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Post by Dan @ 10:42am 17/08/12 | 25 Comments
While the quality and integrity of Blizzards games themselves is often a hotly debated topic, most tend to agree that theirlovingly crafted CG cinematics rarely fail to impress, and the opening video for the upcoming World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion that debuted at GamesCom 2012 over night looks to be no exception.
You've ended Deathwing's destructive rampage and saved the dragonflights from extinction. Now you must unlock the mysteries of the lost continent and discover the dark secrets of Pandaria's past. Explore ancient kingdoms hidden since before the Sundering, plunder vast treasures from the depths of the forgotten vaults, and rise to defend Pandaria from the shadow of a long buried evil - before it's too late.
"Whether you’re Horde or Alliance, there is one question we all must consider: Why do we fight?” Watch the clip embedded below, or here in our HD video library to draw your own conclusions.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is due on September 25th 2012 for PC and Mac.






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Running_With_Scissors
Posted 10:46am 17/8/12
Looks amazing, sounds fantastic. When are they going to make a movie!
I don't even play the game coz after blizzard's awesome trailers the game can't live up to the hype.
dais
Posted 10:47am 17/8/12
"Whether you’re Horde or Alliance, there is one question we all must consider: Why do we fight?”


Because we're nerds.
Khel
Posted 11:00am 17/8/12
Because they're red and I'm blue
Mosfx
Posted 11:01am 17/8/12
Hrmm still 50/50 about this Expac, I just don't have time much anymore :(
Stalfax
Posted 12:12pm 17/8/12
Even thought the quality of that cinematic was amazing, I still think the Pandas look lame.
DM
Posted 12:25pm 17/8/12
Won't be buying but no question they can still make incredible cinematics.
skythra
Posted 12:36pm 17/8/12
Meanwhile back in 1995, they still knew how to make awesome CG


edit: no wait i meant awesome music
Jayman
Posted 12:34pm 17/8/12
Cinematic was amazing. But has little to do with the actual game.
Khel
Posted 01:11pm 17/8/12
Yeah, apart from the Pandaren monk, and horde and alliance at war with each other, and them washing up on the shores of Pandaria and discovering it. Nothing at all to do with the game apart from that.
Jim
Posted 01:11pm 17/8/12
Cinematic was amazing. But has little to do with the actual game.


lol reckon
the first couple of quests seem to be based around some lame story about alliance vs horde on the shores of pandaria, who then get blamed for awakening fear and doubt boogey men in pandaria and you spend the rest of the time saving them from that.
oh and insects. not sure whose fault they are

seems like since the lich king, they are unable to come up with a decent theme and villain for their xpacs
Dazhel
Posted 01:20pm 17/8/12
That Tides of Darkness cinematic looks quaint these days. 17 years from now the Mists of Pandaria cinematic will probably look the same. It sure will be some sweet CG for the WoW expansion pack due in 2029.
eXemplar
Posted 01:27pm 17/8/12
Why does this expansion need a trumped up villain? The original game never had any such focus and deathwing in cataclysm was largely a let down.
Jim
Posted 01:52pm 17/8/12
cos it's not a documentary
ravn0s
Posted 07:48pm 17/8/12
i am disappointed. the panda never said skadoosh.
Khel
Posted 08:08pm 17/8/12
I don't think they can ever top Arthas/Lich King as far as villains go though. I mean, not only was he just a great villain, but there was so much lore behind it and build up to it. Any villains from now on are going to be pretty much introduced at the start of the expansion and killed at the end, so they're never going to have that same epic build up Arthas did.
kappa
Posted 08:40pm 17/8/12
That's probably the worst wow cinematic yet imo.
TripleX
Posted 08:42pm 17/8/12
While the quality and integrity of Blizzards games themselves is often a hotly debated topic, most tend to agree that theirlovingly crafted CG cinematics rarely fail to impress, and the opening video for the upcoming World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion that debuted at GamesCom 2012 over night looks to be no exception."Whether you’re Horde or Alliance, there is one question we all must consider: Why do we fight?” Watch the clip embedded below, or here in our HD video library to draw your own conclusions.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is due on September 25th 2012 for PC and Mac.




Love Blizzard cinematics so much! They all rock :)
Viper119
Posted 08:57pm 17/8/12
So which side are the pandas on?
dais
Posted 09:08pm 17/8/12
I don't think they can ever top Arthas/Lich King as far as villains go though.


I never played WoW aside from a trial, but I did finish WC3 and the expansion.

Do you have to kill Arthas at the end of WotLK? How does that work with the story?
Nerfy
Posted 09:13pm 17/8/12
I probably won't put a month of lost life in with this expansion as with all the previous ones, but my gods that cinematic is well made.
ravn0s
Posted 10:02pm 17/8/12
i would watch a WoW movie that looked as good as these cinematics.
Khel
Posted 10:55pm 17/8/12
So which side are the pandas on?


Both sides, you start as neutral then at a point in the story while you're levelling up, you choose which faction to align yourself with.

I never played WoW aside from a trial, but I did finish WC3 and the expansion.

Do you have to kill Arthas at the end of WotLK? How does that work with the story?


Yeah, the Wrath of the Lich King expansion is set in Nothrend. Arthas has built a huge citadel around the Frozen Throne called Icecrown Citadel and the final raid of the expansion is you fighting your way up through Icecrown Citadel to the Frozen Throne, where you fight Arthas. Most of the fight is essentially him f*****g with you, summoning undead s*** to attack you and calling down blizzards and breaking off bits of the platform you're standing on, etc. In the last phase of the fight he randomly picks people to focus on and sucks them inside Frostmourne, and if you're the one who gets sucked inside you need to help King Terenas (Arthas' dad) fight off the wraiths inside Frostmourne until you get back out.

Eventually, when you get him to 10%, he gets bored and insta-kills the entire raid, and then starts to cast a spell to raise the entire raid as an undead army. Then Tirion Fording hulks out and busts out of the ice prison Arthas put him in at the start of the fight and leaps towards Arthas and f**** his day up with Lightbringer, and breaks Frostmourne. All the spirits trapped in Frostmourne pour out and swirl around Arthas in like a vortex and lift him up in the air and hold him helpless, then the spirit of King Terenas resurects the whole raid and you all get to burn down the last few percent of Arthas' life while hes held helpless by all the spirits and is doing the whole "No! This can't happen!" type of thing.

Then theres a cool ingame cutscene that plays out, that you can probably find on youtube, of Arthas dying in the arms of his father's ghost, and then Bolvar Fordragon takes up the Lich King's helm and sits on the Frozen Throne to act as a jailer for the scourge.

It was pretty f*****g cool, probably one of, if not the best fights in the game, would be hard to top.
WirlWind
Posted 09:15am 18/8/12
*alliance guy uses sword to sharpen stick...*

*ignores sharp sword, instead opts to use said sharpened stick*

me = *facepalm*

Bet that things a f*****g grey item, he's so not running with me...
Enska
Posted 10:52am 18/8/12
^^ hahaha, I thought the same thing.
dais
Posted 10:55am 18/8/12
Sweet, thanks for that Khel!
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