Eight Characters Enter The Ring, But Only One Will Subscribe

“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?

12 thoughts on “Eight Characters Enter The Ring, But Only One Will Subscribe

  1. Ysharros October 30, 2010 / 8:32 am

    You can’t go wrong with frickin’ laser beams!

  2. spinks October 30, 2010 / 8:39 am

    I’m not really sure. Love the idea of the smuggler (still a bit bizarre that it’s can be a healer).

  3. Llokki October 30, 2010 / 9:25 am

    “April 2010”?

    Myself, I’m torn between the Smuggler and the Consular…yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking. But as far as I’m concerned, why should I let popularity dictate what I play? I’m more concerned with enjoying myself that being unique, especially when the population will likely even out by itself over time anyway.

  4. Wumpus October 30, 2010 / 9:42 am

    Boba Fett was nothing more than a glorified Fed Dex guy. Which makes him a very appropriate base for an MMO character class.

  5. Ysharros October 30, 2010 / 10:57 am

    @Wumpus — HA! Good point.

    You there, Boba — fetch me 10 rats! Take this very important package of womprat tails to Correllia, stat! I’ll pay you… uh, 2 credits. And my eternal gratitude.

  6. Noz October 30, 2010 / 11:00 am

    By April 2010 I hope I’m playing Earthrise =)

  7. pkudude99 October 30, 2010 / 11:21 am

    I’m thinking that the Imp Agent sounds the most intriguing. Or possibly the Sith…. Inquisitor, was it? I’m actually trying to avoid most of the hype so that when I start playing I won’t have too much in the way of pre-conceived notions. The Trooper might actually make for a good 1st class as I learn the ropes of the game too. It’s really going to depend on my mood the 1st day I make a character, I suppose.

  8. mmogamerchick October 30, 2010 / 12:23 pm

    I agree with Llokki, no sense in letting popularity decide your fun for you and tell you which class you should or shouldn’t enjoy. If choosing a Bounty Hunter makes me a Boba Fett fangirl, then a Boba Fett fangirl be I! Doesn’t matter in the end anyway, I plan on rolling one of each class at some point.

  9. Isey October 30, 2010 / 2:47 pm

    I’m still holding out for Ewok. Or Droid. When is the first expansion set for release?

  10. ZombiePirate November 1, 2010 / 4:49 am

    Jedi Consular for the Republic and a Bounty Hunter for the Sith, those are my plans.

  11. Supplanter November 1, 2010 / 11:47 pm

    April 2010 has been and gone. 🙂

  12. Mesar November 3, 2010 / 4:34 pm

    Jedi Consular all the way baby!

    Whilst I’m sure there will be OVER 9000 Jedi’s in the starting area on Day 1, I’ve never seen an overpopulation of healers past the 30 day mark.

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