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12-18-2010 @ 8:13AM
I whole heartedly agree with this. Flying has made it to where you merely fly from one destination to the next. The world essentially turns into a world of relay points. You have no connection to the land and you don't have the aesthetic feel for the zone like you did before flying. For people in a hurry who could care less, they don't understand why you would not go as fast as you possibly can to your destination. I personally always explore a new zone on foot now, after I discovered in WOTLK how flying turns the zones into huge gaps of space you're just trying to get through. I can tell you, walking from Winterspring into Frostwhisper Gorge and making my way up Hyjal to the peak was so much more epic than the way they have you porting from Stormwind. The Deathwing event was amazing and epic, but as soon as I saw it, I ported back to Darnassus and made my way to Hyjal and Nordrassil the way I'd always dreamed of doing it in 2004 when it was only a fantasy I could dream about.
12-18-2010 @ 11:45AM
I agree with you a little bit. BUT,Some of us have walked every inch of Azeroth aver the past 6 years. I know I have.Long before level 20 mounts, I for one grew quite sick of old Azeroth and walking everywhere.That part of the game has been played and you can't go back in time.I feel that there is a missing element to flight though. It is too safe.I don't want to get mobbed and shot down by a swarm of angry elites every time I mount my drakes, but there should be something more than there is now, especially in the newer higher level zones.
12-18-2010 @ 12:00PM
Just to add;With an expansion full of angry dragons and elementals, I didn't really expect Azeroth's skies to be as calm, safe and sedate as they are.Deathwing is content to leave the skies clear? The Cataclysm only affected the ground level?It doesn't make sense. The more I read these comments and think about this, the more I think Blizzard really dropped the ball on this one.
12-18-2010 @ 12:13PM
@SzassI agree with you actually. I love flying when I feel like it in the old world. I may have not been clear with the way I jumped about in subjects, but I meant to say I enjoy flying after I have gotten a feel for a new place. But when it comes to the first moment I enter new territory, flying just seems rushed and it makes the zone feel sort of, overwhelming and disjointed. Most of all, flying makes new zones feel really small. That's the biggest problem of all I think with what flying did to Northrend. The new zones felt like miniature approximations more than they ever did before. I could let my imagination take over in zones without flying, a mountain in the distance, a forest on the horizon. But with flying, everything is moments away from you.
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