I like the UI. Best one I've seen so far. I haven't played WoW in about 3 years so I don't know how the UI is there now, but when I was playing you could not drag the boxes and bags around like LOTRO and that was a huge turn off for me.
LOTRO is 6 years old and on a budget. I cannot see them changing the character models.
I disagree about consolidating the skills. Reminds me of how streamlined and dumbed down warcraft 3 and Civilization V are.
I agree 100% about the LIs. I absolutely hate the LI system. But Yula is spot on about Turbine liking it exactly where it is. Even for me, someone that is very frugal about the Store, am sometimes tempted to use it because I hate the LI system so much.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming "WOW, what a ride!"
[I][FONT=comic sans ms][COLOR=#ffff00]Continuing the never ending battle to keep Lobelia Sackville-Baggins in check[/COLOR][/FONT][/I]