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Having read negative review after negative review from folks on this site, I just thought I would add something fresh. I was very skeptical of WAR - didn't play in the open beta or preview weekend because I truely thought the game would fail. Played WoW for 4 years, and thought that WAR was just another clone doomed for the shelf. Until last week, I had no intentions of buying the game. After a RL friend of mine talked me into it, I actually ended up pre-ordering it (almost too late) from gamestop after which I never received my head start key. Just another kick in the balls from a game company, and once again my thoughts reverted back to the failure that was going to be WAR.
I got drunk as hell last night, stayed up until the servers opened, and created a character with reletive ease (I was surprised, I might add - figured I wouldn't even get in game last night). Played for a couple hours before I passed out. This morning I woke up, brewed a pot of coffee, and the only things I've done since are take short breaks to eat and use the restroom. Yeah, its not a true breath of fresh air. Yeah, most of it has been done before, ala WoW. But, in my honest opinion, WAR just does it so much better.
Coming from games like UO and EVE, I despise PVP that has no meaning. Running around bashing people who die and respawn, all the while gaining nothing except a few points and/or money - woop. That is, until I tried WAR pvp. Its fast paced, requires teamwork, and is just plain FUN. I was expecting a clone of WoW BGs - but this, this is something different entirely. WoW BGs are a chore, WAR RvR is FUN.
The questing in WAR feels very similar to WoW, but since Im having so much fun doing RvR and scenarios I don't much care. I full well expect this to get flamed, and again I don't really care. This site is filled with WoW Fanbois who can't stand to see any part of their game get dethroned, but as far as Im concerned, goodbye WoW and hello WAR.