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  • Summary: Brave The Beyond
    The veil between life and death is no more.
    With a single act of destruction, Sylvanas Windrunner has ripped open the way to the afterlife. Azeroth's staunchest defenders have been dragged into all-consuming darkness. An ancient force of death threatens to break its bonds
    Brave The Beyond
    The veil between life and death is no more.

    With a single act of destruction, Sylvanas Windrunner has ripped open the way to the afterlife. Azeroth's staunchest defenders have been dragged into all-consuming darkness. An ancient force of death threatens to break its bonds and unravel reality.

    Hidden realms of wonder and horror await any who would pass to the other side. The Shadowlands is home to an entire realm of the departed; it is a world between worlds whose delicate balance preserves life and death itself.

    As one of Azeroth's greatest champions, you have been granted the power to cross over in body and soul. Now you must investigate a conspiracy to unmake the cosmos, and help Warcraft legends journey back... or fulfill their ultimate destiny.

    New World
    The Shadowlands

    What lies beyond the world you know? The Shadowlands, resting place for every mortal soulvirtuous or vilethat has ever lived. Journey through planes of torment and imprisonment to those of rebirth and eternal reward.

    New Player Hub
    Oribos, The Undying City

    Oribos is the arrival point for all souls who enter the Shadowlands. At this crossroads, the dead are judged by the impassive Arbiter before being sent to their final destinations, and Oribos' denizens swap gossip and animasoulstuff that serves as both power and currency.

    New Feature
    Covenants

    Align yourself with one of four Covenantsmysterious sects, each with their own ambition for the Shadowlandsto restore balance to the hereafter.

    You'll gain access to your Covenant's Sanctum, where you'll accept unique quests, undertake a sprawling covenant campaign, and call upon your allies to embark on important missions. You'll also earn unique abilities based on your Covenant and class, acquire a unique mount and visual appearance, and forge bonds with powerful souls, drawing on their essence to further customize your skills.

    New Feature - Infinite Dungeon
    Torghast, Tower of the Damned

    Once, the Jailer kept only the most dangerous souls in the cosmos confined in this eternal prison. Now, some of Azeroth's greatest heroes are trapped here, and you'll need to rescue them from the Jailer's tower before he expends their very souls.

    Torghast is an endlessly replayable, ever-changing dungeon that you can challenge alone or in a group. Your runs will differ each time, but you'll need to explore cautiously. Death comes at a terrible cost. Defeat enough of Torghast's unpredictable challenges, and you'll be rewarded with unique abilities and items to ensure your present survival or bolster your next run. The further you progress, the greater your likelihood of retrieving materials to craft the legendary weapons and armor that will help you restore balance to the Shadowlands.

    Other secrets lie within the tower but they're yet to be revealed.

    Game Updates
    Leveled-Up Leveling

    World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will smooth out the leveling experience and better prepare new adventurers for what's to come. Players will level up to 50 before heading to the Shadowlands (new level cap: 60).

    We've adjusted the experience curve to make it faster than ever to prepare for the newest challenges, and each level along the way will provide more meaningful increases in progress and power. All expansion zones are getting more flexible, too; they'll be able* to scale to you and your friends while you level to 50, so it's easy to try a zone you've never played.

    *You can still outlevel dungeons and crush them for transmogs or fulfillment.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Jan 29, 2021
    90
    World of Warcraft: Shadowlands certainly manages to capture the same feelings we’ve had since first started playing the game. The leveling experience overhaul, constant sense of progress with rewards, and new campaign stories make Shadowlands a must-have for any avid player.
  2. 90
    Post-launch support will ultimately determine Shadowlands' fate, but as it currently stands World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is a fantastic expansion that once again proves why Blizzard's 16 year old juggernaut remains the king of the MMORPG genre. While we may be touring Azeroth's afterlife ourselves, it's clear World of Warcraft won't be sauntered off into the great beyond any time soon.
  3. Dec 14, 2020
    85
    The latest expansion pack for the hit series World of Warcraft is just at the beginning of its journey, and is off to a strong start. The gameplay experience is still very fun and the amount of new content is insane. Only time will tell how successful this expansion pack will eventually be, but for now we can do nothing but to enjoy it.
  4. Dec 4, 2020
    80
    WoW's latest chapter offers a gorgeous leveling experience, interesting endgame systems, and a pile of well-designed dungeons. Though some rough edges remain, ongoing hotfixes are chipping away at them.
  5. Jan 5, 2021
    80
    I was concerned about Shadowlands and Blizzard development in the COVID era. All those complex systems made a real mess on beta servers near the original game launch date in October. But other than some balance issues — and that core problem with covenant choices — the extra month of development time after the release date delay really gave Blizzard a chance to paint on some polish. The end result stands as one of the very best expansions the game’s ever had.
  6. Dec 13, 2020
    80
    Shadowlands is a really fun experience that shows the future of World of Warcraft, and it is very promising.
  7. Dec 1, 2020
    60
    World of Warcraft: Shadowlands gets lost in its attempt to offer players more choice than ever before, ultimately forgetting to restock the reward machine needed to keep patrons invested.

