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5-23-2011 @ 8:31AM
For me, it used to be the people. For years, I was in a guild filled with people I'd gotten to know and had fun with. Gradually, those people left the game (most after LK had been out for a while), and eventually I moved to a new guild. That guild was just as strong, but fell apart in the boredom that has been Cataclysm. I quit about seven weeks ago and haven't been back. For the solo player, there's just not enough WoW anymore - Blizzard has seen fit to de-emphasize the opportunities for solo players to enjoy themselves right as they eliminated the motivations for many groups to stick with it. This isn't the same experience as it was in BC or LK - without guildies around, there's just not much to keep me playing.
5-23-2011 @ 10:06AM
I'm not so sure about this. Strictly in terms of soloing, I cannot think of any expansion or major patch that has introduced as much content as Cataclysm, primarily because of the complete revamp of the vanilla zones.
5-23-2011 @ 10:57AM
Really agree with this. In Vanilla, BC, and WotLK, it seemed to me I always had something to better my character that either didn't demand help from other players or (for running heroics in late WotLK) could be easily done using the LFD.In Cataclysm, seems like the plethora side-treks in Vanilla content have been removed, leaving just a single linear path; going back to do WotLK or BC content became too much of a time waste with the removal of the old portals; the number of optional, soloable content in Cataclysm seems to not even come close to the previous expansions; and running Heroics through LFD both takes too much time (I long for it taking 20-30 minutes, total, between queuing and completing the instance) and, with the high failure rates, is too frustrating.@loop_not_defined:The remade content, while nice the first time, is too linear and limited. After going back on my main character to get the individual zone loremaster achievements, I couldn't stomach the idea of going through the content again with another character. The content is almost as if I was watching a movie; problem is, watching the same movie twice (or more) is not something I like to do.
5-23-2011 @ 11:59AM
DarkWalker: "In Vanilla, BC, and WotLK, it seemed to me I always had something to better my character that either didn't demand help from other players"Could you give some examples? The only stuff I can recall is finishing uncompleted zones or grinding dailies, neither of which really compare to Cataclysm - unless you look strictly at 80-85 zones. Remember that many BC and WotLK dailies were patched in after release.I understand your frustration with LFD time commitment, but it's not a clear-cut decision for Blizzard to make. The #1 complaint with WotLK dungeons was that they felt meaningless due to the incredibly fast pace and almost non-existant social interaction. It also meant regular dungeons went almost entirely unused - how many times did you use LFD for regular Halls of Stone or Halls of Lightning? I feel WotLK conditioned people to not care about regulars, or think the dungeons "don't count", which Blizzard is probably trying to change.In terms of linearity of questing, I feel Blizzard has gone a bit extreme in some places where it wasn't necessary (Twilight Highlands - many subzones have their own unrelated quest lines, so why do they have prerequisites?). All in all, though, I feel it's really worked for places like Mount Hyjal and Ashenvale, where each subzone is tied together into one overarching storyline. The zones are far and away more interesting to me, compared to pretty much....every expansion, ever.I do *not* agree with you regarding the trouble with redoing zones. I have *never* enjoyed redoing zones, *especially* in Vanilla and Burning Crusade. WotLK at least offered the choice of starting in Borean Tundra or Howling Fjord, but that's a pretty limited plus. Sure, watching a movie twice can get stale, but what are you comparing it to? Vanilla and Burning Crusade weren't/aren't even movies. Questing was almost comparable to simply grinding on mobs for XP.
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