Originally Posted by Bigjohn
That was funny to see all those side by side.
The only one that felt weird though is the Starcraft/Starfront comparison. Not because it's off-mark, but because nobody ever seems to give Blizzard a hard time for a title that's basically a rehash of Warhammer.
That their humans are basically War40k's Space Marines, their Zerg are essentially the same as the Tyranids, and Protoss are a combination of Tau/Eldars, all seems to go under the radar.
Warcraft I think is better done. The Orcs aren't directly the Warhammer Orks, but more like a generic combination of fantasy Orc, with a bit of Klingon mixed in. Their Elves actually feel unique, with the druids and whatnot, etc. But Starcraft is a pretty clear parallel to War40k.
To be fair, blizzard did ape after a bunch of the aesthetics, but they have always been good at doing their own thing with it, people usually don't go that far with just a ripoff.
terrans are descendants of prison colonies and are mostly a bunch of criminals, hillbillies and cowboys in exosuits.
humans in wh40k are religious fanatics, and their marines are way more special than their starcraft counterpart, almost being cyborgs and way more powerful and rare.
not to mention the whole overarching xelnaga thing in which they created both the protoss and zerg, does this have a counterpart in wh40k?
There's a difference between clear inspiration (which can be rooted back to tolkien) and a clear ripoff, heck arthas doesn't stop being awesome even though his clear inspirational source from LOTR.
I would be much more impressed with gameloft if they actually created something that was an inspiration but clearly had something of its own going with it.