The starter planets are just like the starter zones in WoW. You have to be doing something VERY wrong to die on your own.
I have to say I am really liking the answers here so far! The fact that it will not be something we are spoon fed is awesome. To level and have it be fun and challenging?!?!?
(totally stole this from trolls too BTW)
I think playing smartly will be rewarded in SWTOR. The heatlh pulls are larger, but recovering from mistakes is more difficult too. Basically you won't die instantly from making a mistake, but if your bad in general, it will be very hard to recover (in the case of long drawn out fights).
Ch....cha....challenging? now there's a word I haven't seen outside of heroics raids in a while.
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"The crystal is the heart of the blade. The heart is the crystal of the Jedi. The Jedi is the crystal of the Force.
The Force is the blade of the heart. All are intertwined. The crystal, the blade, the Jedi. You are one.
There are challenges, if you seek them out, or just don't pay attention to what you're doing. Named "Boss" mobs can kill you quite easily at even level. Even some "Elites". I think the big reason you won't die as much, though, is just that everyone gets an out-of-combat heal/regen so there's no excuse for not being topped off each pull.
What would be ABSOLUTELY LAME AND HORRIBLE to have happen:
Player enters "single player instance" PVE / mission.
Player clears a portion of mobs.
Character gets killed in combat.
Character respawns back at the entrance of the "dungeon".
Why would this be so horrible? Because it then mimics a single-player game, when it should be an MMO. I'd much rather load New Vegas. I'll have to wait to see it for myself, but I am fearful of a cross between Age of Conan and StarTrekOnLine... though I've already pre-registered, so I'm already sunk for the $75...
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Anyways... back to the OP. Yes, death is in the game and it is close to what Triptych and Blackblade said. Actually its a combination. You can either be revived from a KO/death by a droid (at some point I think it was said that there will be a finite amount you can carry with you) or you can be emergency transported to something like a med bay/hospital and continue from there.
I don't remember hearing anything about any sort of rez sickness though
It's always been slightly awkward getting this sort of gameplay mechanic to work alongside the story elements. After all, if resurrection is a commonplace thing, and players are forever being revived from all sorts of grisly fates (eaten by a dragon, slain by a pack of zombies, drowned in lava) ... then Death ceases to be a meaningful part of the world story.
What's that you say? Cairne was slain by Garrosh in a duel? Couldn't he just whisper Hamuul: "rez pl0x"? Anytime the story progression requires a lore character to fall in some heroic ending, it kind of loses its impact, when resurrection is an everyday thing.
Sounds like Bioware is approaching this in a sensible way. ::thumbs up::
I imagine it will be hard for Bioware to get the difficulty right. They need to make it sort of challenging for the more experienced MMO players but also easy enough for people who have never played one to do as well. It looks atm as though they are making the start quests quite easy which has to be done IMO.
I die plenty of times on my IA in beta.
WoW having more subs than SWTOR is the same thing as Justin Bieber having more youtube plays than Tupac. Just because its more popular doesn't mean its good.
Warcraft Lore has gone from one of the most vast and interesting stories in all of gaming to a bad Thrall Fanfic by Chris Metzen.
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I played a sith warrior (from lvl 1 till 7) at GAMEfest and it's reasonably balanced - just have to remember that the game is designed slightly differently to WoW (i.e you take more hits).
Having said that, the person next to me, who I think was a trooper... died about 20 times...
To my understanding we're going to be fighting groups of mobs instead of just one or 2 at a time like in wow. That in itself I think makes pulling too many mobs and therefore dying more likely than if we'd be fighting just one at a time. I don't have any problem with the game being challenging on lower levels too, just as long as it's not so hard people will ragequit and log to wow questing for easymode.
None of us is going to make it out this shit alive, so try to enjoy it while you can.
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