It was a sad, sad day when Disney announced that it was throwing LucasArts into the proverbial trash can. It’s safe to say that LucasArts developed some of the best games on the PS1, PS2 and XBOX. Sure, Star Wars isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but everyone, at some point, would have dreamt about being a Jedi. If you say you haven’t, then you’re lying. There’s nothing more fun than Force choking your enemies with the flick of a hand, frying their brains with lightning sparks shooting from your finger tips – I realise that these are mostly Sith powers, but the Dark Side have all of the cool abilities. Well, in 2011, BioWare, EA and LucasArts released Star Wars – The Old Republic, the first Star Wars based MMO. They finally gave you the chance to be a Jedi, or a Sith, Soldier, Smuggler or Bounty Hunter. I hear what you’re saying, MMO’s are so expensive to play, just look at World of Warcraft. Well, have no fear, because … it’s free. It’s even free to download, you don’t even need to buy the disk. If that’s not enough of a reason to at least try it, here are four others.
It’s completely open world. If you like wandering around doing quests for random NPC’s or just getting lost in a massive futuristic galaxy, then this is the game for you. Trek around the deserts of Tatooine, explore the city world of Coruscant or just freeze your nards off in Hoth – the entire Star Wars universe is at your fingertips. Not only that, but the game doesn’t look half bad either. Obviously the better PC or laptop that you use the better it will look. But still, on my four year old HP laptop, it doesn’t look too shabby.
You can play it with friends. Games like these are fun to play on your lonesome, there’s so much to do that it can keep you occupied for weeks, maybe even months. But they’re so much more exciting playing along side other people, NPCs can only give you so much social interaction, they’re not overly human after all. Get a group of you together and you can utilise all of the abilities of the separate player classes – one can be Luke and the other can be Han, no arguments over who’s who, though.
You can be a Jedi. That’s right, every twelve year old boys (and 40 year old mans) fantasy come true, you can finally use the force … and lightsabers, don’t forget the lightsabers. Even once you’ve devoted yourself to be a Sith or a Jedi the player will receive ‘alignment points’ which will dictate how close to the light side or the dark side your character lies. Who knows, perhaps you could become the next Darth Vader, even he had humble beginnings as Anakin Skywalker.
Finally, you fan fly and fight through space. That’s right, you can control your own ship and bring it to the bad guys with some interstellar mayhem. Granted it’s on a sort of ‘rail shooter’ type mechanic, but it’s still fun nonetheless.
There are tones of other little reasons to play this game. For instance, the fact that your decisions affect the overall story as well as how other NPC’s perceive your character. What’s more, as this game is an MMO, any decision you make is final, there’s no loading of a previous saved game. It brings a level of emotion to the game that other MMO’s can’t quite rival. Plus your character is fully customizable. Obviously if you subscribe or are willing to pay a little extra for new gadgets and clothes, he or she would look a little more badass, but still – the options for customising your character are vast and incredibly detailed for a free, online game.
So, what are you waiting for? http://www.swtor.com/