WoW Classic brings back the feeling of 2004: more cooperation, more tactics - but also a lot more walking and dying!
World of Warcraft Classic does everything it set out to do. It recreates a faithful snapshot of a moment in time, the 1.12 patch in vanilla WoW, with a few engineering conveniences quietly built in. I’ve also seen a few signs of better player behavior bleeding over into the modern game.
Where you fall on that likely depends on your existing relationship to World of Warcraft’s long and storied history. Classic lacks Wrath of the Lich King’s grand scale of storytelling or Legion’s freeform questing. It also lacks the bloated nonsense and spiralling melodrama brought about by each passing expansion. It’s a reminder of why I got into World of Warcraft to begin with. It’s also a reminder of why I didn’t really “get it” until The Burning Crusade. What am I supposed to say about World of Warcraft Classic? That you probably already know if it’s for you.
I have little doubt that Classic will be a financial success. But as for World of Warcraft’s place as an evolving and relevant cultural phenomenon? We may be looking at an end.