With a very obsessive personality when it comes to the science fiction and movie genre, and wanting to immerse myself totally into far off and incredibly exotic lands, I like nothing more than an expansive sci-fi computer game. Mass Effect really catered to this need with a brand new universe full of haunting worlds, bold new aliens and technology with which to thrash the living daylights out of adversaries. However, you could only do so much because, whilst being a role-playing game, it was single player.
I’ve been a fan of Star Wars Galaxies (SWG) in the past; the MMORPG that allows you to jump into George Lucas’s hugely diverse world. I could play a little rodian smuggling goods between Corellia and Tatooine. Or my favourite; a Transdoshan female medic living on Naboo who had a hatred of Wookies and loved nothing more than slaying and hunting. It’s a world that you write, and whilst there are of course challenges and goals ultimately gameplay is down to you.
However, SWG became tired over the years, mostly due to the developers wanting to attract a more wide-ranging audience. This led to many of features which hardcore Starwars fans loved being dropped in destructive updates and being replaced with rather benign and irritating gameplay. As such, I lost interest as did many of my gaming friends from around the world. But now, now we have the promise of Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Part of SWG’s downfall was its historical placement which put it alongside the popular movies and led to many historical issues. For hardcore fans this was a problem. There shouldn’t be loads of Jedi running around when they had, almost in their entirety, been wiped out by Order 66. The icons of the series were in the game but hidden away so you hardly saw them, and it resulted in a game which felt like it was only half the story. SWTOR however takes place 3,500 years before Darth Vader’s creation, lending the creators to basically do what they want.
You’ll have to wait a while for this promising new game though as no release date has yet been confirmed. Officials originally slated it for release, well, now but updates are still arriving without that elusive date. However, after being terribly disappointed with Star Trek Online I’m hoping that SWTOR makes a thrilling and exciting update to the now tired SWG.
Cinematic Trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic
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