Before you go off flaming me, please read.
So I'm a day 1 veteran of STO. I just subscribed to WoW for a friend of mine so I can get her some free stuff. I'm only gonna play for 3 months I think, which is what I signed up for.
My character there is only level 7 right now. I like how each bit of armor makes your character unique to every one else. But that's pretty much where my liking of the game ends. Sure there is probably A LOT of more content to the game, but it's been out for 10 years.
I don't like the tiny bit of character customization there is on that game. STO we have SO MUCH MORE. Plus, we get laser guns and starships. They get magic stuff.
Then when you die, you have to run as your ghost to your dead body to respawn. THAT IS SO FRUSTRATING! What point is there to that???? That was my biggest thing I dislike about it.
I've only played for like just today so far. So my stance on the game is pretty shallow at this point. But if it is indicative to how the whole game plays. Just run back and forth, kill this, deliver that. Then I like Star Trek Online has NOTHING to worry about.
We'll be here for a long time.
One thing STO has that WoW doesn't.... Orion Slave Girls. nuff said.
Star Trek Online and World of ******** are two completely different, well everything. I've played wow since launch and was fine with it, what put me off was the multiple servers (100+) the guilds are too elitist and you feel like too much of a hero. With the simplifying of the raids and crazy amount of hit points it just put me off. Eventually I was just playing to hang out with a few buddies in-game rather than playing the game for itself.
A friend of mine [now former friend] tried to get me into WoW. I played it and enjoyed it, but my biggest issue with it wasn't the game itself, but it was the fact that, when I had the membership, he was always bugging me to play the game with him; when I had other plans that didn't involve playing the game with him, he got upset.
Though, one day, I tried it when he was busy with something else and I enjoyed it. I think that one of the main reasons I never really cared for it is because he was constantly pressuring me to play it (even going so far as to buy me a copy of the game), but what he didn't realize is that one main reason I wouldn't buy a subscription is because of him and the way he pressures me to play it anytime he's playing it.
Though one thing I love about STO compared to WoW is that STO has a Lifetime Subscription option. When I was playing WoW, they didn't. Maybe things have changed since then, but one reason I like STO is that there's a flat fee; pay it once, then play whenever you want without any pressure of a monthly subscription ending.
Personally, if I want something similar to WoW, I'll play Dungeons & Dragons Online.
Played WoW for about 2 years or so. It was fun at first, but when things started to get serious, I got tired of playing. The whole "Raid for gear so you can raid" loop got annoying fast, and there was generally nothing worthwhile to do outside of raiding or PvP.
I hope STO will reach some sort of middle ground for endgame play, offering challenges but at the same time not make them so damn exhausting.
My character there is only level 7 right now. I like how each bit of armor makes your character unique to every one else
If that's where your liking of the game ends, I really suggest you don't go to level 85, if even that far. At endgame, every bit of armor makes you look more and more like everyone else - class sets and recolored versions of the same items copied throughout tiers end up funneling people into quite similar looks.
WoW's one of those games with a dirty secret, like how so many of EVE's major players hate the game but still come for the politics. The dirty secret is that a great deal of the top level players (I was one of them, within the 200 first kills from Lucifron through Heroic Lich King) aren't so much playing the game as using it to justify their deductions in the metagame. I've still got 600 megabytes of Simcraft data sitting on my hard drive from that ****. "Raiding for gear so you can raid" is bad enough, but I spent about five years mathematically modeling raiding so I could raid for gear so I could raid...
And part of me still wants it back, so there's a terrifying look inside my head.
I played WOW for a total of 2 years and I liked it til they introduced Gearscore, that whole thing of gathering equipment for even starting to raid was annoying. Then when I finally got my Gearscore to the point where my guild would let me, they barred me out in favor of their typical lineup for 10 and 25 man. So I quit no real point if I could not fight the Lich King which I had been waiting for for a long time. So in short it was elitist guild BS that ****ed me off to the point of quitting, GS, and WOW's setup for raiding.
STO I like better since it is based in one of my favorite childhood franchises, the ships, the ship to ship combat, and of course continuing the story after Nemesis. Plus not that many elitist mongers to worry about here. So I do give the player base here a lot of thanks and credit.