I got into the beta pretty early, so I assumed there would be plenty of time to fix the problems with some of the new models. I’m honestly kind of shocked that they released them to live in the state that they’re in. I’m not saying they’re universally bad — a lot of them look really good, especially the ones that were done earlier like the male dwarf, and orc. Male Tauren actually feels really complete as well, in spite of my initial reservations, my Tauren shaman looks like a cuddly teddy bear now. (Not sure if that’s the look they wanted, but I’ll take it!)
I’m not going to list my tweaks for every single model, partly because I’m not as familiar with a lot of them. Male trolls for instance, look as if they’ve hardly changed to me, but someone who plays them a lot can see all of the differences I’m sure.
Male Night Elf:
I am actually okay with how the face looks, at least the two faces that I use. My number one problem with the male night elf is his run animation, it’s just awful. Other than that, they need some tweaking in their proportions: the neck is too short and thick, the shoulders are too narrow and the waist is too wide when compared to the old model. Also, they feel a bit unfinished, especially when you look at the feet. Night elves with no beard still, after ten years, do not have eyebrows. They couldn’t find the time to fix that? I’m only being tough on this model because it’s the one I see all the time on my main! (I didn’t post him for an example because he’s wearing a hood :) )
Female Tauren have long been my favorite choice on Horde. I have one of every available class, and I loved the old model. My problem with the new one lies almost completely in the face. Duskpaw here uses one of the two “narrow” snouts which look completely wrong and not cow-like at all. The lip is cleft and the “nose pad” does not extend down to the upper lip as it did before. Fixing this small detail would improve her looks a lot. (They don’t actually squint like this, I just caught her mid-blink.) It’s also really a shame that no more faces were added, there are still only four, with not very obvious differences. My other main complaint is that the “spotted” skins don’t match their old counterparts. Previously, the whole head was the main color, now the spots extend up onto the head and chin.
Well, as I posted before, the Forsaken “skull face” (#10) is just straight up gone now. That’s totally inexcusable to me, when Blizzard promised that the new models would simply be a high-definition update of our old ones. I changed her face in the barber to this one, which at least loses the derpy perkiness that some of the others have. But she still has her nose back, and no exposed teeth. I know it’s a silly thing to be upset about, but I don’t even want to play her anymore.
Another one of my favorite old models. Unlike the female Forsaken, I was unable to find a face that I could even stand because they all look the same. The much fuller cheeks and tired-looking eyes are on every face. I don’t want to race-change my female dwarves, but I don’t want to play them either. I mean, I guess they could wear hoods all the time…
I didn’t take a screenshot, but my female Worgen’s human form is substantially lighter in skin-tone than before. I was unable to fix it at the barber, because it seems all of the human skin-tones have been lightened. I really hope this is changed, because it’s pretty inexcusable.
Just so this isn’t all negative, here are some that were pleasant surprises:
It’s fair to say that female trolls were not my favorite previously. But I really love my hunter now! I love the contrast between their skin tones and their super-bright hair now. She previously had one of the more “ugly” faces (though I picked it because I thought it looked fierce), and I think it translated really well. I’m actually even thinking about making some new ones!
I liked the old female orc enough to have a handful of them, but I’m really impressed by them now! Especially with my warrior and her awesome mohawk. I love how expressive her face is.
Overall, I wish the new gnomes had more face options besides “tired” and “pissed off”, or maybe “homicidal”. But for my warrior, it actually works! The color of her hair changed slightly, but I like it.