I mentioned that I tried WoW again at the insistence of some friends on mine from work. I leveled a druid up (very quickly thanks to the recruit a friend system) and found myself completely disgusted with the game in its current form. Short list of things that I hated:
- Server community is dead. No one knows anyone, everyone queues in Dalaran for instances, BGs and arenas.
- Gear score has made the community even worse than before. Elitism abounds, much of it unfounded.
- Everything is easy mode and homogenized. Crowd control is a dirty word that no one ever uses anymore in PvE. AoE pulls are the norm. Strategy is gone.
- World PvP is non-existant for the most part.
WoW is in a horrible state right now, in my opinion, and I don’t think Cataclysm can fix it. I found a picture on Keen’s forums that summed up how lacking in atmosphere, community and exploration WoW is right now:
I miss the big, sprawling dungeons that had atmosphere and encouraged exploration. You could get lost in BRD or UBRS and it was awesome. The dungeons are now a joke and designed for quick, easy runs instead of immersion. Fine for some people but not for me. Having explored the alpha leak of Cataclysm, I can say it gets worse. Single hallways are the norm there. Sadly old WoW is dead.