World of Warcraft: Legion

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World of Warcraft: Legion is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 46 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

88

Top Critic Average

100%

Critics Recommend

Based on 46 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 14, 2016

Legion succeeds at making you feel important, even if Azeroth itself sometimes feels bland by comparison.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 13, 2016

If can it continue to learn from its mistakes and embrace the things that made the game great, this expansion will keep players fighting until the Burning Legion has been defeated for good.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Sep 26, 2016

Class campaigns, artifact weapons, and level-scaling make Legion feel like an entirely different game. Lots of waiting on timers.

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God is a Geek
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 8, 2016

Legion strikes a very good balance between nurturing feelings of the past, while also slaying old beasts and leaving the old world behind. It’s the biggest shake up since Cataclysm, and boy was it needed. This is everything that fans should want, granting a whole lot more stuff for them to see, do, and tinker with, while new players can launch a fresh character in at the top level and find themselves equal to all those around them.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 9, 2016

At least at the start of the expansion, this is a new high point for World of Warcraft. Proof that Blizzard still has plenty of juice to squeeze out of it. Proof that even when the Legion is relegated to farm status, there’ll be many more adventures to have, and that they’ll be worth the wait. And proof again that while Blizzard can’t hope to please everyone, it’s not going to stop trying its best.

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Scored Reviews

PCWorld
Sep 21, 2016

This is the expansion World of Warcraft players have been waiting for, even if your faith has been shaken by somewhat mediocre expansion packs over World of Warcraft’s 12-year history.

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GamesBeat
98 / 100
98 / 100
Sep 20, 2016

Legion is the best work ever done on WoW, and I say that as someone who remembers the original development process from alpha to the launch of the original “vanilla” box. I’m not known for giving high review scores. Legion earns one.

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Polygon
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion addresses long-standing player concerns in smart ways

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TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion is easily the best product Blizzard Entertainment has released since the initial launch of World of Warcraft, and is an excellent expansion that every World of Warcraft player should at least try.

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Level Down Games
95 / 100
95 / 100
Sep 22, 2016

If Blizzard can truly stick to their plan now of releasing more content for each expansion, while releasing newer expansions at a slower pace, we could be returning to a golden age for Warcraft once again. The current subscription numbers since launch could also be a reflection of that, based on what Blizzard has come out and said. If you’ve ever played World of Warcraft, if you currently still do, or even if you never have. Legion is the perfect point to jump in, and start shaping your story and your legacy in Azeroth.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.75 / 5.0
4.75 / 5.0
Oct 12, 2016

After its recent underwhelming expansion, Blizzard finally manages to get back on the right track with “World of Warcraft: Legion.” If you have never played WoW before or if you feel that you have been burned in the past, I suggest giving the game another shot as the game adds many new mechanics and features that make it feel fresh and compelling. Add a big content patch that’s incoming plus Blizzard being more in tune with what the game’s fan base wants and you have an expansion that’s as close to perfect as WoW has been in a long time.

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Entertainment Buddha
95 / 100
95 / 100
Sep 23, 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion brought back a lot of the glory and splendor that I experienced when I first started the game. A plethora of features like World Quests and Artifact Weapons bring another layer of content to the endgame of Legion. Halting certain progression with research times is something I may have nerfed down a bit but other than that, Legion is near perfect to me as far as expansions go.

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IGN
9.1 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

9.1 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2016

After months of missteps, Legion shows World of Warcraft finding its footing again and asserting its relevance after more than a decade. Many elements make this an expansion worth enjoying, including class halls, gigantic zones filled with memorable stories, better socialization, the actiony new Demon Hunter class, and world quests. The one big question mark is whether Blizzard can maintain that energy after launch, but so far the outlook seems promising.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2016

Legion is excellent, a thoroughly enjoyable expansion made all the more impressive by the base game's age. It might have taken a demon invasion, but WoW's players are back together at last.

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games(TM)
9 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

9 / 10
Oct 23, 2016

A fun new class and the best endgame yet

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 14, 2016

Legion injects excitement into a game that for the past year has survived on being better than most.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2016

Legion absolutely feels like an expansion that will improve on everything good Blizzard can deliver, and will hopefully shape into an absolute monster of an expansion.

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PLAY Zine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2016

Legion is a complete success and only now we see that WoD actually made sense even if some players didn’t like it in the end. WoD was a prologue for the incoming invasion and now it’s up to heroes of Azeroth to organize and save the world from destruction yet again. For Azeroth!

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M3
9 / 10
M3

Top Critic

9 / 10
Sep 14, 2016

With the new World of Warcraft-expansion, Blizzard manages to bring new life to a widely beloved mmorpg that's been on the decline for ages. The Demon Hunter Class, new, intriguing zones and questlines and extended character development possibilities combine to form the greatest WoW-experience to date.

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Digital Outburst
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 11, 2016

A lot of its new features & systems aren’t revolutionary, but what Blizzard have done is expertly refine them to work with their online game. With a visceral new hero class and an expansive end-game, the end result not only makes Legion the best expansion the game has seen since Wrath of the Lich King, but it reaffirms World of Warcraft’s place as the king of the genre.

