Face it: Plans change. As a gamer, it’s good to be flexible even if you’re an obsessive planner (like I am), and last week I came to the realization that I utterly disliked my Jedi Consular in SWTOR. I had a great grand plan about playing all eight classes, but midway into Coruscant, I just wasn’t feeling it AT ALL with this dull-voiced, dull-personality twit who is part of an order that I openly mock on street corners to anyone willing to listen. Jedi, schmedi — take your dandelion fluff balls of force and get a real job.
So I trusted my gut and got out of that abusive relationship. I asked myself if I was just going to do one Republic character, ever, which one would I want to do to make sure I did it? And does that sentence even make sense? I’ve been horribly sick this past weekend, so I could just be typing on a banana right now, I don’t know. But the answer was “Smuggler,” even though that is the counterpart of the Imperial Agent. Gut said “Go!” and reroll I did.
Agent counterpart as it is, I was still like “oh yeahhhhh” when I started to play it. It just fit me so much better than the Consular. I love the attitude, the semi-selfish/semi-heart of gold personality, the fact that I’m outside of any military/pseudo-military organization, and blasters are just way more fun than lightsabers. Plus, I got a blaster named “Flashy,” and that tickles me to no end.
I know the Smugglers are pretty darn popular, way more so than the Agents, but that’s fine. They’re the blatant appeal to the Han Solo/Malcolm Reynolds/antihero escapist fantasies we admire in film and on TV, but that’s fine as well. I’m going Gunslinger to try more of a DPS spec after my Operative’s healing spec, even though that goes counter to my hybrid-loving nature. I kind of really like her: Captain Thursday has freckles, can be sassy all day long if the job requires it, and I get to run around with twin blasters going PEWPEWPEW like I’m seven years old playing G.I. Joe with friends in the backyard.
I’ve heard from others that Corso Riggs — your first companion — is a much-maligned character, but I’m kind of digging his Good ‘Ol Boy demeanor. Plus, I chose a different head for him so that he didn’t look like he had held up a dreadlocks bank earlier that day.
I feel a lot more laid back leveling this time around, even though I really do want to get through the character story (in fact, I wouldn’t even mind a version of the game where that’s all you could do, especially for subsequent alts). I know there’s some curiosity about the patch in March, with a lot of hopes that it will add some much-needed content and fixes across the board. After experiencing Trion’s model last year, BioWare’s approach feels downright sluggish, with only one raid-centric patch released since launch. You’d think with so many people working on this project that there would’ve been a lot more movement by now, but I guess there are other, more pressing concerns.