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11-22-2011 @ 1:12AM
This is how I see it.With the exception of #3 (interim lore) I wouldn't consider any of these "Cataclysm"-centric features, even though it's the expansion that they appeared (or will appear). After all, I don't love the Wrath expansion because it introduced the Dungeon Finder, or Burning Crusade because it gave us in-game voice communication, or... whatever patch made it so all flight paths connected and we didn't have to sit and wait to click every step of the way. I see those as more of a natural evolution of the game World of Warcraft overall, not something specific to a particular expansion. We could still be playing "Vanilla WoW" right now, and most if not all of these features would have still happened anyway simply due to the tendency to improve the product - not because of a new bad guy, per se. What expansion a feature appeared in is simply a timing issue.New lands, new environments, new gear and weapons, new bosses, the boss encounters, new playable races and classes, and most importantly and the story itself and it's ability to get us to care about the game is what I remember about each expansion when I look back on it; not something like when Resilience was invented. For those reasons, Cataclysm, while still a solid expansion, doesn't quite stack up to Wrath or especially Burning Crusade.
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