Feeds
90%
World of Warcraft Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

OK, where are the pandas?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

All the better to see you with

How do the Cataclysm visuals bear up against more recent MMOs? Recent patches have brought the graphics up to date, and Vashj'ir does indeed look impressive, with the water and light improvements being the most noticeable. Flying in Azeroth for a mere 250 gold, you say? Cheap at the price, and a welcome change from previous mount capability gouging! Being able to fly over stormwind was very dramatic and brought a small tear to my eye; this is an experience every long-time WoW player has waited for, and it is worth the wait.

World of Warcraft Cataclysm

Raining cataclysms and wolves

I am looking forward to running both Black Rock Caverns and Throne of Tides; both apparently entertaining dungeons but they will have to wait until I have managed to catch up on at least a couple of hours of sleep. On Tuesday, the queues to get into the game are ridiculous. And I had to wait a couple of hours yesterday evening to get in. I’m sure this will improve and this shouldn’t really affect the rating of this game. My main disappointment is that the quest reward gear isn't more powerful, which is obviously tied to only having five levels to work with. Like most people, I wanted my Tier 10 gear to be totally redundant after Mount Hyjal: new outfits FTW!

Chatting to people in my guild, the opinion was expressed that getting to level 85 and still having 90 per cent of your Tier 10 gear takes a lot of fun out of the levelling experience – who wants to look the same at level cap as they did at the beginning of the expansion?

Failing dismally as an arena player, but enjoying PvP as much as the next cow, I’m really looking forward to Battle for Gilneas, which seems to be the new Arathi basin and Twin Peaks, which is the new Warsong Gulch.

World of Warcraft Cataclysm

Bright eyes

Verdict

RH Recommended Medal

There is a lot of content I don’t have time or space to address here in depth but one thing I can be sure of is the beauty of Cataclysm lies in the end-game content and all the extra dungeons, raids and other PvP content that will be added in the next couple of years. Blizzard has pulled out the stops to make this a user-friendly experience for noobs while making some necessary changes to keep those who have renewed their subscriptions happy with a lot of improvements and extras. ®

More Games Reviews

Donkey Kong
Country Returns
Doctor Who:
Return to Earth
Tron
Evolution
007
Need for Speed:
Hot Pursuit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

90%
World of Warcraft Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Sleep who needs it? Beautiful new starting zones, flying mounts in Azeroth and playable werewolves outweigh server queues and lack of pandas. This blizzard has brought Christmas early. Available on PC and Mac.
Price: £40 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras
Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad
Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.