New Addiction – Star Wars: The Old Republic

This Easter weekend, SWTOR was having a free trial weekend. Since Nav and all our friends had a 4 day weekend, we decided to all try it out. And by the end of the weekend we had all bought it.

I really don’t think I would have gotten so addicted without friends to play with. It’s a pretty good game, but not great or anything. Xhii from Roll One Hundred expresses similar sentiments. It’s a pretty new game, so I give it the benefit of the doubt for the most part. But as she says, it is definitely lacking some basic things. Hopefully with time they will get added.

I was the only one in our group to want to go Jedi I guess so we went Sith instead. Luckily with the way quests work, you can be a ‘good’ person despite being on the Sith side. Quests in SWTOR don’t work the same way they do in LOTRO or other MMOs I suppose. In SWTOR, every quest pick up and hand-in comes with a cutscene of dialogue between you and the quest giver. You can choose between a few kind of replies to give to the various things the questgivers say. You can be rude, you can be kind, you can be whatever. You really can shape the personality of your character more than just “do this quest” or “don’t do this quest”.

SWTOR Cithryth exists on the Asia/Pacific PvP server (there’s only one… so whatever that server is called, that’s where I am). She’s an Imperial Agent, which I guess I would describe as a cross between a LOTRO burglar and a witch-hunter from Warhammer Online. At level 10 you choose one of two ‘advanced class’ paths. I chose to go sniper – so more long-range damage type stuff. So far I’m only level 17 but it’s been real fun so far.

In case anyone is wondering, this is what the UI looks like. There’s no way to re-arrange stuff at the moment, but apparently the patch that is coming out this week (supposedly), 1.2, will allow you to rearrange UI elements. Yay!

You also get various ‘companions’ – basically like skirmish soldiers or pets in LOTRO. They can follow you around and help you fight, sell stuff for you and even do crafting quests. As an Imperial Agent, I don’t really like my first companion, Kaliyo. She’s creepy.

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