol, and the great Sunken City of Vashj'ir beneath the sea.
New PvP Zone & Rated Battlegrounds: Take on PvP objectives and daily quests on Tol Barad Island, a new Wintergrasp-like zone, and wage war in all-new rated Battlegrounds.
New Race and Class Combinations: Explore Azeroth as a gnome priest, blood elf warrior, or one of the other never-before-available race and class combinations.
Two New Playable Races: Adventure as one of two new races--the cursed worgen with the Alliance or the resourceful goblins with the Horde.
Two New Playable Races - Goblins and Worgen
Level Cap Increased to 85
Classic Zones Remade
New High-Level Zones
Flying Mounts in Azeroth
Product Attributes
ESRB Rating T (Teen)
Game Genre Role Playing Games / Action
System Type Mac / PC
Albert Gil Morera, Meristation ...all this destruction comes the best expansion appeared to date...
John Funk, The Escapist The new content is creative, has a tangible sense of story and progression...
Samantha Nelson, The Onion AV ...polishes the game experience, but keeps all the basics that made it so successful.
Taimoor Hafeez, MeGamers A brilliant addition...Epic!
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