So I’m Playing Star Wars: The Old Republic

As some of you may know, I mainly play on Xbox. I have been loyal to that platform since 2006 and it is my favoured platform. However, I have gotten my hands on a decent gaming laptop which has allowed me to play some games that are not on Xbox, one of these games is none of than that Star Wars MMORPG called Star Wars: The Old Republic or just SWTOR for short. Being a sort of follow up to the Knights of The Old Republic games (that I grew up on, these were my first RPGs) I have been itching to play this game for years and recently I finally found the time to try it out. While it is a typical hot bar type MMO, I must say that I am properly hooked due to it being Star Wars! This is one of the richest franchises in the world with so much potential to explore beautiful and weird worlds. So of course I’d be ensnared in the game’s world and lore. I’m all for Jedi vs Sith! Though, that isn’t the only options. So far I have only started a character as a Jedi but you can be a Sith, Bounty Hunter, Trooper, Spy or Scoundrel. It really does seem to be about telling your story.

The hot bar combat does feel slow, but this is an MMORPG after all, you get what you get. The graphics look really good and I like the slightly cartoonish art style. It helps the game look less aged. I wish ESO adopted this style to be honest because while I love that game, it is showing its age on the Xbox One.

I was blown away by the fact that the main character is voiced! And there are moral choices in the game that affects the story ad your relationship with your companions which I quite like.

The monetisation is a bit of a slap to the face. To unlock the stash (one of the most important things in the game) one needs to have spent money in the micro-transaction shop. So when it pops up on Steam as a ‘free game’, let’s be honest—it isn’t all that free, and yeah, I bought something from the shop to get that ‘preferred player’ status and get my stash box unlocked. The game is trying to sell you coins and the subscription wherever it can which does irk me, but for now I’m just rolling through my Jedi’s story and seeing how far I can go without spending any more than I already did.