Space combat is one of my favourite parts of the game. Guess you can't please everyone. Pretty much all your criticisms would be null and void if you'd played the KOTOR games. The space combat in SWTOR is much the same as it was in KOTOR which was even more arcade style. It was never more than a mini game and in SWTOR it's a lot bigger than that. And anyone who thinks they're not challenging hasn't tried the new heroic space missions. Of course I'd love it if they added the other mini games such as swoop racing and pazaak.
As for the story - again it's much the same as it was in KOTOR and let's be realistic, if the sort of consequences you described happened in an MMO people would rage. Your group's getting attacked by random assasins because of a choice someone else made earlier? Not gonna work.
As I said you can't please everyone but in my opinion it's the best MMO around. Most fun I've had in an MMO since world of warcraft a few years back prior to it's rapid decline. It's actually made levelling and questing fun rather than just a mad rush to endgame/pvp which are the only parts of some game where you actualyl find any substantial combat (and yes I do enjoy endgame content in swtor also).
It amazes me how cheap people are. I'm a subscriber. I think it's a good game and is worth paying for. If people want to try the game for free then great. But they shouldn't expect to get the same experience that I'm paying to get. I see people whining about things they can't do on FTP accounts. Well guess what. If you like the game then pay for it. In my opinion FTP is only meant to let people see if the game's any good before they shell out for it. It's not meant to be a way for people to experience the whole game without playing a cent.
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