Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jan 31, 2023
    Dragonflight is sprinkled with little moments like these that encourage you to take your time and smell the roses, so to speak. Though there are still plenty of collectathons and kill quests to complete, Dragonflight shines when it reminds you of the unique world you're in and invites you to slow down and immerse yourself in it. It's an expansion about remembering where you've come from, yet embracing what comes next. It's about coming home. Considering the quality on display in Dragonflight and all the changes that have been made to improve the core systems of Blizzard's iconic RPG, I have no doubt more than a few lapsed players that had grown tired of what Azeroth had to offer in recent years will be doing just that.
  2. Jan 11, 2023
    Dragonflight feels like one of the best things to happen for World of Warcraft in sometime. Its reworks of base systems are fun and enjoyable, but its new content really stands out as impressive. Players will find exploring on their faithful companion, whether on the ground or in the sky, is quite the fun time, and the Dragon Isles themselves are well worth the journey. It may feel like jumping in the deep end here for newbies, but top to bottom, Dragonflight still feels like a great reason to play WoW.
  3. 90
    For the first time in a long time, I feel like I have a healthy relationship with World of Warcraft. I'm playing because I want to, not because I need to. I'm driven by a new sense of exploration and comradery, rather than seeing a number tick up that I know will be lost to time. It does feel like the start of a new era for the gracefully aging MMO, and I'm excited to see what's next.
  4. Dec 19, 2022
    Dragonflight has been the revitalization that World of Warcraft sorely needed after Shadowlands. Yes, there are some issues that still could use some work, but that’s the nature of MMO development, especially when you change things up to such a degree as this expansion did. I’m also heartened to see them willing to make big adjustments like they have planned in 10.0.5. I honestly thought Guardians were going to have to suck it up until 10.1, at the least for a talent tree rework. If they can keep this up and regularly deliver content and adjustments, Dragonflight could be the best expansion World of Warcraft has ever done.
  5. Dec 16, 2022
    Dragonflight is the best expansion Blizzard has released for its masterpiece MMO in a long time.
  6. Dec 8, 2022
    It's a compelling and enjoying jaunt through the usual World of Warcraft fare and removes much of the doom-and-gloom that made Shadowlands gradually become tiresome. It's also a reminder that the ceiling on WoW is ultimately only so high - technically and practically, there is only so much Blizzard can do with each expansion without risking remaking the game too much and losing its die-hard playerbase. For fans of WoW, Dragonflight is fantastic. Its end-game remains to be seen, but even the simple journey of leveling up and exploring the Dragon Isles is well worth the price of admission. For newcomers or lapsed veterans, it's still easy to recommend World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. It's just worth noting that, for all the new baubles and exciting innovations, it's ultimately the same game underneath it all, for better and for worse.
  7. Jan 25, 2023
    A successful addon, with which WoW works on its foundation and responds to fan requests.
  8. Jan 9, 2023
    It will undoubtedly take some time for Blizzard to regain the trust players lost, but to be honest, Dragonflight is definitely a solid step in that direction. If they keep their communication with the players and continue on this path, it may be the expansion that saves WoW which hit rock bottom with Shadowlands. We'll see if they can manage this or not.
  9. Jan 5, 2023
    I'd like to say that it's been years since we got such a good World of Warcraft expansion, but that kind of declaration could backfire. Still, my first impressions after two weeks of playing are very positive. I'm surprised how much time I spend in Dragonflight.
  10. Dec 13, 2022
    As was the case with Legion taking us out of the dour mood of Warlords of Draenor, WoW has risen from the ashes once again.
  11. Dec 7, 2022
    This expansion is full of new stories to learn, with improved graphics and art. It has many places to see, new races with which to become familiar and develop. Unfortunately the gameplay changes are not that significant. In any case, there is still a lot to see about Dragonflight.
  12. Dec 4, 2022
