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Nara Basaar

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Recently i have been thinking about playing the Old Republic again. It's probably been close to a year since i was last on it but i have been finding myself drawn to it again.

I was just wanting to know what people's thoughts on the game are?
A year is a long time. Has the game changed much? are there still a lot of players around?

Part of me is still on the fence about it. When i played (around a year ago) , i did it with a group of my friends who also no longer play. I guess i am just wondering if the game can be fun to play on your own or if you really do need a squad to make it that much more enjoyable.

any thoughts would be appreciated :)



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Nara Basaar

First of all, if you’re going to do it, you need to subscribe. F2P is entirely too frustrating and grindy.

 

I gave up on it a year ago when I became utterly disillusioned with its forward progress. By that stage I’d finished all 8 classes (check my blog for reviews of all classes and my views on Fallen Empire) and so I had no reason to hang around.

 

To me, SWTOR is played out. They are in the twilight stages of the game where they are ripping the most profit out they can. This means changing the game mechanics to make Cartel Coin purchases more attractive to get good gear, minimal new content and a reliance on the now 6 year old content.

 

I would strongly advise not bothering unless you have any of the original classes to complete. Fallen Empire and Eternal Throne were serious irritants for me, and since I mostly played for the single player story I had no reason to continue. For me TOR peaked about 2 years ago and has been a steep descent since. They are losing players which creates a cycle of more gouging, more players leaving, and more gouging to extract profit before they shut it down.

 

Sorry to be so negative, especially as it’s a game I spent hundreds of hours on, but for me its time is ended.


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Nara Basaar

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Valiens Nantaris Please don't apologise for your answer. I was looking for honest opinions anyway!

All the points you have made are ones that a lot of other people have made as well. Especially the grinding thing. I see that being complained about a lot. I guess at the time it was just a fun Star Wars themed thing thing to do with my friends. However going over all your points i don't really see that it's worth it anymore. 

Another thing that tempted me was the inclusion of the Togruta race. Don't think they will be able to save it though.



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The original 8 campaigns are solid...with the Agent, Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior being standouts. On the other hand the Sith Inquisitor and Trooper are really bad campaigns, and the others somewhere in the middle.

 

So if you want to do those I can suggest you run through them. It's so damn easy these days with ultra-companions, quick levelling up and unlimited/free speeder transits.

 

Beyond that...watch Youtube and seek out another game.


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Valiens Nantaris

Yeah, the Agent was definitely my favourite class and the one i played through the most as. I guess there is no harm in giving it another shot. Although i know  i will get fed up within a few days.
After that it's back to the never ending search for an MMORPG that is actually enjoyable after you exit character creation.



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There are some big Galaxies emulators that are up and running and fairly popular, if you want to go for a real nostalgia trip with your Star Wars gaming.



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I've completed nearly all of the Empire Main story characters quest line, when the Knight of the Fallen Empire came out it did not get me to actually start paying for a subscription. I've mostly been playing Free to play since it's inception and the grind was rough. 

 

Anywho I started my play through back around 2012 and played it until early 2014 and completed only the Bounty Hunter Class and Sith Inquisitor Story Lines, safe to say during that time I felt I invested too much time with little payoff when it came to Flash Points and Drops and the want to experience more of the other possible Characters didn't outweigh the grind it took as a F2P player to climb over.

 

Fast forward to 2016 and I went back to play, (Mostly due to the fact I wanted to play a MMORPG again) and I found the new system of XP and Quests greatly made leveling a lot easier for new characters. All you needed to do was finish the Planet and Class quests to keep up with Levels with each planet. Of course the Planet Quest line are grindy but with each new Character ( I tried out the rest of the Characters from Imperial Sniper, Sith Marauder, Jedi Guardian ,and Republic Trooper) I tried out different dialogue and had some fun.  

 

I bought the expansion pack that included some of the extra story lines and that did add to some interesting storylines. Unfortunately with each new quest, story and planet unlock the past choices I made felt less and less important to the point they felt shallow and only there to just give you some obligatory Level Up grinding. The new Story with the Knights of the Fallen Empire and the rest of the Stories that come afterwards only continued to show me that everything that you did before it only just exist as a memory and nothing else to the rest of the existing galaxy.

 

Even after all this, I still enjoy the game and it still draws me in to play for a few hours out of the week to just experience some enjoyable Star Wars moments. The Imperial Agent Story Line was such a pleasure to play, it was so fascinating to play under a different Empire and how it still mended together nicely with the rest of the Galaxy, and the Jedi Guardian just felt perfect for a story. The Sith Marauder and Republic Trooper had their moments in their own story, a Jason Bourne story (Action Thriller Story) as a solo Maverick going up against the Establishment. The Bounty Hunter and Sith Inquisitor Story had less than stellar stories but I had fun and made them my Sarcastic and Jokers characters for some laughs.

 

All in all, if you haven't played or tried out the rest of the Characters it's worth to spend a few hours to scope out their story if they are interesting enough for you and with the new way to gain XP that only takes Planet and Class Quests to keep up with the world around you the grind is less and Flashpoints can be solo'd now since they will include a Droid extra companion to act as your friend (Honestly, it makes them way too easier with your new Friend bot) the only reason to subscribe (IMO) is for the new Story Lines and some extra space, credits, and XP Gain if you don't want to do the Planet Quest line to Level Up quickly. 

 

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