WORLD OF WARCRAFT
MISTS OF PANDARIA - EXPANSION SET
Welcome to the lands of Pandaria... one of
the most ambitious World of Warcraft expansions that is set in
the ancient realm of Pandaria and has been untouched by the wars of
Azeroth until now. Hiden from Azeroth for over ten thousand years by
mists, it is up to the player to decide whether they are foes or
friends. This is the fourth expansion in the franchise and promises
long-time fans of World of Warcraft something uniquely different and
newcomers, a totally different Western MMORPG.
Set in a remote area of
Azeroth, Pandaria is emerges in a lush forest with cloud-ringed
mountains and boasts one of the most diverse range of creatures in this
world. As the battle between the Alliance and Horde worsens, it
threatens to engulf more of Azeroth and unfortunately for the denizens
of Pandaria, they may be drawn into the battle as players explore this
of all, Blizzard Entertainment have upped the ante of what is available
to the World of Warcraft player with this new expansion pack. The most
noticeable inclusion is a new playable race. This race is known as the
Pandaren and seem to be inspired from the amusing film, Kung Fu Panda.
Even though this class may look cute and cuddly, they are from it and
are actually a neutral race in the war between the Alliance and the
To compliment this race, players have access to a new class
called the monk who channel the hidden powers of the Pandaren Martial
Arts. Monks are also a mixture of damage-dealers, tanks or healers which
adds some unique features into the World of Warcraft series. The level
cap of the game has also been increased to 90 and there are plenty of
new areas to explore in Pandaria such as the Jade Forest or my favourite
area, Kun-Lai Summit, a cloud shrouded mountain. However nothing is more
fun than flying through the skies as you explore Pandaria or even riding
a giant turtle!
the uninitiated, Mists of Pandaria is a Massive Multiplayer Online
Role-Playing Game that combines the best elements of role-playing and
lets them loose on a huge multiplayer environment. World of Warcraft has
been operating since 2004 and it is still one of the most popular
MMORPG's available and Blizzard continue fine tuning this hugely fun
gaming experience. For newcomers who want to embark in this current
expansion pack, the original game is required as is Wrath of the Lich
King and Cataclysm. Like with previous WOW titles, character creation
plays a key role to your avatar in this online game.
standard races are available in Mists of Pandaria, we were quite excited
to play these martial art Pandas and more importantly, you can give them
your own unique look once you have finished customising them. Once
created, my Monk headed towards the Shang Xi Training Grounds where I
became a customised with my new character and slowly started the long
road to levelling. There's some great abilities for the monks such as
the Brewmasters Unyielding Strength ability which basically creates a
shield around your character... just be warned, it doesn't last forever.
element of grinding is required in this game which means by killing
enemies and solving quests, your character is awarded experience that
can then be used to increase your statistics and abilities. Although
veterans of World of Warcraft will probably not want to start at level 1
again, it does give them the opportunity of moving beyond the previous
level cap of 85.
Even though it may only be another 5-levels, getting to
level 90 can be quite a daunting task, especially with some of the areas
and enemies that you face. Team-work definitely plays a part of this
Mists of Pandaria. For newcomers, I suggest trying out the new monk
class for the Padarens which really gives this MMO an almost Eastern
feel to this new race and their abilities. Without spoiling some of the
items available in Mists of Pandaria, veterans will be quite impressed
with what Blizzard has made available in this new game.
However for the most part, Mists of Pandaria is for the long-term World
of Warcraft players and apart from the new race and character class,
Blizzard have added some other interesting inclusions. One of these is
the Dungeon "Challenge" Mode that has been dubbed by Blizzard as the
Ultimate Five-Player Time Trial. So basically for those hardcore
players, this allows them to group together and fight their way through
the dungeons with all odds against them. The difficulty level of this can
be quite ridiculously hard but if you're strong enough or think you are,
it's a great challenge to set yourself.
Then we have pet battles and you
heard correctly. It's time for your loyal companions to engage in
battles with other players pets in this new tactical mini-game. But
don't fret because pets can be healed, have access to skills to support
them on the battlefield and even a massive cap of 24. As mentioned by
other people, this system is extremely reminiscent of Pokémon as you use
captured wild animals as pets.
The game even
streamlines how your character fights in the world with improved talent
system that in turn makes the game more accessible and less reliant on
hundreds of shortcuts, especially the Glyph system. All in all, Blizzard Entertainment have succeeded
in creating something unique for fans of this series and hopefully it
will entice new players.
Graphics and Audio
Graphically, Mists of Pandaria is probably the best looking World of
Warcraft game to date and I love how Blizzard used the rich culture of
Asia to inspire their latest addition. Opposed to the sometimes harsh
setting of Azeroth, Pandaria is a vibrant place filled with a myriad of
greens and some great Asian inspired architecture.
Pandaria also have this Asian influence to them which really sets this
game apart from previous games. To compliment the graphics, the game has
some great voice acting and once again, another Asian inspired
soundtrack. Together with the gameplay, Mists of Pandaria is a must
needed breath of fresh air to World of Warcraft.
Impulse Gamer has only just touched upon this wonderful expansion pack
and if you're feeling a little blue and need your WOW fix, then I highly
recommend you check out this expansion pack. The virtual lands of World
of Warcraft is getting a little long in the teeth but Mists of Pandaria
with its lush forests, Asian inspired settings and new race will create
this unique and entertaining gaming experience. And besides... pets vs
pets... it doesn't get any better than this and best of all, it even
promotes new players to the lands of World of Warcraft. Even though my
level 86 Paladin had a blast through the high-level areas of Mists of
Pandaria, starting again with one of the Panderen Monks was a whole new
Warcraft experience which was like almost rediscovering the entire
Definitely a game to check out!