I started playing Star Wars : The Old Republic in early access end of 2011. I played nonstop until summer 2013. I never got into any MMORPG prior to this, even though I tried WoW. I loved the older Knights of the Old Republic games and am a major Bioware fan, whether Star Wars, Dragon Age or Mass Effect.
I picked up SWTOR again in June 2015. I didn’t regret it. I loved the original game (and finished all of eight classes’ basic storyline up to level 50). The first expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel was decent and a fun ride but overall I wasn’t overwhelmed with it. So far, I have only finished both expansions with my Jedi Knight (Guardian/Light Side).
The Shadow of Revan expansion proved to be one of my all time favorite gaming moments. Story, battles, character development made for the right mix. I can’t wait to play it with all my other classes and find out about the Empire side as well as the little differences everyone’s backstory may have on the overall narrative.
The story was amazing and drew from so many big things from the Star Wars universe. Getting to interact with certain characters (Satele Shan, Shae Vizla, Revan) was very engaging. I liked the new allies (Theron Shan, Lana Beniko, Jakarro) too and appreciated how their group was quite diverse.
The gameplay was clever. Being able to complete flashpoints in solo mode won me over right away. I didn’t expect it (I hadn’t read so much about the game developments while not playing SWTOR). I also like the new discipline system they introduced on a game wide level about the time of the release. I prefer them to the former skill trees.
The Shadow of Revan missions felt like a nice balance between tasks and combat. Seeing new worlds is always a treat and finishing the story on Yavin IV was very symbolic. I had many feels coming from the movies while playing it (going through the destroyed Jedi temple on Tython in the prelude made me reflect on Revenge of the Sith and cry, which can prove problematic in the middle of beating on enemies).
Shadow of Revan kept its promises and even exceeded my expectations. As much as I am looking forward to the third expansion (Knights of the Fallen Empire) and how visually great its trailer was (it lacked female characters for my tastes), it has a lot of work ahead after the second one. What I am most excited about now is the storytelling aspect Bioware announced.
What about you ? Did you play SWTOR and any of its expansions ? How do you feel about the upcoming one ?