As I write this post I am currently enroute to Shadowmoon Valley to finish up the last half of a level before I leave Burning Crusade behind forever.Â Experiencing the Burning Crusade for the first time these past few days, the first few days of my return to WoW, have been interesting.Â Looking back at the various zones, quests, and the overall feel of the expansion leaves me with this incredibly strong feeling: I’m not at all sorry that I missed the Burning Crusade.
I’m not sure what it is… no, wait, I am sure.Â It’s the bizarreness of the zones and the incredibly mundane questing.Â Â Hellfire Peninsula was a lot of fun.Â I really enjoyed the sense of storyline that came through the questing as the orcs set up their outposts just inside the Dark Portal.Â The questing was not entirely “kill 10 rats” and the zone was laid out to be friendly to questing.Â There seemed to be a lot of ad hoc pvp going on.Â Moving to Zangarmarsh the sense of atmosphere was really strong.Â I enjoyed the overall theme there because it kept a strong sense of purpose and the questing wasn’t entirely mundane, although it was moving that way rather quickly.
Where the content took a turn for the worse was in Nagrand.Â Although the scenery and lore here is very well done,Â the questing in Nagrand destroyed the experience and seemed to set a precedence for the following zones that I just couldn’t shake.Â The “kill 10 30 rats” method of questing seemed really rushed and thrown together here.Â It became tedious and almost too much to bare.Â Thankfully the exp curve allowed us to be picky about which ones we finished.
Blades Edge Mountains and Netherstorm…. 1 sec, feeling nauseas.Â Okay, sorry about that.Â Even the thought of those two places makes me sick.Â I’ll skip over my hatred for Blades Edge and go straight to planet bizarre, aka Netherstorm.Â Words do not do it justice; perhaps only these three letters: WTF?
I walked away from this blog entry after arriving in Shadowmoon Valley to finish up my exp for 68.Â Â I’ve just finished going through the first two waves of quests from the first outpost and so far so good.Â I’m liking this area a lot because of how tightly packed the quest mobs area and how simple the objectives.Â The only downer so far has been getting stuck in combat – i think it has to do with these infernals raining from the sky.Â Overall I’m glad it’s ending on a good note here in Shadowmoon.
Maybe the mindset of just getting through BC hurt some of the enjoyment that could have been had, but the fact remains here that the leveling content is what it is – thrown together.
Tonight I’ll be stepping foot into Howling Fjord and beginning my adventures in Northrend.