Time for a little mayhem.
My time on Hoth brought an end to Chapter 2 of the smuggler's story, Battle In The Underworld. Like Chapter 1 there were plenty of slightly ridiculous situations that played into the whole seat-of-the-pants feeling, as well as a couple of new and interesting characters.
The main plot of Chapter 2 involved a power struggle between the various factions of the galaxy's underworld following the power vacuum left by Nok Drayen's death and the recovery of his lost fortune. It also saw Merec working formally for the Republic for the first time as a privateer.
It's so hard to be humble knowing how great I am.
The writing was up to the high standards set in Chapter 1, and the excellence of the smuggler dialogue continued to impress. You can find some of my favourite smuggler lines from this chapter dotted around this review.
I'll need a reason that outweighs the fact that you're a two-faced lying scum who tried to get me killed.
I found Chapter 2 started much more slowly than Chapter 1, and the first couple of missions on Balmorra and Quesh were pretty nondescript, the highlights being a great new companion (Akaavi Spar) and an amusing encounter with Beryl Thorne.
If you're planning to kill me you could at least get my name right!
After that things started to hot up, and Hoth especially was a highlight, with a complex and interesting storyline with plenty of twists and turns, as well as some memorable characters. On Hoth I picked up my last companion, Guss Tuno, an ex-Jedi assassin who I find absolutely hilarious. He's a brilliant bit of characterisation by the writers and voice actor, and his asides often have me chuckling.
|Guss Tuno, no doubt looking for a way to stab me in the back!|
Is there anyone in the Galaxy who still thinks we aren't at war?
The Chapter reached a great climax with a daring raid on the Imperial treasury starship "The Kings Ransom". During this heist I located a rather familiar skull, that of Canderous Ordo (who will be familiar to players of the original Knights of the Old Republic)!
It was also revealed that the Treaty of Coruscant had been broken and that the Empire had declared full scale war on the Republic! What I found interesting was that this change in the meta-story was also signalled in my wife's storyline as well (she is playing a Trooper). In fact it was her actions in her story that instigated the declaration of galactic war.
It's all taken care of... except for the part where you pay me.
The Republic rewarded me well for my service, especially Senator Dodonna (who also thanked Merec a more personal manner, much to Risha's annoyance).
You did know they don't call him "Rogun the Cuddly Defender of Orphaned Jedi" right?
The heist complete, I had given Rogun the Butcher and the Voidwolf bloody noses. Unfortunately I had also managed to focus their attention on me, and barely managed to survive an assassination attempt. The next Chapter looks like it will deal with the final confrontations between us.
I picked up a few allies during my time in Chapter 2, such as Captain Ozzik's crew, Alilia's pirates, and even a faction of the Hutt Cartel. It will be interesting to see whether they aid my journey through Chapter 3, Wrath of the Voidwolf. I can't wait to find out!
Great, tell me the plan and I'll see how I can ruin it.
After a slow start Chapter 2 got really interesting and took on a more epic feel than Chapter 1's more personal story. I'm hoping Chapter 3 can unite the epic with Merec's personal story in a satisfying way.