E3 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic

As some of you readers out there know from my previous articles, I am a HUGE Star Wars nerd. Combine that with a certain event that just happened in Los Angeles called E3, and I’m pretty sure you know what I’m leading towards. And if you guessed Star Wars: The Old Republic then you’re right on the money. Like much of the Star Wars community, I’ve been looking forward to see what EA, BioWare, and LucasArts have in store for me.

This year at E3, I was lucky enough to spend some time behind the wheel of Star Wars: The Old Republic. My adventure began as a level 26 bounty hunter specializing as a Powertech named Lobe. For those of you not in the loop, that means the character I played specialized in armor and flamethrower technology (aka walking tank that sets stuff on fire). It seemed that Lobe has found herself on the planet Tatooine and tasked with the job of locating a missing Sith Lord as well as discovering the secrets of the Jundland Waste. After hopping onto my rascal like speeder bike and setting fire to numerous Tusken Raiders, I stumbled upon the missing Sith Lord who was close to death. Rather than zipping through some boring predetermined cut scenes, I was treated to a fully voiced conversation where I decided if I wanted to leave a Tusken Raider artifact in tact so other people can check it out or just destroy the whole thing. Well, lets just say there’s a big pile of ash in a certain cave on Tatoonie now. But remember what you decide will determine how the storyline will progress in the future. Such as sparing a Sith Lord as a Jedi, might gain you a newly reformed Jedi ally later on. In the demo video which was shown earlier, if the player was in a group, the game will randomly decide which of the characters will actually speak. So hopefully you’re on the same page as the people you team up with.

One of the things I really liked about the game which sort of surprised me, was the companion system. It was something I was sort of iffy on before, but I ended up enjoying having my little Jawa buddy backing me up and selling all my worthless junk too. It was a perfect companion to have while grinding for certain loot and needing to keep your inventory fairly free.

Overall, if you played an MMO before, you’ll fall right into the groove. The controls are fairly traditional and familiar, so it won’t take you too long to figure out how to best aid the Republic or Imperials. And for those of you looking to band together to take up some truly epic battles and missions, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll get your fill and more with high level raids called ‘Operations‘. From the video demo, one of the operations looks to be a raid on a giant galactic prison filled with huge robots called the Eternity Vault, which housed weapons, technology, and enemies which were deemed too powerful to be let loose. Also included in the video demo were space battles, personal starships, and social hubs, which were just some of the awesome features to look forward in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Just playing for that short amount of time has me itching to return to that galaxy far far away.

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