Star Wars: The Old Republic
Anybody who knows me knows that I’m addicted to MMO’s. I tend to try every new MMO that gets released at least once, but usually end up going back and sticking with World of Warcraft. I have been playing a bit of RIFT lately, but have a feeling I maybe quitting that for awhile too. No other paying MMO has kept my interest (and my money) more than WoW. Well, I have a feeling that this will all change when Star Wars: The Old Republic gets released. To say that I was excited to see SWTOR at E3 would be an understatement. In fact, we stood in line for 2 ½ hours! The long wait was attributed to that fact that SWTOR had a 10 minute video followed by a 20 minute playable demo. While waiting in line, we were shown the different classes that we could try once we go into the demo booth. After looking through all of them, there was not doubt that I wanted to be the Power Tech Bounty Hunter, that’s right, I was going to be Boba Fett. Assimilator also wanted to try out the Bounty Hunter, while my sister ZeldaQueen had her sights on the dual wielding lightsaber fighter, the Sith Marauder.
When we finally got into the demo booth, we were told that out of the 20 demo computers in the next room; only 12 of them were actually the higher level content of Tatooine while the other 8 were set up in the beginning zone as a member of the Republic. After waiting 2 ½ hours, there was no way I was going to start in the noob area without being the Sith. When we were released to the next room to demo the game, I rushed in there, spotted an empty chair where we could demo the higher lever content of Tatooine and sat down. Now, The Gameslave crew was under the impression that we could pick the class we wanted to try since they were showing off the different classes. However, the classes we pre-programmed to each computer so it was a random draw of which class we sat down to. As luck would have it, I was sitting at the Power Tech Bounty Hunter class, score!
Getting into the game I can safely say that SWTOR is coming along very nicely. While the combat was your traditional MMO combat, it was fun and engaging. I actually used all my abilities, not just the same three over and over. The abilities I did have made me feel like a true bad ass Bounty Hunter. What sets SWTOR apart from traditional MMO’s is that it’s extremely story driven. Being a gigantic fan of the Knights of the Old Republic series makes this a huge plus that the fine folks at BioWare are really focusing on the story. Fans of Star Wars, MMO’s and the Knights of the Old Republic series should keep an eye on this game; it very well could be epic. As for the release date, we still don’t have an official one. The only thing BioWare and EA are saying is that it will be released in 2011 which probably means we’ll see it next year. Clearly, SWTOR was my favorite of E3 and cannot wait for its release.
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