Monday, May 02, 2011
What do you expect from SWTOR?
I had an interesting discussion with dwism on Buzz, after having linked to the extremely negative Bit Gamer preview of SWTOR. The question was whether such negative reviews are coming from too high expectations. And that is true for many MMORPGs, not just SWTOR.
MMORPG previews and even reviews are often full of hype. If somebody reads Darren's description of Rift as "the “Jesus” game you guys have been waiting for the last 5 years" and fully believes that claim, it is possible that he will end up disappointed. But if he believed something along the lines of "Rift is somewhat similar to WoW, but with some improved features", he is far less likely to be disappointed by actually playing the game, and might enjoy it far more.
The same is true for Star Wars: The Old Republic. My personal belief from various preview is that SWTOR will be somewhat similar to WoW in gameplay, with the added advantages of the Star Wars setting, and complete voice-overs. Assuming that I stay away from WoW and WoW-like games until SWTOR's release, I might actually be having fun in SWTOR. Even if, or maybe *because of*, I expect the voice-overs not telling stories much more involving than "kill ten womp rats". If you expect "kill ten womp rats", and you get "kill ten womp rats", you aren't disappointed. If you expect SWTOR to be the "Jesus game", or expect story-telling to be as good as in Knights of the Old Republic, you are more likely to be disappointed, and in consequence not enjoy SWTOR as much.
So I'd like to know what your expectations are for SWTOR. Do you think it will just be "kill ten womp rats", and would you be happy enough with such a game? Or have you set your hopes much higher?