I'm not a WoW lover at all.. infact I haven't played WoW in quite a few years. I think it is laughable to say that at this time SWTOR is any better than WoW. Perhaps when they add some unique endgame and a revised version of space combat we can talk. I don't give 2 shits about player housing. The companions are more annoying than useful, as they count as a live player within groups. I don't like the companion feature at all to be honest.
The professions suck in my opinion. It is pretty clear from an early level that the only REAL choice is slicing, as every other profession has little to no use beyond the lower levels. Even then, it is more like gambling than a profession. Woohoo, they sell my greys.
The death penalty is absurd and removes any and all difficulty from the game. I was able to solo a 4 Heroic by simply leapfrogging through the instance. Sure it cost me a few credits to repair, but I got the job done.
Gameplay-wise, this is a WoW clone in almost every way. The class quest is certainly a step up from WoW.. I am not disputing the voice-overs are a huge step up.
They get tedious when you must jump to cutscenes for EVERY SINGLE quest. I find myself spacebarring most of the non-class stuff as it really does not matter in the slightest bit how I answer them.
And please don't suggest that light/dark choices matter even in the slightest, besides gear choices. I have played in MANY MANY MMOs, and far before with MUDS and Ultima based games.
I'm not saying that being like WoW is bad. Infact it is a great business model. Take the gameplay from the most successful MMO EVER and add Star Wars to the title and you have an instant blockbuster game. I just can't agree in the slightest though, that it is any sort of mercedes to the WoWs taurus. Gimme a break.