World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Review | Hardcore Gamer

Turn back the clock to 2004 and Half-Life 2, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and World of Warcraft, the MMO adaptation of the enormously popular real-time strategy series, were the most well-received games at the time. While the former three have become classics, WoW was and still is the epitome of what the genre could and should be: incredibly immersive, with rewarding — though sometimes daunting — complexity in its mechanics. Vanilla WoW along with The Burning Crusade made individual characters feel like catalysts for necessary and massive change. Warlords of Draenor is hearkening back to that now decade-old feeling, with a focus on fresh models and rewarding tasks while stripping away some of the complexity and tiresomeness to put players on a ride of non-stop entertainment and action.

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