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.


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5 Comments on World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Impressions

Kyle

On October 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

I have been playing WoW since beta, since before you could choose from all races or classes. And I have to say this is probably the best WoW experience since it was released. It will of course never completely recapture the magic of WoWs initial launch days but considering all the changes they’ve made its come very close.

psycros

On October 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

If Metacritic is any indicator, the vast majority of the current playerbase and most critics weren’t at all impressed. The only thing that will make WoW or any other new release from Blizzard interesting is to make challenging games with real depth again.

Axetwin

On October 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Anyone who keeps harping on this expansion because of “Kung Fu Panda” should just crawl back under the bridge they live. Pandarians were a Warcraft concept long before Kung Fu Panda was even an idea in the eye of the creator.

Zach

On October 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

My only complaint with this expansion from what I’ve seen is that the Panda’s have bad technique.
It’s more Hollywood kung-fu and less self-defense martial art, other then that I hope the WoW fans enjoy it.

Elitepanda

On October 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

I am on my 5th year as a Wow gamer. I think this article is right on. Good job!

Elitepanda – Drenden Server