EG’s published the first Warhammer Online review in the world, and it’s 8/10. Snip:
Mythic has dutifully done everything it needs to to compete with Blizzard’s jack of all trades and master of most. Crafting is weak, and dungeons – the small, instanced experiences that really cement the group dynamics in an MMO – are frustratingly rare, but aside from that WAR does it all, and does it well. That said, you can very easily tell which parts of this grand enterprise Mythic’s heart was in, and those parts – RVR and Public Quests – are completely thrilling, and surprisingly accessible.
But they’re also fragile. They’re at the whim of an unpredictable player base and a hundred other factors besides. They’re utterly dependent on en even balance between the two realms on each server – and at beta stage, there’s a worrying bias towards Destruction on all servers. That means that, until it’s been out in the wild a while, this extremely well-made and highly enjoyable MMO remains unproven. And it remains – until our first re-review, at least – one step short of true greatness.
Game’s out on September 18, but CE pre-orderers will be playing from September 14.
Knock yourself out.