Thursday, November 6, 2014

Star Wars: A Return To The Old Republic - Day 4

Day 4, Entry 1:
I have successfully completed all the main quests for Belsavis. Now the storyline moves forward and directs me to a planet known as Voss. In addition, I unlocked a bonus questline for Hoth. I don't know if I will go and do these extra quests, but they are good to have around as an option in the event I need to level up before I can proceed with a main story quest. 

A strange quest on Belsavis involving an imprisoned alien from the Infinite Empire.
Before going to Voss, I went to the Imperial Fleet to buy some upgrades for my armor and lightsaber. Due to the flashpoint daily bonuses and the quests I have been doing, I had a large pile of planetary commendations to spend. Now I can head to the next planet with some better stats, and have a slight edge as I take on more challenging enemies. 

Voss itself is a beautiful, strange planet. The trees, plants, and grass all seem like they are in some sort of eternal autumn. It is a beautiful combination of nature with old ruins and “modern” Voss civilization. There are many a familiar looking creature on the planet itself, but I currently have a bit of a level advantage so there is nothing that has proven to be much of a threat yet. 

The locals are a little unusual, but Voss is a beautiful planet.
 Voss is a neutral territory, with the Empire and Republic butting heads over it in an attempt to claim it and the indigenous people as allies. It has something to do with the Voss being force sensitive and having the power to see the future. Of course, all of this is irrelevant in the long term given that all of this occurs thousands of years before the movies. Also, there seems to be a great deal of debate as to if anything beyond the movies is still canon now that Disney has taken over the Star Wars franchise.

Given that the original level cap for SWTOR was level 50, I imagine I am near the end of my class storyline. I am level 47 and it seems like I don't have much longer to go before I reach the end. I don't know if there are any new class quests for the first expansion, but I really doubt it given that Bioware's budget likely got massive cuts when the game went free to play.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Star Wars: A Return To The Old Republic - Day 3

I apologize for the lack of updates on this article. I've been a bit busy lately with a lot of personal IRL stuff. So now I'm going to try and catch up on what has been going on in my return to Star Wars: The Old Republic. At the time of writing this I am currently level 43 and am gradually working my way through the story for my Sith Warrior.

Day 3, Entry 1:

I finally got a chance to check out the group finder tool. I got a group for a flashpoint that appeared to scale with the level of players in the group. Anyone from level 15 to 55 or so appears to be able to sign up and get a daily planetary commendation bonus. The other dungeons that have a level range for normal mode reward more commendations but it seems to be difficult to get a group for those.

My group in that particular flashpoint as we fight the last boss.
My group consisted of three DPS (damage per second) and one healer. The run through that particular flashpoint was more or less flawless. I didn't get any noteworthy loot, but I got a great deal of experience points. Every time I've done a flashpoint with a group, I have managed to level up. The flashpoint experience boost in the legacy system also helps you level faster. This would be a great way to level up and possibly stay ahead of the curve in terms of the level requirement for quests. Of course, my luck with getting groups is inconsistent which is the only flaw in that plan.

I wish there was a way to determine how far away a quest objective is in relation to your current position. I was trying to head to a quest objective, thinking it was going to be in a local bunker like it usually is. Almost fifteen minutes later, I was nearly on the other side of the Belsavis map and still I had no idea where the marker for my next story quest was taking me. At the very least, I managed to find a “Quest Hub” that I could unlock and teleport to with quick travel if needed.

I was browsing the cartel market earlier and found a vehicle that was on sale. It cost me nearly all my cartel coins, but it seems to be worth it. Not only is it a cool looking vehicle, but it also provides more protection from getting knocked off and stunned. I've included a screenshot of this new vehicle below.

Finally got a speeder bike at long last. ^_^
I'll add more entries as I have things worth mentioning. As of right now I have a long way to go before I reach any end game content or expansion stuff. Given the upcoming release of the Master Chief Collection and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, I doubt I will be able to reach level 55 in time for the upcoming expansion.