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Enough with this WoW clone crap

Posted by GameByNight Tuesday September 8 2009 at 1:23AM
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I’ve heard this thought echoed across the internet for months now and it’s getting a little old. Aion Online is not a “WoW Clone.” By repeating that little bleet, all you’re doing is proclaiming your ignorance of what the game is even about.

What is it that makes a game a clone of WoW anyways? That is has quests? Classes? A UI? You’d might think that if you believe claims like these. Well, let’s get this straight, any MMO worth it’s merit has these things. Stop proclaiming any game that doesn’t re-imagine the UI is a clone of WoW. LotRO and WAR both got the same rap and, you know what, neither of them are clones of the golden god of 800-lb gorillas.

You know what I’ll cop to? The game is reminiscent of WoW in the questing/PvE progression model. The added truth behind that? That makes up less than half the game if you play it to max level, unless you explicitly choose to make it your main game.

At level 25 you get to the core of the Aion Online experience and that’s the Abyss. And, guess what, the Abyss is not Lake Wintergrasp.

If you’re going to grasp at straws the game has more in common with DAoC than WoW, but most of the people throwing these criticisms wouldn’t know that. These are the people that probably started and will finish their MMO careers with World of Warcraft. To those people, let me point this out, WoW is an Everquest clone dumbed way down. Every new fantasy game that comes out is a “WoW Clone.” Well, WoW didn’t reinvent the wheel anymore than other games out there.

You know the sad truth of the argument? At it’s core, Aion does have a big similarity to WoW. You know what it is? That it’s taken the ideas of other successful games and made them their own. It’s taken that melting plot philosophy to heart and added to it. The questing model is similar to WoW. The story delivery echoes of LotRO. The leveling grind echoes of Final Fantasy XI. The PvPvE takes the best parts of DAoC and WAR.

Tell me how combining all of these things together and polishing it to a gleam is a bad thing. Games forever have borrowed from one another. And, you know what? At this point, it’d be pretty hard to be totally unique anyways. Try to write a book or a song that hasn’t already been imagined some way before. You won’t be able to do it.

All of this WoW Clone crap just reeks of bitterness. WoW is a PvE game with a PvP option. Aion Online is a PvPvE game. They’re all tied. If you’re yelling about Aion being WoW in a new setting, you haven’t played it long enough or are reading the wrong sources. Leveling =/= clone.

- Chris

PS: If you’re looking for what’s similar and what’s not, check out these articles:

- Q&A: Aion vs. WoW – Keen and Graev
- Comparing Aion vs. WAR – Keen and Graev
- Extendable Weapons – Aionic Thoughts (this is just cool, does WoW have these too?)


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Babylon9000 writes:

I havent played Aion but I agree with you in a broader sense.

There are poeple out there comparing Champions to WoW lol.

All MMOs will have common elements and it's only good business to use a successful model of an existing product when entering the market place.

WoW is the most succesful product out there and as you said it's an Everquest clone. Before WoW I believe EQ held the top spot for years. why wouldn;t new developing studios use these tried and tested methods and apply them to new games with a few different features?

Its like the Whopper the Big Mac and the Teen Burger.... someone realized a cheese burger would sell so they sold a bunch, the next guy wanted in and came up with his own variation, and so on. All cheeseburgers but with a slightly different flavor and in a different wrapper.

Fri Sep 11 2009 12:52PM Report
skycaptain95 writes:

I can't help but to agree with you gamebynight (although I wouldn't have it any other way, you're just right).

When you get right down to it, at some level or another, 99.9% of all MMORPG games ever released (yes, I said ever: some people are stupid enough to ignore release dates) could be called WoW clones by some poor soul, somewhere in the world. I'm trying to think of an MMO that couldn't possibly in any way, shape, or form and the only one I can come up with is DDO. It's kinda sad, actually.

I think this "WoW clone" stuff has gone waaayy too far. Yes, some games are "legitimate" WoW clones, but I don't play those sorts of games, so I don't care. So to all the "OMG ITS ANOTHER W0W CLONE!!!1!1!!11" people out there i say, please stop wasting my bandwidth with your pathetic attempts at conversation. Or in other words, GET OFF MAH INTERNETS YE NUBS


Fri Sep 25 2009 9:23PM Report writes:
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