That's a reaaally tough one to pass! Simply because I think the complete opposite, haha. But no way to prove anything, however I think it's because of WoW having so many more abilities and animations that the animation team doesn't have too much time to focus on little things, or the combat is so fast that it doesn't matter. It did matter to me though.
And one has to remember what system the game was made for- PS2. I think WoW couldn't run on PS2, so we have to remember that when comparing the 2 as well. I think XI gets pretty damn close even if it may not beat it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOFk4WIiTKU
Cutscene wise at least. It's not the best they've done, but pretty cool otherwise.
an opinion thing. So it's fine to disagree.
In WoW, I believe every race/gender has the following different player combat animations...
Casting (three animations used for different spells)
Two-handed Weapon (two animations each for 5 different weapons, ten total)
One-handed Weapon (two animations each for 5 different weapons, ten total)
Ranged Weapon (one animations for each of 3 different weapons, three total)
Special Attack animations (I think around 7 different ones per race)
Being hit (two animations)
That's over 300 different player combat animations between the races and genders, not even including noncombat animations. I think a few may be readjusted and reused for different races, but it is still a LOT of different animations. You have not lived until you have seen the amazing feral agression that is a Undead Female's Unarmed animation and special attacks.
One of my few complaints about FFXI, was I felt there were too few different animations, which lead characters to look very rigid in their movement, almost like marionettes.
As for cutscenes, WoW definitely has too few of those. But for a good example of some official WoW Machima, you could look at the Ulduar Trailor, or the Wraithgate Cutscene... You probably won't understand the plot of what is going on in them... both are dealing with several complex subplots coming together very rapidly in a short videoclip, but they are still well done. (I would link them myself for you off of Youtube, but I am currently on a public computer that blocks Youtube.)
EDIT: Imagine that with XIV graphics!
I have high hopes for FFXIV graphics :D
It wasn't my intention to offend.
I wasn't offended. Just pointing out my differing opinion. Edited, Jun 16th 2009 12:33pm by Karelyn