A month ago I figured I’d give Star Wars: The Old Republic a fair shake, 6 years late. I was pleasantly surprised by how much it felt like the original game from Bethesda. It still contains some of those MMO tropes that I dislike, but it became manageable after a bit of practice.
The other thing I wanted to mention was the superb work done on writing the Sith paragon path. I’ve never seen such an in depth look at the Sith. The writing in general is great. I would be lying if I said I didn’t laugh when my smuggler got frustrated with hacking the terminal and just shot it up. But the fact you can play a Sith and save people from enslavement, protect the innocent, and keep your moral compass in check is really impressive. I never understood why George Lucas focused on the idea that Jedi, the religious and emotionally detached warriors of Light, would be helpful and caring, while the emotional and open-minded wielders of the Dark side are portrayed as callous, psychotic, and ruthless. Perhaps it’s that I’m blinded by the Dark side, but shouldn’t the Jedi be the ones ruling the impartial and hard handed empire and the Sith fighting for freedom and liberty from their restrictive order? I fully intend to explore the extent of this possibility, and I hope you guys enjoy the ride.
The mask worn by our Sith is not available in Star Wars: The Old Republic. It was completely thought up by Serpie, with a few changes from yours truly. If you like it, send him some tweets, he deserves them.