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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall User Score (5 votes) 4.3

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GameZone (Oct 02, 2003)
This is not an MMORPG that will appeal to everyone. But those who can embrace the technology aspects, can invest the time to immerse themselves in the jargon and lore will find an evolving game with depth and challenge. Throw in incredible environments, an amazing soundtrack and you have a winner.
Shadowlands is a game well worth the time and money to play if you enjoy graphical immersion, team play, and just having a whole lot of fun.
Pelit (Jan, 2004)
Varteenotettavia scifi-aiheisia nettiroolipelejä ei markkinoilla kovin monta ole. Pahimpaan kilpailijaansa eli Star Wars Galaxiesiin verrattuna Anarchy Onlinessa on selvästi enemmän varsinaista juonellista sisältöä, jota riittää hahmon koko uran ajaksi. Toisaalta Galaxies tarjoaa paremman hiekkalaatikon vapaaseen roolipelaamiseen ja on toteutukseltaan näyttävämpi. Molempien vahvuudet ovat vähän eri alueilla, mutta tehtävä- ja hahmonkehityspainotteisten nettiropejen sarjassa Anarchy Online on kukkulan kuningas.
ToTheGame (Sep 08, 2003)
Shadowlands seems more than just an expansion pack. It’s more like a parallel game to AO. Two different lands, so many new additions: music, sound, perks, enemies, a new interface, factions, and a world that will stun our eyes and captivate our minds. Sure, some may say I’m going a little over the top, but seeing everything new for the first time really is worth the trip. For $30 you get everything you need, that’s AO, Notum Wars, and Shadowlands. One thing I better not hear anyone say is that they didn’t get there money’s worth. If you’re one of those people who don’t do MMPOG’s I would suggest getting this one and trying it out. If you’re also one of those people that are on the fence about which MMPOG to get, well…., look no further.
GameSpy (Oct 20, 2003)
It's been a rocky two years, but Shadowlands is like a love letter from Funcom to its fans. It is an example of how an MMO can grow and change, becoming richer without alienating new players or neglecting the hardcore fans who've stayed with it all along. If you're already an Anarchy Online player, you owe it to yourself to take this trek through this new dimension. And if you you're not an Anarchy Online player, there's never been a better time to give it a try.
88 (Oct 07, 2003)
So, Shadowlands is here, the expansion set for Anarchy Online, a well known MMORPG. If you think an expansion is just some more of the same, you better change your mind from the start because this is not just an update for an existing game. In fact I think it is more like going from Quake 2 to Quake 3. More visual astonishing stuff and more moving in the direction of multiplayer. I hear you think already: “Hey, it was a multiplayer game already, you fool”, but we come to that aspect later on. The multiplayer stuff, not the fool stuff.
Gameswelt (Jul 10, 2003)
Der Release von 'Anarchy Online' in der zweiten Hälfte des Jahres 2001 war begleitet von Pannen und Katastrophen. Vieles sprach dafür, dass eines der ersten MMORPG in der Versenkung verschwinden würde. Auch einer treuen Fangemeinde ist es zu verdanken, dass 'Anarchy Online' überlebte und zwei Jahre später nun die erste Erweiterung erschienen ist. 'Shadowlands' darf als äußerst gelungen bezeichnen werden, wobei Funcom ganze Arbeit geleistet und die vorhandene Spielwelt um beinahe das Doppelte erweitert sowie die Optik gehörig aufpoliert hat. Es fesselt den Spieler von Anfang an und macht mit jedem preisgegebenen Happen der Handlung Appetit auf mehr. Es macht einfach Spaß die riesige Welt allein oder zusammen mit seinen Gefährten zu erkunden und dabei die neuen Quests des überarbeiteten Systems samt der spannenden Story zu erleben. Daneben ist es mit 'Shadowlands' auch gelungen, Neueinsteigern das MMORPG-Genre schmackhaft zu machen. Fans sollten Zugreifen und Neueinsteiger probespielen!
Game Chronicles (Nov 30, 2003)
If you’re an MMORPG fan who is on the market for a game based in Science Fiction but with a hefty does of fantasy, Anarchy Online: Shadowlands is a winner. For those new to the genre, Shadowlands friendly user interface, finely honed training period and involved plot make this game a great place to start.
