First impressions are important, they’re the reason we spend an hour getting ready for a job interview or a first date, because once that first impression has been given, it’s much harder for us to change it. So when I read Tap Repeately‘s first impression of Star Wars: The Old Republic based off some game-time from last months Eurogamer Expo, my impressions for SWTOR were forged. My hopes and dreams for what SWTOR could have been have been dashed by the reality that it will just be another WoW clone full of pointless quest grinding, but hey at least the pointless quest grinding will be voiced =\
In short the article paints SWTOR as nothing but a WoW clone copying everything from the interface, to NPCs interaction, combat, skill progression and quests as well as many other smaller intricacies.
the game plays exactly the same as World of Warcraft or Rift or any number of replicas that have launched in the last five years.
While a hour or two of game-time at an gaming expo cannot possibly be enough to judge a game fully, it certainly is enough time to give someone a first impression. It’s sad to hear just how close SWTOR is modeled after WoW and while most people assumed it was very close, there was at least the hope it would be somewhat different. I guess not.