I got my freedom, my ship and my gun. What more do I need?
I finally finished Chapter 1 of the smuggler class story this weekend and I have to say that it was a blast from start to finish. Full of slightly ridiculous situations I felt as though Merec was constantly out of his depth and chasing events from slightly behind the curve, which I'm sure was the intent.
So you're desperate and have a lot of money... I like where this is going!
After an initial Prologue which involved Merec trying to recover his stolen starship, Chapter 1 soon settled into a treasure hunt plot. At times I felt like an intergalactic Indiana Jones as I chased down clues and items required to find the lost treasure of Nok Drayen, always one step behind my nemesis, the smuggler Skavak.
I liked it better when you were thanking me.
The only disappointing part of the plotline was during my time on Taris, which involved recovering an ancient astrogation chart. This was the only planet where the class questline seemed more like a generic sidequest, whereas all the others did a great job of making me feel like I was living out my Han Solo fantasies.
I want to be called "Crackerjack"! Er, wait, that sounded better in my head. How about "Ace"?
There were a couple of great twists to the story at the end of the chapter, neither of which I anticipated and one of which was a nice nod to the storyline of the original movie. There were also quite a few memorable characters throughout (one way this game really stands out from other MMOs - I could not for the life of me remember any of the quest givers in EQ2 with any clarity, but Darmas Pollaran and Cedonia Teraan for example stay long in the memory).
Is that a hairstyle... or did a womp rat just die on your head?
During Chapter 1 I picked up my second companion, Bowdaar the Wookiee. It was another moment that really nailed the "smuggler" feel from the movies. I love sending Bowdaar in to fight giant robots armed with nothing more than a bad attitude and a huge sword.
I've got a Jedi and a Sith fighting over me... but I've only got eyes for you.
There were lots of stand-out moments during my play through of Chapter 1. Amongst my favourites moments was the final battle against the guardian of Nok Drayen's treasure (it took me several attempts to beat the ancient droid and I had to adjust my tactics quite a bit to win through). Corso's reaction to recovering his favourite blaster, Torchy, was priceless, as was consigning an entire species to death as the main course at a Hutt banquet. Being caught in the crossfire between a powerful Jedi, Sith and leader of the Tatooine underworld was fun, exciting and felt dangerous. Meeting Rogan the Butchers amateur henchmen delivered several laugh-out-loud moments.
Of all the lazy, rotten, underhanded schemes... why didn't I think of that?
The dialogue for the smuggler has often been very amusing, and the sheer number of flirt options was surprising. More than once my wife (who I was grouped with) rolled her eyes as her trooper was left twiddling her thumbs whilst my smuggler disappeared for another romantic liaison! Some of my favourite lines of smuggler dialogue so far are dotted around this article.
If I get killed I'm gonna be so mad!
There are a few loose ends left at the end of the chapter, and I'm looking forwards to see how things get resolved with Rogan the Butcher and whether Risha's secret heritage will come back to haunt my ever-growing crew.
My overriding sense after playing through Chapter 1 of the smuggler's story is one of having a really fun adventure. Here's hoping Chapter 2 delivers just as much fun!