My game groep started at the end of the 5th, and most of the players i play against arent playing hardcore chosen lists, (most players atleast) and with these friendly games i got to say 6th was oke 7th was worse.
i felt very boring playing high elves back in the days. with that always strike first rule. and every tournement involving high elves had like the same list al over again. 2x 10 archers 2 bolttrowers 2 chariots 1 dragonlord, 1 dispel caddie and 1 bsb in a unit of dragonprinces+ 1 unit whiteloins ore swordmasters, that was the settup i faced vs almost every high elf player i faced..
i feel that 8th is the best edition so far, the games goes pretty fast and besides mindrazor on elves i havent faced that many nasty thing i couldnt handle so far. My games took like 3+ hours on 6th+7th edition and with 8 i am done with 1.5/2 hours most of the time.
I really like it because i am facing real armees these days.. not 1 hero minimum core and a bunch of elites smashing everything. it feels more like an army vs an army.