Playing My First MMO with Star Wars: The Old Republic

My god, is this...the beginning of the end?

Joey Davidsonby Joey Davidson

Star Wars: The Old Republic

I was duped. Yeah, that's it. Fooled. Tricked. Shafted. Suckered. Snookered. Hoodwinked!

I'm playing an MMORPG. How in the hell did this happen?

Mike White. He wrote stories about Star Wars: The Old Republic, challenged my genre fears, compelled me to give into my boyhood nostalgia and convinced me to dual boot my Mac machine with Windows 7.

I did that for this game, you know… I partitioned a part of my hard drive and created space for a brand new OS and the full game client. If you're a regular reader of the site, you now know the opus for last week's Next Gen News podcast centered around game companies and the need to make games for the Mac OS.

Why are we here?

I'm not sure, really. I'm here because I wanted to share my first experiences with a MMO. I played World of Warcraft for roughly an hour before I decided the genre wasn't for me. Frankly, the only thing that really convinced me to give Star Wars: The Old Republic a go was the story.

Well, the story and the fact that Mike promised we could make fat, aging smugglers with mustaches and dashing haircuts. We did, and that's what gave way to Ken'kunkle and Fred'funkle.

And there you have it. I'm here for the shits and giggles. I'm here for the story and I'm here to have fun with a good gaming buddy. All the shenanigans I encounter along the way? The guilds? The PVP? The DPS? The phat loots? All of that stuff is secondary to why I'm here.

I'm here to have a good time.

Is SWTOR the best MMO ever made?

Since getting this game installed, I've found a lot of stories all over the web center around it compared to other MMOs. Genre fanatics like to point towards all sorts of faults and flaws when talking about this game. For some, it seems that they love to hate it.

Others blindly stick up for the title, often calling it innovative and home to the best storytelling mechanics of its kind.

For me? Yeah, I have no idea. I know it doesn't play like games I'm used to, but I imagine it feels like every other MMO on the market. I find myself more caught up in learning the language and the best way to turn (mouse instead of keyboard, apparently) than debating the merits of this MMO versus others.

From an outsider's perspective, SWTOR is fun. But, at level 8, I don't think I have much to contribute in the vein of this against other games. I've noticed that, so far, it's not as epic as I thought it would be. My fight feels very local and very small. That may change as the game goes on, but right now, from a first impression viewpoint, it feels like a small slice of this massive galaxy.

Where are we going?

I'm hoping this article is the first of many. Star Wars: The Old Republic is a big game. Now that I have it installed, I intend to explore as much of it as possible. For now, you've got the very small impressions of a brand new user in the MMO world. In the long run, I hope to be able to pop into writing a full piece about PvP problems.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Too bad I'm not there yet. I know I can kick people in the groin. Oh, and Mike and I just found out you can buy sparkle powder from certain sellers. Sold.