So yesterday I managed to complete my first instance (called flashpoints) in The Old Republic. It was the Chamber of Speech, a 2 man instance on Tython. It was pretty quick, and pretty easy. I’d say it took about 15 minutes in all to get to the story point, complete it, and kill the ‘boss’ (I believe they’re called champions) that isn’t required (he’s off to the side of the story point). Unlike World of Warcraft, where you complete an instance by killing all of the bosses, this flashpoint is complete when you turn the quest back in (so there’s no ‘dungeon complete pop-up or anything, and no bonus experience).
The way Star Wars handles the story in a flashpoint is kind of cool. When you get to a part that requires you to select dialog options each person in the group will choose an option and then the game conducts a roll for each person and whoever has the highest roll has their choice used for the entire group. This adds some spice to working with a group as other people may be playing the game differently from you (i.e. dark side). (I believe if you chose a light side choice you still get light side points even if the dark side option is chosen for the group, can’t confirm this though).
I have yet to run any other flashpoints, but I’m hoping they’ll start to provide more challenge and continue to be enjoyable.
I’ll continue to post my experiences with SWTOR in the future. See you soon.