TOR: Patch 1.1 and the End of the Free Month — Will You Keep Your Subscription?
TOR’s official forums offer insight into the reasons why players may or may not cancel their subscription. Among rants of overpowered scoundrels/operatives, biochem, and factional imbalance, players have enumerated their reasons for canceling their subscription.
Do be advised that these are the very same forums that claim every single class is both under- and overpowered, so take this list of reasons people claim they’ve unsubscribed with a grain of salt:
- Warzones are broken
- PvE feels like a single player game with chat
- Cannot choose what Warzone to play
- No dual specialization
- No LFG tool
- Too many bugs
- Feels like a beta, not a full game
- Nothing to do after reaching level 50
- It’s a WoW clone
- FPS issues
- Inability to move/resize action bars
- All races are humans with different skin colors
- The game feels unfinished/unpolished
- No auto-attack
- The game is unbalanced
- Terrible/non-existent customer service
- Fanboys ruin the community
- Very repetitive
- Complete disregard for EU customers
- Phased instancing, aka “shards”
- No Addon support or macros
- Ability delay bug
- Long travel distances
- Clunky mechanics
- Poorly-implemented auction house
- Lack of high-res textures
Now, I’m sure half of the players who gripe and whine on the forums will actually keep playing the game for months to come — people passionate enough about a game to keep posting on its forums tend be in it for the long haul. But that’s not to say that gripers don’t have legitimate concerns. Yes, many complaints are inane, petty, or downright unfounded, but TOR isn’t perfect — and therein lies the heart of the issue.
Ultimately, too many people expected TOR to be more than it ever could be. According to its fanboy hype, TOR was supposed to have a flawless launch, crush WoW, and solve world hunger. When TOR failed to live up to those unrealistic expectations, the same fanboys who put TOR on a pedestal long before release turned on the game with all the geek rage internet Sith can muster.
TOR isn’t perfect. It didn’t have a flawless launch. It’s not killing WoW. But it’s still one of the most polished, compelling, and downright fun MMOs I’ve ever played. Visiting the movie theatre costs $15 and keeps me entertained for two hours — TOR delivers far more hours of entertainment for the same price.
Are you unsubscribing from TOR?