Star Wars: The Old Republic - PC

Star Wars: The Old Republic
Game Description:Embark on the most epic Star Wars experience to date in this story-driven MMO set during the time of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Fight your way across the galaxy as a Jedi, Sith or various other Star Wars archetypes and characters, and encounter countless friends and foes along the way in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Experience the expansive Star Wars universe like never before thanks to the SWTOR's full voice acting, an MMO first.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic GamesCom 2009 Preview

Star Wars: The Old Republic GamesCom 2009 Preview

By Andrew Pfister - Posted Aug 19, 2009

Going hands-on with Star Wars: The Old Republic was one of my most-anticipated appointments at GamesCom, and I am pleased to report that I was not let down.

My MMO background: on-again, off-again, really off-again, on-again and finally off-again World of WarCraft player. Never a raider or serious PvP player, but enjoyed questing solo and picking up bits of lore here and there.

Today, we got to see the Bounty Hunter and Smuggler ranged classes in action on the planet Hutta, and we were introduced to a new playable melee class: the Sith Warrior.

Rangers first: Both the Bounty Hunter and Smuggler are equipped with blasters and various projectile-based explosive weapons (rockets and grenades) on a very quick cooldown. BioWare was quick to point out that they were capable of engaging multiple enemies at once without being overrun -- and that's apparently a big part of TOR's combat. Bounty Hunter also had sleep darts for crowd control, while the Smuggler had the ability to take cover and fight from relative comfort. A major goal was to make each class feel the way that Star Wars fans see them in their minds.


Which explains the all-out attacking power of the Sith Warrior. This is the part I actually got to play, but only after watching a BioWare controlled live demo. The point of it, I would come to learn, was to see both sides of the branching story in this early instanced mission. The Sith Warrior and his entourage have been sent to investigate why a ship's captain is ignoring orders from a Grand Moff to attack a larger Republic ship. Our sadistic demo group voted to kill the captain and transfer command to a more bendable officer, which meant that in my personal demo later in the day, I got to see what happened if we were nice and spared his life.

My Sith Warrior was around level 8 and was equipped with a standard red lightsaber. As we made our assualt on the Republic ship ("we" refers to myself and my AI Bounty Hunter partner), it was boarded by a battalion of Republic Vanguards, Soldiers, Infiltrators, and Jedi Padawans. It was easy to slice through the threat, using basic attacks, area-of-effect stuns, force chokes (must be channeled), and saber-impalement finishers. Even at this early stage and basic complement of attacks, combat was very fast and almost like a pure action game. Each class is going to have an out-of-combat heal, which keeps the pace moving quickly.

Addressing Knights Of The Old Republic fans’ concern (or is that disdain?) that we're getting an MMO instead of a new KOTOR, BioWare simply responds with the claim that The Old Republic is actually "KOTOR 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 all at once," which is just another incredibly bold claim to stack on the shoulders of this ambitious game. Whether or not they pull everything off remains to be seen -- this is an MMO, after all -- but after killing a Jedi Knight, looting his purple lightsaber and equipping it as my own so I'm duel-wielding, they've certainly put a good first foot forward. More details are to come, including an explanation of the "light side/dark side" system, PvP, game economy, and player organization (i.e. guilds).

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  • TLE

    hey i played the first one it was pretty good

    Posted: August 23, 2009 6:54 AM
  • WintersunBliss

    This looks amazing im going to wait for this, WoW is going down hill so something new is a very good thing.

    Posted: August 22, 2009 5:26 PM
  • Jakeomel

    This company needs to own Star Wars. They actualy care about it.

    Posted: August 22, 2009 7:30 AM
  • limetownjack

    i don't understand how the whole class thing will work. i mean is anyone really gonna choose to be a bounty hunter with guns instead of a sith warrior with a light saber?

    Posted: August 20, 2009 2:08 PM
  • jjj5543

    cool , but how come we have to wait until dec 31 2010, i know more time means a better game, but a whole nother year.

    Posted: August 20, 2009 12:28 PM
  • Bloodkrazed

    Where did you get the release date of Dec31, 2010??

    Posted: August 20, 2009 11:53 AM
  • Nathiest


    Posted: August 20, 2009 11:20 AM
  • Nathiest

    She was it gas lightsaber? Or was it a bongsaber? j/k so um.... wheres the preview?

    Posted: August 20, 2009 11:17 AM
  • PunkRockMachine

    I wonder how much it costs them to make trailers like these....

    I just got a new PC and am looking forward to getting back on LOTRO, but I might have to give this a shot, as well as AION

    Posted: August 20, 2009 9:52 AM
  • Zack_Nero

    I wonder how much it cost them to make this game?

    Posted: August 20, 2009 9:36 AM
  • Canadiankoreans

    omfg i gotta get a pc

    Posted: August 20, 2009 8:49 AM

    2 thoughts- first, why are there no duels like that one in the movies, and secondly, i bet the final expansion pack for the game will feature some kind of huge galaxy-spanning cataclysm that someho explains why literally no technological advances were made in the thousands of years separating this game ad the movies.

    Posted: August 20, 2009 7:59 AM
  • guillermo316

    " bring epic star war games" lol like lego batman!

    Posted: August 20, 2009 6:26 AM
  • Thakker

    instanced maps for missions. feels kinda Guilwars-like.

    Posted: August 20, 2009 2:43 AM
  • SaintV

    This is truely going to be an epic mmo. Can't wait!

    Posted: August 19, 2009 11:18 PM
  • litttleman199211

    I just had several nerdgasms at once reading this i can't wait for it to come out, but for now i need to change my pants.

    Posted: August 19, 2009 11:13 PM
  • StarStridder

    Looks amazing

    Posted: August 19, 2009 8:56 PM
  • BronzeShayde

    why dont they make really good MMO's for the consoles????? whyyyy????? i want a kotor 3 that i can play on my 360

    Posted: August 19, 2009 8:03 PM
  • BlackStarNova

    that...sounds awesome!!!!!!
    even better would be if you could loot someone in PVP and equip their gear. How dickishly funny would that be?

    Posted: August 19, 2009 7:04 PM
  • returnofrage

    wow, just wow :)

    Posted: August 19, 2009 6:17 PM