Let me start by saying I have played World of Warcraft for almost 7 years. This was one of the first MMORPGs that I started playing and I enjoyed most of my time playing WoW. World of Warcraft has lost many of their subscribers to other games lately but still has millions of people playing every day. With the upcoming release of Mist of Panderia, the next expansion in World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment is working hard to keep their fans happy. I have done everything in World of Warcraft from raiding to PvP and have had some of my best gaming experiences in this game. I have recently started playing Star Wars: The Old Republic and I have not looked back since. This is what I have experienced with each of these huge video game titles.
Questing – I have never enjoyed questing in any MMORPG. I am not a fan of lore or any type of storyline in video games. The best part of MMORPGs to me is the end game PvP and PvE. That being said, I love questing in Star Wars: The Old Republic. The questing in SWTOR actually makes you feel like you are a part of the game. World of Warcraft questing feels like grinding. I do not feel like I am actually contributing to the world when I quest in WoW. As far as questing goes, SWTOR takes the win.
PvP – This is the big one for me. PvP is by far my favorite part of playing MMORPGs. Killing other players as opposed to NPCs that are predictable is much more rewarding. The PvP in SWTOR is amazing. So far there are no brackets like Wow, each player’s health and damage is scaled up to 50 and everyone can play together regardless of level. The only Problem is that people at level 50 have all of the abilities and gear that they need to easily kill everyone that is lower levels. Unless a team is full of 50s you still have a fighting chance at lower levels. The battlegrounds (Warzones) in SWTOR are amazing and as far as I can see, most of the classes are pretty balanced with different stuns, knockbacks and croud control. World of Warcraft PvP is still fun but its broken. Paladins, DKs and frost mages still run the game and have not been fixed in years. You would think that a game that has been out for 7 years would be somewhat balanced. Blizzard is looking to fix this in Mist of Panderia but it is something that should have been done a long time ago. Hopefully MoP will fix World of Warcraft PvP.
Dungeons – The dungeons and raids in World of Warcraft are fun and have recently started helping new players learn to raid. I have had no issues with the dungeons and raids in World of Warcraft. Flashpoints are the instances in SWTOR and the ones that I have completed so far feel like quests. They involve you with the story but sometimes take a long time to get into. I enjoy doing the dungeons in each of these games.
Overall Experience – I have not been playing SWTOR for 7 years and it is still a new game but I have enjoyed playing it much more than I have playing WoW lately. Both are still good games but if you are looking to pick up a new MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic is the way to go. None of it matters because once Diablo 3 comes out I will not be playing either of these gamse unless they release a real money auction house. =D