Diving Into Games Again (SWTOR)

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written any major updates to this blog, so where the heck have I been? Well, I took a bit of a break from gaming altogether to get some other things done, so other than popping into Free Realms or Clone Wars to do a short mini-quest or mini-game, I wasn’t doing much gaming-wise to write about.

Once I decided to get back into my beloved games, I just wasn’t in the mood to play much Everquest 2, so I decided to finally try out Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) and so I recreated Sabine there as Sabine’rak on the Lord Adraas server as a Sith Inquisitor. That server choice lasted about a week before I took advantage of the free transfers Bioware offered, and now Sabine has a home on The Ebon Hawk. Being a big fan of Bioware games…at least the ones I’ve played so far…I was not disappointed by all of the wonderful story-driven quests that I found in this game. I’ve been trying out just about everything and having a blast. SWTOR is missing a number of sandbox elements (house decorating, social fluff, etc.) that I’ve enjoyed in other games like Everquest 2, but since I’ve primarily been in the mood for quests and killing stuff, I haven’t missed those things at this point.

And for the first time since Dark Age of Camelot, I’ve actually been participating in PvP in the SWTOR warzones, and have been having a lot of fun there even if I do have a love-hate relationship with Hutt-ball. I’ve really enjoyed casually working on Sabine’s battlemaster armor, and she almost has all of it now except for one implant and two relics. It’s likely she’ll be able to get another piece of it today too! There is currently big controversy over whether PvP in the game is too gear-oriented, but being a player who really enjoys character progression over time, I like having the armor as a goal. I like knowing that the time I put into something will be rewarded.

I also recreated Zhi as Jai’zhi, a Jedi Knight Sentinel. The Jedi Knights seemed to be the most “monk-like” of the classes, so it fit him best. I also wanted to go damage-dealing like I did with Sabine as I’m still really sick of playing tanks. Naturally, the game seems to have a shortage of tanks, but I don’t care since I’m happy just going about my business mowing things down with no responsibility for keeping aggro, turning mobs, knowing my way around dungeons without getting lost, and pulling. Not that DPS doesn’t also have responsibilities for managing aggro, but playing tanks for an extended time can be very exhausting. (How did I somehow get on the topic of my tank ranting again?!)

I’ve also been playing a few (mostly) single-player games on both the PC and Xbox 360, but maybe I’ll talk more about those in a different post since this one seems mostly about SWTOR.

5 Responses to Diving Into Games Again (SWTOR)
  1. Rakuno
    July 29, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    Yay for new post! I’ve missed them. 🙂

    I am still surprised about you enjoying so much about the PvP. Don’t ask me why. I guess it is because you are such a nice person that it is a little hard of you enjoying something as competitive as PvP. On the other hand I shouldn’t be surprised since my clan in Lineage 2 is full of the nicest people I’ve ever met. You wouldn’t think how addicted they are to PvP until you see them talking about it.

    Shortage of tanks seems to be something that plagues a lot of games nowadays. It is a hard role to be good at and can have a lot of pressure. So I can understand why a lot of people avoid playing one. I guess it is because of that you end up doing your tank rants.

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      July 29, 2012 | 1:49 pm

      I’m kind of surprised too because normally, I tend to think, “Blah, PvP”, but then I kept passing that PvP quest terminal with that little yellow quest icon over it, and one day I just couldn’t resist it anymore and held my breath as I got yanked into a warzone. I had NO idea what to expect, but I managed to bumble my way through them until I figured out what I was supposed to do. I ended up following people who looked like they knew what they were doing and tried to help them. 🙂

      Maybe I don’t mind the PvP here because for the most part, no one takes it personally, and just go in and have fun trying to complete the objectives. It’s been very rare that people have gotten an attitude, and I have yet to experience the type of PvP griefing that went on in Ultima Online. I had a bit of fun in UO griefing the griefers though. 🙂

    • Gwendolyn
      October 10, 2012 | 9:45 am

      Her enjoying PvP doesn’t surprise me. Don’t ask why. 😉

  2. Zefariath
    July 30, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    I too was wondering what you had been up too, you have been quiet 🙂

    I tried SWTOG, I just couldn’t get into it, I think the last straw for me was being forced to have followers. I rather have more of an open ended world, rather than one path to follow (even if different path for each class)

    Right now not playing much of anything, online wise, … picked up Civ V again in last few weeks since I got the expansion pack.. gee that game can be such a time sink. Oh and in Real Life, playing find the house… trying to buy a house, if I can find the right one for me.

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      July 30, 2012 | 2:24 pm

      Since I really like Bioware games, I kind of treat SWTOR as another one of their single-player games and enjoy the storylines, except that I can play with other people too. Followers and the follower storylines are a huge deal to many Bioware fans with their other games, so that’s probably why they’ve been implemented in their MMO. So far, the followers haven’t annoyed me as much as they’ve done in some other games since I don’t have to manage their inventories or worry about them walking really slow and then getting stuck behind every rock along the way to where we’re going. I do my class quests solo and have been doing random PuG’s for the PvP warzones. I keep wanting to log into EQ2 and do a few things with that Qeynos overhaul, but there’s just no time between SWTOR and the single player games I’m playing! I should go ahead and pre-order Guild Wars 2 though since I do plan to play that too and have just procrastinated ordering it.

      Rakuno is playing Civ V too! At least I think that’s the one he’s playing.

      I enjoyed house hunting a whole lot more than I’ve been enjoying(?) house maintaining. 🙂

      Oh and happy hug a ratonga day! /hugs Dyfed

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