After an extensive break during Cataclysm, I rejoined the masses in Azeroth in September 2013. Patch 5.4 had just landed, and I had a whole expansion of content to explore. And it was good!
I have really enjoyed Mists of Pandaria, with special mention to the Legendary quest, the introduction of flex raids, and challenge modes. The Pandaria zones are pretty and have neat characters and fun quests. Monks are totally a hero class without being actually called a hero class, and they have awesome flip-kicks. All in all, I would personally call Mists a success.
That being said:
While there are still a few nitpicky things, I have basically completed my Pandaria bucket list. I finished the Legendary quest and got to exalted with Tillers, Anglers, and that flying dragon faction. I levelled a monk to 65 and insta-levelled a paladin to 90, and I can play both decently. I finished all the heroic dungeons, killed all the new world bosses, got silver in the Proving Grounds, ran everything in LFR and a few things in Flex.
It’s pretty unlikely that Warlords of Draenor, which I did pre-order, will drop any time before American Thanksgiving and WoW is going to remain pretty static in the meantime.
And man, there is a busy slate of games between now and then. For the past two weeks I have literally gotten 5 hours of sleep each night because of the ArcheAge alpha, and it is a pretty strong candidate for becoming My One True MMO Love at its official launch in (I’m guessing) August or September.
Meanwhile, WildStar launches the first week of June and is luring a few ex-MMO-playing guildies back into online life. At this point as far as gameplay goes I’m more excited for AA, but MMOs are social experiences and I am delighted that we will be getting the band back together for another tour, as it were. I can’t help but go where my people go.
And as if that wasn’t enough there will be a Steam Summer Sale in the next six weeks and I have been very good about just adding new games to my wishlist and not buying them on the spot, which means I have basically given myself mental permission to go crazy and buy All The Games once they’re on sale. I deserve it! Well, except for Child of Light which just came out but is only $15 and sounds so good that I really need to buy it. Oh, and Transistor, which is out on May 20th.
Okay, okay, so buy some of the games now, and then the rest of the games once they’re on sale!
So long story short: Pandaria has been very fun and is in my mind a great comeback after the ishyness that was Cataclysm. I have enjoyed the last 8 months, and I’ll be back at some point after the launch of Warlords of Draenor. And until then.. bring on the new games!