That's just like it was at release (aside from paying real money for it) and was just as annoying then as, I assume, it is now. And WoW isn't much better at mobility during early levels, but you can choose compact leveling zones if you want. With SWTOR: you can full-clear Korriban in just over an hour. I did so, first time as a Sith, with my Warrior in an hour 30. Speed-running (skipping any extra quests) through the Jedi starting planet takes a minimum of 2 hours (with another high level player helping you out) because it's just so fucking big and requires multiple instances of backtracking. Mob density and respawn rates sure as fuck didn't help either.
I have a Jedi Knight alt, and I've already noticed this a bit. Also the layout is fucking confusing and I get lost without overlaying the map. My Trooper on Ord Mantell had no such problems.
The travel times will piss me off, I can tell. In general chat someone told me that the Trooper story involves a lot of back-and-forth to Coruscant. Which will be fucking asinine if true. Especially if it ends up going Coruscant -> Fleet -> Mission Planet -> Doing Mission/Side Missions -> Fleet -> Coruscant -> Repeat. Which would appear to be the case. Didn't help that for my first trip to the Fleet I literally had to go to the other fucking side
of that rather large area for no adequately explained reason. If I have to keep legging it like this, well...I'll be pretty madbro about it. I actually played a couple days on a Trial Account before F2P went live so I've already had a taste of Sprint so it's just double annoying now.
I'm 99% sure I came across some other bullshit restrictions but I can't think of them now. I'm sure they'll come back to me when next I play.
EDIT: Oh the biggest bullshit I wanted to point out is that the F2P chart is essentially worthless. Nowhere did it mention anything about limited sprint and nerfing your XP gain at level 10 and beyond. So have fun finding that out when you actually start the game, level up to 10 and find out Bioware hates you and you need to sub to earn full XP for your missions.
And they weren't kidding when they said character customization would be limited. A quick glance in the store would indicate that the only
starting race newbie players get is human. Yeah, one fucking race. That's it. I don't know of any other F2P MMORPG that has multiple races and is so stingy with them. I haven't actually tried to roll a new toon to confirm it, but since pretty much every race I could remember from my Trial Account character creation seemed to be in there I'm guessing that is the case. I don't know if they've gimped the already pathetic slider choices you get for the actual customization or not.
That's not an MMO convention. That's a convention that spreads across many genres. Bioware loves this shit, no matter the game. Just be glad with bolster, you can actually compete against anyone sub ~45 or so. You still hit pretty hard. In WoW, even with the narrow brackets, twinks running Heirloom gear roll all over you.
True enough about the shit gear. Doesn't help that they've restricted the color meshing behind a paywall. It might make those Commando Greaves I got as a reward semi-useful. Oh well, I'll just have to have mis-matched colors.
And it really makes me mad that my Goddamn Companion gets a set of Havoc Squad Cool Armor while I'm stuck in my shirt-with-a-couple-armor-pads crap. I'm the new CO of the fucking Elite Special Forces Squad and I still look like a noob scrub. Oh and apparently he gets some jungle, urban and a third pattern I forget as well. Or would if I subscribed lol. Granted it's minor but my inner RPer (playing on RP The Ebon hawk server sooo...) was mad. Until I remembered that I'll keep looking like an idiot with a white jacket and pants for probably the next ten levels so why not have him run around in white armor everywhere?
As for the last sentence I don't PvP and have basically no interest in it so that probably won't matter too awful much. I may roll a toon on a RP-PvP server once just to say I did, but I'm sure I'll ragequit after the second or third time I get ganked.
Some person in General actually said they left the RP-PvP because of how utterly abusive the vets were being to the froobies. I don't know if that was just shit-talking in chat or griefing the ever loving fuck out of them, but I was both saddened and not surprised. To read the forums, having F2Pers show up will RUIN FOREVER the game because of all the "kiddies" and "trolls" and the rest of the unwashed masses sullying up their game. I remember that shit from STO very well, especially all the blowhards demanding that PW/Cryptic gimp the shit out of the Silver accounts just because. Well guess they should've been playing TOR because that's what EA/BW did.
Oh yeah and mentioning that some of the F2P restrictions were bullshit in GenChat got me plenty of "well buy the game you want something for nothing etc" crap. Though to be fair, as in STO, there were entirely reasonable pay members who agreed and don't buy into the 'gimp the freepers' line.
One guy said it best by pointing out that the point of F2P is to give new players a good taste of the game and make them want to stick around and spend money on it. Which won't happen with abusive players and overly gimping their accounts so that they get annoyed and look for a better game. Of course tell that to the moronic masses...
TOR wasn't worth the money before it was F2P and no matter what official forum whores state, it's not worth the money now. There's not a single area of SWTOR that doesn't have some form of crippling bug or assault on the senses. I could go into detail, but I already did that in the main thread. I find myself loading up STO every once in a while just to screw around because at least the game work 99% of the time. I'm actually afraid to reinstall SWTOR due to graphics and HDD issues that pervaded my time playing it.
Those issues seem to be there. Oddly enough for the pre-1.5 Trial Account I ran around with, the Jedi starting planet got really chuggy with around 90 or so people in it. But after the patch Ord Mantell with over 100 seemed to run pretty smooth. Until I got to the Fleet which lagged like a motherfucker with around 160 or so people in it.
The worst part is the memory leak or whatever the fuck it is. When I alt-tab out for any reason, it seems okay enough. But then when I bring the game back up it drags like fuck and takes its sweet time to rerender everything from a black and gray mess to (eventually) back as it should be. Which is odd because clearly alt-tabbing was expected since there's a sound option to play game sounds when minimized. It gets far worse though when I try to exit the game itself. It just sits there nice and frozen for about three or four minutes before it will exit to desktop. No alt-tabbing, Windows key or ctrl-alt-del will save me, I just have to wait and hope. And then my computer will act all chuggy even after it finally closes for awhile. And the best part? When I go to shut down Windows tells me I have to wait for some (unnamed, of course) background program to close for about five minutes. This only
happens after playing TOR, no other time, so I'm blaming the game for it.
So basically if you minimize the game or quit it sucks major donkey balls. Otherwise the lag isn't all that bad if the population is in some weird butter zone I can't quite determine but seems to exist. The usual odd teleporting of players every now and again but nothing that seemed to affect gameplay.
I mean it's free and I already took the time to download the 25+ gigs so I might stick around for the story, and as I said I may even use some other company's money via a rebate card to sub for a little while and see what that's like. But beyond that? I don't think this game has any real staying power for me.
Shit, even STO is something I'll fire up every now and again just because I can and fly around for a bit because it's fun or just fire off some Doff missions and leave. And they do (sometimes) introduce a mission or two that isn't some raid you have to be uber geared for and shit. And of course I can do so knowing that when I close the game it won't basically kill my computer's processing ability for some God-knows-why reason. TOR can't give me any of that, and that's just sad when motherfucking STO can beat you on random pick up and play enjoyment.
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