Everquest was filled with ways for you to get killed when you least expected it.
Opps there is a wandering mob 20 levels higher than the other mobs in the zone. Dead.
Enter a zone and get trained immediately, or aggro what someone left there as they exited. Dead.
Rare mob spawns next to you. Dead.
Look I'm following the road that goes through the zone. Won't save you. Dead.
Mob under the ground. Dead.
Tiny little brownie behind a tree. Dead.
Equestrielle the Corrupted comes half way across the zone to ambush you. Dead.
I could list 500 other things. Your head was always on a swivel. The game was not trying to set you up to succeed. It stole your lunch money and kicked you to the curb.
That's the fear I want to see again.
EQ1, EQ2, SWG, SWTOR, GW, GW2 CoH, CoV, FFXI, WoW, CO, War,TSW and a slew of free trials and beta tests