SWTOR Imperials

Some free-to-play games are more polarizing than others, with some sides taking the stance of “great, totally non-exploitative implementation” and others thinking “total pay-to-win trash.” We’d like to see on what side of the spectrum the gaming public — and by that, we mean you guys — think of certain F2P games, and so we’ve invented something new called Love It Or Hate It?




Every week, we’ll present a new F2P game and give you the option of passing judgment on it. Then we’ll look back at it the next week and see what people thought. There are no prizes, except for the satisfaction of knowing you clicked on a button and made something happen. Really, what else do you need?

Last week, we asked your opinion on the massive open-world shooter PlanetSide 2, which has gone through its trials and tribulations during its 2.5 years on the market — not to mention new some significant new management. Still, folks seem still seem to be in love with the game and all its pretty explosions, giving it a 48% “Love It” and only 12% “Hate It.” I’m guessing those 12% are people who ragequit after a scrub like me actually managed to kill them.

I feel like we’ve been on too much of a lovefest recently with Love It Or Hate It games, so let’s put that to the test with a game sure to evoke some strong reactions — and one I’ve been waiting for the right moment to put out there since I started this — Star Wars: The Old Republic. This should be good.

Pros: Individualized stories for each class, Huttball is cool, and it’s Star Wars!
Cons: Mostly routine MMO gameplay, oh, and maybe some people don’t like the cash shop?

Tell us what you think of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and leave a comment below to expound upon your views!

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Timewaster on May 23, 2015

    The game is meh at best…
    It has it’s highlights. The story is excellent, game play is smooth, plenty of content. However; The game has it’s flaws and major detractors in the worst possible places…

    The game really isn’t FTP it’s more like an unlimited game trial.
    Free players can’t raid which locks out end game content.
    You can only run 3 regular dungeons a week.
    250k/350k credit cap (depending on free or preferred status) which means you can’t even buy most unlocks off the GTN. You have to have a guildie buy them then owe them back. Or pay $ for a temporary credit cap increase.
    Can’t use half the purple quality gear.
    Can’t unlock legacy and convenience items.
    Can’t list more than 10 items for auction.
    Venders charge you more for repairs and items.
    Limited to 1 crew skill
    Lowered XP gain
    Blocked quest rewards.
    Bank access blocked or limited. (depending on status)
    Don’t even try Galactic Starfighter if you lack a significant line of credit on your Visa card.

    Can’t, can’t can’t… Unless you pay $$$, either for a subscription or continually pump money in for temporary unlocks.
    The entire game experience is different between the free players and subscribers. Once you get past lvl 40 as a free to play the game becomes almost unplayable unless you subscribe.

  2. David J potts on May 14, 2015

    I give it a 2 out of 10. one point for being Great game, one point for having a great story and then the Limits just kills the other 8 points with a nuke from star craft, we a big fat sigh on the side “DIE F2P.”

    they truly have a vehement vindictive vicious violent to F2P players with all the limits they have [uh I cant think of any more V words 20 points to whom that gets it.], any that all i have to say about it.

  3. fallen on May 14, 2015

    Loved the ftp just because, I could come back and finish up stories. Everything else I could careless about.

  4. Todoran on May 14, 2015

    BEST anti-F2P Freemium mmo around……

  5. TheEnygma on May 14, 2015

    The actual game part is pretty decent. The cash shop and F2P restrictions and “you know, you really should subscribe already” is intolerable

  6. voydd on May 13, 2015

    Played it for 2 years, first few months I loved it. Then… you know hit lvl 50 and poor end game. After a year game was fixed and enjoyed it again but recently, I don’t know, my feeling for the game changed into meh after very short content additions. It just looks like they spend most of their time on Cartel Market items. I will probably go back after while to finish my remaining class stories, but that’s it!

  7. Zariarn on May 13, 2015

    Great game! One of the best. F2P isn’t very friendly but it’s still great.

  8. shawn on May 13, 2015

    customer service takes for ever and buying in game cash don’t all-ways arrive cant allway trust cash shop i have seen better games than this that didn’t cheat you and fool you into playing.
    why spend money on it when scams you in the end?

  9. Treu on May 13, 2015

    they Killed WAR for this…

  10. Zerynthia on May 13, 2015

    While I have played ToR loads, I think the F2P option is a joke. Each time I’ve gone back to play I’ve resubbed as without being rich in the game and buying the unlocks I can’t play it unsubbed. Though I’ve always wondered why Bioware/EA didnt just give us KoTOR3 and we would have gladly thrown our money at them. Crippling fear of success and wealth lol?

    Overall, the game is decent but its ruined by the laughable F2P option.

  11. Darth MEHious on May 13, 2015

    So, it’s basically a typical mmorpg / themepark mmo / world mmo with Star Wars skins and terrible cash shop? Never seen one of those before..

    • voydd on May 26, 2015

      Well, SWTOR selling point was always and always will be THE STORY. I mean you can choose 1 of 16 classes grouped into 9 completely different superb story lines. And you can enjoy all of them for free, even with all those f2p restrictions.

  12. Terranova667 on May 13, 2015

    I love the gameplay and the story of the game itself i just cannot support it or play it on the F2P level of things it’s just so poorly handled and run by EA / Bioware and I just dont have the time to invest in a sub that would warrant the time spent to cost ratio.

    If the likes of En Masse can make a F2P game on the level of Tera without insane F2p restrictions i can’t see why EA can’t either nothing but greed with them.

  13. Deadnstien on May 13, 2015

    Love the game, hate the monetization in the cash shop so it gets a Meh.

  14. YouKnowIt on May 13, 2015

    Not a game. Its a visa card charge simulator with star wars theme. Chimpanzee level

  15. TROK on May 12, 2015

    This game makes me feel less like a bish.

  16. sdadasa on May 12, 2015

    they just need to make new star wars mmo … this one is just meh. it have only a story and nothing else. the combat and the animations at all are terrible compared to almost any mmo right now 😀 and the graphics can be better

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