While Blizzard might do a lot of things wrong, there is one thing they almost always do right; the cinematic. It doesn’t matter if it is mid-game, pre-game, or the final boss, the cinematics this company puts out are invariably epic. Who doesn't remember the feelings Wraithgate inspired in them? Or the way they felt when they saw that very first World of Warcraft trailer?
As you probably already know, a brand new cinematic has just been released promoting the brand new World of Warcraft expansion; Warlords of Dranoer. After watching it, there is no doubt that Blizzard has done it again. The cinematic was everything we have come to expect of the company and more. At the expense of sound like a hardcore Blizzard fan boy, I think even those that aren't overly excited about this expansion can easily fall in love with this cinematic.
So what is it about this cinematic that has us so excited? Here are the top 5 most awesome things about the Warlords of Draenor Cinematic:
The Iron Horde
In the Warlords cinematic we get our first glimpse at the Iron Horde. While we all expected them to be fierce, uber cool warriors, seeing it with our own eyes was another thing entirely. The Iron Horde is, without a doubt, one of the most bad ass things I have laid eyes on.
From their nitty gritty Orc appearance, to their machines of destruction, the Iron Horde oozes hardcore. Even though they will soon be coming to invade the world we call home, we can't help but fall in love with them. Sure they might ravage, loot, kill, and otherwise destroy everything we hold dear, but they are going to look so awesome while doing it.
While music may seem like a minor player in the cinematic, it can really make all the difference. For instance, imagine the Iron Horde being introduced to a happy show tune. Suddenly the Iron Horde goes from the intimating beings we saw in the cinematic, to a bunch of sissies in animal skins. Even though it is in the background, music can change the entire mood of a scene. Thus, much of this cinematics success is due to the sheer perfection of the music behind it.
One of the biggest players in Warlords of Draenor is the former Warchief of the Horde; Garrosh Hellscream. As you probably already know, this is one disgruntled dude. What would he be like after his removal from power? Seeing him again is something I think we all have been looking forward to and we were not disappointed.
The Garrosh we saw in the trailer is not broken or beaten by any means. He is strong, focused, and hell bent on revenge. While he is not a very nice guy, we love to hate him and he fills the role perfectly. Much like Joffery in Game of Thrones. Thanks to his presence in the cinematic I am more ready then ever to see him and his Iron Horde come forth inside the game.
The Demon Lord
A sight to behold in his own right is Mannoroth the Demon Lord. You know the giant dog looking thing with flames shooting out of his head? That is Mannoroth. While his stay in the cinematic is pretty brief, he does make quite an impression. Not only does it bring us back to the days of Burning Crusade and the Burning Legion, but his eventual death reminds us that the Iron Horde means business. They will take out everything in their path, even demons.
This cinematic was epic for a lot of reasons, however, I think the most powerful one is that we got to watch history change before our eyes. In the history we know, Grom Hellscream willingly drinks the blood of Mannoroth, corrupting the Orcs. With Garrosh in the picture, things very obviously don't go quite as planned.
Instead, Grom tells Gul'dan where he can shove his demon blood and our first glimpse of the might of the Iron Horde is revealed. We literally watched a major event of Warcraft history play out and be changed, all in one cinematic.
As you can see, in this writer's opinion, Blizzard has hit another home run with this cinematic. Of course, not everyone may feel this way. Share your favorite or least favorite parts of the cinematic with us and why you liked or did not like it in the comment section below! We love to hear from you!