MMO Corner: The World of Warcraft Legacy Continues with Mists of Pandaria
12 March 2013
Conclusion: World of Warcraft features a huge and varied world with lots of different experiences for players to take part in. Whether your style is questing, killing bosses, or fighting other players, there is plenty to do. The game can be purchased either in stores such as Gamestop or Best Buy, or can be purchased online through the Blizzard Store. The game itself requires a credit card to play, as it runs $14.99/month to keep an account active and connect to the servers.
Excerpt: WOW is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game or mmorpg for short. For those who are not familiar with this genre or role playing games in general, they let players assume the role of a character that levels up based on completed objectives or quests found throughout the game world. In WOW players accomplish these tasks on their own or by joining other factions of players that are online at the same time.
Summary: There is a prevailing sense in this expansion that it didn’t go far enough. After the update that Cataclysm brought, Pandaria should’ve updated Outland AND established the new Pandaria landmass. The lack of an overall “big bad” enemy, the quasi-racist themes, and the generally feeling of “I’ve done all this before” stays with you almost the entire time you play the game.
Excerpt: The spellbinding world Blizzard spun into existence eight years ago has been a stalwart presence in the realm of massively multiplayer online games. World of Warcraft is a pioneer in many ways, though its core mechanics seem quaint and outdated considering the inroads made by other games since WoW's original 2004 release.
Pros: Plenty of activities to keep you engaged, Pandaren race and monk class offer variety, Gorgeous expanses to explore, Challenge mode is a great way to test your skills
Cons: Phasing gets in the way of adding friends to the fold, Pet battle system lacks the thrill of discovery
World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria (PC) - Review
20 October 2012
Excerpt: A review for the noobs! I have a confession. I am not much of an MMORPG player. I’ve dabbled in World Of Warcraft for the past two years, learned the ropes, found some pretty neat gear and defeated some dungeons here and there but I’ve just never been able to master the intricate lingo and gameplay norms that fervent MMO players are accustomed to. That is why, to my shame, after two years of living in Azeroth I am still… a noob.
Excerpt: Hardcore raiders have already hit level 90, and World of Warcraft virgins aren’t likely to start now. But for those who’ve played Blizzard Entertainment’s genre-defining MMO at some point, you might be wondering if the latest expansion, Mists of Pandaria , is worth your time and subscription fee. The short answer is: Yes. Though there’s no telling how long it’ll keep its addictive grip on you this time around, MOP is the freshest WOW has felt in years.
Pros: New zone and class offer plenty to do, This is the most player-friendly WOW ever, Pet battles are surprisingly addictive
Cons: Playable Pandaren are a little underwhelming, Some game mechanics are starting to show their age, Novel lore may be hit or miss