Ambitious but uneven, Shadowlands is an exciting evolution of World of Warcraft.
Shadowlands is one of World of Warcraft’s most ambitious expansions. There are times where I feel a little overwhelmed by all of its complex, interlocking progression systems. When I’m not chipping away at expanding my Covenant’s Sanctum (basically my superhero HQ), I’m exploring its dark and dangerous new endgame zone or climbing the endless floors of Torghast, Shadowlands’ excellent dungeon that’s basically a self-contained roguelike. And then there’s the familiar grind of world quests, dungeons, and chasing down hidden treasures like new mounts.
It’s a lot to stay on top of and at times a little too familiar, but much of Shadowlands’ endgame is varied and inventive enough to keep things fun. It might not win over jaded players who drifted away over the years, but Shadowlands is the best World of Warcraft has been in a long while.