Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Old Republic


Star Wars has spawned many different types of games from fighting to racing and even a MMORPG(Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.)  They have had varying degrees of success, not unlike the movies, but at the time when the first Star Wars MMO came out it was quite popular.  This changed with bad decisions by the developer and the entry of World of Warcraft into the MMO scene.  However, Lucasarts wants another shot at that giant piece of pie that WoW has carved out for itself.  This time with Star Wars: The Old Republic.

I've been following this game intently since E3 '09 when BioWare (developer of TOR) released Deceived a cinematic trailer to get people hyped for the game.  It did that in spades, but people wanted to know what set this game apart.  BioWare from an early onset said story, or the "fourth pillar" as they call it, would set TOR apart from all the rest of the MMO's out right now. Fully voiced NPC's and missions with a conversation system similar to Mass Effect's dialog wheel; it sure seems like they have that covered.  There is also a big emphasis has been placed on the fact that you will have companion characters similar to the way you had them in KOTOR(Knights of the Old Republic) and will be romancable or killable.  You may want to think about that decision to kill your helpful companion though, this isn't a single player game you can't just reload your save and everything is all hunky dory.

What about the loot, the raids, and PVP you ask?  Well it's all there so they tell us.  They have said next to nothing about raids so far.  Loot has been talked about quite a bit... it will be a heavily loot based game.  crafting skills will apparently take a back seat only the raid gear.  As far as PVP goes this has been discussed by the fansites lucky enough to go play it for 2 days, as fun and not "bursty," which I assume means you can't just unleash everything you got on someone and turn them into a fine paste, and that it "feels like an upgraded Warhammer" style of PVP.  Warhammer had wildly imbalanced classes back when I played but the PVP was fun.  So this all points to what could be an awesome game.

What do you guys think?  If you've been following it at all how does it compare with perhaps an MMO you play now?  TOR should be out by the end of this year if all goes well.
If you want to know more about the game take a look at these:
Hope trailer, Info known so far about the game, and a developer walkthrough

22 comments:

  1. brilliant game! loved to play it on my x-box

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  2. I MIGHT check it out, I'll have to see the specs and stuff, monthly cost, all that. Its hard for me to get into an MMO.

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  3. @sp3nny I think you're thinking of Knight of the Old Republic. This is about The Old Republic, a new MMO in that same universe. I really am not sure if I'll get on this. I may just pass.

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  4. gotta love all starwars games... my fav was battlefront 2

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  5. Awesome read, thanks for sharing this! =D

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  6. this game looks fantastic!!

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  7. I was 12 when the Star Wars Pod Racer game came out. Man I loved that game haha... good to know that the Star Wars game universe has expanded and developed so much since then.

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  8. The Star Wars canon must be all kinds of screwed up by now.

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  9. If this is near the quality of Knights of the Old Republic then it will be a great game for sure!

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  10. You do not even realise how excited I am for this game. My blog will turn into a Star Wars blog when this gets released, because it's all i'll be doing.

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  11. That... actually sounds kinda cool. I'm gonna have to check it out.

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  12. Wow, I was actually planning to skip Old Republic, but if there's actual meat here as opposed to 'press button, receive levels' I think Bioware may have stolen yet another chunk of change from me.

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  13. I like how you can already start your guilds. People are probably making preparations like crazy!

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  14. Looking great, right now I'm playing KOTOR waiting for this!

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  15. Definitely going to be having a look at this! :D

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  16. I dunno... I'm still in the WoW phase. I think playing 2 MMO's at the same time would kill my social life lol.

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  17. Can not wait for this. It is the ONLY WoW-like RPG I've ever wanted to play. I. Can't. Wait.

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  18. Personally I really loved KOTOR

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  19. Cant wait, i love star wars!

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  20. May the force be with you, young one..or old...what ever, force be with you! XD Great review! following

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