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Analyst not impressed with Star Wars: The Old Republic

SWTOR branded a derivative WOW clone

Doug Creutz, analyst for Cowan and Company, doesn't seem to be very impressed with Bioware's Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic.

Speaking about his experiences of hands-on time with the game he said it was very much like a Star Wars WOW-clone and labelled the game as "competent but hardly compelling".

On his experience of the game at E3 Creutz explained: "We got hands-on time with the game, and were largely unimpressed. Despite promises from EA/Bioware that the title represents a major step forward in MMO design, what we saw was essentially a World of Warcraft clone with Star Wars character skins and the BioWare RPG nice/nasty dialogue tree mechanism bolted on for non-player character conversations."

He qualified his criticisms by questioning the choice of area demonstrated adding: "Granted, we were playing in a desert area, so other areas may be more impressive-looking on the other hand we question why EA chose a desert level to showcase the title."

Creutz also questioned the game's ability to make its tentative release date of before the end of 2011.

Thanks GamesIndustry.biz.