Thread: Key Bindings
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04.06.2013 , 06:19 PM | #3
While you can certainly do very well with a standard mouse and keyboard, there are some very cool products on the market that can make key binding just as good (if not better) but may have a learning curve that is different for all players. I'd suggest at least taking a look into them and see if they might be an interesting alternative.

For me, especially from playing more console games than computer ones, using a Logitech G13 gamepad was like learning how to walk all over again yet realizing it somehow felt better than before. I bought it just as I got in to SWTOR closed beta and haven't even attempted using the keyboard for anything in game other than signing in and the occasional chat. I use the thumbstick as you would on a controller with WQED bound to it (for strafing, in lieu of WASD). I start my main attacks from the second row of keys and work my way around the keypad for various actions. Next to the thumbstick are 2 keys I can use as spacebar and my shift modifier. I couldn't even think about playing another MMO without this thing and have already bought another as backup for when/if this one fails.

I also use a G700 gaming mouse and found it to be more comfortable and larger than others with more buttons. In particular, the Naga mouse was a bit small for my hands so I returned it. I also have another multi button mouse similar to the Naga but have not had the chance to practice with it. Most likely I will probably buy another G700 as well as it's been starting to act up lately. Suffice to say that I am never at a shortage of buttons to press with my setup and all within reasonable distance without needing to be a contortionist.

The most important thing about any setup you use is that you practice with it.....a lot. I use similar layouts on my gamepad for all 6 of my 50's and currently working on number 7. Stuns are in the same place as well as defensive cooldowns. This allows me to be consistent when switching between characters.