The Worgen are the new Alliance race playable inside the final expansion pack, Cataclysm, for World of WarCraft. The Worgen are werewolf-like people that find their destiny by rising from the ashes of their fallen kingdom.
As WoW expansion races go, the Worgen might be the best yet. They’ve added a great new dimension to the Alliance and the start of their mission set, which is specific to their role in the fight for Kalimdor, is quite compelling.
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You’ll start off not as a Worgen, but as a human inside the walled off kingdom of Gilneas. They’ve walled themselves from the outside world because of the horrors outside, which eventually get inside in the form of a werewolf (aka Worgen) army of ruthless mindless beast killers. Needless to say the fodder hits the fan rather quickly when the mindless Worgen invade and it’s up to you to help save the town.
There really isn’t much time to dilly dally around when it comes to the early missions. Totally contrary to what we played with the new Goblin race which was all humor, everything is quite serious and dark about the pre-Worgen experience. You’ll be fighting on a multitude of levels and will be asked to do some pretty compelling tasks, which include running and jumping on horses and manning armed cannons to mow down scores of bad guys. The early missions are all action and really some of the best early leveling you can do in the entire history of WoW.
As you move on from the first area, you’ll really get immersed in the storyline, which brings in the future of the newly made sentient Worgen race, thanks to help from the Night Elves. We won’t spoil it all but the story is great and there’s some great missions to tie in the Worgen into the Alliance while fighting off an entire Horde invasion, highlighted by a huge explosion (early on) that wipes out part of the map.
The graphics for this side of the Cataclysm expansion is absolutely up to the high standards that Blizzard Entertainment has set for itself. Everything for the Worgen is dark, mysterious, Gothic and at times downright spooky. The new characters are very well made and some of the boss/elite level monsters are absolutely awesome and a lot of fun to help take down. There are so many areas where you’ll probably just stop whatever you might be doing to just take a few screenshots since the areas are so well created.
Sound wise, there’s a lot to like as well. There isn’t a ton of voiceover work to stay consistent with what we’ve seen from WoW in the past, but what is there is done well. The explosions are really awesome and you’ll enjoy hearing the Worgen “sniff” when idling by.
The story of the Worgen and the early missions, roughly through level 14-15 are really unique and compelling to get through. You’ll find yourself play through these missions very quickly, perhaps quicker than any other race in the game. The reason is because the missions are really fun, there’s a wide variety of things you need to do and the story is excellently crafted and unfolds at just the right times during the game play experience.
We really expected the Goblin side of the expansion to steal the show, so to speak, but the Worgen missions and story were just as good, if not better, than the Goblins side of the expansion pack. We know a lot of players are going to jump on that Goblin bandwagon early, but seriously, you’ll want to build up a new Worgen character as well, if anything to enjoy the amazing amount of detail and creativity that was put into their introduction into the playable WoW universe.