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Ny'alotha Raid Cinematics: Wrathion & Raid Finale Cutscene

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Ny'alotha opened today and we have two cinematics. The first one plays just before the penultimate boss and we see Wrathion and N'Zoth. The second one involves your character and the Kamehameha-esque destruction of N'Zoth.

UPDATE: The raid finale cutscene has been unlisted on YouTube. 

Wrathion & N'Zoth Cinematic

After the fight against Xanesh, Azshara reveals her plans and tells us how she wanted to stab N'Zoth with Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire, but ultimately, she gives the blade to us and Wrathion uses it to stab the God of the Deep and summon Carapace of N'Zoth.

Raid Finale Cutscene

Battle for Azeroth ends with a short cutscene and a 28 second-long cinematic where your character destroys N'Zoth thanks to the help of Heart of Azeroth Heart of Azeroth.

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So it's basically repeat of Dragon Soul, one energy blast and it's over. Disappointing, maybe there is at least still some dialogue after it.

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We will hear this word a lot over this it seems: "Disappointing" and it will be true. 
I won't get my hopes up, but hopefully they'll fix this mistake a bit at 9.0, I hope!

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Really dropped the ball on this one. Feels like BFA should have stopped at the end of 8.2.5 war campaign if we're going by end of content cinematics.

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58 minutes ago, dartbodman said:

Really dropped the ball on this one. Feels like BFA should have stopped at the end of 8.2.5 war campaign if we're going by end of content cinematics.

Yup.

I have to say, I really like how much story they're telling through cinematics now. It made 8.2.5 much more convincing, much more relevant, than it otherwise would've been. 

But the lack of them here makes it feel rushed, uninteresting, by comparison. 

I'd be interested to hear them talk about precisely how they're divvying out and producing their cinematics now. I read somebody who pointed out we haven't had a unique patch cinematic since Return to Karazhan, and we've had the Shadowlands cinematic released before this expansion even ended. 

They also seem to reuse characters very cleverly, which I imagine is of huge importance to the HD ones but I'd like to know more about these in-game-esque ones. Was the Wrathion one above only possible because Wrathion had already been rendered? Or could they have rigged someone else up for the job? If characters are a problem to produce, why did they make Valeera and keep putting her in the background??? Is Mayla just a statue???????? 

And then in this patch we actually got a solid 4 minutes (right?) of cinematic, three and a half minutes of which was incredibly good. It just left that rather lackluster 30 seconds for N'zoth's death; pretty but meaningless.

I'd be interested to hear reasonings.

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My guess - and I don't know for sure - is that they had to decide where to put the most resources. Don't forget that last week we had that very cool intro cinematic with Anduin PUNCHING A DRAGON IN THE FACE. You love it when it's there, but this week's reveal is less than stellar. 

I'm not saying they were right, only that they clearly made a choice on where to put the resources. Also, this doesn't mean there isn't something else lurking around the corner either.... I'd never put it past Blizz to try something like that.

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Honestly N'Zoth should have been his own expansion after the war was wrapped up, not an afterthought patch. They could have had the entire world succumb to his madness instead of just two old zones having some half-assed daily quests.

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2 minutes ago, dartbodman said:

They could have had the entire world succumb to his madness instead of just two old zones having some half-assed daily quests.

Cataclysm 2.0

*shudder*

We'd still be living with those tentacles ten years from now. 

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12 hours ago, Halock said:

Cataclysm 2.0

*shudder*

We'd still be living with those tentacles ten years from now. 

Lol well in theory it could have a satisfying resolution at the end that cleaned it up. And then once the next expansion hits the tentacle world would be playable in "Chromie Time"

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I can't believe I just laughed out loud at an in-game blizzard cinematic because of how bad it was. I've never done that before in all my years.

 

WELP

 

edit: for clarification I mean the 30 second raid finale

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20 hours ago, dartbodman said:

Honestly N'Zoth should have been his own expansion after the war was wrapped up, not an afterthought patch. They could have had the entire world succumb to his madness instead of just two old zones having some half-assed daily quests.

Nyalotha should have been its own zone as well and not just one raid-theme-optic.

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