I guess my SWTOR Operative was a lot further along in the Makeb storyline than I realized, because it took but two nights to finish up the planet. Storywise, I have to report that it was decent but not great. I’m sent there as part of a team to secure some powerful substance known as isotope-5, but other than being “powerful” I’m rather fuzzy on how it’s much more than the MacGuffin of the week. Lots of running around, killing things, and doing covert activities to save the planet (which was tearing itself apart) and get rid of both the Hutts and the Republic.
Part of the narrative problem was that it’s rather difficult to really sell the imminent danger of a planet coming apart when it’s been coming apart for well over a year now with no significant change. Sure, you can show tremors from earthquakes (sorry, groundquakes) and a delightfully jagged landscape and lasers shooting down those giant techno-holes that Star Wars excels in creating, but I was having a hard time buying into it.
I thought it did redeem itself in the end with some tough choices and a rather shocking cliffhanger. Let me say that HK-51 was not pleased with my constant decisions to be all light side; I think my affection with him is -555 right now. Gonna have to buy that droid a whole lot of birthday presents.
So why am I freaking out a bit? Because Makeb is done… and I’m only level 52. Well, almost 53, but still. I’m a couple of levels shy of going into the Shadows of Revan expansion, which means that I need to make up this XP deficit somehow. I thought I did all of the quests I saw, but I guess not.
Thus, I’m heading back to Section X for a string of dailies, which I plan to suppliment with some flashpoint runs. As a filthy F2P player, I can only get boss loot from three flashpoints a week, but I don’t really think I’ll be able to do many more than that anyway with my schedule. So we’ll see how this goes, but I anticipate it being a while before I hit 55 and can head to Rishi. Any quick leveling suggestions would be welcome!