World of Warcraft: Legion review round up

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World of Warcraft: Legion has been out for around a week or so now, giving people more than enough time to form an accurate, completely objective opinion, right? Oh who am I kidding? This is an MMO we’re talking about, and it’s going to take literal months to explore every little facet and detail of it!

A few dozen hours of playtime should at least be indicative of whether it’s any good or not though, right? Here’s what critics think of WoW’s sixth expansion thus far…

PC Gamer – 9/10

While much of the endgame, like raids and ‘Mythic+’ dungeons aren’t available yet, Legion already represents World of Warcraft at its all-time best.  Even after the weeks spent in the beta and now with the official release,  its weakest elements, like artifact weapons, can’t get in the way of how much fun I’m having exploring the Broken Isles. Legion’s ultimate legacy may depend on what’s to come, but what’s available now has me excited about World of Warcraft in a way I haven’t felt since my dwarf hunter took his first steps into Dun Morogh a decade ago. If Blizzard can continue to deliver, Legion sets the stage for what could be the best chapter of World of Warcraft yet.

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IGN – 9.1/10 (review still in progress)

Legion sometimes strikes me as Blizzard’s “rainy day” expansion. The new Demon Hunter class, in particular, feels as though Blizzard held it back until just such a time as this, mere weeks after some of WoW’s darkest hours. They’d toyed with introducing it in 2007’s Burning Crusade expansion, but ultimately decided not to. And now here it is at last, at arguably the perfect time.

USgamer – review in progress

Wrapping up my initial impressions of Legion, I must say that it’s a case of so far, so good. Despite some reservations about how certain characters play following their redesign – I think it’s something I just have to get used to – and the artifact weapons feeling somewhat of a grind, I’m nevertheless being very entertained what Legion has to offer. Its streamlined, dynamic leveling system is a success, and its interweaving plotlines are interesting and engrossing. Whether the endgame content maintains that quality remains to be seen – but I’m excited to find out.

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PCGamesN – 9/10

If these new systems continue to be expanded, paired as they are with some of the game’s best-ever dungeon design, a great item curve in the early going and the upcoming unlocking of two new instances, a new difficulty and the raids, Legion will be the best WoW has ever been. The same could be said, and was, of previous expansions before the onset of nothing, but the warning signs aren’t there this time. Patch 7.1 will hit public testing within the next couple of weeks. Raids and Mythic+ begin before the end of the month. Blizzard are speaking and acting when it comes to providing new stuff to do.

The Escapist – 4/5

Legion is more focused on the player’s personal story than any other World of Warcraft expansion has ever been, and it does an absolutely fantastic job at telling it. The Demon Hunter class isn’t as fleshed-out as it could have been, but there is still a ton of new content for every kind of player.

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Lazygamer – 8.5/10

World of Warcraft Legion makes up for Warlords of Draenor’s transgressions by fulfilling its promises; rewarding end game content and a compelling, inclusive story.

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Wow, that’s pretty positive stuff, isn’t it? Legion is far from complete however. The initial content is great, but it’s the support and stuff that follows that’ll determine whether it really is a great expansion or not.

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So far so good though, people are loving it! I wonder if I shouldn’t bite the bullet and become invested in WoW? Na, I choose life!

Last Updated: January 23, 2017

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • If anyone stops me in public and says “WHAT DO YOU SCORE WOW LEGION?!?!?!” I’d give it a 10, but realistically I can see a number of issues, like people losing interest once they’ve achieved whatever they’re planning on doing in WoW. Raiding, PvP, etc.

    • Btw … not sure if you know but you can get semi flying up and running in Legion.

      Been using it the last two days and it makes things way easier.

      • trbox

        Thanks for sharing! Didn’t know about that one. Now I know what to do tonight 🙂

      • trbox

        Apparently, they just nerfed the Kite. It now has a 15 minute cooldown, up from 2 minutes.
        I haven’t confirmed it myself yet, but wowhead says so:

        And I just got the kite a few hours before the nerf… 😛

        • Does not make a difference at all. I prefer to use the goblin glider as it has a 2 min flight time.

          • trbox

            Yeah, but I’ve never used a whole minute of flight time. And the kite is reusable. But now it’s useless.
            They also nerfed the totem btw. It now launches you 3 feet up into the air. God dammit…I want my 500g back now.

          • Did not use the hite much as it had a serious issue crossing borders. It would just dispell itself. With the glider I can get from point a to point b 2 zones away faster than a flight point. 🙂

    • Spy Master Tokashi

      It will take them a while before they get bored. To level, all 3 artifact weapons for class will take you a good month or two (for those who have a life)

      I am planning to play at most, two characters. I think I will be busy for a long time, I want to see both Horde and Alliance story… so far the Alliance story is very dark and sad … sjoe

  • The Order of the Banana

    Good! Good! My gnome warlock is happy!

    • Tauren eat gnomes for breakfast!

    • Spy Master Tokashi

      I love it when I hit a gnome, they make such a cute sound …

      • Snowlock2.0

        I found as a gnome my biggest challenges is jumping over stuff that my other race toons have no problem with.

  • Viper_ZA

    Never got into WoW, whats your take on ESO?

    • Single player game with loads of annoying people blocking your progress. Still … not the worst MMO ever. 😛

      • Viper_ZA

        Bah, so not worth R600 for the GE launching soon? :/

        • Well to be honest my experience of it was for 3 months after launch. Apparently they did some work and relaunched it as F2P but a few friend who tried it after went straight back to wow (WoD wow not Legion wow … so I assume it was bad enough for them to enjoy playing the worst WoW expension again)

          • Viper_ZA

            Think I will wait a bit, going to get into Destiny come 20 Sept anyway 😀

    • Nikola

      If you want to play an well design structured team based MMO play WoW, ESO is lots of fun I put in a LOT of hours into it but it definitely feels like a single player game.

      • Viper_ZA

        Cool, thanks for the input xD

  • ElimiNathan

    Im thinking of getting this, but I havent played WOW for years. I think I have a lvl 20 character. Worth it ?

    • trbox

      I think so. The have polished the game a great deal the last years, and you also get a free level 100 boost which you can either spend on one of your current characters, or you can create a new character that starts at level 100.

      • ElimiNathan

        I feel like its a waste to boost a character up to level 100, arent you then missing out on most of the game

        • trbox

          I agree completely, but I know some people would rather boost a character rather than going through the leveling process. I actually enjoy leveling a new character, because it’s the best way for me to learn a new class and to experience all the great content.

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