World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Impressions
Other than questing around, though, the expansion just includes a lot of stuff to keep busy. The new pet battle system is a great example. Yes, it’s very reminiscent of Pokemon — but it can be argued that most anything in the “pet monster fighting” genre is very reminiscent of Pokemon. Regardless of that fact, it works: pet battles are an effective distraction, and it adds a really big new system that can take players all over the world to keep them busy. There are a lot of pets to discover and a lot of things to do with them.
And there are Pandaria’s dungeons, which feature indoor and outdoor locales for the first time, and are generally just pretty snazzy. The expansion throws in six new dungeons, plus three new raids, and the dungeons continue to build on that air of mystery that makes Pandaria so engaging. It seems as though high-level players will have a lot to enjoy, both as they venture through Pandaria’s quests, and afterward.
But while there’s a lot of cool new stuff on offer in Mists of Pandaria, Blizzard isn’t straying far off the path, and as such, you’re not going to see this new expansion drawing in a ton of new players. I think there’s definitely reason to resubscribe if you’ve moved on from WoW of late, especially if you still like what the game has to offer. There’s a lot more of the good stuff here, definitely. But up against all the new MMOs on the scene lately, it doesn’t seem as if WoW is making a play to out-compete them — it’s providing content to its fans. That’s a good thing, and a good place for Blizzard to focus.
I’m pretty positive on my time with Mists of Pandaria. Despite the “Kung Fu Panda” look that players sometimes complain about, the story on offer in Pandaria is sufficiently dark, and it feels as though Blizzard has worked hard to keep the people who love WoW happy. In that regard, if you’re a fan already, Mists of Pandaria is worth looking into — it may even be worth resubscribing.
But if you’re new to the WoW world, unless you’re really interested in joining a game nearly a decade old, Pandaria probably isn’t going to offer you enough to get involved with WoW altogether. It offers to lot, but most of that isn’t really geared toward the low-level or new player.