I must say I spent 3 days having a ball. Being able to be a complete an utter ****, while watching the story progress in ways that were down to me was great fun. Never thought I would ever champion anything with EA's touch on it. But tor is defiantly worth a go. Only a few things really pissed me off.
It's arguable as to whether its forced or "encouraged" lol, depends how political you wanna be I guess. For me at level 7 being told to group for a heroic quest line, really peeved me off. Then after 10 deaths trying to kill an elite boss guy I needed, suddenly I am presented with a "pet" or companion if your a purist...
Suddenly with care an forethought I was able to kill elites, even though I had a few deaths, I was suddenly able to run 2+ heroics's.
So the fun was back in it for me.
The fun in being able to solo a heroic 2+ was something many solo players like myself have been after for years since days of Daoc. As no MMO's in last 8 years have ever done pet classes that enabled us to enjoy our game.There was a great deal of discussion in game over whether or not bioware needs to nerf pets in favor of raiders. (you can imagine my stance lol)
Well while the raid types were all quoting chapter n verse over the death of swtor if solo'ers were allowed to fun ANY heroic mob, the vast majority wa sin favor of it because it opened up even more options, an as we know options/diversity is what has been lacking in MMOs for many years.
I doubt bioware will change it at this point, specially since it doesn't hurt anyone.As well as it only improves game play for many people.
Crafting, is something I only took a small part in. You can go broke real fast!! running them, but its a great deal of fun to see what your pets bring back.
I dont know how it's going to go later on, but I believe it will be forced raiding if you want to create anything other than average gear. (cant say for sure)
I made mistake of looking at all the pvp battleground farming gear tonight,m an oh man.... If you don't farm BG's your screwed. Anyone with that gear is going to utterly crush you in world pvp. You will be dead instantly pretty much. It is HUGELY powerful gear. I don't know if this is good or bad, but I dare say for those of us who are world pvp'ers, we are **** out of luck hehe
I really am hard pressed to find anything to actually "hate" in the game. Theres so many bits I love that it's hard to really "trash it"...