Well first off...For Vanguard you NEED a highend computer to play endgame. It's a very damanding game spec wise. I am running a 4gig ram, 10000rpm HDD, GF 8800GFX (7xx mb) and a E4400 dualcore (low CPU i know) and i can't take on an overland mob (like...erhm...doomwalker or other world bosses in WoW) without dropping from 40 FPS to 5 FPS. in addition, yes there is some bugs here and there. used to be way many, but devs in SoE have focused on releasing bug patched / Game Updates instead of actual expanssions which is very unlike SoE. Look at EQ1, they spewed out expansions every 2nd month :S But they have fixed ALOT of the mayor issues at hand. Last thing, there is some archtype class unbalance (like stack Shamans in SWP and win). some of the 15 classes in VG is rendered usless endgame because of this. But it's to be adressed later™. Despite that, if you ever played EQ1 you will find Vanguard as probably one of the best MMO games on the market as it is. This game is so unlike WoW. For one nothing is handed to you (like welfare epics), you need to actually think. Which obviously exclude alot of mongs and kids. So VG's player base is somewhat mature. Also the graphics is outstanding. If you got the spec to run it on highest settings, you WILL be baffled and amazed. They've put so much work into the actual scenario. The actual classes are awesome aswell. only 2 outta 15 classes can be looked upon as "same playstyle" (Shaman and Cleric (priest in WoW). Rest is totally unique. I've been playing this game for 2 years soon (on and off. Mostly off while in Maligned) and i know ONLY how to play 3 classes. if i was equipped with another class i wouldnt know how to play it. The very basic is the same as any other MMO. Target > Mash some buttons > win. But the way each class works require you to understand some of the mechanics and not just mash Lightning Bolt or Steady Shot to achieve best DPS possible. You can't follow certain rotations as it's based on the situation that is happening just NOW. It's more like, follow your guts, and as you get better your learn how to handle situations Also one thin i absolutly love about VG (Being parttime RPer my self) is the lore of the game. it's like 20% of the game. Alot of lore has been put into it which is nothing but amazing. Regarding raids. The tolerance is huge. if one or two dies, no biggie aside from the fact the boss will ake longer duo to lacking DPS or whatever. This is kinda a bad thing as it doesnt really leave any challanges when you're "game over" and got the best-in-slot gear. Pre that, it does take quite some skill and awareness to actually complete something in our "SWP". But wow is much more unforgiveable than Vanguard. Doesnt mean that you can just walk in and play like bobbeh or Enigmar... As for PVP, this is close to non exsiting. there is a FFA-PVP server. but everyone playes a druid as they are far superior in PvP. apparently devs are trying to figure something out™ on this, which includes FFA arenas, class balance in terms of PVP etc So all in all: If you can live with some minor graphic glitches, soon to be adressed™ lacking endgame, random mob bugs and stuff like that and appreciate a game with difficulty and lots of lore and unique classes, this is the game for you mate.