Saturday, November 23, 2013

New Undead Female Models

So our good friends at MMO-Champion have posted some updates about the expansion and one thing they posted of great interest to me is the new undead female model.

New, looks like she did some squats and figured out how to stand up straight!

 Old, so slouchy I couldn't play as one.

This is a vast improvement.  VAST.  But, I do have a few issues with it, as any fan of horror and zombie movies might.

First off, the hands are FAR too big.  I don't know many women with hands that big in proportion to the rest of their body.
 Seriously, those hands are HUGE. This is a prime example of "man-hands".

Second, the skin is away from the bones with this big gap around the elbows and knees.  The exposed shoulder bones and spine look great, but those gaps wouldn't really be possible, the skin would stick to the bones, resulting in no gap.
The skin would not just stick up like that away from everything like it's made of plastic.
 
 The feet look a hell of a lot better, though.

I realize the game isn't designed to look realistic at all like some other games are, and I probably shouldn't be one of those people picking apart the new models like this.... BUT....I can't help myself.  I am a tiny-handed woman in real life and I know how skin works, it wouldn't stick up like that, away from the bones.  Now it WOULD stick to the bones, though, eliminating that gap between the bones and the skin.
Otherwise, it really is a huge improvement.  I also realize this model isn't 100% done, either.  They may end up making the exact changes I just mentioned for all I know, and then I think it would be perfect.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Warlords of Draenor - New Character Models

The fact that they are FINALLY implementing new character models into the game is huge. Huge.
 http://wow.joystiq.com/photos/new-character-models/#!slide=1540575
I've been playing a female troll hunter since I was in the closed beta of the original World of Warcraft release and that was......in 2004.
While some of the races, even the original eight, do have some new models and skins for some of the non-player controlled characters (NPCs) the characters you actually play have remained exactly the same.
To say the least, they look a bit dated.

She can't even blink! Even NIGHT ELVES can blink!
And they don't even HAVE eyes! 

Most of the original eight races have facial expressions of some sort during some emotes...most of them can, at the very least, BLINK their eyes!

I don't know what they are planning for the lady trolls, but the lady gnomes are getting a rather DRASTIC upgrade.
I always did think they were super funny looking. They'll actually be "cute" next expansion.

 Also a huge upgrade is the lady dwarves.

Before .....

After

I've never understood the coconut bra.  I also completely forgot that they had that as underwear until just now, since I play horde-side and even in neutral cities it's much more common to see naked elves than naked dwarves. 

Just adding some shadows to the skin texture makes a huge difference. HUGE!
It's like using makeup to draw on  a six-pack.  I've seen people do a really convincing job on their stomach.
I believe they've added more bones to the skeletons as well.
And the facial expressions! Joy! Anger! 

Laughter!
  
These new models for the playable races are a long time in coming.  
I mean, we're celebrating WoW's nine year anniversary in the game right now.
NINE YEARS!
There were games that came out at the same time as WoW that had better character graphics than WoW, and while I know WoW is meant to be sort of cartoony and not realistic.....still!  You could count the polygons they used, even the blood elf model isn't much better and those weren't out until the first expansion.

Definitely better than the original eight races, but could still use some updating now.
I was really, really hoping that they would give the blood elves and the draenei new models, or at least new skins, along with the original eight.  But I'll have to face it, that's probably not going to happen.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

New World of Warcraft Expansion Announced - Warlords of Draenor

Yesterday at BlizzCon, Blizzard announced what some people have known for quite a while to be the new expansion's name: Warlords of Draenor.

A few key things I personally am super excited about:
NEW CHARACTER MODELS
INVENTORY IMPROVEMENTS
Player housing
10 level increase from 90 to 100
Being able to choose a character to be level 90

For me, the most important are the top four I listed.  For social reasons the last one is also important.  Being able to have a character become 90 means that my friends who have been away from the game for a while won't have to do any catch-up leveling.
This is just a small skim off the top of the information of what's going to be included in the new expansion.

When I have more time, I will post more on the top four in my list of reasons why I'm super, SUPER excited about this expansion.

Until then.....

FOR THE HORDE!

From Deviantart