You still do. Maybe the amount of ranks changed, or the order? Some could have been shoved in.
Anyway you missed several major updates in the past three years. 1.6 added Horses as a new mode of transportation, 1.7 completely overhauled terrain generation, and added about a dozen new biomes, and 1.8 was just filled with a lot of content. Not to mention the upcoming 1.9 update, that comes with a revamped End Dimension, and new combat mechanics.
You can read up on all of these in more detail on the Minecraft Wiki.
Has the game become worse overall? You know,ever since Microsoft bought Mojang?