World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 39 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

66%

Critics Recommend

Based on 39 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 16, 2018

If Blizzard manages to keep up the momentum it has built here, the future's looking strong for the ruling monarch of the MMORPG. I'm not entirely sure who's looking at World of Warcraft after fourteen years and only now deciding to jump in. But if you are, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better time than right now.

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Digital Trends
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 18, 2018

Battle for Azeroth is off to a weak start. The new zones are beautiful, to be sure, but the climatic introduction cinematic and quests lead into a whole lot of cliché and not a lot of action. If the War has come back to Warcraft, well …I've not seen it.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Sep 3, 2018

Or will Blizzard just give us more of the same, because I am completely fine with that at this point. Stories so interesting I've defected to the Horde to make sure I get to enjoy them all? I guess I can live with that.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 4, 2018

The greatest testament to Blizzard's design in this expansion is that it's worth wading through Battle for Azeroth's seemingly endless and frustrating grind, all in the hopes of helping your group of four friends push their keystone up one more level than you thought was possible — at least, for now.

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Scored Reviews

Pardis Game
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2018

To be repetitive or not to be. If like the writer of this review you are one of the people who only experienced World of Warcraft: Legion for a short time or skipped it entirely then World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is an amazing experience and you will surely enjoy the smallest of the details, but if you had enough of your share of Legion and want something more then Battle for Azeroth can disappoint you.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2018

Battle for Azeroth it's a huge and entertaining expansion, which relies on combat, PvE, PvP, and character development. Hovewer, best is yet to come.

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SA Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

While War of Thorns left a bad taste for many, the expansion proper has been a delight. Some quests have questionable writing and the tropes from previous expansions rear their heads in places, but the dungeon and levelling experience is great. Depending on where the story goes, this expansion could end up near the top.

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2018

It may not break new ground in comparison to the preceding expansion, but Battle for Azeroth provides a wealth of activities for players to enjoy and experience

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PC Gamer
86 / 100
86 / 100
Aug 21, 2018

Even if its new loot system is a bust, Battle for Azeroth is a vibrant expansion full of wondrous new locales to explore, characters to meet, and stories to tell.

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2018

And for those sitting on the fence about whether or not to jump into the action again, there's only one thing I can say: Battle for Azeroth is the perfect opportunity to come back to World of Warcraft. I have to give the folks at Blizzard credit for pouring their hearts and souls into the game once again, it definitely shows.

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PowerUp!
8.5 / 10.0
PowerUp!
Jamie Sherlock
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2018

There is just so much to do, with more content being added regularly I think that Battle for Azeroth has me firmly in its grasp.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth delivers the best storytelling and world design yet, but doesn't make any additional significant improvements to the World of Warcraft formula.

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Hobby Consolas
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 18, 2018

Battle for Azeroth is more of the same, and that's what many World of Warcraft fans were looking for. Doesn't invent anything new and there is much that he borrows from something that appeared previously on the game, but worth returning to Azeroth to discover the history, insular expeditions and the Warfronts.

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GamesBeat
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 2, 2018

We won't know the full quality of the expansion for a couple of years, but Battle for Azeroth is off to a strong start.

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IGN Italy
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2018

Battle for Azeroth is a good expansion for World of Warcraft, with not so many improvements in gameplay, but a lot of new contents to experience and enjoy.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2018

Battle for Azeroth has a lot to live up to thanks to its stellar predecessor in Legion, and for the most part it delivers.

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PCWorld
Aug 27, 2018

As the millions of people still streaming into the game show, if Blizzard sees Battle for Azeroth as a struggle to keep our hearts and interest, it's clearly already won.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2018

Battle for Azeroth, despite the endless grind, has been an exciting expansion this far. However, raids and additional content are what makes the game great. Blizzard has made the entry level into the new expansion welcoming for new players and some die-hard critics have shared their concerns with the current direction Blizzard are going with making the gaming "easier."

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2018

Battle for Azeroth is another try of Blizzard to keeep World of Warcraft players online. And it is not bad at all.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2018

Battle for Azeroth isn't my favorite expansion but it's definitely up there.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 10, 2018

While World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth hasn't been my favorite expansion in the franchise, it brought with it some great new dungeons, fantastic new raid encounters, an excellent new story, and gorgeous scenery. I have hope that what is lacking, or "not working as intended" will be adjusted over time. My love for the game, and the thriving community I have built within it are what keep me logging in week after week.

