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HC82
post Apr 30 2011, 06:37 PM
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I didn't notice anything in the forums about this recently, but bioware's new Star Wars MMO is slated to be released sometime this year in 2011.

Main site:
http://www.swtor.com/

Cinematic trailer:
http://www.swtor.com/media/trailers/hope-c...railer#comments

Hungry Star Wars nerds:
http://www.swtor.com/media/trailers/pax-ea...highlight-video
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post Jan 12 2012, 06:25 PM
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I'd like to start this post with a shout out to Vitamin D. May he keep being that awesome guy that he is. guitarist.gif

I've had tons of fun with this game. I love it so far. I spent the first 20 levels or so of the game looking for something wrong with the game, and I couldn't find it. I'm not going to pretend to be a professional game critic, start a blog, and then rant about animation responsiveness or other trifling matters, just for the sake of having something to complain about, but...! sniperer.gif I did, however more recently find some stuff that is nagging at my gaming experience as a whole on SWTOR. As of this post, I'm a level 25 Sith Warrior Juggernaut. I could probably a bit higher but I'm reluctant to sink more effort or time into my character at the moment. I've boiled it down to three issues.



First issue: The game has been relatively easy, and I never really felt as though my character were under or overpowered at any given time. That's fine. During a class story mission, I killed a room full of republic soldiers, lieutenants, blah blah. Didn't break a sweat. Then I had to fight the boss in a separate fight afterward, same instance, and my life bar shot down almost instantaneously, killing me. crushinated.gif I thought it might have been a fluke, and maybe if I popped off a med pack, I'd be okay. Nope. Died slightly slower. crushinated.gif It took me like 10 tries, and a run back to a medic droid, when I finally won. cya.gif Even then, I think it was luck. I'm not here to whine about overall difficulty; If they wanted the game to be hard, that's fine. But why was everything in the entire game up to that point (including in that same instance, same story, same room) super easy, and then suddenly crushingly difficult on one dude? At least ramp it up a little gradually, right? But then everything after that fight, bosses included, have been super easy again, so who knows what they want from me. untitled-2.gif

Second issue: The mobs are pointless. At least at the point I'm at in the game, so far. They were fun at first, I guess, but they have become tiresome. beigesleep.gif They give a completely inconsequential amount of experience, since we only get a truly tangible amount to levelup.png upon completion of quests or missions. They aggro on your presence and are always, always in the way. You HAVE to fight them, and aside from maybe completing bonus objectives, the fight is always a complete waste of time. They are always extremely easy and have no chance of killing you, and they always stick around just long enough to be inconvenient woend.gif . If they drop anything at all, it's always shitty, outdated gear or an item that says in its own description that it's useless! beigelaugh.gif Either move the freaking enemies, make them fun, or at least make them worth plowing through. guns.gif

Third issue: The "MMO" aspects of the game seem arbitrary and superfluous. This game feels like it would be better off not being an MMO at all. I feel like I'm playing Dragon Age or Skyrim with a bunch of other assholes in my way, spoiling things, or otherwise ruining my game experience and immersion. Since the game is so heavily story-based, I'd say player immersion is a key thing. An example is, I'm walking around the imperial fleet space station, looking around at the shops, or heading to the cantina to chill with my companion. I think, how cool, this is so starwarsy! plasmabeam.gif Then suddenly 8 dudes on various barely-faster-than-running speeder bikes drive through my character, kicking up dust and sand out of nowhere from the metal flooring, as if we were in a desert or something. Oh. Right. It's an MMO. beigerolleyes.gif I'm not sure why they let people use their stupid speeders in that particular environment, indoors. (Also I refuse to spend the total 60k on a speeder and license, since they chug along slightly faster than my sprint ewj1hy.gif , but that's a whole other issue) As for the arbitrary stuff, I'm talking about some items bieng rare for no reason at all, other than to dangle a carrot in front of our face. Omg rarez! ctf.gif For example, purple color crystals for light sabers. You can't really argue lore for that, because not only has purple has been freely available in most other Star Wars games, but the even more common yellow and orange crystal sabers don't even appear in the movies. I'm fine being stuck with a red saber for the entire game, it's just the principle that bugs me. I should be compelled by the fun content, thrill, and story to keep playing. But I guess those alone would be too much work for Bioware. I don't think you should have to be level capped, fighting end game monsters, and getting tied up in all that "second job" guild nonsense to change the freaking color of your saber, with a crystal that has the same stats as all the other colors. That, and tons of bad guy mobs use purple sabers. Gimme a break. beigesigh.gif


Also, anyone see the screenshots of people being divebanned.gif for using curse words while casually talking to friends via whispers in the game? What the hell is that?

