Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Still a bit of rather tasty eye candy, Desert of Flames takes the game further down that amazing graphical path it was already on. The combat changes are major and a bit of a risk, but they do make the game a bit more challenging and require more thought than merely running into combat and swinging a weapon or casting a spell.
  2. I really like Desert of Flames but the new mob lock system really doesn't work.
  3. The best advice I can give beginners and lower-level players would be to ignore this expansion pack and start at the beginning, or at least at the first sequel. There just won't be enough for you to do and racking up points in this version can be an absolute grind.
  4. 82
    A sure hit for high-level players. There's so much content here for the 45+ crowd that you could easily fill out the rest of your levels just on the Isle of Ro.
  5. 80
    Unarguably, however, the most significant change has been the increase in the level cap. Players who were once sitting comfortably at 50 (the old level cap) are now looking forward to a lengthy, laborious grind.
  6. If you're maxed out your character, the 10 new levels alone make "Desert of Flames" a must-buy, but newer players should hold off until they hit that wall. [Holiday 2005, p.70]
  7. The substantive raiding and questing additions are primarily for higher-level characters, and the player-versus-player implementation isn't totally polished yet, but the balance of the changes is a well-rounded expansion with offerings for players of all levels.
  8. Desert Of Flames is a solid expansion pack, with enough novelty to appeal should you be tough enough. And don't mind getting sand in your shoes. [PC Zone]
  9. Falls down slightly not because it's not entertaining, not because it lacks content, not because it doesn't play well, but because its scope is too narrow to include everyone.
  10. If you're of the appropriate level, there are plenty of riches to be found out in this Desert.
  11. With a substantial amount of innovative content, a great orchestral soundtrack, and a fabulous-looking gameworld, Desert of Flames is probably worth the price - especially for high-level players. [Feb 2006, p.78]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. EricE.
    Jan 15, 2008
    A pretty good expansion that expands the lvl 50-60 range. However mostly group content.
  2. Kent
    Nov 1, 2005
    Key changes for me are revisiting familiar but very different places and mobs, new quests, new spells, new levels, new stuff to forage and Key changes for me are revisiting familiar but very different places and mobs, new quests, new spells, new levels, new stuff to forage and create, new gear to buy (like armor-clad horses that enhance player stats) and great graphics. I love the combo of planetside in Maj'Duhl but wish there was more purpose to taking over towers than just the one quest. I've always wanted to see the ability to change the economies by attacking towns and suburbs. So, it's 9/10 for me. Have to get back to the game now. Full Review »