The world map is a feature no longer neccesary to the game, although still present. At first it looked crappy, but then with the help of dragonewyn, it was upgraded into something a LOT better - it even changed the light of the scene depending on the time of day. It can still be accessed by clicking the "World" option at the top of the world menu.
The world map easily contained all the features that you would buy during the game, giving you an interactive way to access them. The anti-lag option could also be accessed from here to make the game faster.