Sorry for the rant here but this needs to be said.
After playing a substantial amount of Star Wars: The Old Republic, One thing became all too clear. SWTOR is World of Warcraft. Yes, there are many differences but in the end it is the same exact game. Most people’s retaliation is, “Oh well its an MMORPG how different can they get?” Sorry guys, but MMORPG simply means an online RPG game. Since when did that definition change to: Copy WoW? Now if you’re thinking I’m here to bash SWTOR, keep reading, because that is completely unture. I will however bash WoW. Not because I think it’s a bad game at all, but because it is so ridiculously outdated (2004 was when it was released) yet remains to be what every developer considers the only MMORPG and the model for every MMORPG to come. THIS NEEDS TO STOP! There are logically thousands of different ways to make an online RPG, please end this vicious cycle! I’m so sick of playing the same exact game with a different setting! Although, not sick enough to stop playing SWTOR.
Now that I got that off my chest… Here’s what I think about SWTOR:
As contradictory as it may seem, I love / can’t stop playing this game. It sounds pretty ridiculous after what I previously said but it is true. I fell into the trap. But my reasoning is sound and fairly simple. This game is the what I wanted WoW to be when I first played it. It’s a WoW that I actually care about. I’m not running around doing quests anymore simply to level up, There is an actual story with characters I care about, In a setting that is both familiar and fresh. I grew up with Star Wars. It’s a franchise I’ve adored before I can remember. So even though the game play is nothing original at all, I love it because it is Star Wars themed and because it stays true to that theme.
Get it or Skip it?
Get it. If you are a Star Wars fan you’ll love this game. There are what seems to be an endless number of planets to explore, and Bioware doesn’t plan to stop making new ones. Even If you aren’t a fan of the game play style (like me) you will have a blast simply exploring and getting wrapped up in this Star Wars alternate reality.