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The Critics Are Right
on September 16, 2012
I came back to WoW this summer, I picked up Cata on sale and began playing through it to get myself ready for MoP. Hopefully MoP will take all the criticisms that have been put out there about this expansion to heart. To me, it feels as if they took every thing wrong with vanilla (boring quests, needless grinding, tons of random number generation pain) and put it with a watered down Wotlk veneer.
I loved Wrath, I thought it really took the game into a good direction. And Cata (having only played during the final patches) almost turned it on it's head. My biggest complaints are the lackluster quests and rehashed "new" battlegrounds, phasing bugs that are still present years after release and terribly balanced PvP. Many people complain that WoW's become too easy, I think what they mean is it's constantly getting dumbed down.
For instance, most quests are on long chains now. And in certain zones, you get 1 or 2 quests at a time (even though your quest log can still hold 25) in the entire zone, and must complete those before you get any more. This whole process feels like you're being led by the nose (instead of playing an open world online game), and for that experience (one I avoid like the plague) I could pop in any console rpg from the 90's.
What I think also needs to be mentioned is the "new" battlegrounds (pvp areas) are just 2 old battlegrounds but on different maps. In my opinion, the new maps are smaller, simpler, and less fun than their classic versions. The other downside to this, if you dislike either (or both) of the game types, well too bad, now you have twice as much of a chance to participate in them.
My Advice? I still enjoy WoW, and Cata wasn't all bad. Buy it cheap and level through it to get to MoP (which hopefully is an improvement).