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Leveling character as free-to-play

BattleFelonBattleFelon Tacoma, WAPosts: 483Member

I left SWTOR back when Diablo 3 came out but never finished my commando nor imperial agent questlines. I'm curious to hear if anyone is a FTP member who is currently playing mostly for the storyline. Do the restrictions (slower XP rate, less access to fast travel) make leveling super painful? I'd be happy to throw Bioware a few bucks for leveling boosts but really have no interest in re-subbing.

Also interested to know if the trooper and agent storylines are even worth completing. I'm level 48 with my trooper but only in my 20s for my agent.

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  • ereyethirnereyethirn KaiapoiPosts: 79Member
    Levelling has become WAAAY! slower its really annoying and you can only have 2 actionbars and lots of other restricted UI like that... SO no I don't reccomend playing free play
  • PsychowPsychow SF Giants Territory, CAPosts: 1,784Member
    Why not just log in and try it for yourself?
  • KarteliKarteli Providence, PAPosts: 2,646Member

    The IA had a really awesome story, IMO.  Not just from what others said, but my personal observations.  Many other class stories were somewhat .. uhh predictable and less interesting.

     

    As to the restrictions, it's up to you.  Fans will tell you they are nothing.  Others will tell you the game isn't worth playing as a result of restrictions.  You know the restrictions, and you played the game before, .. so I guess you have to ask yourself if they will impact your own play style.  I think the restrictions blow, but that's just my personal view.

     

    Did you do Warzones often .. did you have all your skills, items, vehicles, and actions spread out over multiple hotbars?  Did you like grouping in flashpoints to get gear to help with leveling?  Did you spend hours a night just doing the space combat?  Did you need or like/want a guild that did stuff together? (F2P'ers are second class citizens, guilds don't want them.)

    Have a personal Q/A, and ask/answer what you'll be happy with..

     

    Bottom line, asking a forum whether you should play or not is about the same as asking what class / race to play, or which server to play on.  Nobody can answer for you.  You can answer for yourself, however :-)

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  • AhnogAhnog Keller, TXPosts: 231Member Uncommon

    The trooper story is great. I've gone through it twice so I could have troopers with different crafting skills.

     

     

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  • DSWBeefDSWBeef phoenix, AZPosts: 791Member

    Agen story gets awesome after chapter 1. The ending of Chapter 1 is particularly good. Agent is my main and when you get to Vector especially if your a female char you get a really interesting romance option.

    On the restrictions, the actionbar limit will really get you later as an IA. At level 50 i had 4 bars filled with skills, consumables, mounts, pets, and more. Consumables are a must with IA for story as if you arnt using a healing or tanking companion you need to keep yourself up. But if your an Operative healer or with side heals you should be fine. So far the restrictions are the only thing keeping me from playing as a F2P player. If they remove the lesser xp, hide head slot, unify colors, races, and actionbar limit then I will glady play it. Warzones will greatly help leveling but with the limit you may not notice a difference.

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  • birdycephonbirdycephon Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 1,314Member
    There certainly are good incentives to pay money for this game.
  • negativf4kknegativf4kk WorthingPosts: 377Member Uncommon
    U still outlvling content (if u do all the quests) though not that much. Started trooprer myself on F2P account. Its very playeble. I`m not botherd with flashpoints and  warzones, space combat was bad before anyway.

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  • jusomdudejusomdude Posts: 2,389Member Uncommon
    The most annoying thing I've found so far is the 2 hour quick travel cooldown for preferred accounts.
  • asmkm22asmkm22 Anchorage, AKPosts: 1,788Member

    I'd recommend just giving it another try, and see how you like it.  If it's worth a sub, awesome.  If not, then it's not much of a loss.  As long as you don't go into it expecting to get an entire game experience at no charge, you'll be fine.  

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  • nate1980nate1980 Evans, GAPosts: 1,829Member
    Tbh, I returned a couple days ago expecting to only play f2p, but before I even logged in I resubbed. I don't regret it. Its really not a bad game. Its a decent kotor game, not great like the others, and its an okay mmorpg, more akin to a co~op game really. So basically, worth the fee month to month, buht not year to year.
  • TheOctagonTheOctagon Arcade, NYPosts: 255Member Uncommon

    I'm on a preferred account right now, just hitting Level 18 with my gunslinger and the lack of the extra quickbar and the lessened XP is beginning to tell. Having to grind extra mobs to make up the differance. I was hoping to make it to 50 before subbing, but I don't think thats likely as the games becoming boring with the advancment slowdown.

    I pity the F2P people who have to run around with no sprint.

  • GenLockGenLock New Bedford, MAPosts: 12Member
    Originally posted by jusomdude
    The most annoying thing I've found so far is the 2 hour quick travel cooldown for preferred accounts.

    Thank you. The bars issue and the 2 characters, I was debating just living with.

    2 hour cooldowns on quick travels? No thanks. Have fun guys, this puppy has seen it's last full year. Too bad :|

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  • Elevenb4Elevenb4 CajamarcaPosts: 282Member Uncommon

    I say try it out. Unlocking a few extra action bars is cheap and will not tie you down to a sub. You can unlock little things here and there if you wish. I've always been a fan of stories ever since playing Final Fantasy 3. If I'm told a game has a good story, I'm there. Luckily for me, SWTOR  has not only a bunch of different stories, but different twists to each story if you feel like playing a class twice. I also level'd two trooperschoosing different options. I'm inthe process of leveling my 2nd Sith Warrior.

