7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great RPG, meh MMO,
This review is from: Star Wars: The Old Republic - PC (Video Game)
I'm going to start off by saying I have a great deal of experience with MMOs, stretching back over 10 years now. All the way back from the heyday of DAoC to all the expansions of WoW, with stops along the way at various others which held my interest for shorter periods of time. When TOR came out, it was a no-brainer to purchase. I'd played and loved both KOTOR games, and BioWare is one of the two best RPG makers currently on the market, the other being Blizzard.
As a RPG, this game is solid. The sheer volume of voice acting is mind boggling, and the stories, while not spectacular, do hold together well. It takes a satisfying amount of time to complete. I played through a solo character to 50, and another character to 50 with my brother, doing all of the Heroics/Flashpoints along the way. I had a good time with both, and don't regret the time I put in for one second. I would absolutely buy this game again without a second thought.
That being said, the MMO part of this game has some issues. When I started my character with my brother, we chose a low-pop server to avoid the queues that were prevalent at the time. Let me tell you, we didn't know how low pop it was going to be. The server was pretty darn close to deserted the entire time we leveled, rarely did we see more than two or three other players on the same planet as us. Our server was literally the most deserted server I've ever played on in any MMO. BioWare didn't allow for character transfers either, which didn't help; and they kept saying server merges "may" one day be an option. If I log on Friday night and the total players on the Republic side of my server is stuck in the double digits, that's just terrible and I shouldn't have to wait for BioWare to figure out how the heck to fix it. Yes, of course, I can start other characters on other servers- losing all my legacy points. Plus, leveling is not nearly as fun the third or fourth time through. The voice acting which was amazing the first or second time through is just repetitive on the third go-round.
Overall, it's a good RPG. As for the MMO part, well, that remains to be seen. I've cancelled my subscription for now, and Diablo is calling my name. After that addiction runs its course I may come back to TOR depending on what BioWare has done with it.