uhh... im pretty sure it played out better. it lasted around 8 years and even when they took it down it still had a populated server.
oh yeah, and it was fun. there was stuff to do end game.
Sandbox and Themepark two different things, and no SWG didn't play out any better. What did you really do that connected a person with the SW world? Sure you could be a moisture farmer....you could travel around planets, but in terms of quests and missions what was there really? The only thing remotely that connected someone to the actual battle between the Rebellion and Empire was the Battle of Hoth heroic.