    With splendid landscapes full of details and references for the most accustomed, this ninth expansion surprises with its simple, but effective approach. This quintessence of more traditional elements has not skimped on the novelties, including the particularly successful dragon flight and the new class and race. Of course, not everything is perfect, such as the often repetitive quests, the low screenplay challenge and the too classic arrival on the island of Dragons. However, there is an effort on the part of Blizzard to create an immersive and welcoming adventure for everyone. Dragonflight offers a haven of peace that all the heroes and proud defenders of Azeroth dreamed of... while waiting for high-level content that will undoubtedly satisfy seasoned players who like tough challenges.
  13. Dec 21, 2022
    Those who love the traditional WoW modus operandi will be well rewarded by Dragonflight, but the expansion could have aspired to other goals with a little more courage in terms of creativity and design.
  14. Dec 19, 2022
    Blizzard renews World of Warcraft with a good expansion from several points of view; however who knows what qualitative peaks it could have reached with a pinch of extra creative courage.
  15. Dec 24, 2022
    The 9th expansion of WoW that came to us after suffering from several downturns. While the Dragonflight was released amid concerns of players, It seems the game has reached to a level that is quite close to the glory of the past thanks to well-made flight mechanic and reorganization of core systems. Of course, there is also plenty of room for improvement depending on future updates.
  16. Feb 17, 2023
    World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is somehow a breath of fresh air and a celebration of classic design principles in equal measure. The return to more dynamic, old-school talent trees enhances the class fantasy with a seasoning of new abilities across the board. At the same time, the retreat of pressuring, artificial power-gating systems promotes a more healthy gameplay loop. The game is also gorgeous, with a more promising storyline, elevated cinematic delivery mechanics, and deeper core systems which make for one of WoW's best expansions in years.
  17. Jan 19, 2023
    The previous expansions weren’t that great, what’s happening at Blizzard isn’t great either. Dragonflight is a really solid piece of content, however – it lets you explore your own little piece of the world and deal with local issues which is a fabulous change of pace compared to the recent past. You really should visit the Dragon Isles.
  18. Jan 5, 2023
    Dragonflight makes a return to Azeroth that many fans might like. New zones and dragons bring attractive experiences.
  19. Dec 14, 2022
    With World Of Warcraft Dragonflight, Blizzard combines legacy features with several new or refreshed ones to give a second breath to its legendary MMORPG.
  20. Dec 13, 2022
    Dragonflight isn't the most thrilling expansion in the MMO's lineage, but it's a fresh start, which is a rare thing for a 20-year-old videogame to get.
  21. Feb 7, 2023
    I appreciate the new interface (it needs getting used to though) and talent system (those dilemmas!), as well as changes to crafting that raise its importance. I enjoyed dragonriding a lot and found quests to be engaging, but was disappointed by dull dungeons and repetitive endgame content. World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is a pretty safe expansion and I expected a bit more from it, but I do feel it has a huge potential that could be fulfilled in the near future.
  22. Jan 5, 2023
    WoW Dragonflight returns to the Warcraft’s roots as promised, while adding some exciting new features to modernise the iconic MMORPG. It’s endgame content, however, ultimately fails to fill the void.
  23. Dec 15, 2022
    Dragonflight is a sharply-written and breathtaking experience for the first few dozen hours, but suffers from somewhat threadbare endgame options.
  24. I still haven’t made up my mind if I’m going to be returning to “World of Warcraft” any time soon, whether it is to see how “Dragonflight” evolves from here or to try out future expansions. But after all these years, I’m glad I returned to witness the start of a new journey for a group that spent decades in stasis. Seeing the Dracthyr regaining control of their fate gave me hope that the next time I visit Azeroth, the people behind this world might have freed themselves from their historic shackles.
  25. Dec 14, 2022
    World of Warcraft: Dragonflight invites players to a breathtaking new world, teeming with excitement. However, despite some enjoyable new features, such as Dragonriding, the experience quickly boils down to more of the same stuff players have seen and done before.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 572 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 30, 2022
    And again I am disappointed with this game...

