“Cool guys don’t look at explosions.” ~ Cassusbounty
I haven’t turned my attention to The Old Republic for a little while now, mostly due to being in a patient waiting mode that isn’t really engaging with the frothing crowds out there. If you believe everything you read, the game’s already been a huge success and a huge failure, completely revolutionary and utterly derivative. Also, due to an oversight on BioWare’s part, hobbits have become a playable race.
Anyway, one of the pleasures and few viable activities that waiting fans can enjoy is to figure out guilds, factions and — most importantly — character classes. Some folks have it all figured out long before launch, and some just wait until they can get their hands on each of the classes to make a final decision. Then there are players who figure they’re going to do all of the classes anyway, so why fret about it?
Because I have no idea what guild I’ll be with or what side they’re going to be on, my plan is to pick one character class on each side and let the chips fall as they may. For my first character, I’m ruling out a Force user — the game’s going to be swamped with them, and Jedi just aren’t the huge thrill to me as they are to others. So that leaves Troopers and Smugglers on the Republic side, and Bounty Hunters and Imperial Agents on the Empire side. All four are attractive in their own way, and I’m really torn between the Smuggler and Trooper (especially after having played a Trooper at PAX).
However, if I do land on the Sith side, I’m probably going with an Imperial Agent over the Bounty Hunter. I just need a bit of distance from the fanboy gushing over Boba Fett, and the Agent — out of all of the classes in the game — seems the most enigmatic and unique. BioWare had to stretch a bit to make a case for the Agent as an iconic role, but after seeing yesterday’s preview of the class, I think they’re onto something here. People like spies, stealth and sniper rifles, and here’s a class that has all of them (plus orbital lasers, but that didn’t start with “S”). I’m not typically the stealth-and-snipe kind of player, but I think it’d be interesting to get out of my comfort zone and engage in that.
Still, there’s a lot of time between now and then (fingers crossed for April 2010!), and I still could change my mind. So what are you going to play?