Gabe over at Penny Arcade has been playing in The Old Republic beta for about a month and received special permission from BioWare to post his impressions of where the game stands right now. He doesn’t go into too much detail on the mechanics due to the chance that they may go through some changes over the course of the beta, but he praises the single-player RPG feel and some of the cooler features:
I donâ€™t want to drill down into too much little stuff about the game but there is one feature I have to tell you about because I think it is really cool. If someone in your party is off grabbing quests while youâ€™re selling junk at a vendor you would have to wait for them to share the quest with you later in any other game. In SW:TOR you get a little message that someone in your party is taking a quest and do you want to join via holoprojector. The first time I saw this I actually said out loud â€œShit yeah I want to join via holoprojector!â€ and sure enough your character appears there in all his or her shimmering blue glory. You can interact with the NPC right alongside your partner. Itâ€™s a little touch but believe me when I tell you the game is full of smart little bits like this.
You can check out his full post right here.