Well, after four years of absence from my past MMO addiction, with the release of Mists of Pandaria, I decided to pick up World of Warcraft again. I’ve played WoW again for a while now and uh… I love it.
When I first heard that Blizzard was making a game solely about Kung-Fu pandas and Pokémon battles, I laughed and continued playing Star Wars the Old Republic. I was one of the “Oh you hate SWTOR? Why don’t you play with your pandas and Pokémon then? LOL” people. I have to admit I am feeling really stupid right now.
Mists of Pandaria (MoP) is an expansion to the (in a couple of weeks) eight year old game, World of Warcraft. MoP makes the eight year old game seem lush, beautiful and updated. I loved Burning Crusade when it was released a long time ago, and this expansion is in style with that expansion pack. It’s loaded with fun quests, and the new species Pandaren are really fun to play.
I really thought the game would be more childish, but the only difference from previous expansions are the cute and cozy factor has gone up, while the dreadful villain must die factor has gone down. It’s a nice change of pace to me, it suits my personality more than any other game at the moment.
I missed World of Warcraft Cataclysm almost completely (I was in the alpha but didn’t play the final version), so starting WoW again with two unexplored expansions makes the game feel twice as big. The cross-server LFG tool is great (if you don’t mind the bullies…), the instances are more interactive. The quests are more different, WoW still has a few get me x amounts of these and return quests, but I feel like they are trying to strive away from those types of quests and trying to make them feel unique in their own way.
If you haven’t tried it, and have thought about trying Mists of Pandaria, my recommendation is to try it. WoW has changed a lot over the last 4 years I’ve been gone. By the way, you don’t need MoP to play the Pandaren species!
Oh and in other news I saw that video about The Old Republic’s “Cartel Market Place” or whatever. SWTOR, I am disappoint.