MMO Week in Review: Into the Shadowlands

    
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All things go, all things go.

So if you were all but holding your breath to see whether Blizzard was going to pull off World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, you can exhale now: It’s live, it wasn’t a huge trainwreck, and so far even the skeptics are pleased with how it plays.

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Ironwu

Shadowlands is not the immediate train wreck that BfA was (is), but it is critically broken, I think.

The designers have pretty much made WoW a new-player hostile game. But wait, you say! “They only have to level through BfA and then can get right into Shadowlands!”.

Well, let’s think about that for a bit. Pretty much the ONLY players leveling through BfA are going to be the NEW players. And those new players are going to be spread out over all the server clusters. So, yes they will be able to go 10-50 in the one expansion, but they will not be doing dungeons or any other group content (to few players to create groups AND the content would be very advanced for new players).

Then, when those totally group inexperienced new players hit Shadowlands, sure they could get into LFG dungeons, but what happens then? With zero experience in the most advanced dungeons in the game? Disaster.

So I see WoW heading for a population drop over the next year the likes of what they have not seen since the launch of Cataclysm. A very slow train wreck indeed, but a train wreck it is.

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Giggilybits

Why they would ever make anyone slog through the campaign right at the start is a really bad business decision(between 8-10 hours but seemed like forever). Because after you get through it there is a decent game to be played.

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Bruno Brito

It’s a passable xpac. But that’s too early to tell, people haven’t reached level cap in droves yet to start the grind.

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Sarah Cushaway

“…and so far even the skeptics are pleased with how it plays.”

I guess so, if you live under a rock and ignore how a biiiig chunk of the playerbase actually feels.

Hint: it ain’t good.

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Jaymes Buckman

If you didn’t ignore that chunk, no expansion would seem well received. I joined in Burning Crusade. I’ve literally been there for every expansion’s petty polemics.

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styopa

As background, I was a month 3 WoW player, solid and heavy play until Cata.
Skipped Panda, Draenor. Bought Legion. Also bought BfA – ugh, that was pretty painful.
If SL was going to be more of BfA, I was done with WoW again for a while, so I think you could count me as a skeptic: I was expecting to be disappointed.
I’m actually enjoying SL a fair amount. Just hit 60.
So I’m a skeptic, and I’m pleased how it plays. I think the move to a single narrative path has been good so far, but I’m still skeptical about how durably interesting it’s going to be at level cap and for alts.

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Paragon Lost

For the first time ever I didn’t get a WoW expansion before it came out. I read reviews of pre expansion game play and articles about it overall. It released, I read more about it and today decided to cancel my subscription. I think I’m done.

I’ve also decided to push myself into giving ESO a more serious effort. The controls five years ago drove me batty. The whole dedicated attack with the left mouse button etc that I just hate especially after accidentally attacking NPC’s more than once in error and getting an accidental bounty. I soon quit it.

So I’m giving myself six months to see if the game world grows on me and I can overcome my severe dislike of those controls and adapt to them. I really need something different world wise and the mmorpg I really want doesn’t exist. (Gives a big mental size over the lack of an Cyberpunk mmorpg). 🏍

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treehuggerhannah

Just FYI if you didn’t realize this, there’s a setting in ESO to prevent attacking non-hostile targets. It completely eliminates the accidental bounty issue.

It’s a toggle, so you can switch it back to default at any time if you decide to go the assassin route or something.

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Paragon Lost

Oh! Thank you so much. I missed that and I’m one of those players whose first actions are to go through all settings and keybinds.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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