Photo-Receptor Focus on: SWTOR Events
Game events! I adore them. I run around gleefully completing my list of things the first few days, long before the end of the event. I spend hours finishing dailies, participating in boss kills and collecting whatever there is to collect. Events are a main ingredient in my recipe for a successful game. So how does SWTOR’s Rakghoul event stack up?
More after the jump…
First, let’s examine the overall event issue. We definitely need more events in general. They keep things going; give us a change from the normal in-game activities that can get boring after a while. I can’t encourage Bioware enough to include more – a LOT more events. They’ve made a good start and they need to follow this one up. And sooner, rather than later.
We’ve all heard that Bioware doesn’t want to use our real holidays in the Star Wars galaxy. I get it. I really do. And I agree. But we must have some sort of holidays/events or we, as a player base, will lose interest and stop playing. It’s all about new content and not just in patches. I hope Bioware knows this and has many more planned.
Personally, I’d like to see a new event every six to eight weeks for a year. Too much time in between and ennui starts to set in for me. They can establish which holidays/events are the ones celebrated in the Star Wars galaxy and repeat those the second year. Special, non-repeatable events like the Rakghoul event can be sprinkled in for extra fun.
This brings me to the second issue: the Rakghoul event itself. Overall, I’ll give high marks for this event. The dailies were fun and interesting. The new pets I got are darling. However, due to real life time constraints and not knowing how things worked, I missed out on several things. It’s my own fault. I should have done more research and gone into the event prepared, as I usually do.
I’ll know better next time, but I missed my title and I missed the last piece of armor. Since this is a non-repeating event, I’m basically out of luck on this. Again, my own fault, but the closet completionist in me was not happy.
I also missed out on most of the customizations for my companions. This was not entirely my own fault. I farmed (not bought) my DNA samples. Yep, I spent hours in fleet getting infected and dying and doing my dailies for several days, anyway. Off I went to buy nine boxes.
This should have given me nine customizations, right? Nope, they weren’t unique. So, I ended up with three Makos and two each of three other customizations. Four “usable” customizations for alts that may or may not make it to fifty. And nothing, nada, zip for my poor sweet Sorc’s companions, at all.
Bioware dropped the ball on that one. I’d much rather have not had boxes at all and been able to choose which customizations I wanted to purchase. I’d gladly have spent more than the twenty samples to do so. Wasting precious hours only to end up with duplicates was disappointing. Especially since my time had been limited to begin with. Bad choice on Bioware’s part and I hope they take note and don’t make that same mistake again.
You could also use your samples to buy very cool green crystals with a black core. This didn’t interest me much since I already have my purple light saber, but I must admit, it was pretty cool looking.
The last item from the vendor was the pale rakling. A darling, ugly little guy. Although, I must admit I prefer the crimson one from the dailies and find him irresistible. Yes, I did get both.
Overall, Bioware did well on this event. A few things that could have been improved, but it was fun, which is the point. Now, if only they won’t make us wait too long for the next event, I’ll be even happier.
That’s my two credits on special events. What’s yours?