Despite my over exuberant enthusiasm for The Old Republic’s Bounty Hunter, I came to realize that the playstyle that the class entails doesn’t quite fit my modus operandi, especially so in PvP. I’m generally the kind of player who favors staying on the outskirts of battles and out of harm’s way while systematically picking off one squishy target at a time. Those who’ve played MMOs with me will also know that I’m a HUGE sucker of a whore for DPS. Bearing both factors in mind, I spent some time watching a number of SWTOR PvP videos and sure enough, managed to narrow in on the class that best suits my playstyle, the Sniper.
Meet the latest incarnation of Unoriginal, my Imperial Agent Sniper. Some of you may have noticed from the screenshots but I built her character loosely based around the physical characteristics of Kerrigan of Starcraft fame. As I would soon learn, this red-headed ponytail look turns out to be quite a hit and is also sported by a couple of my friends’ female toons on SWTOR. Awkward, much?
As for Unoriginal the Sniper’s personality, I’ve been molding her actions to resemble that of a character of the Chaotic Good alignment. In my in-game conversations, I try to pick dialogue options that make me appear as snarky or as sarcastic as possible but when it boils down to choices of morality, I’m almost exclusively one with the Light Side. In a crude manner of speaking, this incarnation of Unoriginal is essentially a narcissistic flirt of a markswoman (or demolitionist) with a chip on her shoulder and an all-round bad attitude but deep down, actually possesses a heart of gold.
On quite a hilarious note, courtesy of my Light Sided inclinations, my actions and choices often clash with the interests of my “bosses” in the Empire. In that sense, you might say that I actually make for a horrendous Imperial Agent (or a brilliant double agent, for that matter). It’s so amazingly amusing how my character can be such a mean-spirited hard-ass at times and yet totally be unable to accede to the demands and orders of my superiors. Watching my character lie through her teeth about the outcomes of certain ops, followed by the skeptical looks I get, is plain hilarious.
As of the writing of this post, I’m still a long ways away from SWTOR’s level cap. Still, I like to think that I’m making good time, especially having chalked up twenty-two character levels and ten valor (PvP) levels within the span of the past thirty hours. It’s been a while since I last got involved with one but being able to focus on an MMO again gives me a great sense of comfort. It may not impress me from designer’s point of view but as a player, I can assuredly say that I’m enjoying SWTOR quite a fair bit. At the rate things are going, I’ll probably be hanging onto this for a short while, or at least till my free thirty days of game-time run out.