What I Don’t Miss In SWTOR Since Playing World of Warcraft

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I’ve spent some time in World of Warcraft now.  I feel like I have a good handle on the game again.  It’s not a perfect game by any means.  You can read about what SWTOR does better here.  Not perfect doesn’t mean bad though.  What follows are the highlights of the big differences I noticed.  Differences that I will never miss from SWTOR.

Functioning Print Screen Key

What a colossal embarrassment.  I want to use more colorful language to describe it, but i’m sure you can figure it out.  Over $300 million dollars spent to make a game, and you can’t take a screenshot.  For a company that prides itself on story, you’d think capturing them somehow would be a priority.  I can’t tell you how many times I thought I was capturing an epic moment in SWTOR, only to find out later I missed the moment forever.

Input Lag

It’s like hearing a record skip repeatedly.  You’re on a mount, just cruising through, and SWTOR’s craptastic game engine seizes up your computer.  Throw a few sparkles at the screen, and your computer will think it’s the end of days.  I can understand a little bit of a graphical hiccup when you have tons and tons of character models and effects going on.  Even Guild Wars 2 has some issues in World vs World at times.  SWTOR is the absolute worst I have experienced though, and is in a class all it’s own.  Warcraft is a refreshing change.

Worgen

If you didn’t know I liked Worgen, then you’ve just found this website for the first time.  It’s not just the Worgen specifically that I like.  World of Warcraft has it’s own stylized look.  It’s something you appreciate more if you’ve followed it from Orcs and Humans I guess.  You appreciate the subtle changes, but you can still see the game’s origins reflected in the visuals.

PvP Appreciation

Warcraft has such an advanced PvP ecosystem.  ALL THOSE DIFFERENT BATTLEGROUNDS!  And all nearly instant queues.  It’s awesome to have so much variety at a moments notice. The ability to avoid getting the ones you hate the most is icing on the cake.  Not to mention the availability of world PvP.  Blizzard doesn’t treat PvPers like second class citizens.  As a PvPer, you don’t get ignored for a year at the time in WoW.  The difference is night and day.  SWTOR has a lot to learn from WoW about how to treat PvPers.

Quest Variety

All the quests aren’t just about killing.  Some quests you sit back and watch, some quests you jump into a vehicle and drop bombs, other quests let you send in remote control bombs.  Some have cinematics, or let you see the story from another perspective.  The amount of variety is staggering.  While I do like SWTOR’s questing system better overall, WoW has ’em beat for variety.

Quality Directions

It’s nice to be able to look at a map, and know exactly how to get where you’re going.  No getting almost there, only to find there’s an impassable wall.  Then you have to travel halfway back across the zone to get around it and back on track.  Navigation is simple and straightforward.  No spending 5 minutes traveling, only to spend another 5 traveling back, and still more getting to where you wanted to go.  SWTOR has the worst maps of any game I have played.

Newer Isn’t Always Better

Overall, I find World of Warcraft a more refined, better quality game.  That shouldn’t be too big of a surprise, it has 7 more years of development on Star Wars: The Old Republic.  Things like the stylized visuals will always be a preference, and I don’t hold that against SWTOR.  Still, there are some really basic things that SWTOR could do so much better.  Quality of life features (print screen key!) to core game development (PvP systems).  And with 7 years of forewarning, SWTOR should have seen some of these things coming from a mile away.  Is Warcraft worth $15 a month?  For a couple of months at least, yes.  As you can see, I’m not really saving a whole lot of money anyway

What do you think WoW does better than any other MMORPG?

9 Comments

  1. You are funny. Here is the truth about SWTOR.

    1)The screenshot key DOES work, and saves all screenshots in a folder in “My documents”, and you can modify that of course.

    2)I have hundreds of hours on this game, finished all classes, and hever NEVER, EVER had ANY sort of lag.
    And i run an old notebook, ultra graphics and my pc is held together with tape and has a dead battery….

    3) Swtor has ALOT of epic Races too, you have WORGENS, We got FRIKIN SITHS DOE!

    4) PVP: Queues take 1 minute MAX, And there are 5 of them. What we lack in quantity we more than make up for in gameplay quality and teamwork.

    5) I’ll give you that, side quests in SWTOR get repetitive, but all Planet and Class related Quests are BADASSS.

    6) Ive never had that problem, and i played F2P for most of my gametime… taxi speeders bring you near where u need to go, and your personal speeder gets you the rest done.. as for impassable walls, use the map?

    Overall; WOW may have better refined mechanics and quality, SWTOR beats it in sheer size, content, diversity, and is closing up on WOW every day a little more, and that, FOR FREE 🙂

    Also , SWTOR has StarWars in it…so the argument shouldve ended there lol 😉

  2. Get Fraps for taking screenies in Swtor. I agree that it would have been better if it had the option built in, but I haven’t looked back since Fraps. Better quality and I’m storing them where I want.

  3. I think finally, FINALLY, after years of SWTOR’s terrible optimization, we’re starting to see some improvements. Is it as seemless as WoW, absolutely not. Is it better than SWTOR 2014, absolutely. It’s actually playable.

    My hope for the game in 2016 from a PvP perspective. Merged servers and more objective based maps.

    Also I never had a problem with screenshots in SWTOR.

  4. I can’t quite wrap my head around your post title. Shouldn’t that be: “Things I DO miss in SWTOR”?

    Anyway, to answer the question at the end of the post, I think WoW’s wide open and beautiful world is still unrivalled. It’s a shame they don’t seem to value it more.

    • This is the opposite of one I did back when I started WoW. This is basically my complaint list in SWTOR, and how WoW has avoided/overcome those complaints.

      My titles always make sense to me when I come up with them. I forget that I am writing for other people sometimes.

  5. Two words: flex raiding. Not having to deal with the roster boss is huge. You can’t really have too many signups. Unless the ratios are totally out of whack, nobody has to sit out. By the same token, if you can’t make it at the last minute, you aren’t letting the team down and the raid will probably happen in your absence.

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