A Return To Azeroth

January 19, 2010

I had been off of Word of Warcraft for about a year and a half but suddenly thoughts of playing in Azeroth and a grand return started brewing in my mind. This is not the first time that I have quit for a year and started playing perhaps the greatest MMORPG ever made but what was different this time?

For me coming back to a game like World of Warcraft is a huge endeavor as many hours of time can be spent in just one sitting or dungeon. This time around I actually felt anxious as I discussed my return to WoW with Yaris. Sounds stupid as I have never felt anxious picking up an old game or classic, but WoW has that kind of power. I quickly downloaded a few patches and re-instated my account which went smoothly and found myself creating a new character with Yaris. As I loaded up into the world it was like riding a bike all over again, the rust was there but I quickly got back into the swing of things. We ran a few quests and jumped to level 5 in about 30 minutes but I definitely foresee a lot more Azeroth in my future.

Has the game changed enough to keep me interested in the last year or so? So far the answer is yes. The interface is very much streamlined and the accessibility to find and complete quests is much nicer than ever. Blizzard has made WoW into a more user friendly game and from the looks of my first trip to Ogrimmar, one of WoW’s capital cities,  it is nothing less than packed. Some things never change as the game is still littered with your classic wise guy jumping into the Horde side of the world and yelling “Long live the Alliance!!” well its good to be home and know that the neighborhood is still more or less the same.

Stay tuned for some new features from the DualShockers team as some of us get more into WoW and others like myself start playing again after a long break. If your interested in playing with the team just leave us a comment.

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Al Zamora

Al has been gaming as long as he can remember and will continue to game until his fingers break off or video games cease to exist. A New York native born and raised he crashed into the gaming journalism scene in 2006. Since then he has become the on air personality for DSTV and loves every second of cursing while interviewing developers about serious topics. Aside from being a gamer he also has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering that does not help in the gaming world but does provide for fun stories when people say "what?".Favorite games: Contra (NES), Mega Man II (NES) and Final Fantasy III (SNES)

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