For what it's worth, I'm still enjoying the game. I may not agree with some of the animation changes, and the linear game world and "generic" MMO level/talent system was sort of a letdown (was hoping for SWG2, but who wasn't?), but so far I'm enjoying the ride to 50. Got tired of my Assassin, so I dabbled a bit in the Republic classes, especially a Trooper. Really enjoy the storyline, but then I created a Bounty Hunter (female) and the voice acting is leaps and bounds ahead of any of the other voice acting, in my opinion, so I stuck with it.
Official boards are full of "1.4 ruined my AC, please fix", but I'm not having any issues. I don't plan on doing Ranked Warzones and so far I've been having a blast running random Flashpoints and Warzones. Got focused hard when I went in there, but still managed to win every match, both as ******* and Bodyguard.
It sucks a bit that the scoreboard doesn't take into account everything done to secure the win. When the enemy team focused one of our nodes, I ran to one of theirs and successfully managed to make them panic, causing half their team to rush to me and kill me. By keeping pressure on their node, their attack on our node failed and we secured the win, but I got slaughtered on the scoreboard. MVP votes went to some dude who sat on a node all game long and therefore got the highest Objective score, and some other dude who maxed out damage done.
Flashpoints are sort of fun now that I no longer tank them. That is, I still tank them, because tanks are so horribly bad in this game that I end up taking aggro whether I'm healing or dealing damage. Had one Assassin tank who only used Force Lightning and Shock. Never, ever used any of his AOE abilities or saber attacks. Painful, but being a total boss (
) allowed us to pull through. Also, some guy went total ****** and pulled an entire area in Hammer Station after I sliced the elevator and the rest of us used it to bypass some stuff. He ran to us, through all the mobs, pulling them with us, securing a wipe. Afterwards, he was like "lol, chillax, dudes!" and we kicked him. Good times.
Still, I'm seeing a drop in active players. After the consolidation, there were two or three full instances of the Imperial Fleet, but Balmorra (3rd planet Imperial side) was down to 80 peak time Sunday. Was a pain getting a group together for a random 4-man heroic. Dromund Kaas (2nd planet) had 200+ players on it.
They should probably have held back the F2P announcement until they were ready to make the switch. I canceled my subscription because I've got GW2 to keep me entertained until TOR makes the jump.