So today is the much awaited patch day for 3.3. I don’t think there’s been this much buzz about a patch since WoTLK itself came out, and I know I personally have never looked forward to a patch like this one.
I think the main reason for this is that finally players will be able to confront the Lich King himself, as well as a bunch of other amazing tools that make day to day WoW a little easier and more fun.
So anyway, the reason I’m posting first impressions is that right now I can’t play…. the servers have gone down about an hour after they came up for the first time, and understandably Twitter is crumbling under the pressure of #WoW posts from players QQing.
Before the servers went down though I:
- fought the Lich King
- checked out the awesome new quest tracking feature (awesome) ((awesome))
- used the random dungeon tool
- played through all the new instances
- didn’t get a single piece of shaman loot (QQ)
I think what I’m most impressed about is the new quest tracking feature.
I can just imagine new players that don’t have leveling guides will be so much happier being able to find where they need to go to do a quest, and I think its a feature Blizz should have had in a long, long time ago.
Another feature they should have done, perhaps at RELEASE, was to have their current help system. Its simply amazing compared to the old system, and gives players graphical and textual help along the way, guiding them on how to play the game much better.
Only a week or two ago I actually had two friends of mine (who aren’t computer game players apart from Facebook stuff) try WoW for the first time, and even with me trying to instruct them over their shoulders they found it a little rough.
Players like this that are completely new would almost find it impossible without guidance, but I think that the new system would have done a really good job at getting them into the game.
So… first impressions are that patch 3.3 is just fantastic.
New tools to make life easier & funner = big win for Blizz, WoW, and us! … so when are the servers coming back up, Blizz?