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HC82   Star Wars: The Old Republic   Apr 30 2011, 06:37 PM
Crushinator   I'm not a huge SW fan, but I like bioware style RP...   May 1 2011, 02:11 PM
HC82   Gameplay vid from E3   Jun 11 2011, 10:45 AM
Scan_Man   I like how they are handling dialogue choices if y...   Jun 11 2011, 04:58 PM
tanshin   QUOTE(Scan_Man @ Jun 11 2011, 02:58 PM) I...   Jun 14 2011, 08:22 AM
HC82   It's a full timeline of the Star Wars Lore, via st...   Jun 14 2011, 10:09 PM
HC82   Pre-order for SWTOR is now avaliable. You can opt...   Jul 22 2011, 03:51 PM
Crushinator   150 bucks? Eat a dick, Lucas.   Jul 23 2011, 09:26 AM
Knightsword   You mean EA, Lucas didn't have anything to do with...   Jul 23 2011, 09:22 PM
Crushinator   I think the Halo legendary editions are just as st...   Jul 24 2011, 01:41 AM
Scan_Man   Not to mention 60 bucks for an unproven MMO game. ...   Jul 24 2011, 05:55 PM
HC82   Here is the Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue. Real...   Jul 24 2011, 11:27 PM
Knightsword   I think its limited due to not wanting their serve...   Jul 25 2011, 05:02 PM
Scan_Man   Comic Con panel. Seems they are banking on the gam...   Jul 26 2011, 10:55 PM
Scan_Man   This game is fucking amazing! Looks like I will be...   Nov 25 2011, 05:44 PM
HC82   Weekend beta is officially over! I danced my way t...   Dec 5 2011, 12:03 AM
Wiryu   Ki'ta Kren is an east coast PvP server. It's the o...   Dec 5 2011, 11:03 AM
Crushinator   Is the empire the good guys or the bad guys?   Dec 5 2011, 05:19 PM
Knightsword   Empire is the Sith, the badguys. I'll be on the Re...   Dec 5 2011, 06:51 PM
HC82   We should probably pick some official AT server be...   Dec 5 2011, 10:51 PM
Scan_Man   I'm trying to find a server too as long it's East ...   Dec 6 2011, 11:43 AM
Wiryu   I'm pretty much promised to Ki'ta Kren since I gui...   Dec 12 2011, 09:44 AM
Crushinator   I'll just play wherever the hell Wiryu is. I'm s...   Dec 12 2011, 02:45 PM
Oddies da Nerfed   I'll most likely end up on a west server sith side...   Dec 13 2011, 08:47 AM
HC82   I am getting an early invite, So i'll let u guys k...   Dec 13 2011, 10:59 AM
HC82   Screenshots show the exisiting servers that are up...   Dec 13 2011, 12:49 PM
Knightsword   They changed Bondar Crystal to pvp from the beta, ...   Dec 13 2011, 05:00 PM
Wiryu   Most of the dudes I know headed to "Saber of Exar ...   Dec 13 2011, 08:40 PM
Dive   I'll see where the majority of you all end up. I ...   Dec 13 2011, 11:33 PM
HC82   If you pre-ordered late, you're guaranteed to get ...   Dec 14 2011, 12:22 PM
Scan_Man   I got my Early Access today! I guess I'll go Saber...   Dec 14 2011, 02:16 PM
HC82   I actually rolled Republic. I think a few of us ar...   Dec 14 2011, 05:16 PM
Kazicht   QUOTE(HC82 @ Dec 14 2011, 05:16 PM) I act...   Dec 14 2011, 05:37 PM
Oddies da Nerfed   I have a 21 Sith Sorc on Space Slug. Had to pick ...   Dec 17 2011, 10:45 PM
Knightsword   Ok rolled republic on Saber of Exar Kun   Dec 14 2011, 05:37 PM
Kari   I'm on Saber of Exar Kun with Wiryu.   Dec 18 2011, 06:34 PM
tanshin   RE: Star Wars: The Old Republic   Dec 18 2011, 10:56 PM
Kazicht   I really have to say this game does start off kind...   Dec 19 2011, 04:58 PM
