SWTOR adds hardmode flashpoints, season four PvP, and double XP

Did you patch up your Star Wars: The Old Republic install yesterday? If not, you’d better hop to it because the 3.1 update added a couple of level 60 hardmode flashpoints and kicked off the fourth season of competitive PvP.

Not only that, but there’s a double XP weekend happening from February 13th through the 17th. Wait, today’s the 13th so… enjoy!

[Source: SWTOR website]
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direpath
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direpath

Walpurgisnacht Pesko  If you are looking to play KOTOR 1 & 2, pick up the humble bundle. It is only on for one more day. You can get both games plus about 10 other classic Star Wars games for $12.

Project54
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Estranged Project54 Pesko UtopianWarrior Greaterdivinity

Technically you don’t. And from memory I mostly managed with just the sub and monthly coin allowance, but there are a couple of examples such as some legacy unlocks and stronghold rooms which have a really high credit cost so are obviously designed to encourage usage of real money to unlock. And if you are really into the cosmetic thing unless you have the credits to buy on the GTN your pretty screwed as all the new cosmetic stuff is sold for real money only.

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

Pesko Walpurgisnacht Thanks! I think I’ll watch the movies and try this out when I get a chance. :)

Pesko
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Pesko

Walpurgisnacht As a SWTOR player, I’ll try to answer as honestly as possible.

1. It’s not P2W. The stuff you can buy is convenience or cosmetic. The closest thing to an actual advantage is buying XP Buffs that last 2 hrs.
2. The only issues is on a couple of the lvl 55-60 content, where the environments on Makeb or Rishi cause low framerates. Otherwise, when you get a lot of people fighting against each other out in the world, but that’s pretty rare now.
3. There is a lot of group content, but as a game that’s 3 years old now, there aren’t as many people seeking to do group content while leveling up. There are Flashpoints (4-person dungeons) that you can do along the way, and they have a group finder for that. There is also the Kuat Drive Yards flashpoint, which is a scaleable Flashpoint for characters level 15-60.
3 (#2). PVP warzones come in 8v8 objective-based warzones, and 4v4 arenas, which are basically deathmatches. There is no cross-server queuing. There are level brackets – 1-29, 30-59, and lvl 60. Sometimes, special events like the Gree or Rakghoul events place objectives in PVP “free for all” areas in the open world.
4. Haven’t played it, so I can’t compare.

A word about playing SWTOR to level all the way as a F2P… it’s not recommended. The leveling process was designed around having the standard XP gain rate. I could see that if you do all the normal content on a planet, you would be slipping behind in level. You would have to make up with other means. Honestly, I view F2P mode as Preview mode. See if you like it or not. If you buy $5 or more in stuff, it moves you up permanently from “Free to Play” to “Preferred” Status, which is still well short of the Subscriber benefits, but not as frustrating as all the Free to Play restrictions. If you Subscribe and then stop, you go to Preferred status.

If you could see yourself going on binges for a couple weeks at a time and then walking away, I would recommend subscribing and immediately unsubscribing. They’d charge you for one month, and you get Subscriber status for that month, it just would not autocharge the next month. Then you’d be Preferred status after that. That’s $15. View it as buying the base game and getting a free month out of it.

And to address your point about Sci-Fi healing, I get it, you’re pretty much right. The movies never really throw Force (mystical) or Sci-Fi healing out there, actually, except putting people in a large healing tank for an extended period of time, or replacing severed limbs with cybernetics.

If you WERE to watch the movies, it would definitely set the mood for playing the games. It’s the setting of the game, with the caveat that the game occurs thousands of years before the movies. There are also games you could play to give the game even more perspective.

-Watch, in this order, the following Star Wars movies:

1. Episode IV: A New Hope
2. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
(Optional: Episode I: The Phantom Menace) – The fight at the end is the only thing that makes the movie worth it, I’d say.
3. Episode II: Attack of the Clones
4. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
5. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

The first two movies would give you a story, you then go back in time for the backstory, and then the last movie brings it all together.

-Play the following games:

1. Knights of the Old Republic
2. Knights of the Old Republic II

They take place thousands of years in the past from the movies. Then, you have all the core lore that Star Wars: The Old Republic is built on. SWTOR occurs a couple hundred years after Knights of the Old Republic.

Honestly, I don’t know if SWTOR would be a game for you. Only you can tell. But alas, a big part of the draw with SWTOR is that it is built on the Star Wars lore. I don’t know if I’d be a player if I wasn’t a fan of that lore. Good luck.

captainzor
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captainzor

and so far, the only thing making the flash points hard in hardmode is all the gorram rubber banding LAG that hits you during boss fights! yay!

