So I did break down, download the free version and what not this weekend.
Played around a bit. Got a jedi consular and smuggler through the starting areas, and spent some time on the other republic classes. Overall it was enjoyable, the couple of people I happened to meet and group with were generally on the quiet side, but overall pleasant. People had been saying good things about the single-player stuff, and it largely seemed to deliver, at least to the point to keep me curious about stuff. Thinking is now, I'm going to play through a bit more on the free trial at the moment. Once I get my classes up to 15-ish (where I'm capped for the moment) I'll probably sub for a couple of months (thinking 60-day game card) to give it a try.
Anywho, I do have some questions though, and with you people being experts on the game and what not, I figured I'd plop them down here...
1) Do areas continue to have some unique story lines for the different classes? (You know how like the smuggler and trooper stories have differences in the starting area?) or does that disappear?
2) Are there more HERIOC 2+ areas in later zones? I really liked those a lot. They were a nice way to meet people if you grouped for them, but not so difficult you couldn't do them if there wasn't anyone else around. Thought it was a nice touch, as I've kind of missed having stuff like that around.
3) Most importantly, when do I get my purple lightsaber?