I recently hit 90 on my hunter and I was so excited to 'start' the endgame. I had read so many articles about how this expansion is for everyone. "If you don't want to do an aspect of the game, you don't have to," writers have said. Some said they have no interest in pet battles or FarmVille and they loved that, since there was so much to do, they didn't have to do it. With so many options, no one has to do anything they don't want to since there are so many ways to get to endgame and advance, I've heard.
Well, since I hit 90, I am wondering if I missed something. You see, the thing in WoW I hate more than anything is a daily. But not just quests, any type of 24 hour lockout annoys me to the point I just don't want to participate at all in that aspect of the game. I thought in Mists we could do anything we wanted or didn't want to do without limitations… That's at least how the media made it seem in the last few months.
For example, I was super excited to hatch and grow my baby dragon. I got to the place in Jade Forest, did some quests, hatched by blue dragon and then…. blue exclamation points. I left immediately.
I loved Pet Battles and did them constantly. I was leveling up tons of pets my battling the tamers over and over again. I literally could not remember the last time I had so much fun in WoW. Then a hot fix made the tamers work 'correctly' to where you could only battle them… once a day. I immediately lost all interest in Pet Battles.
The idea of Farmville WoW style made me shake in my little space boots with excitement. I did the intro quest and was getting ready for a wonderful journey… Then it was all blue exclamations and 'come back tomorrows'.
Even with my professions. All the good things to do, like research new recipes with my Jewelcrafter, are on once a day cool downs.
IRL, I go to work, am given a list of mostly the same things to do every day with some variations, then I go home and want to escape on WoW. This place where I can do things on my time, in this fantasy world where I can be a hero or a crafter or a farmer or a pet battler. However, when every system is artificially gated with 24hour CD's… the fantasy starts to diminish and I am just at work, doing my daily list of chores until the next day.
I can't be the first person to think this way. Every developer at Blizz can't have thought of these things and just not cared... They wouldn't be so bold as to give the finger to all of their customers who dislike dailies, right? I guess I am in denial that most (not all) of the new features in endgame are daily oriented...
Like I said, am I missing something, or is this expansion really the 'Dailies of Pandaria"? Are most of the new shiny features dailies (in some shape or form) and the only things I can do are the old standbys: level alts, cheevs, dungeons, raids, scenarios, etc?