Let me preface this with a story: Once upon a time, a group of guys played lots of games together. The oldest, wisest fellow in this troop would get very excited about new, upcoming games. Wanting to enjoy these new games with his friends, he would exhaustively research, post, and hype said games to his buddies.
Throughout the years, some of the “next big games”, at least according to this idiot, were:
- Hellgate: London
- Age of Conan
- Tabula Rasa
And his magnum opus, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
This fool, of course, is me.
There are many things to like about Star Wars. The first playthrough is fun and different from what you experience in the typical MMO. Once we had enough people at lvl 50, we proceeded to do Eternity Vault and Karagga’s Palace. While they were entertaining for a while, they quickly because tiresome. Eventually, people only logged in at the scheduled raid (oops, operation) time.
Fast forward to today, and patch 1.2 is out. This massive patch delivered lots of content in the form of Legacy upgrades, a new Operation, and more crafting options. None of this matters in the least to me. The Legacy stuff would have been great if it was in the game at release, but no matter how much of a Star Wars nerd I am, I cannot find the will to log in and do the same quests all over again. Neither can most of the guys that I play with.
In the end, I feel like I got my money’s worth out of SW:TOR. I can honestly say that I had a blast playing through for the first time, but burnout quickly set in. Even if the game had released with all the Legacy features, I highly doubt I would feel differently; the game is much more of a single-player experience than a MMO, an opinion that has been echoed many times. Bioware’s decision to release with SO many servers and their steadfast determination to not consolidate the dead/dying servers or offer free transfers off of them has killed the enjoyment of many players as well.
In fact, many players have opted to reroll on an already heavily populated server, ‘The Fatman’, and have claimed that doing so completely changed their perspective of the game. due to ACTUALLY HAVING OTHER PLAYERS AROUND YOU TO PLAY WITH. Too little, too late for this old nerd.
In the end, this will go down as yet another shitty game recommended by me.
Since 2008, I hyped, pushed, and bloviated over this game. My only defense is the same made by Harold Lauder, its brevity matched only by its eloquence:
I was misled.