Here’s what my bounty hunter looked like as he leveled.
I started out with some sweet gear because of a mistake. I ran the first ‘dungeon’ as a group solo instead of the actual SOLO INSTANCE version. I was able to solo it and got good looking gear for my trouble!
This set I crafted myself.
The bounty hunter was also my armor crafter so lots of his sets were created BY HIM and used as he leveled. VERY NICE!
So I went back to SWTOR for the express purpose of experiencing the class stories up to Chapter 4. It’s my understanding that the ‘stories’ converge at that point and only the ‘factions’ get different stories. So all the Agents, Sith and Bounty Hunters get the same basic stories from Chapter 4 on. I’ll do that part of the story too eventually to make sure. In the mean time I’ve been playing around a month and with the quick leveling they’ve put into the game (it’s REALLY easy to level) I’ve managed to get two characters through their first three chapters. Here are some images of those characters.
My Agent (a sniper) in some level 65 gear.
My Sith Inquisitor Tank in her level 47 gear.
My Sith Inquisitor Tank in her level 51 gear. Still not as ugly as some of the other gear she’s worn. (Hated the bikini BS they threw at her.)
THAT looks like some seriously protective gear eh? Takes all kinds guys.
Kotaku is reporting EA is saying that come this fall SW:TOR is going free to play.
EA later said in a press release that The Old Republic will go free-to-play this November. The game will be available for $15 starting August 7, a price that also includes a month of free play.
According to their press release Bioware will have two methods to play:
Subscription – A service designed for players who want unrestricted access to all the game features via ongoing subscription or by redeeming a Game Time Card. In addition to gaining access to all game content as our current subscribers do now, subscribers will receive ongoing monthly grants of Cartel Coins, the new virtual currency that will be introduced later this fall. Cartel Coins can be used to purchase valuable in-game items including customizable gear and convenience features that will enhance the game play experience.
Free-To-Play – The first 50 levels will be Free-to-Play, with restrictions on access to new content and advanced player features. Some restrictions can be “unlocked” with Cartel Coins.
So if you hung up your blasters and lightsabers feel ‘free’ to pull them out again this fall. I know I still have the client installed but have had ZERO interest in going back, but in a FTP setting I may at least check it out from time to time like I do LOTRO.
EDIT: I guess you have to go FTP when your subscriber base dries up. Kotaku is also reporting that SW:TOR has less than a million subscribers now. The game is less than a year old, this isn’t good for Bioware.
I think the title sums it up nicely and that’s pretty much all I have to say.
Star Wars has been released into the wilds and the wilds are proving once again, just how stupid they can be. I can understand some peoples frustration and complaints. Especially legitimate complaints like ‘the game lags out and crashes even though I have a powerful computer’. But the complaints in the SWTOR forums are enough to have Mother Teresa want to strangle the posters through the internet.
A bit of advice to people trying to play Star Wars The Old Republic.
‘Heavy’ and ‘Full’ servers are about to have queues. Unless you have friends on a specific server DO NOT play on a full or heavy server. Queues are not much fun.
If you have friends that are on a queued server they don’t have much fun waiting either. Try to convince them to start over on another server. It’s not like you lose much of anything but frustration by doing this. They could ‘lose’ at most a weeks worth of play and are they playing to have fun or is this some sort of work that they are getting college credit for? You don’t really ever ‘lose’ anything.
If your friends insist on playing on a full server and you can’t get on without waiting for 30+ minutes. I’d suggest you just not play with your friends for another couple of weeks. Yes it sucks, but the queues for a new game go away for most servers after a couple of weeks or the first month. Once the queues are gone you can start on that server then. The game is a MMO, not a race to 50, you aren’t missing anything but frustration looking at a queue bar slowly count to 0.
Do NOT go to the SWTOR to complain about how you are going back to WoW because this is the worst game ever, and WoW never sucked this bad. You’ll just get laughed at because WoW DID suck this bad from time to time when it launched and it’s not like the community is going to miss you. Just go back to WoW and enjoy playing a game you actually enjoy playing. SWTOR will be around for a while. You can always come back if the problems at a launch of a game bothers you that much.
And this last bit of advice is for me and people like me. DO.NOT.READ.THE.GENERAL DISCUSSION.FORUMS.OF.SWTOR.THE.FIRST.MONTH. Maybe not ever. The scum and villainy of Mos Eisley has nothing on the scum and idiocy of the forums of a MMO or a political blog.