I like it but I don't love it. Blizzard did a really good job with details and zone design though, kinda bringing back the distinct feel that both BC and wrath had, and cata lacked.
I dont see the problem, every expansion has been "based" on a different culture (except Cata, but thats because they didnt focus too much on Gilnean/Goblin tematic more than the starting areas and 1-2 hubs out there)
I like MoP as it is right now, and i can kill Pandaren! :3
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Not even close. All that was mentioned was western Asia. Primarily the "Oriental" countries.
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It may not be your taste but it meshes very well with WoW.
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2, I do not see any other structures of the Jinyu, Hozen, Yaungol, or the god awful "lucky do's". There is a ton of variety you just chose to show off pics to fit your argument.
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I like this expansion, but i think it would've been better with another central theme.
I don't like Pandaren. Not that i think they are childish, just i don't like them as a race.
Armor is awful. Yay trasmogrify!
I don't like the music either.
I like it when different areas are inspired by real-life cultures/lands. I love how Worgen are victorian-era english - because heck, who doesn't like to see their ancestral heritage depicted as badass werewolves? I love how Tauren are native american, I love how Trolls are cuban, and I love how Pandaren and Pandaria are asian-themed. I personally adore the east, so this expansions' announcement was great for me.
"I'll get to play a victorian werewolf in an asian area? MY TWO GREATEST LOVES!"
"Not one moment for granted". - Steve Cortez
Currently playing World of Warcraft and the Mass Effect trilogy. Not at the same time, of course. I'm not an octopus.
it's a breath of fresh air
Personally find the whole MoP approach aesthetically is pretty difficult to stomach. There's no Chinese anything, but there's an overbearing and very forced feeling of McChinese, and that rankles a lot. Place feels like a theme park, everything is plastic and would sound hollow if you knocked on it.
I was only referring to architecture in Gilneas and the looks of Worgen in general.
I assume you are right they have a British accent. I bet they don't have tea parties, marmite recipes, etc and they did not overwhelm the entire Cata expansion and all the zones and the story. Unlike Chinese and pandas in MOP.
And you'd be wrong. Pandaren and china don't overwhelm every zone in MoP, either. Unless "are present to some, mostly minor, degree" is the new meaning of "overwhelm".
Each playable race is based on a real world culture, and Blizzard doesn't even pretend it to be otherwise.
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I personally never was a big fan of Pandaria expansion - and this comes from a person who loves asian culture.
I dont know, it just doesnt seem to fit the game. And i dont like how they implemented it - the whole pandaria seems just like one giant Nagrand to me.
I absolutely LOVED Northrend. The howling fjord, the grizzly hills, even Icecrown and Storm Peaks - they had something that pandaria lacks severely. Atmosphere.
If i were to put expansions into order purely world design - wise, it would be:
Wrath -> TBC (zangarmarsh had a LOT of atmosphere) -> Vanilla -> Pandaria -> Cataclysm .
For the 1000th time; MoP is not just China. There's Nepal, Cambodia, Korea, India, Japan and Tibet as well. Sigh.
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Besides, dear Moderators, could we please close these threads? We have about 10+ of them every week, and they always end up the same way. 20+ pages of whining, flaming and bad grammar... And no one needs that.
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Amazing sig, done by mighty Lokann
Pandaria fits perfectly into WoW, I'd say it fits much better than areas like Netherstorm or Borean Tundra/Howling Fjord which I personally find very out of place (the first) and stereotyped Norse stuff (the latter).