World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Reviews

Cataclysm might not be everyone's favorite expansion pack for World of Warcraft, but there's no doubt that it's taking home some stellar reviews.

IGN gives it a 9.0/10:
If you include the vast changes to the core game, Cataclysm is far and away the most impressive expansion to an MMO ever made, but if you just isolate what Cataclysm itself gets you, it's ultimately less content than Wrath of the Lich King. It's also better content than Wrath, with engaging storylines, inventive quests, and some very striking visuals. Even without the core Azeroth changes, Cataclysm is an excellent expansion in its own right, and worthy of your attention whether you're a veteran of Northrend or a grunt just getting your toes wet for the first time.

1UP gives it an "A":
If you're looking to run through the newly busted-up Azeroth with a fresh character, you won't find a better excuse to re-roll than the inclusion of playable Goblins and Worgen in Cataclysm. Without spoiling too much of the lore here, the shapeshifting Worgen make an excellent, if somewhat depressing, addition to the Alliance. On the other end of the spectrum, the Horde-aligned Goblins serve as an outlet for Blizzard's obsession with pop-culture references. Within your first few minutes on the Goblin isle of Kezan, you'll encounter dozens of goofy homages to everything from Jersey Shore to the gasoline fight from Zoolander. Both races offer something uniquely appealing which, now that I think about it, kind of stands in direct opposition of the other.

Ars Technica gives it a "Buy" verdict:
World of Warcraft is a game that can't ever be finished, and this is a fact a lot of players struggle with. Many users eventually become satisfied with their achievements, literal or otherwise, and let the game fall by the wayside. But with Cataclysm, World of Warcraft is begging for those players to come back, and for new players who were put off by the comparatively painful old world to give it another chance.

And then E4G gives it a 9.3/10:
Cataclysm deserves the accolade of Blizzard's most enjoyable and well made expansion to date, that not only pushes World of Warcaft to the head of the MMO genre as it's previous expansions have done, but blasts it into the stratosphere, to a position where no other existing Massively Multiplayer Online game can even hope to compete with. The minor niggles, although consistent during the revamped levelling experience, barely dent the surface of this robust expansion, and should hardly be noticed in between the fantastic environments and stellar quests. With unparalleled atmosphere, gameplay and design, Cataclysm is an essential purchase for elitists, casuals, and anyone who is even remotely interested in the greatest online role-playing experience the gaming world has to offer.