Just a quick review before I get back to my usual posts. I’ve been playing SWTOR since early closed beta, and I’ve been especially enjoying it since pre-release began. (There’s just something about knowing your character is now “yours” and won’t be deleted after a few weeks.)
I’ll keep this short and sweet, since I know most of you don’t come here for reviews. SWTOR has, quite simply, the best storytelling I have ever seen in an MMO. Period. If you love MMO’s for their stories and you’re not playing SWTOR then you’re not experiencing the MMO that was made for you. It’s as simple as that.
How good is it? The stories are so riveting, the biggest problem I’ve had so far is needing to turn off general chat to avoid spoilers. Yes. Spoilers. The stories in this game are actually deep enough with enough awesome moments and twists to warrant “spoilers”. And this is YOUR character’s story mind you, not the general story of the game. These twist and awesome moments feel like YOURS.
Game wise, is it perfect? No. It’s an MMO Client 1.0 release that plays mechanics-wise like Burning Crusade era WoW. But if story is what you’re into, you won’t care.
I once heard a story about a developer who had a meeting at Apple then Microsoft within 48 hours. At Apple, the designers were considered the most important people in the room. At Microsoft, it was the engineers.
Having played both WoW and SWTOR the best comparison I can make is at Blizzard it’s obviously the game designers who are the most important people in the room, while at Bioware, it’s the storytellers.
Go play SWTOR, you’ll love it. I’m currently playing Empire on “The Swiftsure” server (the one with the longest queue). Feel free to say hello. Ask nicely and I may even toss you a guild invite.