    Where to begin... So... we aren't allowed to choose male or female, while creating a
    And again I am disappointed with this game...

    Where to begin...

    So... we aren't allowed to choose male or female, while creating a character... fine then?
    But why do we have to be genderless in order to not offend anyone, while at the same time being forced to participate in a racist faction system?
    Why are almost all races treated as if they have a hivemind, instead of free will?
    Why is the way we look important for choosing a faction instead of making all races neutral and available for both playable factions?

    Interesting mindset these devs have. That's for sure.

    Dragon riding... well, Guild Wars II says hello.

    Recycling old races and mixing them into one is not what I would call a new race.

    Why is there still no old world revamp? No offence but the world of wow looks outdated af.
    And why are there still no color palettes and sliders for the races? This game is so far behind...
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  2. Dec 9, 2022

    Pro: Music Dragon Riding No faction war Ducks Time traveling Murloc New zone looks nice Better experience for alts Contra:

    Dragon Riding
    No faction war
    Time traveling Murloc
    New zone looks nice
    Better experience for alts

    Renown has no catch-up mechanics.
    The weekly reputation objective provides only miniscule rewards.
    Daily raw gold sources such as emissaries or callings are no longer provided, and weekly raw gold sources have been reduced.
    Mission tables are not available.
    The best ways of earning gold through professions are restricted to personal crafting orders.
    Racial segregation, which doesn't allows players to choose their favorite faction, thus players are still dictated by the devs, which faction to choose, if they want to look a certain way in the game.
    Most crafting professions require crafting orders in order to earn skill and knowledge points.
    Weekly quests provide no skill gains and only miniscule knowledge gains.
    Painfully outdated graphics in many zones and cities.
    Still very few and uneven customization options for playable races.
    Outdoor elites and rares are tuned like dungeon enemies.
    PvP quests are too frustrating due to grouped up, geared players and unbalanced classes.
    Dracthyr can only use blood elf and human for visage, instead of all races.
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  3. Dec 15, 2022
    This game plays like a Beta version.
    It's insane how many bugs there are. Climbing quests, more often than not, are a mess. Hunts in Azure
    This game plays like a Beta version.
    It's insane how many bugs there are. Climbing quests, more often than not, are a mess. Hunts in Azure span 9 out of 10 times are bugged aswell. World boss, yep, also bugged. Multiple quests are bugged and don't reward you or aren't even clickable.
    Considering how expensive this game is for players... no thanks. I don't spend anymore money on it. Bugs aren't the only thing, which "bug" me about this game however, but so many other people already spoke about it on metacritic, so I would only echo them, I guess.
    Like the horrible, horrible! looking graphics in older zones. Like... wtf is going on in this game?
    As a new player... it truly feels as if they haven't spent money on wow since it first came out and that was around 2005 I think. Like seriously, the graphics are outdated.... really, really outdated and don't even get me started on those clunky character models, especially for male humans, Worgen and night elves. They look ugly, so very ugly. Why aren't those things updated? Aswell as the older zones?
    Or are the devs of the opinion everyone would just buy a level boost instead of leveling through these zones? And even than, Stormwind for example is a main hub and despite of that it too looks extremely outdated. What are the devs doing with all the money they get from the players? It's really a shame.
    And what is it about the racist faction system? I wasn't sure, if I should point that out, because some people might tend to call you woke and stuff, but my god is the system with Horde and Alliance racist. xD Seeing how other players pointed it out on metacritic however, I definitively want to criticize it, too.
    Sorry, but being a specific race should not!!! define a faction loyalty. That is just wrong on so many levels. Jeez... Even if Horde and Alliance start yet another pointless war in the future, there is absolutely no reason to keep racial segregation. An Alliance Tauren can fight a Horde Tauren, just like all the other races can fight against eachother. Like Pandaren and Evoker they all need to have free will and free choice, instead of a hivemind mentality.

    This game sure is something else, but not in a good way. I tried it for a few months and unfortunately I don't plan on playing it anymore.
    I don't feel like it is worth it's money, seeing how the devs don't care for their world and races and on top of that value very questionable mindsets.
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