I have a feeling they reviewed Alpha, and then slightly modified it just before release.
What a coincidence, that sounds like the method SE conducted their testing.
If a review site played closed or open beta, they would have already experienced most of what is ingame under similar systems. There have not been any game transforming changes made since the end of closed beta. There are more stable servers and a bit less lag, but the content and gameplay haven't changed enough that it should be looked at as a totally different game.
a fast travel system that doesn’t break your bank
Free teleportation to all camps & cities you explored isn't fast enough?
Not when it runs out in a matter of days if you actually use it to teleport to all the camps and cities you need to go to. You can teleport in-zone 1.5 times a day, or out of the zone once a day.
The 36 hour guildleve reset equals 9 anima regen (1 every 4 hours, 36/4=9)
So if you start in one city, you could get your leves then teleport to the camp you need to go to. That'll be 4 anima, or 1 if you're bound at the camp.
You do those leves, now you need to go to another city to get the rest. That'll be 6 anima.
You're already up to either 7 or 10 anima spent from teleporting. You still have a camp to go to (+4), and another city and it's camp (+10).
In total, you would be looking at 21 to 24 anima if you were to teleport everywhere you have to go. During that time, you would have regenerated 9 anima. Meaning your anima would run out in 6-8 days unless you hoof it to the majority of places you need to go.
What is a "quest giver"? Did someone tell this guy he's not playing WOW anymore? There is only a levequest NPC and he's about 10' away from your start point with the giant glowing blue lights all around him.
WoW did not invent quests, or quest givers.
What he was likely referring to is storyline and class quests, which are called quests in your journal. And therefore the NPC's which provide them would be quest givers.
There is no indication whatsoever that a NPC has a quest for you. Sometimes you will get the NPC linkpearl glowing, but not always. When I hit 20, I went back to the storyline NPC but there was no mention of a new quest. I then went to my class guild and talked to the NPC's there. I discovered that I had to do my class quest before I could continue the storyline. But the only reason I know about class quests at all is because I read websites and forums about the game. There was nothing ingame that gave even a hint at what to do, or who to speak to.