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2nd December 2018: Galactic Farewells

So all right, this entry is not really about finishing a game, as this is a game that can not really be finished. But I've allowed myself to do this as I have finished something within a game. And the something I have finished has taken hours.

This last month or so I've had a big run on The Old Republic again after not really touching it since back in July. This run ended yesterday when I finally finished the class storyline for Kreethen, my Jedi Consular.
And boy, I'm glad it's over.

As MMORPGs go, I think this is arguably the one I would pick to play again if I absolutely had to. I think the way it tells its story content, with the choices and fully voiced dialogue, just made me more interested to see what was going to happen next, compared to other such games like WOW where you just get a wall of text that few people actually read.

That being said, the game is still a very typical MMORPG, filled with dull as fuck loot quests, kill quests, and endless travelling back and forth. Actually getting to the end of one character's story has been quite the miracle, and there are seven other characters to choose from, as well as all the expansion content.
But yeah, I'm going to happily forget all that stuff even exists.

To be fair, a few times I did actually think whether I should subscribe and get the expansions, but in the end I think I've had enough of this type of game to last me the next few years. I did however at one point put a little money into the game just so that I could hide what Kreethen was wearing on his head, as the helmet designs were getting more and more ridiculous as I went through the game.

But for now, and probably for ever, this game is done, and has now been uninstalled.

Kreethen's fashion sense is top notch

Kreethen's fashion sense is top notch

Bad dude tries to dodge

Bad dude tries to dodge

Gold digger

Gold digger

Blocking some Sith lightning

Blocking some Sith lightning

Senator Grell has a Sullustan-shaped growth

Senator Grell has a Sullustan-shaped growth

Kreethen uses a proton pack

Kreethen uses a proton pack

Dead guy floats

Dead guy floats

My companion Nadia takes on a Sith

My companion Nadia takes on a Sith

Bad kitties

Bad kitties

Invisible Jedi

Invisible Jedi

Getting well and truly zapped

Getting well and truly zapped

Defeating the end boss

Defeating the end boss

Taking all the plaudits

Taking all the plaudits

Level 50 Kreethen

Level 50 Kreethen

3rd July 2018: The Old Republic Update

The other game I've been playing, though not really a lot, is Star Wars The Old Republic. I got back into this for a few reasons, most of them related to World Of Warcraft. See, back in May, a couple of things happened that really got me nostalgic for my WoW days.

Firstly, a Youtuber I had watched since the WoW Cataclysm beta, named TotalBiscuit, passed away from cancer. That got me thinking about those first vids I watched of his and just looking back at my very short time in that expansion.
Then, another online personality I watch sometimes called Crendor, started to do a challenge in WoW with his mates called the Darkest Dungeon challenge. I watched a few of those streams as they played through the first few dungeons as Alliance characters, and that got me thinking back to my early days as Jack Gooty going through those same dungeons.

At this point, I was hankering for a bit of MMORPG action, but as I still refuse to pay sub fees I decided to re-install TOR instead. This at least made some sense, as I've never hit top level in that game or even completed a single character's storyline.

I've literally just been chilling out in this game. I went back to the planets I raced through last time, being Taris, Nar Shaddaa and Tatooine, before catching up to where I left off in Kreethen's story on Alderaan. And that's pretty much where I'm at right now.

Nothing's really changed in the game, though this time I installed it without BitRaider so I'm having no problems at all logging in.

Kreethen and Qyzen in action

Kreethen and Qyzen in action

Twonking some elite dude

Twonking some elite dude

He's a bit tall

He's a bit tall

Kalda decks some Imperial fuckwit

Kalda decks some Imperial fuckwit

Duelling with the Sith

Duelling with the Sith

Qyzen crashes my obligatory new lightsaber shot

Qyzen crashes my obligatory new lightsaber shot

Just chillin' out on a trip through hyperspace

Just chillin' out on a trip through hyperspace

25th July 2016: The Old Republic Update

In a surprising turn of events, I've also spent a lot of time exploring new, and re-exploring old, MMORPGs these last few weeks.

Up first was The Old Republic. I didn't play this that much a year ago because I only really wanted to play the class quests, but was being made to play a lot of grind quests in order to stay levelled. Recently I read on a forum somewhere that it might now be possible to level up doing only those quests, while adding in one or two other quests here and there to keep the levels up. So I thought I'd give it a try.

