I really like companions, but there are a few things I would change…
1. Hide Helm. FFS people! I want to see my companion’s face. I don’t want to listen to a voice coming out of a bucket head.
2. Get Companions Earlier (before level 30). You spend SO LONG with your first companion and you’re wishing for some variety. Also, when I get a companion at level 40, you might as well just print “ur a crafting mule” on his head. If a companion is going to be invaluable to my role (like, say, a healer companion for a melee dps toon), I’m going to suffer if that companion is given to me very late.
3. More Healers and Tanks. It would be ideal if all companions had a heal or tanking mode. Generally, you find yourself taking along a tank or a healer. If you had more than one healer, you’d have some more variety in choices of whom to bring along. Right now, as soon as you get “the” companion that is appropriate for you, that’s your perma-buddy.
4. Easier Gearing. Once you have 5 companions, it’s hard to keep them all geared, which just leads to the same old problem of bringing the same one every time. And many of them can’t wear orange pieces that are restricted. For example: heavy armor that is restricted to “trooper or jedi knight” cannot be used by your friendly neighborhood Corso.
5. More Companion Quests. I was pretty disappointed that the first companion gives you a quest to go somewhere and do something, but all the rest just want to have conversations. Sigh. I realize that if your companion/main combination is not ideal, a quest where you’re forced to bring a specific companion might be difficult. But the companion quests could be easier than others…
6. Conversation Spacing. Ok, when my companions gain affection, they want to talk to me at specific affection levels.. which is spaced out nicely. Unless the conversations are gated by finishing chapter 1 or whatever – in which case, they just build up and once Chapter 1 is done, the companions want to chat and chat and chat and have all the conversations back-to-back. Maybe there should be a minimum time between these conversations? Maybe a day? It’s pretty disconcerting to have your companion say “this will take a long time to track down” – you finish the conversation, and then there’s another triangle… you click and “HEY I FOUND IT!” Mmkay.
7. Chat when I want to Chat. I joke the Corso is a typical man… when he wants to talk, I should make time to hear him out, but when I want to talk and I click on him he says something like “I have nothing to say.” Grrr. Even if it’s a dumb little inconsequential conversation, there should be SOMETHING.
What would you change about your companions?