World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth review

It’s a testament to the longevity of World of Warcraft that Battle for Azeroth, the game’s seventh expansion as it enters its 15th year, manages to be a difficult second album. Legion changed the game – some might say saved the game – and began a new era of higher expectations. Battle for Azeroth had to maintain that quality, build upon it, and, if it wasn’t too busy, tell a story to follow up the most significant victory Azeroth’s champions had ever managed. Blizzard was up to some, but not all, of those challenges.

It’s extremely weird to live in a world where people – real people – care so much about the lore of World of Warcraft that it’s become worth writing about in its own right. Weirder still that anyone would be driven to begin a review by mentioning it. Whether you consider Battle for Azeroth’s narrative direction tantamount to the murder of Sylvanas’s character and the Horde’s honour, or see it more as a realistic telling of flawed people in conflict, Blizzard’s build-up to the reignition of its world war received more attention than anything the story has done since the fall of the Lich King.

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