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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Preview – Gilneas & The Worgen

A look at the newest addition to the Alliance.

PLEASE NOTE: If you don’t want anything spoiled for your first steps into World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, don’t read this.  It contains details about the Worgen starting area of Gilneas.  You have been warned.

With Cataclysm around a month away, we’re going to be looking at some of the new content you can expect to see when WoW’s third expansion goes live.  First off, we’re going to focus on the 6th race to join the Alliance side, the Worgen.

The Worgen starting area takes you through the journey of what has happened to the nation of Gilneas while it has been walled off from the rest of Azeroth.  The story starts in Gilneas City, a Dickensian England looking city, with the citizens have appropriate accents and dialogue, such as “Aren’t you a chipper one?” and “Get gabbin’ or get goin’.”  The story covers how the Gilneas became afflicted with the curse that turns them from human to worgen through a series of quests and cinematics.

However, once the Worgen curse has taken hold, the Gilneans then have to deal with the effects of the cataclysm itself, and through the use of the phasing technology introduced in Wrath Of The Lich King, you return to the southern coast to find Gilnean buildings destroyed as the coast crumbles.  You continue on your journey as you attempt to escape further destruction, only to find the Greymayne wall that has sealed Gilneas off has been destroyed, and the Horde, led by the Forsaken undead, are attempting to expand their territory and take Gilneas as their own.

This leads to the culmination of the Worgen starting experience, as you participate in a huge war for control of Gilneas City, with you entering the rest of the world to continue your questing around the level 12 mark.

Overall, the Worgen starting experience takes you through an interesting tale of the Gilneans curse and how they come to terms with it, culminating in their eventual re-entry into the Alliance.  It’s a start on par to the Death Knight experience from Wrath of the Lich King and is great fun to play.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will be available for PC from Tuesday 7th December.

About Mike Jones

Mike Jones
Mike is Brutal Gamer's Indie Editor. He has been playing video games since the early 90s and is fond of racing games, puzzlers and MMOs. Typing /played while in WoW makes him cry, but not enough to stop him playing some more.

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