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12-14-2011 @ 10:41AM
There is a HUGE difference in definition between a "pet" in WoW terms and a "companion" in SWTOR. Here are some quick contrasts off the top of my head:* A pet in WoW is for combat only. A companion in SWTOR can be used in combat but is purely optional. For example, a 4 man flashpoint (dungeon in WoW terms) can be done with 2 players and their companions or 4 players which cancels all companions. Very different combat model completely.* You pick up a total of 5 companions during the leveling experience in SWTOR all with different backstories. It's very immersive and rich in content and interaction. In WoW a pet is never interactive or has a story.* As noted by another reply, companions do your crafting and gathering for you. They can also be sent off on other errands. This is a HUGE quality of life aspect where you don't have to take your play time away to do these chores. They even work when you're logged off. WoW has no similar conceptFrankly the companion system of SWTOR is one of the things I would LOVE to see part of WoW. I'm surprised it didn't make the author's original list.
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