Sometimes when you return to a game, there’s one overriding reason why that’s so. But for me, it’s been a bit of a different bag when it comes to Star Wars: The Old Republic as of late. As these things go, the thought of a return started to take seed a while ago and then was watered and nurtured by several different factors until the install screen happened.
Just happened! Out of the blue!
So what gives? I’ve identified the factors that facilitated the desire to return, and they are:
1. The recent Steam launch put it back on my radar
Sometimes it just takes a positive news story about an MMO to jog one’s memory and deliver a rush of positive emotions toward a title. Oh yeah! That still exists! And it’s doing good things!
In fact, it seems like the Steam release was a real shot in the arm for SWTOR and has greatly benefited the game over the past month. Good for it.
2. I’ve been wanting a little scifi for variety’s sake
It seems that when I end up spending a lot of time playing 100% fantasy MMOs, I seriously start craving one with a scifi bent. That usually sends me to SWTOR, Star Trek Online, or (in the past) WildStar.
3. I just replayed Knights of the Old Republic
Coming later this year to retro gaming! But yeah, I spent a couple of months replaying KOTOR, and if that doesn’t put you in the mood for some SWTOR, I don’t know what will.
4. It’s a nice lateral jump from World of Warcraft
SWTOR is the scifi version of WoW, at least with its combat and game design. It’s bright and colorful and responsive, and it’s all about that tab-targetting when it comes to fights. Since I’ve been doing a lot of WoW these days, it wasn’t much of a departure to do SWTOR too.
5. There’s still tons I’ve never seen in the game
It’s a harder sell when you look at an MMO where you’ve done it all, but this isn’t the case for SWTOR. I haven’t even finished the most recent two expansions, and I certainly have not seen most of the class storylines (I’ve only really ever fully completed three of the eight — Agent, Bounty Hunter, and Smuggler).
6. There are plenty of onboarding options
I could pick up and play one of my previous characters, continue their stories. I could make a new one and start at the beginning, the Fallen Throne expansions, or the Onslaught expansion. There are a LOT of potential choices here, and choices get me excited.