I actually thought GW2 took everything that was bad in those games and improved it. You can't really stand still in GW2 or you'll be dead. The real time dodging and the way bosses are built make you move constantly. And that's just one of the reasons why GW2 feels much less outdated than most of the EQ style MMOs out there.
Can't say I think it's the best game out there, I've actually grown to hate everything MMO. Optional co-op is where it's at if you ask me (for player vs environment content).
Maybe at end game or later in the game you are right, can't say. I played until around level 25-30 and quit because it got boring. I actually did just run up and stand still while attacking and made it to near the end of a large snowy area without any problems.
I agree with the co-op preference, some of the best gaming moments I've had were co-op. Saints Row 3/Portal 2 etc.