07 March, 2007

It Just Keeps Getting Better

I was compelled to do some more browsing tonight, as I find myself seeking greener pastures in WAR for my Paladinly tendencies. Lo and behold, I ran across this recap of a press event. Here are some juicy bits regarding the Warrior Priest class:

Each race in WAR has four classes from which to choose. As the name implies, they're always war-like classes. This is not a game for the non-violent. Forget spending your career behind the lines making armor, not even the healers get a break.

"[The Warrior Priest] is a joyous healer class because he can smash the living snot out of you," Barnett said with not-at-all contained glee when he introduced the Empire healing class. In Warhammer, no one is just a healer. Everyone must and can fight.

The four Empire classes are:

  • Knight of the Blazing Sun: In MMO-speak, he's a melee-tank. In Paul's world this guy is, "King Arthur meets Monty Python Knights of the Holy Grail with more violence." The Knight of the Blazing Sun is an extravagantly armored and decorated warrior class.
  • Warrior Priest: This guy is both a healer and a melee class in the traditional world of MMOs. Luckily, he has a large hammer or two with which to brain people so Paul can enjoy them as well.
  • Witch Hunter: Traditionally, he'd be a melee DPS class. Barnett though was far more impressed with his hat.
  • Bright Wizard: This guy is a ranged DPS class, aka a nuker, and the one we got to play in our demo. Literally, he looked like he'd recently been on fire and - although this wasn't in yet - Barnett promised that when he died he'd explode in a ball of flames. "He's basically a nuclear weapon," Barnett told everyone.
So the Empire "tank class" gets to wear the fruity armor this time around. We will be beating on things, as the Paladin should, and can even dual-wield hammers. DUAL FARKING WIELD BABY!


Blogger nea said...

Gotta wait before jumping on the bandwagon, you know guys, Guild Wars was also supposed to be superior to WoW in every aspect, and somehow it didn't impress me, to put things gently.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Mastgrr said...

I wouldn't recommend switching games just cause of the class though.

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Soulpatch said...

The Patch approves. I want an armor set in hot pink

2:31 AM  
Blogger Vaelin said...

The Warrior Priest class is just one course in an entire banquet lineup of things that are making Warhammer Online more appealing to me. In my opinion, Blizzard has completely failed at reviving any sort of decent world PvP. WAR is built around RvR. It exists through the entire leveling process, and is the focus of endgame. No more tank and spank, pot farming raiding that feels more like a job than a game.

Take a look, also, at the level of communication already being exhibited by the developers. They regularly post video blogs and podcasts where they explain what they're working on and why. Compare this to the Blizzard black box, where the community scrabbles and crashes every little blue scrap that makes it through the smoke screen and onto the forums.

3:46 AM  
Anonymous Leord said...

Feels kinda sad that the "good news for paladins" isnt involving WoW in any way.. =P

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't even looking at this game before because I'm relatively new to WoW (less than 6 months) but this is already making me excited to play a paladin like character again.

9:55 PM  

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