Last night might have been the most chill expansion launch I’ve ever experienced. I hung out in Discord with just a couple friends and we explored on our own while chatting with each other. Nobody was racing to get to 120. I stayed up until around midnight, and got to 112. Both friends had left long before that. It was nice to take my time to read quests and watch cutscenes without feeling like I was getting left behind.
And oh, there are a lot of cutscenes this time around! When it launched, Legion felt like the most cinematic expansion ever, and BfA is already blowing it out of the water on that front. In the few hours we played last night, several comparisons were drawn to FFXIV and its frequent cutscenes. I hope they continue to find a good balance with them throughout the expansion. Cutscenes give more story and flavor, and they help you feel connections to the characters you are meeting. Too many cutscenes, however, can lead to boredom and frustration when you are on a roll and trying to level.
I’m not going to talk about the story too much since I haven’t even finished one zone yet. I am relieved and not too surprised that, at least at the start, we’ve left the faction war behind and are focusing on local concerns for the Zandalari. If I could just wander the continent with Meerah and Dolly and Dot, solving problems and fighting monsters with no horde vs. alliance conflict in sight forever I’d be pretty happy.
So that sums up my first evening with BfA. What do you folks think so far?
10 thoughts on “Battle for Azeroth: First impressions”
It has been a nice reprieve from the War events on the Alliance side too. Good to hear you had a wonder time in it last night. 🙂
I’m glad it’s been the same for the alliance. I’ll probably be leveling over there this weekend to check things out
I love seeing ME in the cutscenes! That is the best thing ever.
^ this. So much this.
Ooh, neat to see your character 🙂 Glad to hear you are having a good time! I haven’t had time to play yet, but hopefully will one of the following days. Good luck ahead!
Wooops Enter button. Also, yes, on those cutscenes. It creates immersion so easily!
Hey, you went to Vol’Dun too 😀
What made you pick that zone instead of the other options (out of curiosity)?
Last night I was just exploring Dazar’alor. So much to see there. And today I went to Vol’Dun. The mysterious desert for exiles, the general going rogue, the ambience, all these things made me pick it 🙂
Honestly I picked it first because I usually don’t like desert zones in games and I wanted to get it out of the way. I ended up really enjoying it though. There’s so many weird little sub-zones to keep it interesting. I especially liked the undead troll pirates!
I love it so far! Just finished the story in Zuldazar. I wanted to take a break earlier, but the story was so interesting I had to play it til the end.
I really enjoyed Zuldazar too! I wrapped up the main story there last night but still have a bunch of side quests to do.