DISCLAIMER: I recently went on anti-depressive medication again, and that plays havoc with my ability to concentrate for the first weeks. So this article is just me rambling more or less coherently. Please feel free to ask if I make no sense whatsoever.
I just finished listening to the latest TORWars podcast and I came away more than a little disappointed. There were two pieces of information that really put a dampener on my enthusiasm for the Makeb expansion: no more class story, and how SGRAs were implemented.
I really want to rage and flip tables about the first one, but my current mental health state just allows me to be *meh* about it. Story, especially the inidividual class stories were the reason I subscribed to the game. Stories were the thing this game offered me, that other games didn’t. Now Bioware wants to castrate this feature that set their game apart from all the other MMOs out there? Why? To me, this makes absolutely no sense.
This isn’t even an economically sound decision. It might please the short term bean-counters, but on the long run, giving up on individual story content erodes the game’s distinctiveness. Why should I play SWTOR when I can have the same old dungeon/raid/pvp dance (for which I couldn’t care less, to be honest) in so many other games? Individual class stories made for great replayability. If you take that away the game loses much of its appeal to me and I lose a kickass argument for recruiting other people into the game.
I’ll reserve my final judgement over this until I have played through Makeb with all my characters — but what I took away from the podcast was that the storylines didn’t offer much differentiation for classes. You get two distinctive stories — one for each side — and that’s it. From what I heard, the stories are both very well done, though.
The other thing are SGRs. Looks like there will be two “big” SGR choices on Makeb a female/female one for the Republic side, and a male/male one for Empire. Digging around on the forums made me stumble over some mumblings that there are other one-off flirts, too.
I am torn about this. On the one hand: FUCK YEAH FINALLY! On the other hand: REALLY?! That’s the best you could come up with? Both reactions are currently duking it out in my head. I think the more optimistic one is currently winning because I still hope that this is only just the beginning and that we will see more SGRA content added to the game which will balance out everything nicely. I definitely do not agree with people saying “That’s as good as it gets!” and I will vehemently fight for improvement in this area of the game. And I am not alone.
Am I looking forward to RotHC? Yes, I do. The little bits and pieces that I allowed myself to see — I am horribly afraid of spoilers, you see — made me eager to get my hands on the new content. This eagerness was slapped down pretty hard by today’s news, though. Still looking forward, but much less enthusiastic. HELP, I think I turn into a jaded old MMO coot.
So, readers, can I have some of your opinions here?
P.S: And now I am off to level my only male Imp, Hadúr the Imperial Agent. On The Progenitor. Feel free to say hello!