I picked up Star Wars: The Old Republic on December 20 when the servers went live to non-preorders. This is only my third MMOG ever, the other two being World of Warcraft (of course) and Guild Wars. The only way I really enjoy MMOGs typically is to play them with a friend as though it were a two-player co-op game, which hinges on neither of us playing without the other person so as not to create a level gap between our characters. This time I made arrangements to play with Burrie.
If one wishes to play The Old Republic with a friend all the way from the beginning, the players must choose one of the pairs of classes that start together. Jedi Knights and Consulars start on the same planet, as do Sith Warriors and Inquisitors. Smugglers and Troopers start on the same planet, and Imperial Agents and Bounty Hunters do so too. As I wanted to play either a Smuggler or an Imperial Agent because of the simplistic cover system these classes have to spice up the otherwise mostly ripped-off World of Warcraft gameplay, and Burrie wanted to play on the Imperial side with me, we went with an Imperial Agent/Bounty Hunter combo.
I have not been disappointed so far. Playing with Burrie, I get to experience two storylines at once: most of his Bounty Hunter storyline and of course all of my Imperial Agent storyline (we only miss out on a couple of each others’ holocom transmissions that can’t be listened in on). I was so impressed with the Agent storyline in all its James Bondness that I decided to create another character to play on my own when Burrie wasn’t around. I went with a Jedi Knight for my solo character so as to get closer to the authentic Knights of the Old Republic experience. I find the Knight’s storyline to be significantly less engaging and original than the Agent’s, but to be honest just having a lightsaber is enough to make me happy.
Here are some random screenshots from my play time so far. I’ve got my female Twi’lek Jedi Guardian up to to level 25, and my male Chiss Sniper is at level 15 so far. I’ll probably have more to write about the game later, but there’s a lot of thoughts to organise and I need to get a bit further along either storyline until I can filter it all properly. Hover for captions as usual.