I had been excited for the Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion Knights of the Fallen Empire release. Actually, I had been excited for what I thought was the release. See, I had received an email the other day telling me about the streamlined leveling system which would allow characters to focus solely on personal story and planet stories in order to earn enough XP to get to level 60. At the time, my highest level character was 32, which is my sweet spot for quitting an MMO. I really like SWTOR, but not even the 12x experience points over the summer could keep me for long, so the idea of having an easier path from now until forever sounded like a good deal. The email also said that if I subscribed, I’d get a cool mount. But it also said that if I subscribed then I’d get the expansion for free, so I figured that it was too good of a deal to pass up.
Of course, not having read the fine print, I started hearing that the early access to SWTOR was only for those who had been subscribed since they started the KotFE hype back in June/July-ish. I even saw someone on the forums (where I went to confirm this, gawd help me) who’s sub had lapsed for one month while he was distracted by higher education, and he was SOL. I was sad, and of course now I’m not sure that simply being a subscriber isn’t going to cost me the price for the expansion.
At any rate, there are some exciting major updates to the game for everyone, so I logged in last night anyway to check them out. First, though, the launcher had to download a massive update. I think it was an update; it might have been an attempted repair because once it was complete the game wouldn’t run.
While the launcher was doing the update/repair, I decided I’d give Sword Coast Legends another go. You may remember SCL from previous posts such as this one, in which I expressed disappointment that the game wasn’t even close to inheriting the mantle of Neverwinter Nights as far as the power of the toolset goes. Since yesterday was it’s release day, I figured I could at least bumble through the campaign so I don’t feel totally bad about having spent money on it, but sadly, that game didn’t load either. The splash screens were stuttering, and once I got to the menu, it was unresponsive. Only the three finger salute could shut it down.
Figuring that the PC needed time to sit in a corner and think about what it had done, I went to the Xbox. As soon as I turned it on, I had to sit through a 20 minute dashboard update. I’m in the New Experience test group, and there was a patch available that needed to be had, so I took a short nap on the couch while the Xbox did it’s thing.
Once it completed, I thought to check in the “My Games And Apps”…app…because supposedly I could pre-load HALO 5: Guardians for next week (HYPE!) Normally when you buy something from the web store for the XB1 it auto-downloads but this did no such thing. Adding that to the network-saturating problems, I decided to continue with my play-through of the original HALO.
Guess what? Yeah, that needed an update too.
At this point I figured that maybe SWTOR was done reinstalling, so back to the PC I went. It had at least gotten to the point where I could play the starting planets, so I rolled up an Imperial Bounty Hunter (which I’d never done), and took him for a spin. Unfortunately the game was pretty laggy, and since the camera is loose enough under normal circumstances, the slightest twitch of the wrist sent the view spiraling all over the place. I did manage to get to level 6 in about an hour, though; I probably could have done it faster if I’d not had to rubber-band all over the place.
I seriously considered if my general malaise from yesterday wasn’t triggering some kind of karmic response in regards to my activities. I had expressed elsewhere that I think I need a new hobby that doesn’t involve gaming or even geekery, and I think the universe might be agreeing with me.