Should SWTOR Be More Like WoW?

wow_swtor_comparisionShould SWTOR be more like WoW? If you ask the wrong person this question, you’re likely to get your head taken off. Seriously, some SWTOR fans are very anti-WoW. That being said, World of Warcraft has made it as long as it has in the industry because it is, in fact, doing something right. So maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to bash on the game.

Are there things about World of Warcraft that SWTOR could use to improve? Possibly. While there are already similarities between SWTOR and WoW, it’s also very important to remember that SWTOR is SWTOR and WoW is WoW. If you want more WoW gameplay in SWTOR, then maybe you just need to go play WoW.

That being said, there are some good points to be made about the success of WoW and how it could help Star Wars: The old Republic.

Here are some things WoW allows that SWTOR has not yet adjusted to:

  • Not being able to need on stuff you can’t actually use. This makes it too easy for ninjas to steal loot.
  • Improved talent trees- Blizzard has proven with WoW that they know how to do talent trees correctly.
  • Dual spec option- How much easier would it be if you could dual spec or change specs easily instead of needing to field spec?
  • More open exploring- SWTOR can very much feel like you are playing “on the rails” sometimes. I remember one of the most amazing experiences I had in WoW was the firt time I took a flight and realized I could actually see other players on the ground. I wasn’t just zoning from one place to another. That was impressive (of course, this was quite a few years ago).
  • Improved PvP zones- Some people think that SWTOR should take on more of a WoW-like PvP system. This is debatable but I see points on both sides.
  • Weather effects- It’s a meaningless thing for some players but for others, the small details like weather effects are what make WoW a cut above.

So what do you think- should SWTOR be more like WoW? In what ways? Could WoW learn something from the success of SWTOR? Tell us about it in the comments.


P.S. WoW doesn’t have lightsabers, blasters or the Force. /just sayin’

Lisa Mason

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.