Monday, October 01, 2012

Mists Weekend Thoughts

Progress

I've made it up to level 87. I've completed the first two zones, Jade Forest and Valley of the Four Winds, and am midway through Karasang Wilds.

Valley of the Four Winds

I really liked this zone. It's a pretty quiet zone that reminds a lot of Nagrand. Blizzard did an excellent job showing off the Pandaren daily life. Lots of interesting characters and situations. Plus the training montages were hilarious.

Farming

The farm at Halfhill market is really neat. It's a very simple mini-game, but it is very nice to slowly build something, to plant seeds and then harvest a crop. I think that's a mechanic which could stand more use. I'm currently growing carrots, to help level cooking.  What crops are you growing?

Storyteller Quests

Blizzard's new quest style is very interesting. There are quests where someone is telling you a story, and you play out the story as that character, as the person narrates what happened. It's an excellent use of the game dictum, "do, don't show or tell". The narration is very Bastion-like, and I find the whole setup just works. It makes it feel that there are other people in the world who are doing stuff.

Now obviously this could be overused, and you end up not playing your character, but random other people. But so far it seems like a judicious use that spices up questing.

Overall Thoughts

So far, Pandaria has continued to impress me. I am really enjoying leveling. I haven't yet had a chance to try out instances, mostly because I join the queue, then get caught up in the quests, then leave the queue so I can continue questing.

6 comments:

spinksville said...

I am growing turnips, had minor trauma yesterday when I realised I had planted PINK turnips and not WHITE ones. My guild were like "Ah yes, the pink turnip trap!"

I love what this added to the game (arrrgh, wrong turnips) but sometimes you do wonder.

Redbeard said...

Didn't Blizz put in Storyteller quests in the Old World in Cata? After all, there's one right outside Org's gates and there's the whole "The Day Deathwing Came" set from Badlands.

Mike Moore said...

The good thing about the farming is that you don't need to be higher than 85 to start it. I currently have 4 alts now supplying my main's carrot habit whilst they wait to be levelled.

Paul said...

I hope you like the big windup in Vot4W after you finish KW.

rimecat said...

Carrots, lots and lots of carrots. I was a bit surprised when I hit the 50-per-recipe-to-advance feasts. But not too bad overall; city cooking quests are 1 skill daily, two feats every five days, and the Dark Moon Faire is coming up this weekend for another five points.

Then I get to start catching Mantis Shrimp and working on Spirit food with, probably, Brewing after that, but maybe Agility food for trying Enhance...

SirFWALGMan said...

I really hate the story telling ones kind of... I want to play me not some character who is turned into a machine with one button to press.

I guess I do not "hate" them. I was a little frustrated with the shooting one because it glitched on me twice and I ended up having to do it 3 times.

Not a huge fan though.