As a self-admitted PVP junkie, I should start by admitting my bias toward this topic. I understand that a successful MMO offers many things to many people. PVE, Crafting, Exploration, Achievements, and Social Activities, to name a few.
For me personally, however, PVP offers one thing that no other activity does…it is always dynamic. PVP is always fresh, it is always exciting. Craft the same item 10 times and you get the same result (yes, I know you can crit an item in SW:TOR). Run any Operation 10 times and the strategy is the same every time. Run any Warzone or Open World PVP event 10 times and the experience varies wildly.
When I ask my non-PVP guildies why they don’t PVP, I usually get one of two answers. I don’t PVP because I do not have PVP gear and I never have a chance, or I do not PVP because I am not good at it. I see the validity of their reasons, Who in their right mind enjoys an activity in which they do poorly. Wait!!!, I say to them, SW:TOR has solved this problem.
PVP in SW:TOR may been several steps ahead of the competition. They have implemented several key features that may bring a lot of new gamers into the PVP fold. First, the Bolster system, while no system is perfect, this addresses a core issue with PVP, it ATTEMPTS to level the playing field.
Second, Class Balance, we have been told that all classes are within 2% of each other as far as DPS output.
Thirdly, PVP gear, this may be the most important. The information that we have so far is that even with full PVP gear, there is a 10% difference in damage output and damage reduction vs full non PVP gear.
My question to you, dear readers, is three-fold. IF you are a PVPer, how do you feel about their attempts at balancing your favorite activity and the supposed inability to “one-shot” someone. IF you are NOT a PVPer, are you going to try SW:TOR PVP because it appears to be more balanced than other MMO’s. Lastly, Huttball, is being referred to by some as an E-Sport. Would you like to see “PRO” Huttball teams where you could spectate and possibly wager your hard earned credits on?