On November 12, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sold 7 million copies, making it the best selling video game of all time.
Why am I mentioning this? Because in the last Fanboy Feud, Jeff seemed to have been stuck on the fact that World of Warcraft is the best MMORPG because it was the first. Modern Warfare 2 (emphasis on the TWO) is not the first shooter game. It is not even the first game in its series. Yet it managed to beat out every other game when it came out.
Think about that for a moment.
World of Warcraft was huge, there’s no denying it. But this is because it was the first to hit it big. WoW was NOT the first MMORPG, by the way. The first MMOs were text-based, very basic 2D adventures like Island of Kesmai. WoW was not even the first MMO to use real graphics (that title belongs to Neverwinter Nights). Jeff also made sure to point out that Perfect World’s user interface was similar to that of WoW’s… so I will point out that WoW did the same thing - borrowed and embellished.
That screenshot is from the original Everquest, released in 1999, a full 5 years before WoW. Things are beginning to look familiar, aren’t they? World of Warcraft is by no means an entirely original game.
Perfect World does use a similar UI to WoW’s, because, well… don’t fix it if it ain’t broke. But saying that WoW is the best game because it was the first is not only inaccurate, but also unfair. MMOs like Perfect World took something that existed already, figured out the flaws and imperfections, and worked on making them better and fixing them.
WoW’s got years of made up lore? Perfect World’s got centuries of real folklore.
WoW’s got raids? Perfect World throws in huge territory wars and the ability to own land. The world you inhabit is no longer just land for you to walk on - it’s a changing being that can be fought for and claimed.
WoW’s got long flights from one place to another? Perfect World cuts travel time by introducing teleportation.
WoW’s got preset faces? Perfect World gives you the power to be completely unique through extremely customizable features.
WoW’s got different skill builds? Perfect World has that as well, and adds the twist of being able to align yourself with good or evil, presenting the player with varying gameplay and paths to follow.
As you can see, the only thing that WoW has going for it now is being able to say it was the first massively successful MMORPG. Anything that came out after it is subjected to critique and comparison. Even if a game can take what WoW has done and improve on it tenfold, the hype and name associated with WoW keeps it from becoming everything it could be (beyond Perfect World, I am thinking of Atlantica Online, which in my not-so-humble opinion is the best MMORPG I have ever seen… but pitting WoW against THAT would have been unfair to WoW).
Nothing personal, Jeff, but WoW only wins in hype. In reality, Perfect World is the better game.