What Are You Expecting From SW:TOR?
I always knew I was going to get SW:TOR, right from the moment it was announced, but it wasn’t until the subject was being discussed in the the comments of my last post that I started to ask myself exactly what I was expecting from it. To have fun, for sure, but what else? To be honest, I’d never given it much thought.
My decision to pre-order SW:TOR was a no-brainer really. It’s a MMO, it’s Star Wars, it’s BioWare. Duh. The founders of the company themselves could’ve gone on camera and viciously insulted my mother and I still would’ve pre-ordered the game (although I might have grumbled a little about it). Lack of slander aside though, it was also never a secret that the game was anything other than a ‘WoW clone’ (kinda unfair to call it that really but you know what I mean) so at least from that perspective I expected a pretty generic themepark MMO, similar in gameplay and design to most of the mainstream MMOs released in the last few years. Plus, I expected polish ’cause it had BioWare and buckets of money behind it.
Other than those couple of things, I’m not sure what else I expect SW:TOR to deliver. By all accounts the story element in it is really nice so that will be fun to explore, likewise it seems to have a solid feature set of PvP battlegrounds and dungeon instances etc, so I think I’m going to enjoy myself. I expect it will wow me and thrill me quite considerably for the first few weeks and then curtail after a month or two. I can’t say that I expect to be playing it in a year from now.
Of course, what I expect and what I’d like are two different things. I would honestly love SW:TOR to have the depth of play to really enrapture me for months on end; I’d love to find an amazing guild that I really connect and bond with (something that I’ve never been able to find in WoW, no matter how much I’ve tried); and I’d really, really, really like to see a game that brings innovation and inspiration to the MMO industry and moves us all one step closer to being absorbed into a deep and compelling online universe.
I’m not sure I’ll find any of those things.
But that’s OK, because like I said at the start, I just expect to have fun with SW:TOR and if BioWare deliver on that front then I’ll be a happy bunny. I mean, what else can we really ask for anyway? Games are just games and maybe we do over analyse these things sometimes. Still, maybe it’s the inner romantic in me that just can’t help hanging onto the notion of seeing the most perfect online virtual world created one day.
Anyway, those are my expectations for SW:TOR. What are yours?
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