Sessler's Soapbox: SWTOR and Why It's a Success

Posted: January 10, 2012
Sessler's Soapbox: SWTOR and Why It's a Success
Adam returns after the New Year to talk Star Wars: The Old Republic and explain why, in his opinion, it's an MMO unlike any other.

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  • cwbys21

    Think you need a mustache to go along with the beard Adam.

    Posted: January 11, 2012 6:16 PM
  • DarkSausage

    I can't do mmo's no more especially after playing WoW it becomes almost a part-time job when you raid on a schedule.

    Adam is reminding me of Bruce Willis tbh

    Posted: January 11, 2012 4:40 PM
  • gregor

    if you look in the background at Adams reflections it almost looks like Captain Pircard from the back

    Posted: January 11, 2012 2:26 PM
  • suryu

    lol adam we only really care about that brain of urs lol but i always thought he kinda looked like a bald dexter and jessie aizenburg how ever u spell his name but yea

    Posted: January 11, 2012 1:36 PM
  • silver6kraid

    All he needs are some round glasses and a lab coat and Adam can claim to be Hugo Strange...though right now he looks like Jason Statham XD

    Posted: January 11, 2012 12:23 PM
  • Geriden

    Like the new look Adam really suits you.

    But star wars was not a 5/5 the game is mediocre garbage and its going to be free to play by the end of the year. Good box sales do not = a successfully mmo, After the initial free month is up you will see a huge drop in the player base for this. It has nothing even close to the quality of any mmo that has been released in the few year's. People seem to be mixing good story and game play up yes the game has a good story the game play in this game is crap its actually the most repetitive game i have ever played every quest is copy and paste disguised with a nice voice over story which quickly becomes old and a struggle to listen to on your second or third character.

    This Game is going to the bigist flop in mmo history.

    Posted: January 11, 2012 11:17 AM
  • 5thGeneral

    I haven't played SWTOR, not a big enough Star Wars fan to care.

    The look though, yeah homie, I like it. You need to shave your head though, get rid of all that fuzz and just be bald, the shape of your head is perfect for it. The beard is awesome too, it gives you a more gruff/rugged look. All you need now is two rocks in your ears and a couple tribal neck tattoos and you're set.

    Naw, I'm messing with you on the piercings and tats. Shave the head, keep the beard and you're good to go.

    Posted: January 11, 2012 10:56 AM
  • xOmniCloudx

    New look looks Awesome Adam. G4 have to be fools to dislike it.

    Posted: January 11, 2012 10:11 AM
  • xOmniCloudx

    So glad to see the Sess back. Love the new look. Screw anybody on G4 who doesn't.

    Posted: January 11, 2012 9:58 AM
  • Major Power

    Why is Jason Statham on Sessler's Soapbox?

    Posted: January 11, 2012 9:50 AM
  • Storm1968

    I have to agree with you Adam. I was so happy to get this game and be a part of the Beta. I felt that having the interaction with your mission givers (unlike quest givers in WOW) has pulled me more into the game and, although it's taken time to get used to, having each action tied to a skill or power does make the game more immersive as well.
    I also agree with the subscription model as well. I have played the F2P games (DDO, LOTRO, etc.) and I feel that it brings the game base way down. I also feel that it brings down the level of polish to the game to cater to a wider audience at that point as well. I don't mind a subscription to an MMO to feel that I'm paying for coders and developers to give me a better game in the long run.

    My only worry is that the trend of developers to 'dumb down' a game's mechanics to lure more people in and make it easier for them to play and progress. Another concern is those that are in the game to reach 'end game content'. There is a point I'd like to make on this in that an MMO isn't a single player game... this isn't Fallout 3 or Skyrim. There is no 'end' to your character's 'life'. I am hoping that those that are driving to get to the highest level and content don't drag the game down before the end of it's first year. That just drags down the overall community and fun of playing.

    I'm not sure where you've rolled your toon in game, but I hope to cross paths with you, Adam, and although it's cliche to say it... May the Force be with you!

    Posted: January 11, 2012 8:51 AM
  • ninenightmares

    Like the new look, wonder what spiky hair Adam would think.

    Posted: January 11, 2012 8:42 AM
  • jhr

    It's a good look for you Adam, I'm having a blast with SWTOR.

    Posted: January 11, 2012 8:40 AM
  • yayap001

    I always thought that Adam looked like a nerdy Jason Statham, pretty awesome.

    Posted: January 11, 2012 7:01 AM
  • uanimal

    Dude like the beard

    Yippee ki-yay Mother f#@$er!

    Posted: January 11, 2012 6:08 AM
  • DasDingDave

    Adam! Lookin' cool! I love it!

    SWTOR really is spectacular, but I cannot help but worry about its longevity! That being said, I can see myself playing this game for quite a long time. I must note that I am not playing SWTOR like I played WoW from vanilla release through Cataclysm. I played WoW as many did: skipped through the silly quest story blocks of text, mashed out level after level after level, ground away hours on professions and alts and honor/badge grinding, farmed raid content until my eyes bled, etc. The most exciting thing for me in WoW was the sense of discovery. The nostalgia kept me coming back as well. However, it was sincerely a depthless experience: I had either a podcast, music, or film in the background while I pushed for max level so I could feel some sense of semblance and satisfaction that one rarely gets in a post-postmodern era.

    That being said, after seven years of literally grinding away WoW, I find SWTOR obviously refreshing. I pace myself in my class quests, I cannot get enough of the space missions when I am in the need of that primal grinding urge, and I am wholly invested in my Sith Sorceror and her companions. I was highly skeptical of the story elements, and I was proven quite wrong. Instead of feeling that superficial compulsion to log into WoW just to add a point to this or that, I log into ToR when I have a few hours to kill and play it as if I am playing Skyrim: fully immersed! As a grad student, I don't have as much time as I did when I was younger, but when I am able to fit in ToR, Skyrim, and Batman, I know that I am getting enriching stories, character driven narratives, and awesome ethical demands I must answer as I interact in these worlds that I have invested so much of myself into.

    So yes, ToR is a success, and I think it changes the landscape for many MMOs to come.

    Also Adam, look out! Jeff Cannata from TRS and Weekend Confirmed has been calling SWTOR - "sweater". So if you bump into him, you best give him mad props yo!

    Posted: January 11, 2012 5:51 AM
  • Bitshift3r

    What I expected going in to this was a Mass Effect level of story. What I mean by that is not that I was expecting Mass Effect; I was expecting Star Wars, and I got star wars to the point that the fact that it was a star wars game almost was a spoiler for all the major plot points. I was expecting that I would be given new content when I had progressed far enough through the story when that content to become relevant (ie new worlds so I could choose how I leveled), I expected that regardless of my play style there wouldn't be any challenges where the only solution was to grind a level or two for adequate power, and I didn't expect that beneath the cinematic quality of the quest giving/turning in process I'm still very much running fetch and kill quests that don't really have baring on the story.

    In Mass Effect, you could play the whole game without needing to do side quests and still beat the game. Swtor, however, suffers from being an MMO, and makes it impossible to complete the story quests without grinding of one form or another. Yes, swtor has the signature bioware story delivery system; yes, I absolutely adore my sith assassin and his storyline; No, I cannot see myself playing this game after I finish my character's story; especially with Diablo 3 (supposedly) coming out within a few weeks/months.

    Posted: January 11, 2012 5:44 AM
  • Akabane101

    Adam baby lookin good :D

    Posted: January 11, 2012 5:21 AM
  • CamWoad

    Nice beard but honestly TOR wasnt what I expected it to be. Theres like no end game content and it was made for casual players. Not a success

    Posted: January 11, 2012 5:18 AM