I was standing in Nethergarde Keep today and just sort of marveling what it would have been like to play this game in 2004 instead of Lineage 2. I mean, WoW is clearly much, MUCH bigger.
In Lineage 2 during the same time, everything really revolved around a town and a zone. The starter zones for orcs, dwarves, light elves, dark elves, and humans. Then you move into the towns of Giran and Gludin. Then off to Dion, Giran, and I think Oren was reachable on release. There were no, sub-towns like WoW. There were towns, and zones around the town.
WoW has the capital cities by race plus lots and LOTS of sub-town areas like Nethergarde Keep, Goldshire, Darkshire, Booty Ball, Lakesire, and on and on.
L2 zones were all more or less the same. Plains areas, a few forests around Oren. Wow has plains, deserts, flats, islands, jungles, dead zones, volcanoes, craters, swamps, you name it. Npcs that do more than just stand there.
I had a lot of fun in L2, related to people I met, but man playing WoW instead back in the day would have really been something.