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Arcade Sushi
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion brings a new transformation to WoW, making it into something smaller, sleeker; a creature far more befitting the modern gamer.

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SA Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2016

Let’s just say that as it stands now, Legion is a high-point in the history of World of Warcraft and I don’t see the new-found energy of enthusiasm wearing off any time soon for the players.

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Digital Trends
Oct 3, 2016

'World of Warcraft: Legion' isn’t just a great MMO. It’s a great game.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion does the greatest job so far of really connecting players to its world. Unlike the past several expansions I really want to be a part of this universe and see this story through until its end. This is the best WoW has been since Wrath -- believe it.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 27, 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion proves that Blizzard still has enough tricks up its sleeve to keep WoW relevant more than a decade after its initial release.

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Game Rant
Sep 28, 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion adds ten levels, a new zone, and a new hero class to the twelve year old MMO and manages to deliver some of the best content that the game has ever offered.

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NZGamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2016

New content that’s less like busywork, and more like meaningful progression.

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Everyeye.it
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2016

World of Warcraft is back to its full splendor. An epic story is the background to the new expansion, that brings improvements and radical changes in the mechanics. The classes have been completely revisited and, despite some simplifications, Legion guarantees an impressive variety.

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IGN Italy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 30, 2016

After two lazy years, Blizzard brings to World of Warcraft a lot of exciting new contents with one of the best expansions for the game.

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PC Gamer
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 2, 2016

If Blizzard can continue to deliver, Legion sets the stage for what could be the best chapter of World of Warcraft yet.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2016

Great zones and questing content, new additions like Demon Hunters, Artifacts, and Class Halls, solid group content, an engaging story, and the return of WarCraft’s best group of villains make Legion one of the best expansions WoW has had at launch. It’s hard to judge the final quality of an MMO on release, but right now, Legion is on the path to becoming one of WoW’s strongest expansions.

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Stevivor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion goes a long way towards fixing the issues plaguing the series. While it doesn’t quite squash them all, it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the last two expansion packs in terms of content and all round fun. Even now I can’t wait until I can next dive back in to Azeroth and continue my journey through the Broken Isles.

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MMORPG.com
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2016

Legion shows that Blizzard is working to improve delivery and systems to provide players with an expansion that will keep them engaged in the World of Warcraft story throughout. Hopefully, they will do just that over time.

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Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2016

This new expansion of World of Warcraft, Blizzard's flagship, comes with tons of epic battles and an intensity that lives up to the expectations of the players. The new setting of the game is marvelous and will keep you in front of your screen for a huge amount of time.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion is a major expansion to Blizzard Entertainment's acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

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COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 9, 2016

I won’t deny that some of the quests still whittled me down with the tedious ‘run here, collect ten X, and run back’, but those are few and far between…

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 6, 2016

Bringing a whole lot of lore and content to a well-established favorite, Legion injects some new life and new fun into the World of Warcraft universe. A huge addition of content and a new take on advancement promises to give current players a lot of bang for their buck, while the included level-boost lets new players catch up with their friends quickly.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2016

World of Warcraft Legion makes up for Warlords of Draenor’s transgressions by fulfilling its promises; rewarding end game content and a compelling, inclusive story.

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MMOGames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2016

Legion is everything it was promised to be and more; a part apology letter, part defiant challenge to any other games in the market thinking the old wolf was weakening. It is a love letter to its playerbase, to its most committed players, as well as the most approachable welcome to anybody coming back or starting fresh. It is the anti-Warlords of Draenor and, with the exception of FFXIV, the greatest comeback possibly in gaming history.

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AusGamers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2016

The community is open and inviting, the world is lovingly detailed, and the questing and lore is expertly crafted.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 19, 2016

There are plenty of moments in Legion that make you smile, and playing with friends has been the engaging social experience that WoW has missed for a long time

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The Escapist
Sep 3, 2016

If being able to play by yourself at your own pace is a priority, then Legion is for you. If you want to relive your World of Warcraft glory days, maybe give this one a miss.

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 19, 2016

Legion, while offering little to new players, is a worthwhile purchase for returning and current subscribers

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TrustedReviews
Sep 5, 2016

Indeed, with two factions and multiple races and classes, each with their own starter areas and specific questlines, there’s a good chance that your experience of WoW will be very different from mine. In a way, reviewing it’s like reviewing London or New York City from a week-long stay – you can only hope to tackle a slice, not the whole shebang.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Sep 15, 2016

It has been a few years since World of Warcraft has rekindled that magic that had me logging in every night, rotating between my different characters and doing my best to maximise each of the available professions, but so far Legion has once again helped me to find that spark.

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USgamer
Sep 5, 2016

After the disappointing Warlords of Draenor, World of Warcraft is back to form with Legion. Featuring a dynamic, scalable questing system, redesigned classes, new artifact weapons, a strong, lore-heavy storyline that positions you as a bona fide champion, and a ton of endgame content at launch, Legion feels like the strongest WoW expansion since Wrath of the Lich King. Whether it can continue this momentum over the expansion's duration remains to be seen, but for now, Legion is the invigorating shot in the arm that the game sorely needed.

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