I’m sure you have seen this a few times, a new blogger is all hyped up and ready to change the world, and they enthusiastically posts about things that have not only been covered hundreds of times, but items that have long been filed away as “nice on paper, terrible in-game”. You like that they are trying, you wished they had done some reading first, but it’s tough not to link a dozen posts from years past to show them, yea, that’s been covered, it’s not going to work.
EA/Bioware is that new blogger. With a small countries economy invested in those ideas.
You go and do your quests, but it feels more like doing a shopping list at times. [Our game] is more about talking to characters, learning what’s going on, investing in it, getting emotionally attached to it,” Gibeau says.
Raise your hand if you think you are going to get emotionally attached to the story in SW:TOR.
Raise your hand if you have heard a dozen devs from a dozen genres tell you that you are going to get emotionally attached.
Success rate of such claims? Yea, slim to none.
Now usually that’s not a major problem and it’s just marketing hype. Whether you thought Fear was scary or tame does not change the fact that it was a pretty solid shooter, with good physics and great graphics (at the time). EA/Bioware is banking, hard, on you getting emotionally attached, and when (err sorry, if…) that 4th pillar comes crumbling down the moment someone hits the cap two days in and starts ranting on the forums, there won’t be much to fall back on. Hell, even if you enjoy yourself through that hard-set story (SW:TOR is likely to be a great single player RPG for a month), what are you going to do month two, three, or four?
“Ignore the story and feel free to focus on X” is not part of the plan here. Lots of MMO players ignore the story. At least the one the devs write up. Player stories are what stick. Gonna be really tough to get great player stories going when the NPCs won’t shut up, and your gameplay options are limited to “enter this instance” and “log out”.
Hope they sell a ton of lifetime subs on the hype.