5 Must-Change Preferences in Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic officially launches at midnight tonight, but those who pre-ordered have had a week to figure out which settings must be changed on any character after your first log in.

     1. Show Conversation Alignment Gain

This is by far the most important preference that has to be changed. One of the great features of SWTOR is the ability to choose your alignment within your faction. Each part of a conversation will prompt a few responses, and sometimes these responses will give you light or dark side points. By default, you have to mouse over the responses to see their influence, but with this simple preference, an icon appears next to each option, streamlining conversations and ensuring that you don’t accidentally make the wrong choice!

This option can be found under “Conversation” in the “User Interface” tab in your preferences.

     2. Enable Bottom Center Quickslot

This is a no-brainer. You’re going to get far more abilities than your original quickbar can hold, and you might as well place abilities in their permanent spots as soon as you get them. You can enable the bottom center quickbar to appear right below your original quickbar.

This option can be found under “Quickbars” in the “User Interface” tab in your preferences.

     3. Map Fades While Moving

This obnoxious feature makes it incredibly difficult to see quest objectives on the map while you auto-run to your destination. Turn it off and your map stays opaque while you move.

This option can be found under “Map” in the “User Interface” tab in your preferences.

     4. Nameplates on Enemy NPCs

You’ll be fighting packs of mobs almost immediately and it can be tricky to see them all without enemy nameplates. Turn this baby on and you’ll never wonder who or what is shooting at you again!

This option can be found under “General” in the “Nameplates” tab in your preferences.

     5. Filter Profanity

Don’t be a bitch. Swearing is a big part of our vernacular. If you plan on understanding your group mates, you’re gonna want to turn this fucker off. If someone says something that offends you, /ignore them. Very simple!

This option can be found under “General” in the “Chat” tab in your preferences.