I guess they went with the Matrix strategy. Have a pretty good movie/game that people love, build a massive but obscure non film/game backstory, make sequels/expansions which necessitate knowledge of said backstory without telling you what you missed, watch the money roll in.
I'm sure lots of effort were put into remaking quests and flow for classic 1-60 zones and its something to applaud. Personally though, WoW has been out for 7 years, I have leveled an 85 of each class, and there's no real incentive to make a new class duplicate alt just to experience the quests (most of which would be skipped anyway, at the current speed of leveling with heirlooms).TLDR; redone quests were cool, but very little people will play them.
Having leveled far too many alts, I've definitely got some ideas.Leveling needs to be made slightly slower. I'm not saying back to pre-Cata speed, but I like to explore and advance and not continually out-level the zone I'm trying to be immersed in. (This is w/o guild perks and heirlooms, on my "lonely" Horde server.)Redone Cata zones are overall pretty good. We didn't need anymore useless zones (though why the hell there ain't a little hub in Deadwind still, I dunno). Now to get rid of or retune useless raids...Outland needs an overhaul. I don't know what it is about it, but it's completely agonizing and players shouldn't want to dungeon over it. Some of the zones could even be culled because I'm fairly sure no one's been to, say, Shadowmoon (EDIT: to quest) since the beginning of Wrath. Player event that narrows the place down to a more awesome Hellfire, Terrokar, Nagrand and Zangar? Less zones? No Outland at all? Don't know. Might not work, might work. I know there's some plot threads still dangling up there that could potentially put it into motion.Northrend, IMO, is fine, although they should introduce content that gives you a reason to go back there for an extended period of time.I completely agree on the lack of continuity between 80-85 Cata zones, and I'm glad the devs learned from it. The whole 80-85 experience was a little excruciating anyway -- almost Outland caliber. Might be the fact that you're so close to max, though.
Am I the only one who loved the 3D bird flapping quest? Seriously, I loved it. It was challenging and an awesome show of what Blizzard can do with their enginer.
Yea I don't see the great love for the firelands dailies...they are ok, but they're just dailies (and I'm SO SICK of killing the eles on sethrias roost -.-) I prefer the TB ones to the firelands ones just because they seem more straightforward.For me the best dailies are those that make me laugh, or do something different. My fav ones are the netherwing dailies, esp Booterang. You get to hit orcs upside the head with a boomerang made from a boot from the back of your flying mount! How cool is that! I also love bombing runs, doesn't matter if its from a flyer that goes a set route or from your own mount or even non-mobile ones like the one in tol barad. The IOQD ones were repetitive, but I vastly prefer them to tourney or firelands simply because I knew exactly what I'd be doing and could get in and get out no muss no fuss.Another thing that I didn't see addressed up there but is important to me as I played with extreme latency for a long time and still know others that do, is the effect on players with high latency and some of the new quest styles. Things like the Joust tribute are pretty fun....with low lat...at high latency that quest is horrific. The tourney was awful on players with bad latency, so are even simple quests such as the one to recieve your seahorse in Vashjir (that one in fact becomes impossible at a certain latency). I'd like to see them keep players in mind who simply have a harder time hitting a button at exactly the right time. I'm not saying they should have no such quests but I'd like to see them try to keep such things in totally optional content whenever possible, something that can be hard to do if they are preferring linear questing.
Interesting stuff to read, imo cataclysm was really succesful expansion. Leveling your new characters is fun again now that the quests and zones are completely changed. Outland and northrend didn't get anything new though but i guess it's just you know.. logical. What i didn't really agree in this was the 80-85 zones. While Dave talks that it wasn't total succes i as a player think that the new high level zones were really damn good. "Pretty glorious the first time, but frustrating on your second or third character because there's only one way to do it, and no way to skip around." I don't agree with this one lol. I have done those zones now on 3 characters and soon with 4th one and i am still looking forward to it. Hyjal is one of my favourites along with all time favourite zone, Uldum. I bet i could do those zones like over 9000 times without getting bored.So what i am saying, Cataclysm was succes in my honest opinion. Just like vanilla was, and tbc, and wotlk. And i am sure that the upcoming expansion will be even better. Looking forward to that, no doubt.Keep up the good work Blizzard! I have been fan since the Wc3 and i am not planning to drop out like many have, sadly.