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Ok I was an avid SWG player back before the NGE... Then things took a turn. But I dont wanna dredge up the past so lets leave it at that.
When I found out Bioware was making an MMO, I just knew it was a Star Wars MMO. No way they wouldnt make their hottest selling rpg into an MMO. Then it was announced and there was much happy happy joy joy feelings in my heart. I started watching it closely. Every day I would go to the site and see if any news was coming out, check news articles, etc.
Once they started announcing classes I was there baby. But when they got to class #8 I was dumb founded. Only 8 classes and half of them were force users. I was immediately on the fence about it. Sorry but I am all "jedi'd" out. I hate jedi. I cant stand them. Everything in Star Wars has to have at least one jedi. Books, comics, video games. When I saw the first Star Wars movie as a kid I wanted to be a Stormtrooper, not Luke Skywalker. I knew at least one force user class per side. But not half. But I kept watching the game.
It seemed every bit of info coming out was crap and leaning more and more to the "Dont buy" side of fence. I did go ahead and preorder the CE. I figured even if I didnt play it, I could prolly get a nice profit on Ebay later. But still the bad news kept coming.
Huttball..... I will say that again for the cheap seats "HUTTBALL"!!! So let me get this straight. Jedi and Sith hate each other. They will kill each other on sight. Yet they will play a rousing game of football together? This was getting way too much.
Then came the space game. A poor excuse of rail shooter starfox ripoff. You gotta be kidding me. What the heck is Bioware doing over there? Throwing darts at the Wall of Crazy and whatever it lands on that is what you get? Well I wasnt on the fence anymore. I was clearly on the "This CE is going to Ebay when I get it" side.
Then I get a beta invite. I ignored it at first. But after talking to a friend he suggested "Hey its free for awhile. Oughta just load it up as something to do." I was waiting for Deus Ex 3, BF3, and Skyrim anyway. So I did. Install and logged in.
So what was my impressions of it? HOLY HELL! This is good. This is great. I love this. The stories I saw were amazing. Imperial Agent, Bounty Hunter, Sith Warrior.... Even the *cough*jedi knight*cough* story wasnt bad. Well now I am sold. I am definately playing this game.
Do I still hate the huttball, rail shooter space game, only 8 classes and half force user, etc? Yes I still do. I think they should have gone into an entirely different direction there. But the stories make up for it. That alone makes it worth it to me. That I can affect my character's story as I go along. I dont know of any other MMO that does it like TOR does. The voice overs and all that just make it pop to me. When I complete a leg of a story I feel like "I" really completed it. Yah others are doing the same story. But to me I feel like its all me!
So in the end. There is stuff I dont like. But alot more stuff I love. So I am sold, as I said. And hopefully some of it will change later. Plus once I found out that alot of it was because of money costs I realized it aint that bad, and hopefully if and when this thing turns a profit we might find a real space game, more non force user classes, and heck maybe better thoughtout PVP warzones. We will just have to wait and see what happens. But until then I will be there.