World of Warcraft’s Mists of Pandaria is the first expansion I have ever really experienced. I began WoW a little over a month before the release of Cataclysm and was, of course, taking it very slow. My character was maybe level 45 when Cataclysm was unleashed upon the public. I didn’t even bother buying Caraclysm until my character was around level 75 and the game had been out for well over a month.
My experience so far with Mists has been breathtaking. The scenery is dropdead gorgeous and I am overwhelmed with the sheer quantity and quality of activities to do.
I’ve done two dungeons, both of which were beautiful to look at. The details are stunning. I adore the boss fight where you have jump on rolling barrels and ram the boss with them! Super fun and I squealed an awful lot while doing it.
I was one of those people who actually enjoyed the HOT dungeons, not because of the content but because of the imagery. I found these dungeons just as aesthetically pleasing as the HOTs. I haven’t yet the chance to run around them emptied to take screenshots on my big computer, but I’m pretty excited to do so!
Despite the initial frustration – which truly wasn’t that frustrating because my excitement levels were so very high – the first few hours were awesome! I completely passed out after about two, what with it being 3 AM my time when the game was released.
All in all my first expansion release has been fantastic.