(Mostly) Non Spoiler First Impressions of Onslaught

As excited as I was for Onslaught to come out I didn’t play the latest expansion until recently. I tried to run my toons through it when it first came out, but truthfully I need a new computer. The updated graphics are starting to become too much for my crappy laptop to handle.

I had to use my brother’s computer to finish playing Jedi Under Siege when it was first released. I could get through most of JUS on my laptop, but for some reason the final cutscene was too much for the graphics card to handle and it always froze. The same kept happening whenever I tried to play Onslaught and eventually resigned myself to waiting until I could afford to buy a gaming computer to play any further in the game. And since my bank account is a little tight right now and will be for the foreseeable future, I figured several expansions would be out before that happened.

However, my wonderful sister came to the rescue and showed me how I could change the graphics settings on my Windows 8 laptop to be more compatible with the game. The graphics look a lot better and I was able to get through both Jedi Under Siege and Onslaught with minimal trouble. I will still need a better computer someday soon, but for now the new graphics settings will get me through SWTOR.

With that being said, as soon as I could play Onslaught I eagerly ran my BH through it for the first time and found it highly enjoyable in spite of how short it was. If you haven’t played Onslaught as a spy I would recommend doing so because it was a lot of fun sabotaging the Empire’s efforts and then watching the Sith act pathetically grateful when I’d tell Darth Malgus nobody was to blame. I will admit that I did get the feeling Darth Malgus suspected my BH and was genuinely terrified that he would force choke her and throw her out an airlock.

I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil anyone who hasn’t played Onslaught yet, but I am very intrigued with the direction the devs are taking the story and look forward to finding out more about the plague they introduced and where they plan on taking Darth Malgus’ story next.

There are two things I would like to talk about. The first was the surprise flirt response toward Darth Malgus. My first reaction was to cringe because he essentially looks like a walking corpse, but I am curious if they mean to actually do anything about that potential relationship or is it a light flirtation made to appease those who have wanted that for awhile? If the devs are planning a romance that raises many speculations regarding his continued story.

The second was the surprising reference to The Force Awakens that can be found in the Force Enclave in the Odessen Base. I was very excited to see it and told my sister all about it even though she probably wished I would shut up since she hasn’t played Onslaught yet. In the enclave there’s a droid showing a map to two certain returning companions that looks similar to the map R2D2 showed where he revealed the location of Luke Skywalker. I thought it a fitting reference since the two companions are searching for the lost ship.

Honestly, if I had been smarter I would have dragged out Onslaught because now I’m chomping at the bit for more and it sounds like new story content won’t be out until later in the year. As much as I loved Onslaught I am hoping that whatever they come out with next will be a lot longer and that there will be more to the story. It kind of felt, not exactly rushed, but like they could have introduced more, except they were using Onslaught as a filler leading up to the new storyline. And since Jedi Under Seige also felt like a filler it was disappointing to have two fillers in a row.
In the meantime, I’m going to be running some of my other toons through Onslaught. My Jedi knight will probably be next since I’m curious to see how the story plays differently on a purely light side character.

–Chash Larol

2 thoughts on “(Mostly) Non Spoiler First Impressions of Onslaught

  1. Oh you should definitely play it as a Republic character soon! It’s a very different experience. Basically all the newer story content has been more about breadth rather than length, which is to say it doesn’t take that long to go through once, but it’s actually fun to do on alts since it’s different between the factions, there’s the whole loyalist/saboteur distinction, and there are some great references to individual classes as well.

    Did you actually take the Malgus flirt option? He just scoffs at you, which made me laugh. 😛 I don’t think he’ll ever actually be romanceable… I don’t know if you’ve ever read the Deceived tie-in novel, but without spoiling anything in case you haven’t, it makes it quite clear that he’s not interested in that kind of stuff (unless his stance has changed in the decades since then, but that seems unlikely to me).

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    1. Chash Larol

      I’m glad they gave more options for the different classes. That was one of my main issues with KOTFE and KOTET, the inflexibility between the classes. I have read Deceived but it was years ago and only once so I’m having a hard time remembering anything from the book tbh. I should probably read it again. No I didn’t take the flirt option but if he only scoffs than maybe it won’t go anywhere. I feel like Malgus should be unapproachable and having a romance with him would undermine that. Guess we’ll see if he’s changed or not.

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