So as I'm approaching level 50 with my first toon, I must say I'm disappointed with the level of "Star Warsyness" of this game. I would assume that BW and EA were willing to throw hundreds of millions of dollars at a game is the huge base of people out there who are Star Wars fans. Any by "Star Wars fans", I mean people who watched & liked the original trilogy.
For example, why does this Darth Malgus character show up all over the place? How many more people would play this game if it was Darth Vader?
So far, the only planets I've really liked are Tatooine and Hoth, and Alderaan. Before playing this game, I had never heard of Taris, or Nar Shadda, or Belsavis, or any of those other planets.
Okay, I sort of remember the Twi'lek dancers, so that's kind of cool. But who are the Mirakula, or whatever they're called? And those Chiss, or the Sith?
I'm sure lots of people who are familiar with the "Extended Universe" get all excited for references to Darth Revan, but the average person doesn't. Darth Revan wasn't worth a $100 million MMORPG. Darth Vader would be.
The Era is better for creativity than the one portrayed in the movies. The movies created left no real room to expand on, except for the period after. Also, you'd know quite a lot about everything you said you have no clue about if you'd played the original games made by BioWare, Knights of the Old Republic. They were great games. That's why this game was made. It wasn't made to deviate from the stories already in place from the movies.
If you want a game that does stay within the realms of the movies, play The Force Unleashed. Be prepared for disappointment, as well. The stories are terrible and clunky. Why? Because they tried deviating from, but staying within the boundaries of the movies. It just doesn't work.