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  1. Nov 27, 2020
    10
    Far Best expansion start I've ever seen. (Vanilla player). Beautiful music soundtrack, badass characters and lore, zones are veru easilyFar Best expansion start I've ever seen. (Vanilla player). Beautiful music soundtrack, badass characters and lore, zones are veru easily remembable and beautiful. Covernants need some more tuning but in comp. with Beta they mame huge jump. I still dont understand those "no new class, no new race" guys complaining here. We laugh at u so hard trolls. Expand
  2. Nov 29, 2020
    10
    Ставлю 10 не потому что аддон божественный ( он хорош) , а потому что есть много неадекватов, который ставят незаслуженную 0.Ставлю 10 не потому что аддон божественный ( он хорош) , а потому что есть много неадекватов, который ставят незаслуженную 0.
  3. Nov 24, 2020
    10
    Fantastic leveling. In my opinion, This Shadowlands is more impressive than Legion. Beautiful and Awesome. I want to be job seeker. BEAT BFA !!!!
  4. Feb 9, 2021
    3
    Had a long break after Vanilla-WotLK, I'm back in WoW after more than 10 years, because I found the new cinematics exciting. I come in thereHad a long break after Vanilla-WotLK, I'm back in WoW after more than 10 years, because I found the new cinematics exciting. I come in there and almost fall asleep while I am questing. There is hardly any challenge, hardly any exploration, you are led from questhub to questhub. Pure therapy and hardly bearable without podcasts in the background. It's just an action bar minigame, all mobs can be processed in the same way, the pseudo-mini-bosses are all the same, you just have to keep moving a bit, also as in WloD (had a quick look inside). Many quests are only told in speech bubbles, that feels so low-budget when you are used to GW2. I hardly noticed anything from the epic Sylvanas story, just a little at the beginning, I'm now at lv 57. I hope that the dungeons in the end game will be at least challenging and exciting ..
    Maybe indirectly to Shadowlands because I don't know when the innovations were introduced: Not only have the capabilities been changed, I don't like the new sound design at all. And I don't like the new face models and the new running animation either. So my Paly no longer looks and feels like my good old Paly, this is someone else, I have no more connection to him. For me this is a different MMORPG than it was back then.
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  5. Jan 11, 2021
    1
    Hopefully the people who made torghast will never make games again. A useless element that just kills time, especially the new 18 levels.Hopefully the people who made torghast will never make games again. A useless element that just kills time, especially the new 18 levels.
    Also, a separate place in hell for the person in charge of class balance. Special thanks for 1 working specialization of a hunter in pve and a completely dead class in pvp.
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  6. May 30, 2021
    0
    Not so great expansion, the lvling was complicated for nothing lots of quest where you don't know what to do, I have to check wowhead forNot so great expansion, the lvling was complicated for nothing lots of quest where you don't know what to do, I have to check wowhead for almost every rare and chest.
    The zone "Sylvarden" is ugly as hell, the end game zone is a nightmare to be in.
    The other zone are really beautiful to be fair.
    I have a bug with a reroll that prevent me from leveling the support is very slow (i guess because of the covid situation) for another ticket they just gave me an automatic response and a link to the website.
    The loot and farming seems to be a long grind feel like a pay to fast game.
    One of the worst part is that a lot of things are not clear so you have to try and make mistakes to know. I don't know if they tried to make the game feel more like classic or tbc but it's a succes, it's long and frustrating.
    Also the zone are inconsistent sometimes you have enemies everywhere you have to fight big group of npc because they dismount you and sometimes you end up in the middle of nowhere with few to no npc and quest.
    The capital is simple : two circle.
    The quest are full of dialogue and cut scene, i usually love that in wow, but there are too many. There were many times where i just wanted to play and had to wait for an npc to talk to me or walk from point A to B.

    In conclusion shadowlands is long boring frustrating sometimes beautiful and is not even close to the previous expansions, quality at blizzard HQ is not the priority and it shows.
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  7. Nov 25, 2020
    0
    Just another attempt of Activision-Blizzard’s cash grab. More of the same. Don’t buy it.

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