Scan_Man   For me the game is still mostly holding up to my f...   Dec 19 2011, 07:47 PM
Oddies da Nerfed   If anyone ends up sith side on space slug (pve wes...   Dec 20 2011, 06:50 AM
Kazicht   So now that the game is officially launched, who e...   Dec 20 2011, 10:42 AM
Dive   I'm in. Still trying out classes but I have rolle...   Dec 20 2011, 01:55 PM
Wiryu   Bounty Hunter on Exar Kun named Wiryu. Lovin it. ;...   Dec 20 2011, 03:21 PM
Crushinator   I still don't have it, I want to play but I don't ...   Dec 20 2011, 03:51 PM
Scan_Man   Scankid - Jedi Shadow on Exar Kun Using this char...   Dec 20 2011, 03:54 PM
Oddies da Nerfed   Just started Sith assassin, Mistmoore, on Exar Kun...   Dec 21 2011, 10:14 AM
Knightsword   Let alone the endgame shit in FFXI, I would love t...   Dec 21 2011, 09:31 PM
Scan_Man   QUOTE(Knightsword @ Dec 21 2011, 10:31 PM...   Dec 22 2011, 03:53 AM
HC82   Characters: Dyne :Jedi Guardian Adol: Jedi Sage ...   Dec 22 2011, 11:44 AM
Knightsword   QUOTE(HC82 @ Dec 22 2011, 11:44 AM) Chara...   Dec 23 2011, 12:23 PM
Scan_Man   Well yeah the color blind issue, like in WoW, Bliz...   Dec 22 2011, 03:08 PM
Scan_Man   So how do people feel about the combat responsiven...   Dec 27 2011, 05:04 PM
HC82   When you queue an ability or attack that is not ch...   Dec 27 2011, 10:14 PM
Scan_Man   I've spent some time testing this on my Jedi Sage....   Dec 28 2011, 02:43 AM
Kari   I feel like assigning some kind of priority or dup...   Dec 30 2011, 08:51 PM
Wiryu   Started a consular on the republic side of exar ku...   Jan 11 2012, 07:02 AM
Kari   QUOTE(Wiryu @ Jan 11 2012, 08:02 AM) Star...   Jan 14 2012, 06:07 PM
tanshin   I'd like to start this post with a shout out to Vi...   Jan 12 2012, 06:25 PM
Knightsword   As for enemy difficulty, you are aware of the Norm...   Jan 12 2012, 07:38 PM
tanshin   QUOTE(Knightsword @ Jan 12 2012, 05:38 PM...   Jan 12 2012, 08:56 PM
Scan_Man   I think the difficulty is fine; for me at least. T...   Jan 13 2012, 09:00 AM
Kazicht   So far Linka, HC82 and I are on the republic side ...   Jan 14 2012, 10:25 PM
Wiryu   Sweet deal. I'll do some adding tomorrow.   Jan 15 2012, 10:48 PM
HC82   Establishing a guild requires a party of 4 people ...   Jan 16 2012, 09:58 AM
Wiryu   I can log in at anytime, but if we want to go for ...   Jan 16 2012, 11:12 AM
Kari   QUOTE(Wiryu @ Jan 16 2012, 12:12 PM) I ca...   Jan 16 2012, 08:53 PM
Wiryu   I'll be on tomorrow around 6ish est. For now thoug...   Jan 16 2012, 10:29 PM
Scan_Man   Really nice screenshots!   Jan 17 2012, 07:43 AM
Crushinator   Can you get a Jawa as your helper?   Jan 17 2012, 12:02 PM
Wiryu   Bounty hunters can!   Jan 17 2012, 03:22 PM
Kazicht   QUOTE(Wiryu @ Jan 17 2012, 04:22 PM) Boun...   Jan 17 2012, 04:52 PM
tanshin   So there I was, pokin' dudes in the dick with my l...   Jan 17 2012, 05:20 PM
Kazicht   So the Apocalypse Tribe guild is officially up and...   Jan 18 2012, 10:18 AM
Wiryu   I can't say I'd be too surprised with all the bad ...   May 22 2012, 01:59 PM
Crushinator   Probably. Get back on Diablo 3.   May 22 2012, 05:13 PM
Knightsword   I'm still playing, but not much left to do on my s...   May 22 2012, 07:07 PM
EinsamWulf   I kinda lost interest in this game after awhile, I...   May 23 2012, 07:38 AM


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