Chapter XV thoughts
Spoilers for the following:
KOTFE chapters 1-15
Jedi Knight Class Story
Imperial Agent Class Story
Outlander: Auryyn, Jedi Guardian
The big betrayal chapter is here! We all knew it was coming, it was inevitable, and now it’s arrived, and Bioware be damned if they’ll let you forget about it. So, diving straight into the action, the chapter opened with us en route to capture an Eternal Empire vessel with GEMINI Prime on-board and the tension was palpable. Even the usual Senya and Koth we-despise-eachother-intently-but-one-of-these-chapters-we’ll-end-up-saving-one-another-or-something-and-make-up banter was at a minimum. Meanwhile, Lana Beniko made a nervous attempt at humour and Theron was super serious about everything. Yikes. Bottom line, SWTOR wanted you to know they were serious this chapter, and damn did they achieve it.
Keeping the looming betrayal firmly in the forefront of our minds, Outlander and co arrive – and immediately something isn’t right. Lightsabers and blasters out, the team presses on. At this point, I really had no idea what to expect – which was great, as the betrayal was so heavily publicised.
After GEMINI Prime insults SCORPIO and the Outlander and the splits the gang up, the middle section of this chapter consisted of running around a maze of a ship whilst being commented on constantly by GEMINI Prime (who may as well have been referred to as SCORPIO 2.0). The entire section was reminiscent of the Belsavis section of the Imperial Agent story, and I’m sure my Agent will find that bit hits a bit too close to home. Having pathways constantly blocked off was frustrating, but very effective in making you feel trapped and like you’re going further down the rabbit hole. But it wasn’t all great – in a lot of ways, it feels more and more like your Outlander isn’t the main character. I understand that everything isn’t always about them (and the companions and other characters are often awesome), but it was back in Chapter XII the last time I felt that it was my protagonist that was the real deciding factor in any of this. I’m feeling as though this Alliance of clearly capable individuals are merely babysitting my Outlander – but everyone insists on acting like she’s the almighty saviour, but I’m feeling less and less like she is. I’ll be interesting to see if this continues as the Outlander story progresses.
SCORPIO being taken out by GEMINI Prime was a surprise and showed that SWTOR still has tricks up their sleeve.
After re-grouping, Auryyn and company discover Arcann’s prisoners – a group from each faction seeking to join the Alliance. It was great to see Tai Corden again – I hope to see more characters coming into KOTFE from the class and planetary stories (one CorSec Captain in particular), so it was a really pleasant encounter. Auryyn and Senya ran off to kick some GEMINI Prime ass, sending the prisoners with Lana and Theron to get them to safety. The fight with GEMINI Prime wasn’t overly grindy which I loved, and it felt like a fitting encounter – but it was lacklustre compared to what followed.
After the fight, Bioware offered hands down the most difficult decision so far in KOTFE. With the three groups of prisoners now in escape pods, Theron explains that there might not be enough time to send all three to safety, and asks the Outlander to give their preferred order. It was so tense, I hovered my mouse for AGES, staring blankly and re-reading everything. Who was I kidding – this was SWTOR, with a track record thus far of decisions not amounting to anything. I was proved wrong on this occasion when one pod was destroyed, and all those within it killed. I genuinely couldn’t believe it and it was devastating for the Outlander and co. I fully expect that decision to create ripples going forward.
Auryyn takes her failure to heart
The reveal that SCORPIO was the big bad all along was predictable, with almost everyone calling it from the beginning. But, to their credit, Bioware did a great job of littering the red herrings everywhere and seeding doubt; Koth on the Gravestone unattended, Lana being ridiculously callous about SCORPIO’s “death” and Senya finding the Outlander first and stating that “no-one should be alone in this place” rather suspiciously; and Theron’s a frankly ridiculously good spy. For a moment or two, it felt like it could be anyone in your inner circle.
The Troublesome Trio
We also got to see Arcann and Vaylin briefly, with Vaylin questioning her brother, which was interesting to see and develops the idea that she is perhaps the one to be concerned with – maybe she’ll team up with SCORPIO now and Arcann will run to his mortal enemy for help? Who knows, but the speculation has increased tenfold.
Solid chapter with a maintained, strong sense of tension throughout. It alleviated my concerns over the direction that KOTFE was heading, and I feel there’s a solid platform to go forward from. Bring on Chapter XVI!
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