Maybe one should look at a slightly bigger picture.
It's not about how many raids or dungeons one gets per expansion, it's the whole content. While in BC we had some fundamental new mechanics, like flying, Jewelcrafting, new raid system, more and new talents, etc. and in WOTLK a whole new class, Inscription, Achievements, even more talents.
What do we get with Cat? Just answer this for yourself. Do BC, WolLK and Cat offer the same overall content?
In my opinion you cannot compare a new class with 2 new races. A race doesn't really change anything, if you play a tauren warrior or an ork warrior, apart from being a role-player, doesn't change much for you. Playing a Deathknight or a Warrior, that's quite different. Compare a few racials against 3 whole talent trees and 3 trees of abilities and a semi-new fight mechanic (runes+RP).
It's what Blizzard does best, make more of the same. While I am still looking forward to the expansion and definately going to buy it, it feels slightly watered down to me. I know there is alot of teen angst floating around now that people start to attack their precious toy, but in all honesty, can you say you ain't got at least a tiny bit of disappointed when you compare the new expansion to the other two?
I did but I still hope Blizzard can surprise me with an awesome expansion.
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If you fishing for hours at the same place and you become confident that everything is fine and safe, its will mean one thing; You are wrong. Because i was actually sitting near of you for hours, cloaked in the shadow with a smile on my face and my daggers ready to strike. I did it many time before. I will do it again.....and again......
Yo bro, I can see you have taken heroic mode content that wasn't present at the start of wrath into account.
Yo bro, why post if you can't post?
1. about the whole blizzard focus with different mmos, remember this is the BIGGEST mmo out there. 11 million players i think it was? blizz wont just ignore about 11 million players unless they want to lose a good chunk of there profit. starcraft players dont play for month by month. and idk about diablo, but i dont think they pay either. so yeah, not worried about blizz's focus on other games. its pritty much going to still be wow 70-90% of the time(=
2. oh you OP, and other haters out there.
quests: most these quests in cata arent just going to be the "go kill so and so mobs and you get xp" quests. these are going to be those quests that immerse you. EX, gnome/troll city quests
bosses: ill just repost this.archaeology: imo im happy with what theyve done to it. secondary profs are fun. and im expecting this one to be just as fun as the rest. (my guess, digging tourneys every so often, special picks that do stuff, trinkets and enchants and whatnot)i'd rather have 10 interesting, challenging fights than 20 gimmick, rehashed fights
everything else is prittymuch self explanatory on how they are an improvement to the game. pvp, 3 bgs. nuff said. new races (new races are always fun). 5 levels, ok, idk about you but i hate leveling 10 freaking more levels in the old expansions. 5 is a good median.
actually? SSC and Tk were not out 1st patch. infact if you add it up? BC in total has 1 more boss than vanilla and wotlk has 3 less than BC
Seriously, has anyone stepped out of the dark portal or the boats at the harbors at valliance keep and felt underwhelmed? I know that the first time I walked thru the dark portal I almost pissed myself. I guarentee the feeling will be the same when you log off in SW courtyard one night and find yourself sitting in a volcano the next day.
Finally, I've payed 60 bucks for Xbox games that last me 20 hours. Cata will last me AT LEAST 100, and ill probably crush that number before the first big patch, which will give me even more. Thats easily worth shelling out 40 bucks for.
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OP has established that he is an idiot and obviously overlooked the fact that initial raid content means jack shit.
Lets look past your ignorance;
New BG's + rated BG's.
Most zones being revamped (compare the size of Northrend and Outlands to the Eastern Kingdoms, Kalmidor and Khaz Modan you dumbass) on top of new zones.
Majority of old quests being changed and new ones being added.
New class combos.
New Races and factions.
Guild levelling and achievements still exist (and is a huge new feature regardless of the bullshit you spin).
Medium Glyphs replace PotT. Who gives a fuck if Archaeology doesn't have a huge impact. It's a fucking secondary profession. Whens the last time you cried about bandaging and fishing not being a significant number inflator.
Improvements to the actual core design (stats, raid ID's, mechanics).
TL;DR: Don't fucking buy it if you think it's a waste of money.
It's refreshing to see posts like this from time to time.
At least it reminds me that not everyone on this forum is paying to stick their tongue up Blizzards ass.
This is product that we all pay for hence we all care what goes into it. I am not going to praise features and development I dont care about just because it took developers hours and hours to complete them. It is the stoic attitude of business and to think otherwise is being naive and illogical.