I’ve been playing more of my Imperial Agent after the recent vacation, and ruminating on the companions this class has. Some characters have a very strong ‘team vibe’ going with their companions – of the ones I have played the Jedi Consular and Trooper spring to mind. Even the Bounty Hunter has somewhat of a team ethos; given the treacherous nature of the profession, it’s only natural that any good bounty hunter needs someone to watch his or her rear.
But the Imperial Agent really feels like a loner class; having companions so far has tended to seem more like baggage than backup. Vector is a good companion, if somewhat creepy. Otherwise I haven’t any affection for any of them particularly and all of them seem to have their own flaws or reasons to get me in trouble with my superiors. I suppose that’s good for the vibe of working as a spy – how much can you ever trust others operating in the that shadowy world?
The game reminded me in the last session that all SWTOR characters are expected to be a team player regardless of class or ethos. I was so used to having a pocket healer walking around with me (Vector by choice) that without him I died on a class mission! It seems to me that character death when running solo missions hasn’t been much of a risk at least since companions were changed to be flexible. During a mission on Belsavis Vector was out of action suddenly (because story) and I found myself rather suddenly at the death screen – I’d been fighting almost on auto pilot without paying any attention to my own health bar. With this character I’ve almost never had to use his own heals since the companions do the job better anyway.
I play so much in stealth on this character that it is easy to assume that danger is an unknown to him, but it seems I do need someone to keep the kolto at the ready!