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3-09-2012 @ 8:49AM
cata questing is top notch? really? Because the general consensus seams to be that it was awful, linear, and scripted, hindered by over done phasing and too much was "mandatory" such as 3/4 of deepholm to get to the rep faction opened...Recommend wow if you want, but pleas do it for real reasons. As for casual...not really. LFR was a great idea, and works well with some small issues you can easily ignore, but its 40mins of content once a week, thats not casual, casual is content you can dip into now and them, say play an hour a day on. LFR is just a one shot experience once a week.Go play RIFT for a casual MMO, whether you like the game or not, the play model is much more user oriented than wow is, or is ever likely to be.(yes, I mentioned RIFT.....flame on...)
3-09-2012 @ 8:58AM
At the risk of feeding the troll...the general loud consensus might be that. Most of the people I've talked to generally enjoyed the questing in Cataclysm.I also fail to see how 40 minutes once a week is anything but casual. Even I can find 40 minutes once a week (sometimes even for all three of my RF ready 85s). If anything, not feeling like you have to play it all week makes it even more casual friendly.
3-09-2012 @ 9:43AM
Aside from solo/duo dungeons, what's Rift got for the casual player that WoW doesn't? I haven't played Rift in months, and I never got past level 25 when I did, so I'm asking out of genuine curiosity.
3-09-2012 @ 10:13AM
I loved Cata questing. Loved the linear nature because it told a story. Everybody is GaGa about SWTOR questing, guess what? Linear!You cannot have good story telling in a nonlinear fashion.I love phasing too, and cutscenes.All in all Cata was my favorite WOW expansion, and I have played nonstop since Day One of Vanilla.
3-09-2012 @ 11:22AM
I love it when people declare what the 'general consensus' is, when they really have no freaking clue if that's true or not.Usually with these types of people "general consensus" means "my roommates and I ".
3-09-2012 @ 11:26AM
I, personally, liked the linear Cata questing, too. But it is true that it has seen a lot of criticism. In the postmortem blogs, Blizz even acknowledged that they weren't happy with it and felt it was too constricting.The OP has a valid point. The article makes it sound like it is a given that Cata questing was near-perfect, when in fact, there has been a great deal of debate about that. I think Mathew's statement of "top-notch" is a bit of an assumption being stated as fact, and sharlatan's claim that the "general consensus was that it was awful" is much the same. Both statements are probably a bit of hyperbole in each direction. I wouldn't say sharlatan's really a troll, just being a bit reactionary to what he viewed as an overly optimistic claim.And I think the point he was trying to make with the 40mins per week thing, was that having something you can do once for less than an hour a week, doesn't make the game casual. He thinks of casual as a game that you can drop in on for an hour here or there, whenever you feel like it, as often or not as you like, and still be effective. I'm not saying he's right or wrong about that as it relates to WoW or Rift, but I think that's what he meant - not that 40 minutes a week isn't casual.
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