I quickly found out that what I'd read was not true. On my Jedi Kreethen's third planet, Taris, I needed to go up 5 levels to match the level of the next quest but I only went up 3. From then on it became about how far I could go until the enemies were too strong for me to take out. Honestly, I got a lot further than I thought I would, getting through Taris, Nar Shaddaa and Tatooine, before finally reaching a quest on Alderaan that was too high level. As all the enemies were 6-7 levels higher, and kept resisting or dodging my attacks, there was no way I could win. Oh well.

Still, I haven't minded playing it this time, even though every planet's class quest was essentially the same: find an ill Jedi, beat them into submission, then cure them, so maybe I'm a bit more open to the MMO style of gameplay at the minute.

Yet, there were some things that annoyed the hell out of me. For instance, quite early on the game gives you a massive ship which you can fly around the galaxy in, but you need to be level 20 to learn how to ride a tiny speeder. How does that make sense? Also, if I used my mouse to turn and move the camera, rather than turn using the keyboard, the camera would very often leap around all over the place in a very hyperactive way, especially when in combat. Pain in the ass. There was also a hell of a lot of running around involved, especially before I had my speeder. I know I was skipping a lot of grind quests, but this felt worse than the old Star Trek Online exploration missions at times.

Probably the biggest bug I had wasn't to do with the game at all, but the launcher. A few times when logging in, the launcher would take ages re-organizing the game data and verifying, a known bug with the BitRaider distribution platform which the game uses. It's somehow tied to multi-core processors, but guess what: every computer these days has a multicore processor. How that has not been fixed yet is beyond me. Apparently there is a way to remove BitRaider and download the game another way, but it doesn't seem worth it unless I feel motivated to go back to it later.

Need a lift soldier?

Need a lift soldier?

The invisible speeder

The invisible speeder

Is my Jedi gonna get to visit a strip club?

Is my Jedi gonna get to visit a strip club?

They're not gonna make my task any easier are they?

They're not gonna make my task any easier are they?

Naughty Qyzen! Get off the furniture!

Naughty Qyzen! Get off the furniture!

I'll have it blue

I'll have it blue

Twonking some elite droid

Twonking some elite droid

Hadoken!

Hadoken!

Why does every Star Wars game end up on Tatooine at some point?

Why does every Star Wars game end up on Tatooine at some point?

This thing was supposed to be an almost-invisible shadow. Hmmmm.

This thing was supposed to be an almost-invisible shadow. Hmmmm.

Can't visit Tatooine without killing some Tusken Raiders

Can't visit Tatooine without killing some Tusken Raiders

Meeting my match on Alderaan

Meeting my match on Alderaan

21st August 2015: The Old Republic Update

As expected we didn't play Star Wars The Old Republic for all that long. Me and Scoob managed to get through the starting world with our Sith characters, and I trudged through the first two worlds with my Jedi, but MMOs are just too boring, and it couldn't keep hold of our attention. I really wanted to continue the stories, but the game forces you to do all the typical MMO grind quests to get high enough level to do the story quests.
No thanks.

Arrggh, everything burns!

Arrggh, everything burns!

Time to die big guy

Time to die big guy

Klapdud gets pistol-whipping

Klapdud gets pistol-whipping

Kreethen gets his lightsaber

Kreethen gets his lightsaber

Die, Sith scum

Die, Sith scum

How am I reaching through this wall?

How am I reaching through this wall?

Are we in the Construct?

Are we in the Construct?

Finally looking like a Jedi

Finally looking like a Jedi

Is that you Han?

Is that you Han?

Strange graphics bug makes Klapdud's companion lose her clothes

Strange graphics bug makes Klapdud's companion lose her clothes

1st June 2015: Trying The Old Republic

Along with the Scoob I've also just started up two multiplayer games. I haven't really played many MMOs while doing this blog, but we've just started a new one in the form of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Though the game seems very much like any other MMORPG, it does focus heavily on story and conversation, so I hope that side of the game keeps me more interested. I've created two characters, being Imperial Agent Munkfish and Kreethen the Jedi, so I can experience both sides of the conflict.

The latest incarnation of Munkfish

The latest incarnation of Munkfish

The latest incarnation of Kreethen

The latest incarnation of Kreethen

This dude has strange orange growths

This dude has strange orange growths

Pew pew pew

Pew pew pew

Holy crap, how big are Hutts in this game?

Holy crap, how big are Hutts in this game?