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USgamer
Aug 25, 2018

Battle for Azeroth launches strong by renewing the conflict between the Horde and Alliance. Blizzard offers two very different experiences this expansion with each faction having their own storyline on unique island nations. It's an enjoyable expansion during the leveling experience, but endgame currently has some issues with sparse weapon drops and clutter stemming from the new Azerite gear system. There are improvements to be made here, but what's available at launch is still very good.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
PCGamesN

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

Battle for Azeroth is a solid follow-up to Legion that'll keep fans happy - if only for the new continents, War mode, and dungeons. Time will tell if the rest of the features will give the expansion the shelf life it needs.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2018

Battle for Azeroth may feel a bit safe in places, and a little bland in others – but the exciting elements are by far enough to overshadow these minor gripes

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TrustedReviews
Aug 21, 2018

Predictably, as is always the way with an MMO, this is very early days for Battle for Azeroth. There's a world of promise here, and scratching the surface will quickly draw you in.

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Game Rant
Aug 23, 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth sets out to win back old players and draw in new ones with an increased level cap, new zones, and a restructuring of PvP.

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The Escapist
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 9, 2018

In World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth the pending apocalypse may not be canceled, but it's temporarily tabled

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2018

After 14 years, Blizzard still knows what's at the heart of WoW, while proving it's not afraid to try new things. While not every new feature is a home run, the expansion's tighter focus on "the war at home" reminds players about what made Warcraft so popular in the first place.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2018

So far, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is a solid addition to the long-running MMORPG. Currently, I am trying to increase my item level so I can be ready for the raid in a few weeks. The grind to do that is a long one, requiring a lot of time that not a lot of people have. It is the one crux of this game. When you start World of Warcraft, you have to stay committed. If you're serious about playing and want to enter the raid on the first day of release, missing just one day is a loss of progress. However, if you do commit and you have a group of people to play with, as it is right now, Battle for Azeroth has plenty of content for you to enjoy with a lot more to come.

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GRYOnline.pl
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2018

Battle for Azeroth plays it safe, but that's ultimately its advantage. The true war will come and I'll be waiting impatiently. This expansion has a ton of potential that is still to be realized. And I'm sure Blizzard will do just that.

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GameSpew
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

In the end, Battle for Azeroth makes some great improvements in the levelling experience, but faults in its class design and the less rewarding Azerite system mean that overall, it takes too many steps back from Legion.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 24, 2018

If you've completed the story there's still a lot to do in this world, of Warcaft. New dungeons with fun themes and locations are enjoyable to grind through and PVP is always a fun whether you're casual or hardcore. The world, of Warcraft is bursting at the seams with stuff to do. Don't Like PvE? Try Pet Battles. Don't Like Pet Battles? Try PvP. I'm a pretty casual player and the thing I enjoy doing the most is going back to old content and playing through it solo, for the first time.

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MMOGames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2018

All in all, Battle For Azeroth is in all things a true expansion to Warcraft; it is a continuation, a plateau for the game to simply continue existing.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2018

Battle for Azeroth is off to a solid start, but Blizzard has a lot to improve if they want to win the war.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 2, 2018

Faction politics are the backbone of Battle for Azeroth, but the real victories are the friends that you make along the way.

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GameMAG
7 / 10
GameMAG
ASarafanov

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 29, 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is a good expansion with an interesting story on both sides, quests, new mechanics and game modes that relies too much on the achievements of past add-ons.

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Windows Central
Sep 11, 2018

There are few games I love as much as World of Warcraft, which is why I'm delivering some tough love to Blizzard, which has a lot of work to do to set Battle for Azeroth on the right path.

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Stevivor
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2018

Battle for Azeroth doesn't bring much else in terms of brand new content.

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GameWatcher
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2018

Unless Blizzard has some real story shake-ups and a phenomenally tuned raid on the horizon, I'm honestly expecting the sharpest player decrease to set in within the next few months. The expansion itself has some interesting ideas, but sticking to a World Quest grindfest is quickly becoming the norm, and the Island Expeditions aren't exactly exciting.

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