Epic Battle, Epic Gameplay

 

A hero dies. Alliances torn asunder. Betrayal  thick as the smoke of war. A city to be reclaimed. Legends come alive. Victory, however short, is still sweet.

for the past three weeks I’ve been doing the quests in DragonBlight, to get here. The Wrathagte quest. After flying on the back of a dragon taking out enemies, I’m summoned to see Sauerfang’s son, to begin the assault on the wrathgate. 

****SPOILERS****

If you haven’t gotten here yet, or don’t play Warcraft, then I’d skip this. Here is the cinematic which starts and ends perhaps the greatest piece of gaming ever created.  Even if you don’t play, check out this clip, as it’s still some great storytelling.

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What follows are some screenshots (naturally), followed by my closing thoughts.

 

Wrathgate on fire, right after the cinematic.
Wrathgate on fire, right after the cinematic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following orders to see Thrall, in a VERY empty Orgrimmar
Following orders to see Thrall, in a VERY empty Orgrimmar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attack on UnderCity
Attack on UnderCity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A long, long LONG fight...
A long, long LONG fight...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's go home, old friend
Let's go home, old friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The absolute Epic feel of fighting with Thrall and Lady Sylvanas in order to reclaim UC, is something many games try to accomplish (the epic feeling I mean), and few ever do. To be able to do so in an MMORPG, is nothing short of amazing.  By the end of the this very long fight (close to 25 minutes) I felt I had aaccomplished something. I FELT like a hero. That my fighting actually meant something. It’s not something I’ve ever felt in a game (the closest was Planescape: Torrent) and dammit, I want to do it again. 

After a month of release, Wrath of the Lich King is nothing short of phenomenal. For those who quit, start again. For those not in Northrend yet, get on over there, it’s a trip you’ll never regret.