I know we’re really late with this – work commitments have been crazy – but I felt it was something we both felt like we should discuss. Be prepared for some difference of opinion!
I am a veteran of Warcraft, I am now in my 9th year of playing and safe to say, I know my way around Azeroth. I think levelling IS too easy these days, for the simple fact that there’s no challenge for me anymore. Questing is so streamlined, you don’t have to worry about missing chunks out, or skipping whole zones. You no longer have to scour the internet for answers about how to do your quest and you can quest without even thinking. If you pulled more than one mob, back in the day, you died. End of. Even the extra xp with the heirlooms makes it easier, you level too quickly to replace armour and do enough damage not to worry too much about play-style. This lack of thought and indeed, lack of challenges, makes it boring.
I, for the most part, disagree. Levelling as a new player is hard. The quests are hard, finding your way around is hard, understanding how to level is hard. So much so that new players are intimidated by the amount you must learn in those first weeks of playing and quit. This is not what we, as a Warcraft community, want. Is it? New players bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the game which we need to modernise.
However, I can recognise that for those who have been playing for years, levelling has become an annoying hurdle to jump through in order to reach the end game on a new character. The new content of MoP has given something new to explore, but in order to get there, you still must revisit the old quests. BUT, there are so many OTHER ways to level – pet battles, PvP, PvE that really, this is a non-issue.
Really, if you think levelling is easy, spend an hour with a new player. Or, try levelling without heirlooms and in a zone you might not have quested in much before. How about the Ironman challenge? There are so many ways to enjoy the whole experience in potentially a new way, perhaps it’s time we stopped focusing on 90 and enjoy the process it takes to get there.
So, what do you think?