When it comes to Star Wars, I’m always much more fascinated with the technology of the universe than the Force, which is why owning a player starship seems like a dream come true. I love that it’s partially player housing that moves, transportation between planets, a crafting HQ, and your vehicle for space combat. I started looking (and drooling) through the SWTOR starship pages and thought I’d come back and rate the ships that are currently on display:
This is the bounty hunter ship, and while it’s not as instantly iconic as Boba Fett’s Slave-1, it has a certain… predatory appeal to it, I suppose. I’m not that partial to the interior, which is a lot of grates and yellow lights and triangles. I’m sort of hoping that a bounty hunter ship will come equipped with holding cells, but I haven’t seen anything like that in the video and pictures.
Obviously, the Fury is meant to evoke similarities to the classic trilogy’s TIE Fighters and Interceptors, and I’ll admit that it does a good job doing so. Here we have the Sith Warrior/Inquisitor ship, the interior of which reminds me a lot of the Death Star corridors, particularly with the red lights (which would give me a headache if I had to actually work in this thing).
Ugh, me no likey. The Trooper’s ship is somewhat reminiscent of the B-wing and the Imperial shuttle, but also a circa-1987 Volvo. It’s boxy, is what I’m saying. A little too boxy. While the interior is decent and welcoming in a military fashion, I can’t get over how blech the outside is.
Oof, I’m seriously torn on this one. The Agent’s ship is certainly reflective of the class’ unique qualities and has a svelte design that’s not seen much elsewhere, but it’s also reminding me a little too much of the X-Men’s Blackbird and Princess Amidala’s spaceship. Yet I’m probably going to be playing this class (or the Smuggler, depending on what guild I join), and the interior is pretty sweet in a slick tech way, so I’ll be lenient on it.
Uninspired name aside, here’s your Ebon Hawk/Millenium Falcon stand-in for the Smuggler, and it’s certainly hitting all the right feature points to make one feel at home. I like the unconventional ugliness of it and the off-center side-thing. The interior is, yup, the Falcon more or less, so let’s not pretend it’s anything radically different. That’s okay, since it fits the Smuggler well.
As the Fury does double-duty for both the Warrior and Inquisitor, so too the Defender will be playing host to both brands of Jedi. It’s got my absolute favorite interior, doubtless drawn from the lighter Star Wars designs, as it’s comfortable, airy and brightly colored. I’m not sure whether or not the hammerhead exterior is going to grow on me, but it’s not repulsing me, so that’s a start.
Special Note: Only Six Ships?
I guess I didn’t realize before today that BioWare decided to stop at six player starships instead of going for the full eight. Yeah, I guess it sort of makes sense to have the Jedi and Sith share a common ship, but it certainly feels as though those classes are being forced to double-bunk while the others get more preferential treatment. Considering that many players love to roll alts and that their choices are limited to four on each faction, having to reuse a starship you’ve already been in for a couple hundred hours might be a small letdown.