A lot of changes have come to Swtor in the 7.0 update and I had to take a moment to absorb all the changes before giving an honest review. Since I knew they would be changing the looks of the new character menu, one of the first things I did after logging in was to create a new consular. It was very different to say the least and I’m not sure how I feel about that change. It’s not a bad look at all. It’s just different. I think it’ll take me some time to get used to it.
The UI is also very different. I have seen some point of contention on twitter this past week about the change. I personally believe this has been blown way out of proportion. Nothing of the new UI is bad per se just strange to those of us used to the old look. I think they should have taken a step back and evaluated these differences subjectively before going off on a tangent and threatening the devs. Yes, I’ve seen a few who have threatened them and that is not okay. Hopefully, in the next few days things will settle down and everyone will get over the hump in the adjustment period.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t help when a gaming journalist like PC Gamer picks up on the drama and gleefully publishes an article that compares LoTS to the Christmas Special. Never mind the fact that it seems to be a small handful of people who are unhappy with the changes. If gen chat on both Imp and Pub sides are to go by most players seem to be happy or at least not unhappy with the recent changes. I’ve especially seen mostly positive views on the new loadouts. This is honestly why I dislike gaming journalism. They don’t seem interested in the truth or giving a neutral review when they could instead write clickbait articles full of scandal and drama. I’m hoping that the article doesn’t hurt Swtor in the long run. Right now there are a lot of new players experiencing the game for the first time and it would be nice if they decided to stick around and help breathe even more life into the game.
The only thing about the new UI that I’m not happy about is the class/origin stories icons. Before they were very vibrant and now it’s kind of dull. I think I would have liked it more if they had at least added some color to them.
What I’ve mostly been doing since the update is figuring out the changes to combat since they took away a few abilities. It hasn’t affected my playstyle too much. There are a couple abilities that came in handy with my Merc that are now gone, but aside from that it hasn’t been too much of a hassle learning a new rotation. I’ve also been leveling up my character(s) to 80 and gearing up.
It’s been interesting to see how crowded daily and heroic areas have been since the expansion. One thing I really appreciate was the fact that the devs made the reset timers on a lot of missions faster. With how crowded the game feels right now it would have been a nightmare having to wait in a line for your objective. Shared tagging is also very interesting. It helps out with some of the heroics since they’ve been scaled up. The heroics are not too hard; it just takes more time to complete, which I honestly don’t mind. One thing that amuses me is the number of healers who now go out of their way to heal me whenever I’m in combat. I’m aware they are doing it for the XP now that there’s shared tagging, but I’ve been trying to remember to thank them afterwards. I’ve even had a few interesting conversations with some of them as we discuss the new changes to the game.
The one thing I haven’t really tried out yet is the secondary combat and loadouts. As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post I wanted my Merc to be able to use a cannon to go along with my Canderous Ordo outfit. However after accepting it and getting everything set up I realized that I had binned the cannon automatically given to me and there is no way to mod any of the weapons I have beyond item rating 306. My guess is they didn’t see any need to add mods for weapons since they plan to add a cosmetic slot for weapons. But since that’s not supposed to come out until the 7.1 update, I’ll just have to make do with what I have until then.
One thing I really like is the look of the new gear. I wasn’t all that impressed with the Spoils of War gear and never felt the desire to run around looking like an aristocrat. Not only does the texture of the new gear have really high-resolution, but it was something I could easily see my bounty hunter wearing. I did want to wear it on my Jedi knight as well, but her long hair was clipping into the clothing, so it wasn’t feasible.
Hopefully, 7.1 brings more content since I know they held back a lot as well as flesh out some of the current issues. In the meantime, I’m having fun figuring out the new gearing system and running dailies, heroics, and flashpoints to get the new gear drops.
One thing I noticed when I did the False Emperor yesterday was that Darth Malgus talks less during the fight. It has been some time since I last did that flashpoint, so I don’t know if that’s something they adjusted a while ago or if they did that during the last update. It actually took me a few moments to realize what was wrong with the fight because I felt like something was off and then it occurred to me, Malgus was talking a lot less. Makes me wonder what other flashpoints they may have changed. Might have to run through some more and see if I can find any other differences.