Pesko
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Pesko

Project54 Pesko UtopianWarrior Greaterdivinity Well, I would disagree and say that it gives you the *option* to do it either way. I know plenty of people that sub and never buy a single extra thing. I’ve seen others who F2P’d all the way to lvl 50. And 99% the bonus Cartel Market stuff is cosmetic. And after a while, some of the “extra” stuff goes on sale for really cheap, too. Two of the four Strongholds, which usually go for ~$5, when on sale for ~$0.01.

Pesko
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Pesko

Rohirrim This issue was quite bad during the 12x XP boost for Class Missions at the end of last year. 2x XP is more manageable, gear-wise.

For this reason, I recommend that new players pick Cybertech, Scavenging, and Underworld Trading as the crew skills for the first character they will be leveling up. That way, they can craft Armorings (and Mods, at lower priority) for their main character (once they get the mats) and alts (immediately when able to use).

Enhancements (made by Artifice) can be bought for Basic Comms for 2 each from the planet vendors. If you’re only buying Enhancements, you have enough Basic Comms to do this. Mods are 2 each as well, but Armorings are expensive at 6 comms each I think. That’s why it’s better to make the armorings, at least.

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

I’ve never played this game but I liked WoW back in WotLK. FFXIV:ARR is also really fun but I have been looking for something F2P because I don’t have as much time to justify the monthly fees. I’ve never seen a Star Wars movie and I actually don’t like sci fi as much as I like fantasy. Like, how can a sci fi character have a healer? Is it just a medic with lame injections and stuff? Anyway, I am interested in this game as long as the game fits the following criteria:

1. Not P2W, I want to be able to participate in group content like raids without ever using the cash shop
2. Low system requirements, my laptop can run GW2 at 30 fps on low settings
3. I really enjoyed FFXIV’s group content as a healer so I want there to be lots of group content while leveling (like in FFXIV).
3. I love large scale PvP like Alterac Valley (WoW) and Frontlines (FFXIV) – I also like WvW in GW2 but it gets old sometimes
4. The only Bioware game that I have played is Dragon Age: Inquisition. How do the “Bioware” parts compare to that?

NoYou
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NoYou

Having a blast on my Operative :D

Chuki792
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Chuki792

I really wish they’d send an email when they plan these things, I’ve just wasted a day poring over valentines day stuff to do tonight when I could’ve been doing something useful, like levelling up my smuggler who’s been level 19 for over 2 years!!!

Project54
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Pesko UtopianWarrior Greaterdivinity

And there you have identified the one big issue I have with SWTOR. They have gone with a model – and based on your comment people accept it – which expects subscribers to spend more above and beyond the sub price. When the game went F2P I (wrongly) assumed that it would be an either/or thing – for those who didn’t want to commit to a subscription they could play and buy a la carte OR you could choose to subscribe and have access to everything that way. The reality of the business model they have gone with smells of typical EA greed, which puts me off.

Rohirrim
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Rohirrim

The problem with Double xp is that you advance too fast and cannot keep your gear updated…for someone that play this game for long time and have the credits to spare to just consistently buy upgrades from Galactic Market is ok, but for the people who just play swotr once in a while to just level a class for the story is a nightmare:) 

Since the only thing I like in swtor is the leveling and class stories, I would really pay for heirloom gear (like wow). Actually I am generally against the heirlooms, cause they speed up the leveling process, but I like the fact that gear upgrades while you level..

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

Greaterdivinity it’s the hard knock life for us… :P

softwarekiller
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softwarekiller

The one game I liked more then everyone I know. :(

Pesko
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Pesko

UtopianWarrior Greaterdivinity “Total and complete disregard for their customers.”

Ok, for purposes of discussion, I’ll bite. “What do you mean?”

You see, there seems to be plenty of people that seem to enjoy the game sufficiently. I feel like they offer things to me, and it’s my choice to get or not. I average about $5-10 month more on cartel stuff above and beyond the sub price. While that might be pricey to some people, I’m mostly content.

And if you think that game is so bad, what game do you think does things better and why?

UtopianWarrior
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UtopianWarrior

Greaterdivinity I get the exact same urges too, every couple of months.
There’s always something that reminds me to give the game another try, then I always quit 2-3 weeks later.
Without ever spending any actuaal money.
Bioware does a great job reminding me why I quit the game in the first place. Total and complete disregard for their customers.

Budukahn
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Budukahn

Rubbish patch to be honest, but that’s been talked to death by this point.  Still, it’s good to see that the cartel dude still has his job.  Almost tempted to get the new hairstyle.

salidar
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salidar

Hmm.. I have to go out this weekend. Maybe I can squeeze a little time in.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Well, I guess I’ll go play some SWTOR this weekend then.
*sigh*
And here I was looking forward to only having GW2, TSW, PS2, and some Republic Commando on my plate : (

Pesko
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Pesko

I’m there.

Also, for some reason this song popped into my head after seeing the current cartel market sale…

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