Thursday, December 27, 2012

Star Wars - The Old Republic (Part Two)

Character Creation
In my opinion, character creation in SWTOR is somewhat the same as regular MMOs and there's nothing too fancy about it.

Server SelectionFaction
SWTOR - Server SelectionSWTOR - Allegiance
Class ChoiceSpecies
SWTOR - Jedi Knight ClassSWTOR - Species
GenderAppearance
SWTOR - GenderSWTOR - Appearance
There's the usual server selection followed by faction, class choices, species, gender and finally appearance customizations that you have to plough through before you can start playing. And since they're just the regular stuff, I guess I can spare you the agony of repeating it and totally skip most of them apart from the class choices.

Class
From what I can tell regarding class choices, there are four classes available for each of the two factions, Republic and Sith. And basically, apart from naming-sense and some minor discrepancies, you can somewhat think of the four classes from one faction having a mirrored counterpart in the other.

For simplicity's sake, please refer to the following class comparisons:
SWTOR - Jedi Knight vs Sith Warrior
Jedi KnightvsSith Warrior
Tank
Damage
Class Role*Tank
Damage
Lightsaber
Dual Lightsabers
Weapon*Lightsaber
Dual Lightsabers
Medium
Heavy
Armor*Medium
Heavy
FocusResourceRage
* Depends on Advanced Class Choice at Level 10.
SWTOR - Jedi Consular vs Sith Inquisitor
Jedi ConsularvsSith Inquisitor
Tank
Damage
Heal
Class Role*Tank
Damage
Heal
Lightsaber
Double-bladed Lightsaber
Weapon*Lightsaber
Double-bladed Lightsaber
LightArmorLight
ForceResourceForce
* Depends on Advanced Class Choice at Level 10.
SWTOR - Smuggler vs Imperial Agent
SmugglervsImperial Agent
Damage
Heal
Class Role*Damage
Heal
Scattergun
Blaster Pistol
Dual Blaster Pistols
Weapon*Blaster Rifle
Sniper Rifle
Vibroknife
MediumArmorMedium
EnergyResourceEnergy
* Depends on Advanced Class Choice at Level 10.
SWTOR - Trooper vs Bounty Hunter
TroopervsBounty Hunter
Tank
Damage
Heal
Class Role*Tank
Damage
Heal
Assault Cannon
Blaster Rifle
Weapon*Blaster Pistol
Dual Blaster Pistols
HeavyArmorHeavy
AmmoResourceHeat
* Depends on Advanced Class Choice at Level 10.

Anyway, think carefully and choose well for the class you've decided upon will stick with you for life...or at least for the most of your SWTOR career. That is until you get bored and decide to create another character and play a different class of course.

You know...on hindsight, I can't help but notice that SWTOR's character creation system does give off the same feel as that of The Secret World's. Both of the games appear to have a somewhat limited array of character customization options. Additionally, none of them have hairstyle options that are longer than shoulder length.
SWTOR - Quest Conversation
So I suspect that the reason for these limitations might also be due to its attempt at wanting to add the player's own character into the quest conversations. However, in contrast with The Secret World's implementation, I kind of feel that SWTOR did a better job at it.
SWTOR - Conversation ChoicesSWTOR - Character Gestures
Not only did they implement conversation choices which allows us to at times alter the reactions that we get from the NPCs we're interacting with, sometimes we would even get to direct the outcome of an encounter. Like for example, allowing a defeated quest foe to live or die due to the choices we make in the conversation.

And on top of that, compared to TSW's still and silent characters, SWTOR's characters had motions (in terms of gestures) as well as speak with the NPC so much so that it becomes a real conversation rather than a one-person show (they've even bothered to hire voice actors/actresses to give life to our characters).


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