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Episode II: Basic Controls, Abilities, and Interface
In Episode II, seen above, I take a look at the basic movement controls, how to customize your user interface, how to use the map, how to read the mission log, and how to interact with Non-Player Characters (NPCs).
The basic controls in Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) are very similar to other Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOs). Use the “W”, “A”, “S”, and “D” keys (WASD Controls) to move about. A note on these controls, the “A” and “D” rotate the character, not make them move side to side. An easy way to navigate is to hold down the right mouse button and hold “W” and the character will move in the direction the camera is pointing as you look around with the mouse.
A new feature since the launch of SWTOR is interface customization. You can now load several preset interfaces or completely customize and save a user interface (UI) layout. To get to the customization screen, press “ESC” on the keyboard, and click on Interface Editor. There are a few selectable presets that available in a dropdown box and loaded with the button next to the dropdown. For my purposes I use the preset “Extended Quickbars”.
Using the map is crucial in SWTOR. If you are ever lost in the game, open the map and it should generally point you in the direction you need to go with helpful green icons. I’ll be going into more details on the search features of the map in future episodes.
The mission log holds all the missions assigned to you. It keeps track of active missions and current tasks for each mission. Once you fulfill all tasks of a mission it is complete and you can claim rewards. In this video I show how to use the mission log in conjunction with the map to carry out basic quest tasks. The next video will expound on the mission log.
In MMO lingo, NPCs are characters in the game that the computer, or in this case the server, controls, not other players. In this video our example is the taxi droid. To interact with an NPC, move the mouse cursor over the NPC and move close enough for the cursor to fill in and turn yellow. Then right-click on the NPC to interact.
The basic controls are very intuitive for most PC gamers. The map system is excellent and its interaction with the quest system makes it very helpful. The quest log is feature rich as we’ll see in future videos. The only feature covered in this video that I have a problem with is Interface Editor. It seems a little clunky to me, but it is nice to have all the options for customizing the UI in one screen. Improving the screen could be as simple as removing the need to press the button to load the preset UI. I give these features a 5 out of 5 each with the exception of UI customization. It’s close, but not quite excellent, but immensely improved from launch day. It earns a 4 out of 5.
SWTOR is a subscription based MMO. It will be Free-to-Play later this year, but still allow people to subscribe for extra perks. If you would like a 14 day free trial, message me with your email address and I’ll send you an invite code.