BlizzCon '09: WoW: Cataclysm Goblin Hands-On

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BlizzCon '09: WoW: Cataclysm Goblin Hands-On

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The new Goblin race gets up to all sorts of mischief in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

As a Horde player, I refuse to try out the demo of the Worgen starting area Blizzard has up for play here at BlizzCon, but judging from Funk's impressions of the experience, it sounds like a complete 180 from what I got my hands on when I booted up a level 6 Goblin Mage. Compared to what seems like the more straightforwardly serious tone of the Worgen content, the Goblin content is decidedly lighthearted.

It all started with my character lying unconscious on a raft floating near a beach. The goblins, part of the Bilgewater Cartel, have been shipwrecked, and once I got resuscitated (via defibrillator), it was time to aid the relief effort. That means running around collecting supplies, killing raptors and throwing explosive bananas at the monkeys who are ruining everything by throwing bombs (yeah I don't know) at my goblin fellows.

The quest area was extremely crowded, and it took a good half hour before I finished the first set of quests. Mobs are constantly spawning and getting tagged before I can get to them, supplies I need are swiped just as I go to click on them. But it gets done, at which point I moved down to a handful of quests in a nearby cave, finish those, and then head for the hills.

There I get to do some groundskeeping. An orc is standing in the middle of a jungle full of hundreds of feral looking plants. He hands me an item which puts me into "weed whacker" mode: I start spinning around while holding a giant blade, doing a whirlwind like the Barbarian from Diablo. It's an easy and fun quest - 100 plants go down easy as I slice through them.

The quirky quests continue from there. Next, I'm paired up with an Orc Scout and asked to kill some cloaked human spies. I put on a pair of infrared goggles (quest name: "Infrared? More Like Infra-Dead!" or something like that) which highlights the invisible bad guys and they're easy to take down. After that, I steal a gyrocopter from a gnome and fly to an Alliance ship, where I have to recover "precious cargo" that turns out to be (SPOILER ALERT from here on out) none other than Thrall himself.

Thrall turns me into a giant typhoon and I fly around the ships, sending lightning bolts down and killing 50 some humans in a matter of a couple minutes. It's very lightheartedly violent, and quite empowering. After that I meet up with Thrall again and have basically made my way from shipwrecked refugee to full-on member of the Horde. Not all my goblin NPC bros are cool with this, but whatever. I get into a giant catapult and take a rocketship to the other side of the island, where I'm met with an invisible wall and the end of the demo.

Or is it? There is a whale-sized hammerhead shark in the ocean, a level 10 Elite. I swim toward it, and get one-shotted. Game over. Hmm. Maybe I shouldn't have signed up for the Horde.

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AWESOME!

I guess I'll play golbin if I every play WoW.

The first 5 levels of these starters must be epic if they don't want to show them.

poncho14:
The first 5 levels of these starters must be epic if they don't want to show them.

It's possible that's just a racial thing with them locked at a moderate level due to their backgrounds and start-up conditions?

Cataclysm seems just plain crazy to me.

What racial skills do goblins get By the way?

VitusPrime:
What racial skills do goblins get By the way?

Best Deals Anywhere: Cheap discounts on everything.
Better Living Through Chemistry: More effective potions, etc.

That's it, where's my wallet? Need to make sure Blizzard has all my financial information XD

The only other thing i don't get about the goblins.
Is this all of the goblins joining the horde or is it a group of goblins, Like the trolls of the horde are only a small group of the trolls in the entire world??

VitusPrime:
The only other thing i don't get about the goblins.
Is this all of the goblins joining the horde or is it a group of goblins, Like the trolls of the horde are only a small group of the trolls in the entire world??

The latter. Think of the different Cartels like different troll Tribes. The Darkspear Tribe joins the Horde, as the Bilgewater Cartel joins the Horde. But this doesn't effect, say, the Steamwheedle Cartel (Gadgetzan, Booty Bay, Ratchet, Everlook).

Keane Ng:
but whatever. I get into a giant catapult and take a rocketship to the other side of the island

There is nothing about that that doesn't sound awesome.

Ok, that's it, I'm getting a new computer no matter what!
*Looks in wallet.
Awwwww.... :(

Goblin rogue all the way.

But, what is that standing behind them? I'm intrigued.

These changes look great and seem to play great.

stormcaller:
Goblin rogue all the way.

But, what is that standing behind them? I'm intrigued.

These changes look great and seem to play great.

The thing standing behind them was the kid who took your lunch money in middle-school.

I was very skeptical of goblins at first but this has put my faith in them. i wonder if it's gonna be like BE and DKs?

Which classes can they play? I'm thinking... Goblin Hunter?

BunJ:

stormcaller:
Goblin rogue all the way.

But, what is that standing behind them? I'm intrigued.

These changes look great and seem to play great.

The thing standing behind them was the kid who took your lunch money in middle-school.

I was very skeptical of goblins at first but this has put my faith in them. i wonder if it's gonna be like BE and DKs?

What do you mean? I was the kid who took peoples lunch money. No wait correction, they 'gave' us 'some' of their food because they were our 'good friends'.

I was skeptical of the entire expansion but after defending it for the last two days in guild chat I can safely say I love it.

I've been wanting to play a goblin ever since news of World of Warcraft came out some time after Frozen Throne's release.

It'll be very difficult not to give the game a second chance now that Blizzard are making my wet dream come true. :(

Flying-Emu:
Which classes can they play? I'm thinking... Goblin Hunter?

