The past two weeks have been perhaps one of the best in my time in Star Wars : The Old Republic. I have progressed from being a level 20 to a level 30, and have created new friendships and enemies. I also started my own guild “Republic Utinni” which was named after the Jawa word. It has multiple meanings, and everybody constantly says it when they achieve something like finding a new datacron, ranking up, or just finishing off an impossible quest.
Information on the Jawa language.
I have stayed on Tatooine, one of the most famous and well known planets, for more than a week. And I have discovered some very strange, and unexpected things on that planet. For one, I encountered Geonosians on Tatooine. Yes, I said Geonosians, those annoying insects from the Attack of the Clones. I found it very entertaining to attack them and they actually proved to be a challenge.
This was my first encounter with the Geonosians. The one that is being targeted was a Geonosian ranked as a silver star “strong”. Now he wasn’t just any ordinary foe. Enemies with a silver star tend to be a bit difficult to defeat as they can not be affected with just ordinary attacks that would stun or knock down the usual standard enemy. This means that if you are also a low level or poorly equipped, you are going to have a hard time. Thanks to my companion, Elara Dorne, who is also a medic, I was able to manage and stay alive. So I am running around and noticed that I had an AREA mission to complete from discovering the Geonosians. It looked like I would get some very good rewards from completing it and besides that, I was “living” as a clone trooper in the Old Republic era.
First thing you should notice are the two suns. Wondering how is it possible for a planet to have two suns? Don’t ask me, because everybody at first thought this was science fiction until NASA discovered a planet that had two suns. I, when I heard this, thought that if there is a planet with two suns, then what else could become real that was at first thought to be science fiction. All we can do now, is just sit, wait, and watch. Anyways, back to the story. You are probably wondering what are Geonosians doing on Tatooine, cause normally they live on Geonosis. Long story short, these insects were working with the Imperials. No not the Imperials as in the Galactic Empire, I am talking about the Sith Empire. I was surprised at first but hey, Geonosians are known to strike any deal as long as they get what they want. They didn’t build those Battle Droids with those factories on Geonosis for free. And just if you have not noticed, in Attack of the Clones, the Death Star’s blue prints were shown as a red hologram.
So after completing previous objectives, a new mission for the same AREA showed up. My mission, find some Geonosian boss. Took me awhile, because it turned out to be he was on the third floor in a big house shaped like a dome.
When I saw that he was a gold star elite, and stronger than me, I thought “Well I am definitely going to need some extra help.” Eventually, on our first encounter, I won. “How,” you ask? My answer, “Unlike most people who don’t seem to bother trying to purchase a lot of med packs, I do just in case. Rather be safe than sorry.” I won and got a lot of experience points and some good items to sell for a good amount of credits. After running around and discovering more locations and outposts, I began to work on what I came here for in the first place. The class story quest, that very long, hard, painful story quest that will drive you crazy if you make one foolish or stupid mistake. Eventually, I finished most of Tatooine but my adventures there were still far from over.
Later on, I decided to do some flashpoints and the fact that I was a higher level than I was in the beginning of my two week adventures, I had to do a flashpoint that would give me a good amount of experience points. So the Esseles flashpoint was out of the question, I mean what would a level 25 do with level 10 enemies that gave zero experience points. The Hammer Station flashpoint seemed like a good choice. So I found three other people to start the flashpoint and I took screen shots of every encounter of the bosses that were there.
After completing this flashpoint, one of the group members decided to send me a gift as a thank you for the help. And I was surprised. The person who played as the Jedi with the purple lightsaber sent me a Low Atmosphere Miniprobe. It is a droid and in the game it serves as a pet.
After finally reaching level 25, I got my first speeder. I spent many credits, first had to get the speeder rank 1 training which cost me 35,000 credits, then the cost of the speeder which was 10,000 credits. Lost most of my credits but it was worth it. I had to get one as soon as possible because Tatooine was actually bigger than I thought it was. Going further off behind that skeleton, there is a vast ocean of sand. Nothing but nice beautiful sand and a Jawa balloon flying around that can take you to two datacrons on one of the sand crawlers. It took like 20 minutes for the whole trip, but I discovered them later on when I reached level 29.
At the bottom, I finally managed to get armor that looks like a clone trooper. It was really hard, actually more like insanely hard. The heroics on Tatooine are really difficult and most of the time a normal 4 player group is not enough. You end up making an Ops group containing over 10 people to do the heroics. The heroic Search and Rescue that gives you the helmet was really hard, but I managed it with a 4 player group thanks to a strong healer who kept us all alive.
Now, one of the greatest things about Star Wars : The Old Republic are the World Bosses. And they don’t come in small sizes. These bosses are huge and even the weakest one like the one in the bottom can kill a well armed level 50 with two hits. These bosses require huge groups and unfortunately, when a good and well armed Ops group is made, a few people constantly get disconnected. Game crash, it is always the game crash. And by the time they come back online, they missed the whole thing. The World Bosses take a while to spawn, so it is usually like every hour or so. I heard it used to take a day during the first few months when the game was released. You should hear how the droid world bosses talk. They sound cool especially the one on Nar Shaddaa.
As I progressed, I explored more and more places. I ended up visiting planets such as Balmorra and Alderaan. Unfortunately, I did not take screen shots of my adventures in these two planets due to the fact that after taking the screen shots, or even doing simple things like walking around or changing locations, the game would crash and cause a memory leak. But since I got now a new computer, I should be able to get back to taking screen shots without worrying about the crashes happening every two hours. However, I doubt it was my old computer’s fault as the codes in the game that deal with memory leaks might have had errors or it could have been the fact that my computer was around the minimum requirements to run the game. Now with my new computer which is Alienware, the game should be working better and faster. And in fact, it does. Maximum settings are great, and the game runs like a charm. Also to show the power of Alienware and how it runs this game, here is a screenshot of me and 3 other people doing the Mandolorian Raiders flashpoint.
This concludes my adventures in Star Wars : The Old Republic. Hope you enjoyed reading this. Feel free to comment and don’t forget to subscribe.