I am having trouble understanding what everyone means by, "WOW-clone." What exactly are you afraid of and what does that entitle? It is the UI interface? Maybe the easy-mode that everyone makes it out to be? I am really not getting the entire argument of "WOW-clone" to begin with. Could someone define "WOW-clone" for me to be able to understand this topic a bit more.
I think by WOW clone, most people think a game that has a WOW-esque leveling system:
- You can get to the cap solo
- You pick up a dozen kill tasks style quests, go do them, and then turn them in to the NPC
- Quests and levelup mobs are extremely simple and easy
... except those describe what WOW was like 3-5 years ago, so I guess not even WOW is a WOW-clone anymore.
As I understand it, all three of those still apply to WoW. You can still get to the cap solo, leveling is still a dozen quests turned in for XP, and the quests and mobs are still simple and easy.
I really do not like the idea of being able to solo to level cap in a multiplayer online game. There are tons of single player games where you can solo to the level cap if you want to; I want to actually play a game that requires (or at least strongly, strongly encourages) me to group up in order to level and in order to overcome obstacles. I have shelves upon shelves of NES, SNES, N64, Playstation, PS2, 360, and PC games that I can play whenever I want, however I want, without worrying about anyone else...
I -want- a game where I -have- to group up with other people to fight things. Not even FFXI is that anymore.
So the question was asked:
"What exactly are you afraid of and what does that entitle?" regarding not wanting "A WoW clone". Here's what I -don't- want in an MMORPG:
- I don't want a game where someone can solo to cap.
- I don't want a "WoW-style" UI.
- I don't want a game where quests (or guildleves) are the PRIMARY form and focus of leveling.
- I don't want a game where PvP is a significant portion of game content, or where it is -ever- mandatory to do PvP.
I totally understand that the response to this post is probably going to be people saying that I'm not going to get that. And I understand that I'm probably not. But that's what I would want.
I get that some people want to be able to play an online game all by themselves; I think it's silly and that there are plenty of SINGLE PLAYER games that accommodate that, but I admit that there is a market for such a game. What I don't care for is that it seems like EVERY MMORPG is going down that path. Where is the multiplayer game for people that WANT to play a multiplayer game? Not where multiplayer is an option and single player is also an option, but the game where multiplayer is the ONLY option (since it is, after all, a multiplayer game).
I find myself in a position where absolutely no MMORPG on the market that I'm aware of currently offers me the experience I want. FFXI -used to- but even FFXI doesn't offer it anymore.