Making a top 10 games of all time would be hard for me, I don’t even know if I have that many games to love (probably) but one thing for sure World of Warcraft would be in my top 3, and this is why.
My top 3 games are:
- Mortal Kombat Series (Probably MK2)
- Mega Man 2
- World of Warcraft
I was there on launch day for World of Warcraft, I remember the hours’ long queues and the frequent crashes. The groups of people that would all join up and raid zones, rendering everything in slow motion with dead bodies everywhere. The effort took to get anywhere, especially at level 60. I still have a screenshot of me hitting 60, that was very much an achievement. Getting 100 gold took forever but that was what was needed to get a mount.
WoW never disappoints, getting ganked while questing in hindsight was all part of the game. I had a friend that went as far as writing his gankers names on paper in order to hunt them when he hit 60. To me, it was part of the game but it still sucked when they would haunt the zone while you were just trying to quest.
Now, 14 years later, and 6 expansions gone, we are on the eve of ‘Battle for Azeroth’ on August 14th, 2018 – and even though I’m in the beta, I’m still excited as hell to play it.
Right now I’m speed leveling a paladin, currently at 72 with a 65% XP boost, I won’t make it but I’m sure as hell having a great time doing it.
Burning Crusade to me was a hard expansion, this was Blizzard still learning, World of Warcraft itself wouldn’t get dumbed down until Wrath of the Lich King in my opinion. In BC you had to sap mobs, and be very careful about pulling extra enemies. I like to think there was more strategy involved than vanilla WoW. The zones were radically different from each other as well. We had the bright red landscape with alien worlds on the horizon, to the huge elder scroll-ish mushroom zone Zangamarsh. With my pally, I’m doing mostly Burning Crusade dungeons until they bump me off.
I let Wrath of the Lich King slip for a few months before picking it up, I was probably on a gaming break. I say, once you really get into WoW every other game is just a break from it, and from time to time I REALLY get into WoW. Wotlk introduced a great set of new areas to explore, one being Grizzly Hills, which is still my favorite zone to date. Blizzard nailed it with this xpac, the theme, the dungeons, everything was top notch. Groups were made to just clear trash mobs in the Icecrown Citadel, for reasons I forget but even having made virtually no progress by clearing bosses we were still having fun.
This is by far the worst expansion for me. Cataclysm is probably the reason why I quit World of Warcraft for a little while, the zone layouts weren’t doing it for me and the dungeons were too darkly themed in my opinion. Re-creating the whole game, each and every zone was new for the most part and the world was now ready to be flown in, this was and is pretty cool. Let’s fast forward a few expansions.
I don’t really have much to say about these two expansions, they weren’t memorable for me at least. I can’t remember a single zone in Draenor even though I should, and I did like Pandaria’s theme. I’m looking forward to running through them with my Paladin. That brings us to:
Finally, we are here, the brink of Battle for Azeroth is upon us. Fourteen years, Six expansions later and we are on the brink of the seventh. I’m excited as all hell for the island expeditions, racing against parties of three and seeing what the much-hyped revamped enemy AI is going to be like. Finally, we are getting new armor and weapon skins as well, new dungeons, the freshness is here. At the time of writing, we are three days away. I am ready.