By Bongos 136 Comments
- A miserable wow clone that adds nothing new
- Terrible optimization on all machines
- Warzones are slidehows
- Flashpoints are boring
- Animations are a joke at best
- The user interface is terrible to use
- Ability cooldowns are tied to the animations
- Gathering has no interaction with the environment at all
- Crafting is unsatisfying and some professions are completely worthless
- Everything is instanced ruining MMO feeling
- Horrible faciton imbalance
- Armor design is uninspired
- Reused Armor with different colors is not new bioware
- Classes are not unique and are hard to tell the difference
- Cutscenes are pointless and add nothing to the gameplay
- No endgame what so ever
- Bugs everywhere that cripple the game
- Horrible customer support (end of line etc.)
- Low populations across all servers as game is slowly dying
http://www.torstatus.net/shards/us/stats as you can see there is a slow downward trend of population across all servers
http://www.mmo-junkies.net/statistics/ even more statistics supporting the slow descent of swtor
- The Hero engine is terrible
- .5 second ability delay built into the engine so it's not fixable
- Companion romances are pointless add nothing to the game
- High res textures are now "Cutscene textures" so now medium is "High"
- Promised new combat system but is the same system
- Auction house is horrible to use and strictly regulated
- Bioware desperate trying to keep players paying for their subpar game aka http://www.swtor.com/info/founders
- Bioware charging players multiple times for no reason just like with WaR trying to siphon as much cash from their dwindling players
- Making people pay monthly for a single player experience
- Gameworld is empty with almost no player barely seen
- World is dreadfully static, plastic even in some places
- Class stories swing wildly from good to terrible
- Bioware removing the un-sub button
Addendum By Neeshka
"1) ZERO addon and macro support: every new mmo seems to have this nowadays; imagine how awful healing is without mouseover macros .....
2) No combat log - basically means I randomly die on a boss fight and there's no way of knowing how I died. Was it a death to a lack of heals ? was it an encounter mechanic ? was it flawed personal play ? There's just no way of knowing for sure.
3) Mainly a consequence of the above : No dps meters. There's no way to tell where your raid needs to improve; which dps is just dragging their weight and which ones are doing well.
Another major issue is the difficulty in finding groups because of the lack of a dungeon or raid finder like WoW or even Rift. Spamming a chat channel for groups is something very archaic and dated. And it simply doesn't work efficiently."
Regarding the community Neeshka nails it again
"Summary of the TOR fanbase (sorry if this offends anyone that isn't my intention):
1) very casual gamers that don't particularly want to raid or participate in any serious multiplayer content. Mainly single player content; levelling multiple alts and the very very occasional group content is totally ok with them. Also there's casual gamers that are just looking for a change of setting from WoW, but are ok with very similar gameplay with lightsabers. This is probably the most reasonable demographic but also the least vocal.
2) washed out WoW raiders that harbor some kind of grudge against WoW = these are the mmo rejects; the people sick of being "treated awfully" in other mmo's; but sadly they are treated awfully because they are utterly awful at such games. They think "it's just a video game" so they don't care to or are too lazy to spend 10-15 minutes to improve themselves. You'll find that such people will be up in arms against combat logs and dps meters, and usually any kind of gearscore type addon. This subset also includes anyone that holds a grudge against WoW; since it's easy to scapegoat a video game for whatever personal problems you have.
3) Fanatically loyal star wars fans, also the leftover community from star wars galaxies - these include the extremely peculiar LARPers, the people almost at the point of practicing a jedi religion and the "lore nerd" types - people that have read EVERYTHING in the extended universe. Such people will naturally like anything with star wars in it.
4) Fanatically loyal bioware fans. I used to like bioware games but this is something else. These people absolutely adore dragon age 2, and have detailed discussions where they obsess over the romance mini-games in ME/DA, and proceed to fantasize about their waifus (sp?).
You can quite easily gauge which response is from which group of fans. Anyhow it's become a hobby of mine to look at the TOR forums on occasion to see these "biodrones" in action and they do quite often say quite amusing things. Here's a blog site on tumblr with some of the highlights : http://biodronesdarndest.tumblr.com/"
Zelyre shares some of his experience with swtor
"Technically, this game is all over the place.
Performance wise, a 4.9ghz core i5 with a 5870 with 2 gigs of ram shouldn't be running at single digits at 1920x1200, let alone 1680x1050. Tilting the camera 5-10 degrees in any direction returns my frame rate to a silky smooth, v-sync cap'ed 60.
Areas just feel... empty. Like a whole zone was created for myself and my friend. Sure, there are 142 instances of Alderaan running right now, but the one I'm in? Its so empty...
The medium quality textures sucks. The game looks really nice during cut scenes with the high quality textures.
The auction house is unusable. Seriously, this is a huge problem. Free to play games have better auction systems and if I weren't playing with someone else, would be the deal breaker for me. I've been looking to upgrade my belt on my sith warrior. I know I use strength and endurance. I know it's a heavy slot of armor. I know it sits in the belt slot. I want to see what's in the level 30-33 range for belts. All I can do is limit my search to heavy armor, range 30-33. Oh boy. I have to look through 12 pages of armor. 9 of which aren't belts. 2 of which are belts for bounty hunters. While I'm looking for a belt, OH SNAP, my companion returns from his/her mission and all the windows go away! Time to start digging through that pile of armor. Again.
The UI is also silly large. Why it wasn't configurable from the get go is beyond me. The chat window gets in the way of combat. If I need to click on a mob/player, I've accidentally clicked the chat window numerous times. Every time I level, I have to redo hot bars because the game auto places new abilities in my side bar overwriting or simply removing the trinkets, med kits, and stims I've put there."
I really wanted swtor to be great but in it's current state, it's just not feasible to give these people your money with so many problems across the board.
So get to a lifeboat and may god be with you.