Monday, January 30, 2012

Leveling Through Balmora

I've been able to make a lot more progress on my Imperial Agent, getting her from level 12 to level 20. She's almost completely through Balmora, just have a few annoying giant bugs to deal with and then I'll be out of there (I think)

Interestingly enough, I thought the general quests in Balmora were better than the class quest line for Imperial Agent at least. The class quest series didn't have a whole lot to it and was pretty short, but helping the Empire repel a Republic backed resistance movement and exposing the involvement of the Republic was really interesting.

I've continued to find Sniper pretty good for leveling. As I've progress, I've been able to pick up some talents that have been more focused on survivability and have also picked up more gear for my companion that have helped improve her survivability as well.

On the Republic side, I've been focused on my Imperial Trooper. He's sitting at level 14 and I feel like is almost complete with the Coruscant quest chain. It'll be interesting to see the Republic side of Balmora if in fact that's where I'm heading next. The Republic home planet quests have been a lot more interesting for me than the ones on Dromund Kaas. The idea of a planet devastated by a Sith attack and having to help address some of the ramifications in terms of gangs that have developed, infrastructure problems and political issues has been kind of fun.

I had picked up Slicing as a Crew Skill on my Trooper and I'm just curious though why people are leaving their safes in the street all over the planet? Not really the best place to store a safe full of credits.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Some initial thoughts on leveling

I've finally managed to tweak things to the point that SWTOR is now playable on my laptop, which opens up a lot more time for me to work on leveling while traveling. I've got very mixed feelings about the game after my initial attempts and starting and leveling new toons. Right now, I've leveled an Imperial Agent and a Republic Trooper out of the starting area and have gotten pretty far on a Sith Warrior and Sith Inquisitor as well.

I still don't have any particular character that I'm feeling very attached to unfortunately. I find myself finishing up the early stages on these characters and feeling more depressed or sad than energized to keep going. Unlike some of the other MMO's that I've played, SWTOR really brings home the feeling that you're just a minor cog and that there are things going on that you're not even aware of that may completely screw with your gameplay sometime down the road.

I haven't gotten any distance on a single character without feeling bad either about something I had done, or feeling like I had somehow been betrayed. While I've enjoyed the game itself, it has really left me not feeling particularly motivated about continuing.

The feeling of being caught up in politics is also one that has turned me off a bit. It's bad enough that I've got to be immersed in political bullshit in real life, I don't need Democrats versus Republicans translated into Republic versus Empire when I'm trying to play a game.

So, I'm going to keep trying and see if I find a character that seems to click. The ones that I haven't tried at all yet are Smuggler, Bounty Hunter and Jedi Knight. I'm thinking Smuggler and Bounty Hunter might at least eliminate the feeling of being caught up in a larger machine, since those folks tend to operate on their own anyway. Jedi Knight has potential too in that I really liked the way my class operated as a Sith Warrior - just wasn't a huge fan of the story line. I started a Jedi Consular but very quickly decided I wasn't that big on a character who attacked by throwing dirt at people. Felt a little bit like playing my 3 year old.

So at the moment, I've got characters scattered across a variety of servers and a variety of classes, so I'll definitely need to do some consolidation if I manage to get any of these to 50 and if they ever open up server transfer.