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Posted: Aug 15th 2010 8:16PM Interitus said

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I'm curious why things are being skipped.

Last week I saw no mention of the timeline update. And this week I don't see anything about the Blood of the Empire update.

Posted: Aug 15th 2010 8:22PM (Unverified) said

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Posted: Aug 15th 2010 8:49PM (Unverified) said

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Oh boy another thing literally everyone else will have the same of. Thanks for doing all that hard Roleplaying for us, Bioware, lord forbid we get the chance to do anything unique.

Posted: Aug 15th 2010 9:39PM madbassman39 said

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I agree, why can't we choose what our companion is despite what our class is? Why if I'm a jedi, do I have to have this droid? Why can't we just have what ever companion that fits our fancy? Give us a list of companions that we can choose from?
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Posted: Aug 15th 2010 9:56PM TheGreatMachine said

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@Nick I agree. At a guess companions tie in heavily to the class storyline quests, hence their stock nature. Pity
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Posted: Aug 15th 2010 10:00PM karnisov said

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yeah whats up with the cookie cutter companions.

"oh T7-O1. yeah i have one of those too"
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Posted: Aug 15th 2010 10:21PM Lafajet said

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Why are people still surprised about things like this? This game will not be a total revolution in terms of player freedom or customizability. It will be a Bioware game set within a MMO framework. This means a focused story with companion characters that are deeply intertwined with said story. Personally I am fine with this, but I suppose I can see why some people would not be.

I have to say though, we've known that companion characters will differ based on your class for a while now. At some point people are going to have to let go of their notions of what they think this game SHOULD BE and come to terms with what it really IS. I don't think I've read a single news article about this game where he comments weren't full of people saying they are disappointed because reality doesn't match up with the picture they've built up in their heads.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 1:07AM RogueJedi86 said

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Yeah what's up with games choosing companions for us? Why are all my companions in KotOR and Mass Effect the same as everyone else's?! Where's the RPG where I can choose from hundreds of potential companions and never have the same ones as everyone else? The way TOR is being made, you'd think it was being made by a company who's made single-player RPGs before who are trying to emulate that style to hook fans of single-player RPGs. Crazy I know.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 3:21AM Lobotomist said

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Welcome to massively singleplayer online rpg
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 5:23AM pcgneurotic said

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Is the implication that all jedi characters will have this same droid as their pet/partner? Won't that look really weird?
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 8:57AM LaughingTarget said

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Why would it look weird? When was the last time you played a MMO and didn't see everyone identical? It's bizarre demanding customizability when everyone inevitably becomes cookie cutter identical. There is always that best gear set that makes it happen. Bitching about it here is retarded.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 2:51PM madbassman39 said

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@Laffe, I'm disappointed because Bioware has said that this MMO will be unlike any other, but the more info I see about it the less I feel that way. I want it to be unique and new, otherwise why should I transfer from the MMO's I'm currently playing? The in game cut scenes are exciting but this is a missed opportunity for Bioware. If I recall correctly (which I do) in WoW, a hunter can have almost any animal as a pet, sure the different types all act the same, but they look different. WoW is not the first MMO, nor is it the most revolutionary, but its also 6 years old and has mechanics in it that this new game can't seem to implement, not because it can't but because they choose not to.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 6:06PM pcgneurotic said

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"Why would it look weird? When was the last time you played a MMO and didn't see everyone identical? It's bizarre demanding customizability when everyone inevitably becomes cookie cutter identical. There is always that best gear set that makes it happen. Bitching about it here is retarded."

It would look weird because this is not a generic creature we're talking about, it's a very specific, unique character. It's a single player RPG character in a multiplayer environment. THAT's why it'll look weird and why so many people are scratching their heads now, Targetboy.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2010 9:14PM Lafajet said

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@Nick

Everything depends on what parts you focus on. Bioware have from day one said that they are taking the three pillars that MMOs usually are built upon (Exploration, Combat, Progression) and are adding a fourth (Story). Does this mean the game will be "unlike any other"? Well, yes and no. It will be unlike other games by virtue of being the first fully voiced MMO, but it is still built very much around the framework of other traditional MMORPGS. Perspective. It matters.

Also, comparing WoWs pets with SWTORs companions is like comparing apples and oranges. In WoW, the pets are a combat mechanic with no impact whatsever on the games world and story. In SWTOR, companions are integral part of your characters story and have distinct personalities. If the price for this is that I can only get the characters flagged for my class to join me, I think I could live with that. I'll reserve my final judgement for when I actually get to play the game though, as it should be. I just find it helps to focus on what they actually say when they announce something rather then thinking about the what the implications of the news can be. Speculation can be fun, but it shouldn't dictate your expectations of a game in development.

And as usual what I thought was going to be a short answer turned out to be a long comment. In before TL;DR.
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Posted: Aug 18th 2010 5:46AM LaughingTarget said

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And yet, Neurotic one, I doubt you even once question why everyone has the same named sword from the same named mob from the same dungeon. Why not start a campaign to dump specialized equipment?
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Posted: Aug 15th 2010 8:50PM AlamoeJones said

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If they put droids like this as companions in the game, how are we supposed to understand them if we don't speak droid?? Everyone in the movies seemed to, but I sure don't! haha

Posted: Aug 15th 2010 8:59PM Verus said

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Gief us HK-47 in the game please!

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 10:08AM spartanthetriviumorg said

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No doubt! HK47 is the principle reason I will buy this game.
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Posted: Aug 15th 2010 10:49PM (Unverified) said

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I'm just sick of games that RP for me, I get you need some kinda metaplot and all, that's cool, but dang I'm gonna be annoyed having to see literally every other jedi just happening to have my exact same droid next to them. I never thought it'd be any worse then AoC's 'YOU ARE ALL DESTINED, EVERY ONE OF YOU, TO BE OUR SAVIOR' crap but good old Bioware managed to find a way to do it again.

Posted: Aug 15th 2010 11:30PM Jade Effect said

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Do you also get stunned when you see another player with the same Sword of the Awesome as you?

Oh wait, there are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of other players with the same sword.
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