23/09/2013

State Of My Game

It's been a bit quiet on here lately. The reason for this is that I've actually been spending somewhat less time in the game during the last couple of weeks, which has left me a little short on subjects to write about.

Levelling

I still enjoy levelling and always have a couple of alts "in the wings" so to speak, but... I feel like I'm in a bit of a levelling funk. My bounty hunter only has Corellia left to go for her class story and then I'll be done and will have seen all the class stories. (I obviously intend to make a post about that once I get there.) I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this prospect. On the one hand, I'm kind of proud of it as an achievement. On the other hand, I'm kind of sad, knowing that there won't be any more updates to the personalised class story, and that that's basically it. I don't play SWTOR just for the class stories, but they are a big draw, and the thought of losing that because I've been there, done that (so to speak), has put quite a dampener on my mood. There is definitely replay value left in some of the classes (I'd quite like a second Sith warrior for example and go light side this time), but it won't be the same. I think this is one of the reasons that I've actually been enjoying my time in Star Trek Online lately, simply because dipping my toes into a different MMO has provided me with new levelling content that I haven't seen before.

Ops

All is good in ops land as far as I'm concerned (and you might have noticed me bringing up the subject more often lately, simply because it's the main activity I log in for). I'm having fun during the casual runs...



... and we still work on progression once a week too. The problem is just that there's only so much you can say about that. It's been two months since we downed the Writhing Horror on nightmare, and ever since then we've been collectively banging our heads against the brick wall that is the Dread Guard Council. I'm not complaining about the wiping because I enjoy the company regardless, and we are making some progress even if it's slow, but there's only so much you can write about wiping all night, you know?

PvP

My other major endgame activity, running warzones, isn't exactly in the best place either. Back in June I expressed some concern about what the introduction of server transfers would do to The Red Eclipse's PvP scene. Most of the hardcore PvP guilds did indeed transfer off as soon as they got the chance, and it has had quite a negative effect on my personal PvP experience. With only some casual PvPers left, queue times for warzones have increased noticeably, and overall performance has decreased by quite a bit. From the looks of it, the Empire was also lucky enough to retain a few more of its experienced PvPers than the Republic, meaning that they win about two out of three matches these days. Yes, I've actually been keeping a diary of my wins and losses because I wanted to find out whether the situation really was as bad as it felt. I'll make a proper post about it at some point once I've gathered some more data. Anyway, the point of this is that long queue times and losing the majority of my games doesn't exactly make for the most riveting PvP experience. Not to mention that arenas are also looming on the horizon.

I suppose I can always look forward to the new operations coming out next month.

3 comments:

  1. I was kind of bummed to discover that there isn't a class story in Makeb. I'd hoped to find a General the Troopers love to hate had put in an appearance, but that hasn't been the case.

    Still, I was surprised at how big Makeb has turned out to be. I can see that it's going to rival Belsavis for the questing in the world, but I don't know how the ending will be.

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  2. Interesting comment regarding the PvP. I've not played the endgame PvP for some time now, as I've been spending my time leveling a sage healer. While leveling said Sage, though, the warzones I've played were mostly wins, so at least in the lower brackets, it seems to be going for the republic these days. Hopefully this will eventually propagate through to the top PvP as well. Still, I'd be interesting to see your numbers. Oh, and as the man says, "If you can't beat them, join them". :)

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  3. I am bummed out that there are no more class stories. Having said that, leveling is maybe 10% class story and the rest is stuff I've done on every alt of that faction. It is frustrating that I don't get to see more than one fork in the path of each class story, depending on my decisions, but I have to sit through the same republic or empire nonsense every time with little to no variation.

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