I've never played World of Warcraft. And I never really wanted to.
I played Everquest right after the addition of the sexy barbarians and the Plane of Knowledge. I played for a few years and then my friends there talked me into switching to Everquest 2 a few months after its release. It's gone through a lot of changed since then.
But it's still the best all around game out there. And, more importantly, it's the only game out there that my girlfriend wants to play. I've gotten her to play LotRO, GW2, SWTOR for a extended periods. I've let her try a myriad of others. But she keeps coming back to EQ2.
It has housing. Housing that can be decorated. Decor that can be crafted.
So we've re-installed EQ2 onto our computers.
And I am enjoying it.
The User Interface is so modifiable that it's almost overwhelming.
Crafting is fun: it involves more than just clicking a craft button. Though I grimace every time I cook with dirt.
Gathering is fun: because there are plenty of nodes and it's a fun way to burn a few minutes. And Trapping provides elephant meat!
Combat is okay. There's a wonky controversy between skill attacks and auto-attack. Some of the movements are really bothersome. The two-handed sword stance is really a twisted mess.
Having played a score of MMOs, I realize that they all have their immersion-breaking quirks. Everquest 2 at least gives me the most choices.