I agree. I liked that fact that the previous maps were immersive, felt like a real world. With genesis you have warping , invisible walls, a HNLA where you can now purchase items. All that makes it feel like a video game, which it is of course it is but im sure you know what I mean. I also do not like the map designs. The volcano seems to restrict you to paths rather than a open landscape. The winter biome is like a maze. If you want to go to point A to B, you have to know the map and the particular route rather than just heading in a general direction and finding your way. The bog biome seems well designed and looks good. But the others just seem to be cookie cutter maps that are different colors. Only 1 cave? I loved exploring caves. I also do not like the progression of increasingly fantasy creatures. A flying whale in space?
Anyways, just my opinion. I know many people like the new changes. To each there own but im going back to the previous maps for now. Looking forward to crystal isles. Hope it is more of the previous stuff instead of incorporating Genesis features.