Everything but Pally and Druid.

Wow, this actually looks fun. If I ever get WoW Goblins sound like the most fun to play.

Awesome

the description of what you did made me remember a dream i had once...

This sounds epic! I just have one question. Did anyone else get an Email asking them to join the Alpha testing for Cataclysm? I got one today but I don't even know how Blizzard got my MSN Email account.

maddawg IAJI:
This sounds epic! I just have one question. Did anyone else get an Email asking them to join the Alpha testing for Cataclysm? I got one today but I don't even know how Blizzard got my MSN Email account.

Phishing.

CantFaketheFunk:

maddawg IAJI:
This sounds epic! I just have one question. Did anyone else get an Email asking them to join the Alpha testing for Cataclysm? I got one today but I don't even know how Blizzard got my MSN Email account.

Phishing.

Ya I figured it was to good to be true. Especially since I didn't enter anything to get into it.

It dosen't see to be asking for anything that could link them to my account just normal procedures they make when you create a profile (The keys needed and then it asks you to go through the whole mangeled letter thing.) I'm not gonna enter anything though and will proably call blizzard tommorrow to comfirm this though. If it was a fake then no skin off my nose.

Edit: It is a fake. Just looked at my account info. I never included my MSN email in my account.

CantFaketheFunk:

Flying-Emu:
Which classes can they play? I'm thinking... Goblin Hunter?

Everything but Pally and Druid.

I am so totally stoked now. I've always wanted to roll a Hunter, but none of the Horde races interested me in that vein... now a Goblin... give him Engineering (just for kicks and Parachutes)...

Oh ho ho... this will be fun.

Thanks for the info, Funk!

So gonna play a goblin when this comes out...

Lets just hope it wont take a year to finish...

I STILL WANT OGRES D:

Atleast the Escapist still has some sense, most of the WoW forums just keep recycling the "WAAAAAAAGHHH WE DUN WANT TAUREN PALADINS AND CHANGE WAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHH." argument. I agree with the previous comments, Cataclysm looks like it will bring some new flavour to the old zones, aswell as the game itself. Just hope the game is as good as the trailer makes it look.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3qSWGdssDM

You going to do a Tauren Paladin hands on?
Holy Cows Ftw!

Cheesebob:
I STILL WANT OGRES D:

I'm not sure if this is true or not, but I've heard that one of the Goblin racials is a Ogre pet (thats the thing you can see standing behind them)

It kind of acts like a walking bank which you can summon at any time, so you essencially start the game with way more bag space than anyone else. It doesn't attack or anything.

This is just something I heard, it may be wrong.

The Inconsistant Cookie:
Atleast the Escapist still has some sense, most of the WoW forums just keep recycling the "WAAAAAAAGHHH WE DUN WANT TAUREN PALADINS AND CHANGE WAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHH." argument. I agree with the previous comments, Cataclysm looks like it will bring some new flavour to the old zones, aswell as the game itself. Just hope the game is as good as the trailer makes it look.

I know. If this works out it will feel like starting WoW all over again. I love that feeling of discovery I got when I first started playing.

Well... i've played wow for 2 years and i say "Its about time horde can be goblings!" but the worgens seems pretty awesome too^^

VitusPrime:
What racial skills do goblins get By the way?

Rocket jump, where they can use their rocket belt to jummp upto 20 yards on a 2 minute cooldown.
They can also fire rockets from this belt at an enemy, which shares a cooldown with the rocket jump.
They get the best discounts from vendors regardless of reputation.
They get a 1% increase to attack and casting speed.
And they can access their bank from anywhere on a 30 minute cooldown.

Pretty awesome shit.

yellow snake95:
Well... i've played wow for 2 years and i say "Its about time horde can be goblings!" but the worgens seems pretty awesome too^^

Worgen are really testing my loyalty to the Horde ^^

Flying-Emu:

CantFaketheFunk:

Flying-Emu:
Which classes can they play? I'm thinking... Goblin Hunter?

Everything but Pally and Druid.

I am so totally stoked now. I've always wanted to roll a Hunter, but none of the Horde races interested me in that vein... now a Goblin... give him Engineering (just for kicks and Parachutes)...

Oh ho ho... this will be fun.

Thanks for the info, Funk!

Also, with the expansions new race/class combos, you'll be able to be Undead Hunters.
Undead. Hunters.

Soo, Troll Druids "We might be into voodoo, but hey, nature loves us!"
Undead hunters "I'm dead, and you're dead if you don't do as I say stupid mut!"
And Goblins.... "We might be neutral since forever, but now is the time to start looking into taking sides, as Blizzard out-shine us in dollars-sign eyes.."

And to top it off
"The expansion offers no new continent, but instead we're taking you back to Onyxia!"
Yeah. Woo.
One of my favorite fantasy worlds takes an even deeper plunge into the filthy pool of money,
tainted, greedy money.

Vanguard_Ex:

Flying-Emu:

CantFaketheFunk:

Flying-Emu:
Which classes can they play? I'm thinking... Goblin Hunter?

Everything but Pally and Druid.

I am so totally stoked now. I've always wanted to roll a Hunter, but none of the Horde races interested me in that vein... now a Goblin... give him Engineering (just for kicks and Parachutes)...

Oh ho ho... this will be fun.

Thanks for the info, Funk!

Also, with the expansions new race/class combos, you'll be able to be Undead Hunters.
Undead. Hunters.

Alternatively.

Tauren Paladins.

How in the HELL can you get more OP than that?!

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