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10-26-2009 @ 8:35PM
To put my two cents into the debate, I really see no way a new ip could come out and crush WoW. MMOs are just too audience-specific to really build the kind of game WoW has become. Essentially, thats how WoW started, as was previously mentioned; it started out as a well recognizd but still very specific ip, and due to a whirlwind of good developing and good fortune, became the mainstream giant we know today.HOWEVERI do believe there is one more game that has a chance to match WoW. Bioware's baby, ToR. Why? For many reasons i will explain, but most importantly, it is the single biggest, most recognizable ip in sci-fi and fantasy; Star Wars. The ultimate way to reach the main stream audience, since everyone,for good or bad, knows about Star Wars.Now, i know SWG was nowhere close to WoW, but there are a few things that i think gives ToR an advantage;1. Bioware. Plain and simple, one of the premier developers in the game today. They just dont make bad games, and they have the respect of the industry2. The time period; thanks to WoW, MMOs are now mainstream, and acceptable with all parts of society3. Time; Bioware does not ship incomplete games, and they are taking their time on this one4. New innovation; a more action oriented experience, and even better, a fully voice game, ToR is packed with stuff to set it out in a crowd5. Learning Curve; im not talking about playing the game, but making it. Once again, thanks to WoW, the path on how to make a successful and accesible game is already known. The early mistakes and changes to WoW should help guide Bioware in the right direction6. Backing; this is by no means a small project. The one thing Bioware will not be lacking is money or help. With LucasArts feeding them anything they need, Bioware will not be constrained by the limits of other MMOs7. Star Wars. nough saidOut of all the possible competition, I think ToR has the best shot at rivaling WoW outside of another Blizzard MMO. Dont get me wrong, i love WoW to death, but they need some competition. There is not a WoW killer out there. But ToR needs to at least rival it in size and power; competition will only be good for both sides. And that just helps us, the gamers, who will reap the benefits of two huge competing MMOs
10-27-2009 @ 11:17AM
At the whole bioware never releases incomplete games thing, if you call kotor 2 complete l doubt your ability to judge games is apt. Seriously the amount of things in that game which were just left hanging or were rushed are enormous (Atton's ability to sense danger? only happens ONCE, even after telling you to keep an eye on him).
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