Disenchant

“Disenchant” is an action you do in Skyrim to learn new magical abilities (enchantments) to add to your weapons and armor. In the process of disenchantment, you destroy the item. (Currently, I think I’m at level 98 out of 100 Enchanting skill in Skyrim!) I’ve been playing a lot of Skyrim for the past few weeks, and I can’t help but think: I am disenchanted with Star Wars: The Old Republic.

My guildie tweeted to me, “At raid..we realized you had been offline for 30 days.” I have never gone so long without logging in! At most, I would say I’ve been offline for a week because I was on vacation. However, I’m not drawn to the game like before. I used to log in as soon as I got home from work and dedicated multiple evenings a week to running operations. Shockingly, I think my boyfriend, who I said would unsub while I was still perfectly happy with the game, is still logging in for operations with his guild every week. Huh.

I still can’t say anything terrible about the game. I haven’t changed, but the game has, and it seems to be working for them. Many new players are subscribing and enjoying the story in Knights of the Fallen Empire, and the changes that have been made to make flashpoints and operations at a relevant end-game level is great for new players that have just begun to play.

Unfortunately, the game isn’t doing anything for me–someone that enjoys strategically defeating difficult bosses in an MMO. With nothing hinted at or even in development, I’m not motivated to continue my subscription when it runs out next month. There’s nothing new. I don’t want to continue playing the same thing over and over. An hour (possibly) of new story content is not worth$14.99 to me when I’m not logging into the game. I care less about news and happenings about the game.

SWTOR is a fantastic game, but it’s sadly not for a veteran player like me right now. I’ve been subscribed continuously since January 2012. After four years, I’m a bit tired. When (or if?) a new operation comes out, I will probably log in more frequently. I will probably still log in this week to play Chapter 10: Anarchy in Paradise and maybe Chapter 11 depending on when my subscription runs out.

I have been and am planning on playing lots of other games (I have another post about what happened to me in Skyrim), so hopefully I can write more here on the blog! I may also write what I think about Chapter 10: Anarchy in Paradise, so stay tuned for some upcoming posts.

4 Comments on Disenchant

  1. Hugo
    February 11, 2016 at 12:28 am (1 year ago)

    I know the feeling. Same happened to me a couple of times already, first with Eve Online after some years of playing that, later with LotRO (after 4 years) and last summer the same with SWTOR. I did resub recently but im playing alot more casual now.

    After i quit playing SWTOR last summer i spent the last half year playing various other games in different genres as well besides some other MMOs. For example Diablo3, Marvel Heroes, some single player games like Civ5 and The Walking Dead. The nice thing about those games is that you dont feel forced to log in every day although the daily login rewards can also give you the feeling you have to 😛 (wrote an article myself about that on my blog, about the “carots on a stick in gaming”… you might wanna check it out).

    Just play the games you enjoy gaming since that is the whole purpose of the activity, to enjoy yourself. Whatever you do please dont stop blogging and i will keep reading your blogposts since that is one thing I enjoy! 🙂

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  2. twitter @cherkov
    February 11, 2016 at 12:53 am (1 year ago)

    i can relate to what you feel and for years I have played lotro and when i reached 100 i didn’t feel excited to do more raids.. that was like a couple of years ago. I shifted to swtor and now I feel like going back to lotro again, but with chapter 10 I wanted to do it first than go back and start quests in Minas Tirith.

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  3. Kidfos
    February 14, 2016 at 10:42 am (1 year ago)

    Fo4 pulled me away from SWTOR and I’ve found it very difficult to move away from the new generation of RPGs back to a rather old fashioned online version.

    It’s a little sad as I’ve played since launch and enjoyed the ride, but for me it seems it’s over. The cost of a subscription to a game I may play only 4 or 5 hours becomes harder to justify. Especially when it’s heading more towards single player story mode, something that Fo4 and the Witcher 3 are far superior at.

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  4. Stardust Legacy
    February 22, 2016 at 8:24 am (1 year ago)

    Great article: a constructive assessment and an accurate one, in my opinion. I agree that this game is still amazing for the newer player, especially if they play the origin game with all the planet missions and class stories and FPs. I also agree that it is becoming difficult for veteran players (I refuse to be called an elder player!) to find new and challenging stuff to do. Unfortunately, to a large extent, game mechanics have been over-ridden by overpowered skills. Levelsynch did not go far enough and now it’s just too easy for me. When it’s too easy for ME, we have an issue. I love the game and the voice-acted story and cutscenes but I hope a rebalancing of challenge happens soon. In the meantime, the game seems healthy financially so there is reason to hope it will continue to be supported by the evil overlords at EA. Thanks for the well-written article.

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