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  • Summary: Shadowlands is the first expansion pack for the award-winning massively multiplayer online game Anarchy Online. Shadowlands introduces an impressive range of features; new and exciting playfields, professions, monsters and game-play improvements. Shadowlands is a dark, mystical realm whereShadowlands is the first expansion pack for the award-winning massively multiplayer online game Anarchy Online. Shadowlands introduces an impressive range of features; new and exciting playfields, professions, monsters and game-play improvements. Shadowlands is a dark, mystical realm where the laws of physics are changed, and everything you ever believed in, breaks and inverts. Underneath lies the remnants of an ancient civilisation, so advanced, so magnificent it challenges the myth of human authenticity. Ancient horrors and spiritual encounters unfold inside the dark and eerie dimension, and the epic struggle for control of Rubi-Ka evolves towards its zenith, inducing an experience truly unique to the MMORPG genre. [Funcom] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    What sets this game apart from every other is the obscene amount of tweakage you can do to your character. [Dec 2003, p.70]
  2. Those who can embrace the technology aspects, can invest the time to immerse themselves in the jargon and lore will find an evolving game with depth and challenge. Throw in incredible environments, an amazing soundtrack and you have a winner.
  3. The entire gaming experience, other than a few minor grammatical issues in conversations with NPCs and the necessary huge patch downloads, was as close to flawless as I’ve seen.
  4. 88
    There is just so much to see and do that even the most established players will still be making discoveries for months to come.
  5. While it's still extremely complicated, Shadowlands adds a tremendous amount of intriguing new content that helps make Anarchy Online much more worthwhile.
  6. And did I mention massive? The Shadowlands expansion introduces a whole new quasi-metaphysical world to explore, along with two extra professions. [Jan 2004, p.107]
  7. The geography is often stunning and shows a flair for the otherworldly that puts the more expensive landscapes of "Star Wars Galaxies" to shame. [Jan 2004, p.68]

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. TerriW.
    Aug 12, 2003
    10
    From the beta, seems to be the best game I've seen in years. Fantastic features and a soundtrack to die for. The new professions made me From the beta, seems to be the best game I've seen in years. Fantastic features and a soundtrack to die for. The new professions made me go back to AO and it has changed sooo much from release. Amazing. Expand
  2. Zach
    Sep 11, 2003
    10
    I would have given this game a nine, due to a few bugs at release, but I just love Funcom too much for that. If you like mmorpgs, you have to I would have given this game a nine, due to a few bugs at release, but I just love Funcom too much for that. If you like mmorpgs, you have to try this. Period. GREAT JOB!!! Expand
  3. NinaS.
    Sep 26, 2003
    10
    Anarchy Online has had me captivated for close to two years and Shadowlands is a fantastic expansionpack, offering a huge new world and tons Anarchy Online has had me captivated for close to two years and Shadowlands is a fantastic expansionpack, offering a huge new world and tons of new things to do. The graphics and sound is awesome as well! Expand
  4. Aug 22, 2013
    10
    Amazing huge world, going strong for over a decade.

    New Graphic overhaul I understand with the new Dreamworld Game engine cant wait to see
    Amazing huge world, going strong for over a decade.

    New Graphic overhaul I understand with the new Dreamworld Game engine cant wait to see this game with a makeover.
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  5. Jay
    Dec 4, 2003
    10
    Funcom has really cleaned things up since AO launched. Customer service is exceptional, gameplay is great - The playerbase is amazing. Notum Funcom has really cleaned things up since AO launched. Customer service is exceptional, gameplay is great - The playerbase is amazing. Notum Wars and Shadowlands have added new and exciting content to this truly magnificent game. Expand
  6. GarrettP.
    Sep 12, 2003
    9
    Roxxors! Kinda steep on the learning curve but one to try. Take a new player tour and you will do just fine. I recommend playing Solitus Keeper.