Star War the Old Republic
Wars: The Old Republic (called TOR for the rest of the review) is the
new Star Wars MMO by Bioware, creators of the Mass Effect, Dragon Age,
Knights of the Old Republic, and Baldurís Gate series. As anyone who has
played a Bioware game knows, they are the experts at creating memorable
stories, rich characters, and a fun adventure. Even years after the
original Knights of the Old Republic I can still go back and enjoy the
TOR isnít a direct sequel to the original Knights of the Old Republic
(it is set around 300 years after), the game still holds close to its
roots and fans of the original series will find countless tributes,
references, and other connections to the original. Iíll be honest; TOR
was my first pay-to-play MMO so Iím not sure how it compares to others.
But as its own game it has been nothing but memorable, amazing, and has
off, Iíll discuss the story. The interesting thing about TOR is that
each class you play has its own unique story that will take you from
level one to the current level cap of fifty. Iíve been playing the Jedi
Knight story and it has been amazing. There were countless memorable
moments, quotes Iíve loved and memorized, and moments where I found
myself cheering or even feeling bad for my character. The game does a
wonderful job of immersing the player and making them feel connected to
their character which is very important for a story based game.
next most interesting aspect of the game is the sound. Bioware went all
out and every character you can talk to is completely voiced with high
quality voice acting. Sure, there were some actors not as good as
others, but even the worst ones tended to be at a much higher level than
you find in most video games. There were a few lines in the game that
were voiced so well that despite being a simple line grew close to my
heart due to the tone of voice. Hearing the smug villains come across so
suave, the confident hero challenge the enemy without fear, or listening
to a broken-hearted man caught in the middle beg for help caused me to
truly feel for the characters. Voice acting is only one part of sound,
however, but none of the others fail either. The music in the background
helps set the moment with dramatic music playing during epic duels,
soothing music during times of meditation, and more. Listening
carefully, Star Wars fans might here some classics like Duel of Fates or
variants of other well-known Star Wars Soundtracks.
graphics are probably one of the most questionable areas of the game.
TORís graphics look about on par for your typical MMO and donít really
stand out too much most of the time. While playing in game the graphics
look very similar to other modern games and as such while they are
beautiful, nothing really sticks out as special. However, the intro
cinematic and each factionís special trailer all look beautiful. Bioware
went all out with these scenes hiring professional fight choreographers
and basically making short mini-movies for these. As such they are
probably some of the most impressive and exciting cinemas Iíve seen in a
game and really help set the mood before you start.
a brand new MMO of only a month old (not counting the Beta), The Old
Republic still has its fair share of glitches, bugs, and other issues.
While Bioware is working hard to fix this, some people might have some
issues in game and people looking to play this need to realize a head of
time that the game is not finished. The sheer number of people mixed
with the newness of the game has caused the customer service for the
game to be rather poor and slow in replies, but the game is still
playable and enjoyable. The only reason I mention this is to make sure
you realize that the game is still being worked on and improved. MMOís
are constantly growing and improving with patches, expansions, and more.
I first got the game I was hesitant due to disliking having to pay a fee
to play a game. However, after only a short time playing any regrets and
hesitation were gone due to how addicting the game was. If you can
afford the cost of the game and the monthly fee, I highly recommend you
give it a try because it is well worth the price. With eight different
stories and sixteen different advanced classes along with future
expansions this game will definitely keep you engaged and be worth the
conclusion, The Old Republic is an extremely addicting game with an
amazing story, beautiful music and voice acting, and an engaging and fun
gameplay. The bugs and glitches along with the monthly subscription fees
might turn off some people to the game, but I still highly recommend it.
So come, join the Old Republic and start your Star Wars story now!