GameSpot (Oct 03, 2003)
The online role-playing game known as Anarchy Online originally launched in 2001, and like in other, similar games before it, players could create a persistent character by choosing from a number of different races and professions, then go off to explore a huge online world with other like-minded players. The game distinguished itself with its futuristic sci-fi world of gun-toting technologists and mystics, and also with severe technical problems that were later resolved. The new expansion pack, Shadowlands, adds a huge amount of new content to the game in the form of an entirely new realm to explore, along with two brand-new character professions, an all-new character development system, and loads of new quests to undertake that further develop the game's unusual sci-fi setting. While it's still extremely complicated, Shadowlands adds a tremendous amount of intriguing new content that helps make Anarchy Online much more worthwhile.
PC Games (Germany) (Oct 16, 2003)
Die Entwickler haben nicht nur neuen Inhalt eingebaut, sondern zusätzlich das alte Spielprinzip ausgebaut. Beispielsweise wurde der Kampf in Gruppen verbessert: Mehrere Mitstreiter dürfen Angriffe nun kombinieren, wodurch selbige effektiver werden - eine Funktion, die vor allem langjährige Anarchy Online-Spieler mit Wohlwollen aufnehmen werden. Einsteiger freuen sich darüber, dass dem Add-on gleich die Vollversion des Originals plus Booster-Pack beiliegt. Shadowlands bietet viel Online-Rollenspiel fürs Geld!
I find Anarchy Online: Shadowlands to be a title that holds much promise, one that can keep both AO fans and new players enthralled for quite a long time. The interesting cyberpunk motif expanded into a whole new set of wondrous lands easily lends itself to hours of fun play, while the multiplayer experience lets gamers enjoy the title with others and offers a sense of satisfaction unseen in other offerings. New players should have a good amount of patience and flexibility before considering Shadowlands, but in the end, the gameplay rewards are worth the effort.
RPGFan (Oct 26, 2003)
As an online experience, Shadowlands is, and always will be, a work in progress. Technical problems and balance issues can always be fixed, new content can always be added, and usually is - given time. The question is, just how much time are newcomers and veterans alike going to give this new vision to fully take shape. I have faith that Funcom can bring out the full potential of Shadowlands, but with bigger and better games on the horizon; time is of the essence.
Joystick (French) (Oct, 2003)
Il s'est fait attendre, mais cet add-on redonne vie à Anarchy Online, qui revient ainsi lutter sans complexes dans le peloton de tête des MMORPG. Il pourra être autant apprécié par le nouveau joueur qui veut s'immerger dans un monde virtuel en profitant des dernières nouveautés, que par l'ancien joueur blasé redécouvrant les joies de l'exploration.
80 (Oct 03, 2003)
Difficile de reprocher quoi que ce soit à cet add-on, d'autant plus qu'il est proposé avec le jeu original Anarchy Online et Notum Wars. Shadowlands est l'occasion rêvée de se replonger dans le MMORPG de Funcom en découvrant de toutes nouvelles contrées. Dommage que le système de progression n'offre pas davantage de liberté dans la découverte des zones de Shadowlands.
If you’re already playing AO, then you probably don’t need a reason to upgrade to Shadowlands—it just gives you more of what you already like. But if you were initially deterred by the game’s content deficiency, this might convince you to give it a shot.
GameStar (Germany) (Nov, 2003)
Das zweite Addon zum Internet-Rollenspiel Anarchy Online spendiert Rubi-Ka eine komplette Mystik-Welt mit sieben neuen Regionen. Funcom wirft in Shadowlands wie gewohnt eine Tonne Gegenstände und Gegner in den Ring, dazu gibt's zwei neue Professionen (Keeper, Shade) und ausbaubare Spezialfähigkeiten.
RPGamer (2003)
There is some light at the end of the tunnel, however. The new areas are extremely innovative, sporting excellent new music, improved textures, and brilliant new effects. The new monsters, not to mention the factional characters have a ghastly, ethereal sort of quality about them. Shadowlands essentially adds weeks more life to the game, even for those who already feel there is nothing left for them to experience. The AO of the past was heavily RP-oriented, and filled with enthusiastic players who cared more about having fun than becoming the best. Sadly, this does not seem to be the case any longer. Anarchy Online has come a long way over its lifespan, and it still has a ways to go to become an alternative worth taking.