Photo-Receptor Focus on: TOR – High Fashion?
This week, I’d love to talk about the gorgeous fashion designs and how awesome the speeders are. Only I can’t. Because those fabulous designs don’t exist in the TOR universe.
How my character looks is important to me. OK, I know some eyes are rolling, but hey! I’m female, after all. As beautiful as the graphics are in landscape and building design on some planets, the design of most gear is – lacking. Seriously, the gear ranges from unimpressive to downright ugly for the most part, especially for my beloved Sorc.
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I want to look snazzy in my gear. I want fabulous designs and gorgeous colors. There’s precedent in the Star Wars universe for flair in wardrobes, too. So what if Queen Amidala is three thousand years later. The point is, she had an awesome wardrobe. I want to wear stuff like that. Oh, yeah, and I want my clothes to have special effects, too.
We have gorgeous architecture on Alderaan and some incredible views on planets. That night sky on Ilum is awesome. This tells me there’s tons of artistic flair in this game. If a building can be cool, then I should be able to be cool, too, right? (No, I do not wish to look like a building. Actually, I already do. Or maybe a helicopter or something.)
When you spend hours and hours in ops getting tier gear, you want it to be worth it. Mostly, I get a new piece now and simply shake my head and sigh over the lack of imagination. I figure I’ve done well if I can say, “Well that piece isn’t too ugly.” I did like the glow-in-the-dark effect on my crafted robes, but they also made me look fat. They really did!
And OMG, I am so sick of grey and black. Color, folks, give me color! Oh, yeah, and another thing: the guys get pretty A-line dresses that flatter their waists and the girls get straight dresses. Huh? Girls should have the pretty waistline and not just in the midriff tops, either.
My Columni gear is a case in point. It’s grey and black and silver, but the patterns are bland and unexciting. I have a skirt with this thing hanging off my belt (or my waist anyway) that makes me look like a hippo. I get a cute little midriff top, with shoulders that are ridiculously ugly.
This is a game. Every aspect should be fun, including gear. New gear should come out and make people say, “Oooh, I want to wear that!” People should be running ops just so they can get that full set and stand by the West Bank and show off.
I like the nice touch of how the Bounty Hunter gear is bashed up in the beginning. Looking well used. It fits. But still my girl could have banged up cool-looking gear. She gets weird stuff hanging off her clothes, too. And her jet packs or whatever are sad…just sad.
And while I’m whining about fashion (or lack thereof), let me just add that the speeders also need to have better designs. I have yet to see something that I had to have right there and then. Mostly, I’m ambivalent about speeders or I just buy a speeder for status. Not because it’s so gorgeous or different or cool that I must immediately have it. Oh, and I have a total of two speeders. This from a player who had over one hundred mounts in the Game-That-Thall-Not-Be-Named.
All this brilliant imagination that Bioware has is nowhere evident in fashion and speeder designs. I’m not quite sure I understand why either.
So, if you’re listening, Bioware, please, please, please make my clothes prettier. If you’re stuck for designs look at Queen Amidala’s costumes for inspiration. And pretty please, give us some better speeder designs. Something so awesome, I’m willing to run whatever is needed a zillion times until I get it.
That’s my two credits on fashion. What’s yours?