     

     

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  • mikahrmikahr ZagrebPosts: 1,066Member
    Dont buy any unlocks, if you like the game subscribe, if dont dont play it, unlocks are waste of money, thats how F2P is pretty much setup.
  • DeniZgDeniZg ZagrebPosts: 668Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by mikahr
    Dont buy any unlocks, if you like the game subscribe, if dont dont play it, unlocks are waste of money, thats how F2P is pretty much setup.

    Pretty much agree.

    As a preferred player (bought the box and had a sub for half a year), I think the new F2P system is a slap in the face and I wouldn't give them any money even if they rehauled the whole game and made it the best MMO there is.

    Still, for a new F2P-er, I think that subbing for a month or two gives you very good bang for your buck when it comes to entertainment value.

  • DeeweDeewe Long Beach, CAPosts: 1,965Member
    Originally posted by DeniZg
    Originally posted by mikahr
    Dont buy any unlocks, if you like the game subscribe, if dont dont play it, unlocks are waste of money, thats how F2P is pretty much setup.

    Pretty much agree.

    As a preferred player (bought the box and had a sub for half a year), I think the new F2P system is a slap in the face and I wouldn't give them any money even if they rehauled the whole game and made it the best MMO there is.

    Still, for a new F2P-er, I think that subbing for a month or two gives you very good bang for your buck when it comes to entertainment value.

     

    Totally agree.

    Try the game for free and if you like it sub. Otherwise don't start spending on unlock it's going to cost you way more and limit your gameplay experience.

  • sevitothsevitoth San Diego, CAPosts: 367Member Uncommon

    I bought the game at release and played it for about a week before cancelling and uninstalling. Got to level 12 and was bored to death. Didn't even finish out my free month.

    Today I decided to re-download the game and give it a second chance since it's ftp. I logged in and discovered the reduced xp restrictions for non-subscribers. Immediately re-uninstalled. Not even going there.

    Oh well, no big loss.

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  • trancejeremytrancejeremy St. Louis, MOPosts: 1,222Member
    I've been enjoying the game so far, but the reduced XP does seem to hurt a lot. At least, I'm not particularly good at MMORPGs and am having a lot of trouble taking out elites, and since I don't have any quests or such, I can only grind to level up. And even that is tricky, because there aren't a lot of mobs, and a whole lot of players.

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  • asmkm22asmkm22 Anchorage, AKPosts: 1,788Member
    Originally posted by trancejeremy
    I've been enjoying the game so far, but the reduced XP does seem to hurt a lot. At least, I'm not particularly good at MMORPGs and am having a lot of trouble taking out elites, and since I don't have any quests or such, I can only grind to level up. And even that is tricky, because there aren't a lot of mobs, and a whole lot of players.

    To maxamize it, you're best bet is to mix up your gameplay between questing, flashpoints, pvp, and space missions.  It's not so bad if you do it all.

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  • VincerKadenVincerKaden Edison, NJPosts: 457Member

    I was disappointed in the trooper story. It started out well enough, but quickly lost its way and ultimately led to an anti-climax, in my opinion.

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  • XirikXirik Yorkton, SKPosts: 1,699Member

    You can buy the Restriction unlocks via the AH if someone puts them up.  as a F2P player you should always do the Bonus quest that are attached to almost every quest in the game. usually they are just Kill X though.

    And to the people thinking its hard to lvl please point out a F2P MMORPG that is easier to lvl then SWTOR.

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  • negativf4kknegativf4kk WorthingPosts: 377Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by trancejeremy
    I've been enjoying the game so far, but the reduced XP does seem to hurt a lot. At least, I'm not particularly good at MMORPGs and am having a lot of trouble taking out elites, and since I don't have any quests or such, I can only grind to level up. And even that is tricky, because there aren't a lot of mobs, and a whole lot of players.

    R u sure u r playing SWTOR?

    Done only main story q and Heroics on Taris, and doing same on Nar Shaddaa. i`m already 3 lvl more then content. And i havent done any of bonus series q. 

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  • SuprGamerXSuprGamerX Montreal, QCPosts: 531Member
    Log in the damn game, since it's F2P, and try it out.  If you like , good for you , if not , then move on to the next MMO.
  • Sevenstar61Sevenstar61 Centreville, VAPosts: 1,690Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by vayman

    I was disappointed in the trooper story. It started out well enough, but quickly lost its way and ultimately led to an anti-climax, in my opinion.

    The best story is IA hands down... following by Sith Warrior in my opinion. IA story is getting better and better and have some twists that just stun you. I leveled LS operative, and going to start  level Ds sniper in few weeks. DS trooper is fun though.

     

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  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,931Member Uncommon
    Since you already have most of the game downloaded, it seems like you should just play and see how it works.  The UI limitation was about to get in the way for me for a low level alt and I gave up for now.  I'm sure you can make it work with two quickslots, I just didn't want to.
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