I’ve been (understandably) consumed by WildStar recently, neglecting most else in the process — including SWTOR. But yesterday it struck me that we’re less than a week away from Knights of the Fallen Empire and that I should really get off my butt and finish my Smuggler’s trip through Ziost.
Cue speed run through the recent planetary addition. After spending so much time in an action combat environment of WildStar, it was relaxing to return to a more traditional combat setup. Pew pew, toss grenade, watch bad guys die — and no excessive dodging and juking in the process.
I could’ve done without the return of Lana Beniko. It’s very uncomfortable if you romanced her at any point during Shadow of Revan, because that didn’t stick (it’s not her, it’s me). As I said to my guild last night, it’s as if the game is forcing me to keep bumping into an ex-girlfriend without having the option to strongly rebuff her or flee on sight. Let’s just say that any time she’s in a scene, my eyes get all squinty and I look for any dialogue choice that has the most acidic tone.
I’m neutral on Theron, by the way. I think the devs did a fine job giving his face more personality and expression than some NPCs, and at least he’s not an annoying Carth stand-in. I think I really annoyed both of them by killing the possessed Jedi at the end of Ziost, but it’s just something my character would’ve done. Her universe, her rules.
So anyway, that’s all wrapped up and my Smuggler is more or less ready for the expansion, alongside my Agent. I wonder if other SWTOR players have this same mixture of excitement and nervousness brewing within them. After next Tuesday, the game as we knew it won’t quite be the same again, especially as our characters graduate to the expansion’s storyline and jump ahead five years into the future (wouldn’t it be hilarious if BioWare gave all of our characters’ hair a touch of gray in the process?).
It’s weird to think that my Agent has been around since the very first day of the game. I don’t actually have many characters out there in MMOs who are launch originals, since I’m a chronic reroller. But her, she was right there at early start, through my first year with Mercy Corps, then patiently waited as I took a long break, and resumed her journeys when I came back and joined up with Nefarious Intent.
When the head start for the expansion hits, I’m going to try to balance my time between the two characters, maybe doing chapter one on each before going on to chapter two, and so on. I’m still not really sure how quickly we’ll be able to zip through the new content, but when it’s done, it’ll be done until 2016, so it would be nice to have enough for a couple of months of casual gaming at least.
I am really looking forward to seeing what will happen with the companion system, to getting new gear (and visuals), and mostly to a new story. What say you?