I think you’re taking the “insta” part too literally. I’m guessing that @stelagel is talking about how dragons rotate in place, without movement animation. Funcom really dropped the ball on that one, because I still remember when dragons didn’t do that.
For me, that’s just one more complaint to add to a growing heap of things that never cease to annoy me and never get fixed, like getting stuck in enemy meshes due to latency. Rhinos are the most egregious example, but you can see it with any enemy.
Take the giant croc, for example. If you hit it from the side or behind while it’s executing an attack, it will turn to face you after it’s done with that attack. If there’s enough latency – and there’s almost always enough latency when you’re playing on a server – you’ll end up being “stuck” in its head, unable to move normally, and you’ll have to “jump out” of it.
I’m pretty sure that happens because the server and the client have different ideas about where you are and the game neither checks before the turn, nor corrects your location after it. It just goes “screw it, you’re inside the croc now”.
Incidentally, this is why I keep yammering about prioritization. There are many issues with the game. Some are perfectly avoidable by players, such as dying to gas AOE while you’re behind a wall. Sure, it shouldn’t go through the wall, but you have complete control over whether you can avoid it. Likewise for dying while logged out. Yeah, it shouldn’t happen, but if you log out naked, you won’t lose anything.
Other issues aren’t under your control, such as getting stuck inside a rhino or a croc. Another one is being killed by other players while you’re in a loading screen.
Both kinds of issues should be fixed, but it would be better to prioritize those players can’t control.
Anyway, sorry for the rant. I’m just really frustrated. I’ve let all my stuff decay on all servers, and every time I think about going back and starting a new playthrough, I always come to the same conclusion: why should I spend hours on end, being annoyed by a mounting pile of bugs and grinding the slot machines, only to build yet another theme park that just sits there and looks creepily empty, because we don’t have any tools to make our builds functional rather than aesthetic? And all that just so that another thing gets nerfed every time enough people scream about it on the forums. It’s discouraging.