Starting SWTOR, Abandoning SWTOR
So I had to try it out.
I was immediately drawn in by the Star Wars aesthetics. I love the universe and the lore so much. And then I was almost as immediately let down by the MMO-ness of the game.
Apparently all my time with Final Fantasy XIV had tricked me into thinking that I enjoyed the MMO genre again. That's not true. I like Final Fantasy XIV, but it does a lot of things that separate it from the rest of the genre. SWTOR doesn't do anything like that. It just has the Star Wars IP going for it.
I tried to just play it like a single player game. I did love the original Knight of the Old Republic single player game and this is supposed to be a true follow-up to it.
I got a Bounty Hunter to 25 before giving up on the character. The story wasn't grabbing me and the planets I was on were very dull and uninteresting.
I asked some people I trust on Twitter about other class quests and I decided to give Sith Warrior a shot. It was much more fun! I liked the story a lot more than the Bounty Hunter, but after getting the Sith Warrior into the mid-20s the MMO-ness of the game wore on me too much. I couldn't do it anymore.
So I'm done. I gave SWTOR a good try. I got two separate classes over a third of the way through their individual class quests and the game still didn't hook me.
Now I know that Final Fantasy XIV is an exception when it comes to MMOs for me. Not the rule. This makes me much less likely to try going back to other MMOs in the future. Instead, I'll bide my time waiting for the Final Fantasy XIV expansion to come out. At least now I know.