Playing World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV spoil you as a player. What I mean by that is these are both games with rabid fan armies that keep a slew of websites updated with the freshest information. Playing any of the other MMORPGs means you are going to be sifting through a minefield of abandoned websites and slightly incorrect information. Hell even my own website adds to this confusion with my Planet and Bonus Series Level Ranges list… that was created in 2012 as a way of trying to organize when you should be doing the bonus series and intermingling them with the leveling worlds. For me… I have just been trying to find an accurate list of what order I should be doing the content story wise… which causes me to stumble across wiki pages that seemingly have not been updated since 2014. This was the core problem I also had when playing Rift was trying to sift through all of the debris to find a path forward into actually learning about the game. Official forums are generally the correct answer but even they end up as a stratified mess of older posts when you dig below anything currently available at a surface level and start doing specific searches.
Last night I worked my way up to and through the Crisis on Umbara Flashpoint, and can I just say how happy I am for the existence of solo mode Flashpoints. This gives them a way to expose story content in dungeons without ultimately gating story behind a wall that requires a group to see it. Final Fantasy XIV also loves to put main story quest content in dungeons and primals… but ultimately causes you to have a gear check wall to see the next batch of it. SWTOR on the other hand has been expanded out horizontally for awhile, giving you new content without really bumping up the level or gear requirements. I have a feeling that I am probably wearing the last gear I need currently that I got through Command Crates, which allows me to just sit there and focus on playing through the content rather than trying to gear up. I realize that statement I just made is something that the raider me would have balked at… but as a super casual in this game I love the fact that it is an option. One of the quests leading up to the flashpoint did cause a really interesting bug to occur allowing me to take the above screenshot.
That is one word of warning that I have to give is that the game seems to be often times in a fairly buggy state. I’ve noticed having to be very careful with my companion… especially with the sniper variants because they love to park their asses right out of healing range which means I have to keep dragging mobs back to them. As such I GREATLY prefer the force user healer options because they will wade into combat with me, but when I am running with a “turret healer” I have to refrain from using my leap into combat. Another thing that I did not remember is that apparently aggro does not reset in instances? There are wide areas during the instance that just required me to wade back through a bunch of stuff that I have already been through… so I decided to mount up and make a run for it. However this wound up with me getting everything pulled on top of me and summarily dying as soon as my healer dropped. It was less than a stellar performance but funny enough when I respawned I did so in a way that allowed me to completely skip all of that trash in the first place… rewarding me for my bad behavior.
So far the game has given me a train heist… which is always going to be cool when it happens. One of my all time favorite missions in The Secret World is Last Train to Cairo which also… was effectively a train heist of sorts. This really is a bad ass construct and I am surprised that more games don’t use it. If I had to guess the train I am on is probably stationary and the scenery keeps being spawned in and moving past me, but I have no clue how they actually pulled this off technically. Whatever the case they make for really cool feeling missions when you get one of them. The story still remains to be very interesting and there was a bit of a major mic drop spoiler moment in this… that unfortunately I had spoiled for me ages ago when I watched the wrong trailer. I will not however spoil that moment here because if I did not know it was coming… it would have been surprising. I have my theories as to what it actually means however, because I figure it isn’t just as simple as face value. Playing this game is making me want to commission Ammo to draw my Jedi Guardian… in the gear that I fastidiously searched the auction house shortly after release to get. This will always be his default outfit in spite of all of the other awesome outfits I have for him to run around in.