Now, the themes are just shoved down our throats, and to me it just feels lazy. T.
I thought you might have something interesting...then you pulled to lazy card.
So...Good ole Stormwind is exciting, eh? Not like a standard medieval human settlement? Loch Modan? Feralas? Un Goro Crater? Tanaris, Silithus....Guess Blizzard has just been freaking lazy all the time.
Let us not even start with elves and dwarves, they have been done to death over the years...and humans..man..humans. I get humans every day in RL.
I can agree with Uldum. It looks nice but it's a very unimaginative zone altogether. However, I disagree that MoP is some unimaginative Chinese rip-off. The zones have variety and the lore was a treat. If you want to say that it's lazy and poorly designed simply because it lends from Asian aesthetics then you'll have to say the same about WoW's many genetic settings.
Uldum didn't bother me as much because it was 1 zone and the other zones offered a break in variety from it.
You've hit the nail on the head with the only major grip I have about MoP. The entire expansion with the exception of Dread Wastes and the Isle of the Giants felt the same from an aesthetic stand-point. Unlike prior expansions where they blended in the obvious cultural influences but also gave you a significant break from it this one just felt heavy-handed in its cultural inspiration.
Yes, Northrend was heavily influenced by Nordic elements, but Dragonblight felt like an undead invasion with dragons, Sholozar was Un'Goro 2.0, Grizzly Hills felt like early 1700s trappers in the Pacific Northwest, Icecrown felt like Mordor on Ice. You could see where the Nordic Mythology influenced the areas but it wasn't the dominate artist focus.
Where as with MoP, it just felt like I was touring WoWs take on the East-Asian landmass. Where had your arctic peaks with their shirpa guides, you had your savanna-roaming nomads, your lush forrest region, your expansive farmlands with the rustic farmers, your mountainous steppes and hilly lowlands and the verdant coastal jungle. It literally felt like I was just touring the various environments of China. Especially because the entire story and artistic style seemed to be based on there as well.
The overall artistic inspiration was just too heavy-handed for me this expansion.