Not sure I’m looking forward to it
WotLK, that is. Oh, some things are fascinating. And Blizzard does good art, and decent story, and has done a fair job of keeping the same old same old (grinding) disguised. (And before there’s any “well, go to this game”, that same old same old is present in most of the games.)
It’s the hero class they’ve created that has me hesitant. Yay, everybody gets to be Undead.
See, I don’t like undead. I don’t really mind playing the race, and they’ve some neat talents and racial bonuses. But the story line…
No, I need to get more specific. Pardon while I ramble a bit.
I sympathize with and honor the idea of these undead who have broken from the Lich King. Who have become that being’s mortal enemy, and seek to destroy it and its slaves (the scourge). But when you get to digging… There is a large part of that realm which isn’t doing so for “good”, but merely to seize that power. Now, my personal definition of evil is “love of power above all else”. MAKE them do this, it’s for their own good, is the essence of evil. So these members of the Undead race are, quite simply, evil. And it shows in several of the quests. They wish to unleash their own plague upon the living. Oh, the humans, and the dwarves and the gnomes and the elves and the tentacled ones for now. But reread the quests. The living is their antithesis, and they’re only testing it upon those in the alliance. Eventually… death comes to us all, so why not just join while you’ve the opportunity? They are a betrayal awaiting opportunity.
The flashes of remembrance of living – of love and life – are written to underscore this antipathy. Be it Until Death do us Part or Journey to the Undercity, the message is plain. We have lost what we were, we miss it, but DAMN you if you make us openly remember. And in consequence, “You shall join us.”
Tragedy pending. With a large helping of evil.
Now the thing that makes this seem a bit hypocritical is that every race – with the possible exception of the gnomes – has this element of evil within it. What makes the difference, I think, is that in all the other cases (excepting, possibly, the Blood Elves), the leadership objects and attempts to restrain it. Lady Sylvanas, however… go do that Journey quest. She’s part and parcel of the plan. And as a consequence many – perhaps most – of the quests of the undead not dealing with destroying the scourge are little steps toward releasing the New Scourge upon the living.
An oddity – something I’ve noticed and mused upon – is that there are undead humans and elves, but no undead gnomes, dwarves, orcs or tauren. I recognize why, of course – the scourge didn’t make it to those lands thanks to the efforts of the elves and humans. Still, it causes me to wonder.
Anyway, there we are with a race that bothers me – that is headed by evil regardless of individual tendencies. And the very first heroic class is… of that same evil. The Death Knight. Black Paladins. Undead warriors of renown, who as players will have as their first step the escape from servitude to the Lich King – the same path already trod by the Forsaken.
I may roll a death knight, but I doubt it. And if the game becomes dominated by this class, it may spell the end. It’s a personal idiosyncrasy, but it’s strong nonetheless. My characters resist working with the undead – whether alliance or horde. shrug.
We’ll see. In the meantime, have fun.