I was in Rift this morning playing my baby cleric when the guild leader comes on-line with a new account. He had inherited said account from a real life friend who had left Rift to play SW:TOR. Really?
I played Star Wars The Old Republic briefly in the last beta phase and I just don't get what the hype is about. I was really rather bored with it all. Nothing left me in awe. Graphically, it was meh. I play on max settings (/smug) and was underwhelmed.
The neatest thing was the sound of the lightsabers. I spent the rest of the afternoon making that sound to my cats so that is something.
Combat was dull. At level 2 one can kill multiple mobs at once. Clearly developed around the impatience of young men who generally like to AoE everything in sight. I prefer a challenge when I take on multiple mobs. The whole will I or won't I live thing.
I really get annoyed by desert/barren type environs in any game if they are red/orange and there was far too much of that from what I saw. Only Fallen Earth does barren really well.
The map was crap. Futuristic shouldn't mean illegible. Maybe I am just getting old but the icons were far too tiny. Currently most MMOs give you access to the quest item you need for a certain task in the quest tracking window. Not so with SW:TOR. I had to dig around in my bags which is all well and good if it was 2004.
I am going to pass on SW:TOR for now. It would have been nice to have a sci-fi MMO to play but this one isn't for me.