So I started yet another alt since it’s still practically impossible to get any group going at 50. I already have a 50 Sith Inquisitor (mage or healer) and a Bounty Hunter (mid-range tank). I decided to try an Imperial Agent – you know, the suits running the starships? They have two advanced classes, Sniper (long range DPS) and Operative (mid range DPS or Heals).
First, the play style. You have a limited energy bar, it regens automatically but at different rates if you have less than 60%. More = faster. Bounty Hunter is the same. This makes it so spamming skills does not work. Which, technically, would make you a horrible emergency healer compared to an Inquisitor. Anyways, you start off with ranged attacks and 1 melee attack. Your biggest move requires you to be crouched. Cool I’m thinking. I hit 10, take Operative and all of a sudden, I no longer have any worthwhile ranged moves. I’ve turned into a Rogue, having to be behind the target. Since most combat is against 3 players, sure does make it hard to live through it! By far the hardest character to play and survive with.
Story next. The class quest is probably the best so far. You actually feel involved as a spy and it makes sense. Either they patched some stuff out or I wasn’t high enough level but I missed a good half-dozen quests on my way to 16. I have played a solid dozen characters to 25 (though most inquisitors during the beta) so it’s weird not having those around. I’m about 2 levels under where I should be and that’s concerning. My Bounty Hunter wasn’t 50 when she finished her last quest and I was resting in cantinas for extra experience every log out.
Companion now. The first one – and the first one for each class is the one you should use forever – is a ranged tank. A piss-poor ranged tank. Wears light armor and has no extra shielding, so if I end up against anything tougher than 3 normals, she’s dead. With other classes, taking an elite was hard but 90% doable. Now I die about 50% of the time because the tank simply cannot tank. Plus the character looks cool but has a horribad story.
Cool tidbit, SWTOR emailed me when my character hit 10. I didn’t get that for the other classes so maybe this one needs explaining to players? I do know that the only people playing IA are in PvP and that you’d be lucky to find one sniper in 100 players. A pure class (especially DPS) is dead in 2012. WoW’s dual classes killed them (Pandas have 3 classes) and Rift’s ability to have 2-3 roles and 5 builds at any given time has changed the landscape of MMOs.
Anyways, it’s an interesting class where the story is better than the playstyle. A lot better. Which is pretty much the polar opposite of the Bounty Hunter. Wonder which one people will want to play at 50 when the story is over?