“There is a sort of intellectual honesty about the evilness of the Empire, while the Republic comes over as the people who would like to be the good guys, but never really manage.”
So basically, what we are angsty about is the fact that TOR models the political and moral dichotomies present in reality too well for our taste. We’d like our Axis a little more evil and our Allies a little more squeaky clean.
Look, this is not to point a finger, I’ve seen this reposted in lots of places from lots of people, not to mention the chatter in my own guild and on the forums. It is simply to say that I’m not sure what people were expecting. I had assumed we would delve into the Empire to find some of the evil was mostly a result bureaucratic or apathetic tendencies. To quote an old movie: “Very few people can be totally ruthless. It isn’t easy; it takes more strength than you might believe. ” Likewise, I had assumed that under the guise of altruistic motives and ra-ra patriotism, we would find that the Republic was ultimately tarnished.
(Ironically, from the Empire side, this is exactly what Darth Bane noticed, /facepalmed, and created the Rule of Two for.)
As for me, I’m satisfied. Bioware did a great job of fleshing out two imperfect civilizations, and leaving room for all of us to navigate the waters of rebellion and heroism, good and evil. If anything, they did too good a job – my brother’s Sith Warrior had to purchase a new lightsaber this week. Turns out he enjoyed a storyline too much, and the end result was light side points he hadn’t counted it. Which mean that his current lightsaber was no longer usable. In other words – what he planned for his character met reality, and the result was a less than efficient character development.
Hey wait a second…a storyline so powerful it makes us change the conceptions of our character. Weren’t we begging for that?
Congrat’s Bioware, you trolled us hard, on a whole new plane of existence.