The Difference Between WoW And Star Wars: The Old Republic

I played the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic this past weekend and thought it felt a bit like World of Warcraft.

But what do I, an MMO amateur know? Let's see what the head of EA Games, the division overseeing The Old Republic's development at BioWare has to say about SW:TOR vs. WoW.

Surely, EA's Frank Gibeau can break it down, as he did for Industry Gamers:

"When I play World of Warcraft, you go and get your quests, and you go and do your quests, but it feels more like doing a shopping list at times," Gibeau explained. "[Our game]is more about talking to characters, learning what's going on, investing in it, getting emotionally attached to it. You can still go in accessible ways and grind out quests if you want, but at the same time there's a higher-level story that's carrying you through The Old Republic. It operates across multiple classes from Sith Warrior, Sith Inquisitors, bounty hunters, spies, troopers, to Jedis… it's a really fantastic world."

Got it?

Find out more from Gibeau about how The Old Republic is different - and how WoW's creators are actually pretty good - in Industry Gamers' full piece.

WoW 'Feels Like a Shopping List,' says EA [Industry Gamers]


    Bah, I had high hopes for this, too. But 'Our game is better because you'll care about what happens more' sounds like a weak argument to me.

    So... It's more like skipping the list part and going straight to the shopping while reading a cake recipe?

    Oh. So he's just admitted:

    "Our game is just like WoW, but you'll absolutely have to sit through every single quest description as it's read out to you."

    Hurr. Disappointed already.

      That's the whole point. It's a Bioware game, so the story is likely to be pretty epic - why would you want to skip that sort of stuff? Have you even played KoTOR?

        Yeah so many mmo's promise this world but when you get there it's just kill this

        They have been adding more story to them over the years

        But the lore that wow had while interesting was not story in any shape of the form . There was no reason that I left the barrens other than the fact I couldn't find any more yellow exclamation marks.

        The story and lore in WoW is fantastic too but after the 5 or 6th alt you'd get sick of it. Even if the story for TOR is epic after a couple of play throughs you'll eventually get sick of it. Ever played Kotor 4 times because it sucks after the 2nd play through.

          I revisit KotOR every 4-6 months and it never gets boring. I also read and listen to all the text/dialogue.

        I've played KOTOR and I'd LOVE to play a KOTOR3.

        Sadly I have NO interest in an MMO. Build the story, and put it in a good campaign. Give it coop so I can play with my friends. Why on earth would I want to play it with randoms though?

    Seeing as my single biggest problem with WoW is detachment, "woo!".

    (I have a few others (like repetition repetition repetition repetition repetition, lollore, etc); but that's the biggest one.

    It is a pretty weak argument. WoW has its own stories too. The only difference is that for most people it's simply tl;dr.

    I'd pay to play TOR if they do have voice acting for -all- the quests. (not just beginners area thanks) I'm getting lazy like that nowadays, but I just don't read them if it's not voiced out. Well, voiced out or have cute anime expressions next to the text.

    Really shaping up to be a great game, will be a nice change to actually enjoy the story for once, rather then paying no attention to it, which was the case for me in WoW.

    Majority of people who play MMO's dont play for story or immersion. They play for the social aspect, gameplay, and the endgame content (PvP-Pve).

    So if they're hoping that all this voice acting alone is going to make it a dominant mmo, compared to others out there (Rift,WoW,Eve) they are actually more retarded then I gave them credit for.

    wow stories are text based, the few that involve voice I actually know. everything in text is skipped and I as he said go through the shopping list collecting my bat wangs to get the next lvl.

    Will it be everyones favorite, not a chance. Will it be popular i really REALLY hope so.

    If I were to ever play an MMO, this is what I would probably start with. I don't see myself having the time though.

    It's sad that this game is looking to be more and more like WoW. If they really want to win players over they need to do something very different to WoW.

    Personally I would love an Elder Scrolls MMO or Fallout MMO the control mechanisms in those games would be a lot more fun compared to waiting for cooldowns and pressing buttons in sequence. If they try to beat WoW at this they will fail.

    If they take a risk and try something new and left field they might put a good battle!

    I am still confused as to why they made it an MMO and not just Kotor 3?

    The only thing I can think of is money =/

      Pretty much. Unfortunately.

    I really like the whole idea of the having a starwars game like Wow... that sounds cool, but they need a stronger diffrence then "well it has a good story base... and you will want to read it..." i dont wanna read any story i wanna destroy my enemy and get the highest lvl as quick as i can..

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