This post is bought to you this morning courtesy of my husband, who would like to make it known to the world that Macintoshes are gaming rigs too, and Blizzard effectively pretending a lot of Nvidia cards/drivers aren’t supported by Legion’s ‘upgrades’ and therefore are Apple’s problem to sort is a tad unfair. His gaming experience since Monday has been frustrating, graphically horrendous and frankly depressing. I have to say I feel for him and if the standard response from Blizzard is basically ‘well you were told the specs and it isn’t our problem’? That’s perhaps not entirely helpful. As I now can’t give him any more help than I have until new drivers get created that fit round the latest El Capitan security update? I think he’s fairly close to quitting.
It’s also apparent that all is not well in the land of multi phasing technology.
This scenario in Azshara should, by all accounts be epic and immersive, but last night it was anything but. Instead of you as a lone Huln Highmountain with Ech’ro by your side there were dozens of them, and with the encounter fundamentally bugged? It was only by going over to the portal where the bad guys spawned and flailing wildly for five minutes killing mobs that just weren’t fully spawning that I was able to progress myself. Most people just stood about and looked confused, which is unsurprising when the whole encounter is just fundamentally flawed. It is the first time I’ve seen broken on this scale in any expansion, let alone Legion, and it highlights the basic danger of letting everyone play in their own version of the game world (which this effectively is.) It’s also a salutary reminder that although launch may have been flawless, all is not well on the Broken Isles. Anyone trying to do the Stormheim entry quest on the Alliance side should be able to attest to this as well.
What struck me as I was questing last night was the sheer scale of the game world this time around, and that there is a phenomenal amount of stuff just scattered about on random NPC’s to pick up and play with. The guy who sold me these totems, for instance? He’s got a ton of gear, all of which is handily linked to reputation:
First off, let me say that 2k for a 36 slot bag makes this rep grind worth doing on an alt. Having all these cosmetic items is great and all, but if all that happens is that they end up filling my bag again with crap? I’m not sure I’m gonna be on board. However, I now have at least something to show for my time in the Zone, and because of this vendor I now know of the existence of the Rocfeather Skyhorn Kite. If this saves me cash in making Goblin Gliders for Pherian? I suspect that is on my To Do list when I finally log on.
I’m still not convinced of the merits of Class Order Hall missions either, as I don’t seem to have anybody to run more than one at a time, and the speed at which I am levelling does not appear to be making that any easier. No matter, I’m still piling up leather at an appreciable rate, and at least remembered to unlock rested XP on at least some of my alts last night. That will do for now, and I may yet get an hour this morning to faff on Pherian. When I left her she appears to have just survived a close encounter with Deathwing… but I thought I killed him back in Cataclysm…
Surely the in-game lag can’t be that bad?