It took me a long time until I could finally step into the Shadowlands expansion in World of Warcraft. And I am immediately longing for WoW Classic again (well, the Burning Crusade version of it). When I played my first MMO, World of Warcraft, I loved the exploration part. Just walking into one direction and finding a quest giver here or there. Or going into a quest hub, taking on as many quests as I could, and then deciding which direction to go, which quests to do and when to move on to the next quest hub, usually abandoning older quests to make space. It felt refreshing. I am finished with the Crossroads, now I am in Camp Taurajo! I don’t need the other quests anymore. Or deciding that I’d seen enough of the Crossroads and that I wanted to play in the Undead area instead.
Guild Wars 2 (the vanille maps, at least) was much better for me in that regard. With their map events and the hearts, it was even easier to just walk around the map, wherever I wanted to, and do events when I stumbled into them. I loved and still love this part in Guild Wars 2 and that is what I love about any MMO I ever played: Exploring the world! But at my own leisure – more or less. Most MMOs do have level restrictions, after all.
What I dislike is the feeling of being on rails which seems to be the norm in World of Warcraft. Maybe it will get better later, but the whole Maw part is an extremely negative example. Of course, I get that Blizzard wants to tell a story and that is fine. It serves as an introduction to the expansion. I get that and I know that it makes sense, but I still do not like it at all! Especially knowing that all my alts will have to go through it. You get one or two quests at the most, no flight points anywhere (of course, given the storyline!), so you feel forced to go through it. And you only get the next quest after you finished the current one. Nothing to choose, nothing to skip. In fact, you need to go through everything in order to unlock the expansion content. But it’s exactly the same for every character. And there is no need to walk left or right, backwards or forwards. You go exactly where the storyline wants you to go. Because in the end, World of Warcraft is telling you a story and they want you to follow it through. Step by step, preferably. The problem with this is simply that this is just not what I want!
Rumours say that they will announce the classic version of Burning Crusade in February, during Blizzconline. I can’t wait, because this was the expansion I enjoyed the most! And I want to re-experience this expansion. Of course, I may end up being disappointed in the end because nothing will truly be like it was back then – for instance, there is a definite lack of free time that wasn’t as prominent back then. But I already liked the “old questing system” in WoW Classic and I’m looking forward to going through Burning Crusade again.
I regularly have rants and ramblings in my mind, but never really know if I should post them, so “Paeroka’s Ponderings” is where I will try to give these rants a place. Sometimes they will make sense, sometimes they won’t.