Companions are a big draw of SWTOR to me, although I do wish that you could have two out at a time so that they could bicker in typical BioWare style. In returning to the game, I’ve given my companion roster some thought on both my Bounty Hunter and Operative, and decided that I need some fresh blood in both.
For my lowbie Bounty Hunter, who just has good ol’ Mako, I’ve bestowed the gift of a psychopathic possibly lore-breaking Ewok: the new companion Treek that came out this week. I figured having a second companion would really help in the early game, plus I’m all for parading about something slightly ridiculous that generates nerd-hate from people who take things a little too seriously.
Treek’s pricey (either way you acquire her), but so far she is worth it to me. Her introduction is pretty funny, setting her up as a battle-mad murderous ball of death, and she only gets better once you see her animations. Swooping in on a hang glider as a charge? Tossing giant heal balls at you? Hey, it amuses me. Plus, her addition to the roster’s allowed me to send Mako out on crew missions.
Treek is kind of interesting in that she has either a healing or a tanking stance, without a DPS stance. I’m fine with that. I’m a Powertech, so I’m always in the market for a good healer.
Over on my Operative, I really want to get HK-51. I mean, HK-47 was just about the best thing in KOTOR, especially for the dialogue, and I’d love to go through the new expansion with a similar model at my side.
Our guild’s Thursday night group started working on getting HK-47 last night, and after seeing the first half of the process, I have to say that I am so glad I was in a group for it. There are group quests and a lot of tedious searching involved. I’m down to four parts left right now, although two of those are in the flashpoints, so hopefully we’ll be getting together to finish that up later on.
Going through all of this has made me think about how much I’m going to appreciate that droid when I finally get it. I mean, the lazy part of me thinks, “Gee BioWare, I paid to open up Section X, so just gimme the companion already!” But then I was pondering if the devs set up these tedious quests and assembly tasks not just to be a timesink, but because of the IKEA effect.
The concept behind the IKEA effect is that you tend to appreciate and enjoy something you put together yourself, even if it’s more time-intensive and annoying initially. Because it’s the “fruit of your labor,” as NPR puts it, you love it more than if you just bought it outright. I think there’s something to that.
Anyway, here’s hoping that I’ll be hearing sly comments about meatbags in the near future!