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As bound and determined as I was for boycotting TOR, I couldn't resist the new trial thing.
Guess we can call this my review.
I'll try not to make it a pure rant nor fanboy post but it will lean closer to rant than center.
1st we have to create a toon. Not really much to create. Very few customizations, not even a height adjustment. Just skinny to very retarded looking fat guy that is physically impossible to function in any sort of combat role if it was a real human. Anyways character creation is VERY lacking to say the least.
Now we push play and the movie was nicely done so compliments there.
On to the meat of it. 1st thing off the bat is whoever started this tread to make you push mouse buttons to move needs flogged, shot, dismembered and exiled to the nether regions of the universe. What ever happen to mouse buttons being used for 1st and secondary fire? Sure A W S D work but using them is impossible to navigate through passage ways. I found myself zig zagging if I tried using A and D. No option to lock the camera which will help getting around a lot if I have to hold mouse buttons down.
I long for a game to go back to putting cross hairs in the center of the screen, allowing me to lock the camera behind me and letting me use the mouse to steer while I push the W button to move forward. Please tell me I'm not alone in this? I have had others say the same thing, are you guys with me too?
Combat became point and click since I didn't have my cross hairs. I found myself clicking the bad guy I wanted dead 1st and then clicking what specials I wanted to shoot. It was all point and click, I hate point and click!! It just led me into it, I felt no need to use keybinds at all. Another thing, the toons in this game carry laser guns right? Then why do those lasers not have a basic low damage autofire? You don't shoot anything if its not a special attack. Didn't make sense to me.
The 2 worlds I got to see were beautifully done, kudos to the artist but what I've been hearing about lifeless is correct. Nothing just kinda roams around at all, no little things like pretty little butterfly going by or birds in the sky and whatnots. The planets are frozen in time basically.
The missions and story telling....where do I start....? If it wasn't for point and click combat I would of had a blast killing everything. I could really get into the stories but, there are WAY too many stories to keep up with. I watch a cutscene from this guy, then that guy, and another, and another, and by the time I get to the other end of a mission I long lost track of what story I'm on. That made it hard to get immersion into the stories. If I tried only taking a couple of missions at a time then I would quickly burn out from having to travel so much. I really wish TOR devoted everything as one long story instead of having all those distracting side quest because they just make you lose track of what story your working on.
I could only level up to 15 on the trail and I encountered zero bugs that amounted to anything worth mentioning. Very polished up to that point. However I did encounter some of the laggyness I keep hearing about. I saw no reason to be lagging in the places I was, I even lagged when I'm alone in those story areas. They really need to optimize something to fix that cause nothing is wrong with my connection or computer, it had to be coming from TORs end. I actually died a few times cause when I click something it wouldn't fire for a second.
I looked high and low to find where they are hiding the MMO, I did not at all feel like I'm playing a MMO. I rolled on a good server and I did see other players around often enough but I just didn't feel it at all. I felt just like I was playing a Bioware game not a MMO. MMO to me means interaction with other players and always something to do, in TOR all I saw was the story telling and other people that looked exactly like I do with a companion named the exact same name as mine. It made me feel all I'm doing is watching other players being the exact same thing I am. Sorry but that is not MMO to me, my sandbox ruts run too deep to want to play in a virtual world of twinkies on a monthly basis.
There are many many other things, mostly little but they add up. However this is getting too long so to sum it up, I would absolutely love the game IF I didn't have to point and click combat, hold DAMN mouse buttons down to go anywhere, fix the lag, rewrite the whole game into one continuous story without distracting side quest, and do something to make it a real MMO. I'm perfectly happy leveling up with a themepark, voice overs, cutscenes and all but when I get to the end I need some sandbox to set me apart from everyone else and make me feel like I'm in a virtual galaxy, not a single player game with multi-player features.