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Strong hints and footage of SWTOR's "Super Secret Space Project."

Do you like to still play a failed MMO where you'll now be able to shoot at jimmys in space? If so this is worth a look!

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Star Wars: The Old Republic ranting

By: BatRastered Jan 6, 2012 | 4 Comments

I haven't even played this game yet (aside from the occasional convention demo), and I'm already mad about it. Great job, EA!

I pre-ordered my copy of SWTOR from Amazon, and it arrived early. I was excited to try it out, so I opened it logged into my EA/Origin account which I had already created in anticipation of playing the beta (which I was never able to sign in to), and put in the code to unlock my retail copy and 30 free days. Everything was working fine, then I went to launch the game and it told me I didn't have an "active subscription". WTF?

It turns out, even though I paid $60 for the game, even though I've entered the code and I'm supposed to have 30 free days, they want me to input my credit card and pick an auto-renewing subscription in order to play. Leave aside the fact that I don't really want to put my credit card into a new and untested service for fear of it being hacked, but why should I have to do this in order to play the game for the time I've already paid for? Come on EA... are you really that desperate for people to forget they have auto-renew on their accounts? Do you need that accidental income that bad? Just let me play the damn game.

GoukiJones saw the problem I was having and returned his copy to Amazon, unopened. Good job losing a customer there, EA. Unfortunately, my copy is opened and I've already used the code, so I can't return it. I suppose I could use the disks for coasters or something. What a waste.

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MMO Report #1: Do MMOs Need Stories?

By: jalexbrown Nov 18, 2011 | 2 Comments

In MMO Report #1, Jalexbrown discusses The Old Reublic, its story, and rather or not it's needed.

It's seems like everyone's been talking about the same thing lately.  With The Old Republic's release date looming around the corner, the topic of discussion is rather or not its story-based progression is going to wipe every other MMO off the map.  And it really does bear the simple question: Is story the element that's been missing from MMOs since their inception?

 

In the early days of MMOs there was very little in the way of story.  Dialog with NPCs, if you paid attention to them, served to establish a certain amount of lore and backstory regarding the world and its people, but players were in charge of defining their own character's motives.  A lot of this was due to developer restrictions; nobody knew at the time how to present a compelling story in a multiplayer environment.

 

So we all know that The Old Republic promises to change all that, and I can vouche that it's absolutely true.  The Old Republic does include a compelling story; in fact it has many different compelling stories depending on your class choice.  It's an amazing experience in all honesty, and I wasn't the least bit disappointed with the quality of the story presented.

 

On the other hand I couldn't help but think: "Is this really what we've been missing?"  The question has to be asked at some point, really.  How much is the story adding to the overall experience?  Well, I regretfully say that, awesome as The Old Republic might be, the story doesn't make for a better MMO.  What The Old Republic is, however, is a great single-player RPG where you happen to be surrounded by lots of other players.  The story's linearity irked me until I stopped thinking about the game as an MMO.  Was I immersed in the story?  Sure...once I stopped thinking about the game as an MMO.

 

So is this an MMO for the single-player crowd, or is it a single-player game for the MMO crowd?  It's a little bit of both.  Unfortunately I think it'll satisfy neither the single-player gamers wanting a single-player game nor the MMO gamers wanting an MMO.

 

So where does that leave story in the grand scheme of things, then?  Is it the future of the MMO genre?  I think so, but I think it's only a part of the future of the genre.  The notion of stories in gaming will have to evolve in a way that really fits the MMO genre and isn't just a single-player story pidgeon-holed into an MMO before it feels like a true evolution.  As it stands now, it just feels like a cross-breeding experiment - a damn good one, but a cross-breeding experiment nonetheless.

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Bioware Sends Out Weekend Beta Invites

By: jalexbrown Nov 10, 2011 | 12 Comments

With just a little over a month until release, Bioware is sending out invites for a weekend beta test - apparently a lot, too!

 

If you've registered with the Star Wars: The Old Republic site and said you want to be a beta tester, now would be a great time to check your inbox.  Bioware has been sending out beta invites over the last few days that will be good this weekend, November 11-13.  I got one, and a friend of mine also got one.  What are the odds if it's not a massive test?  It's mostly likely a stress test to see how the servers handle a higher load.  The game will be running off the East Coast servers and will only be available to US citizens.  (I'm not sure if you have to live in the Eastern Standard Time zone to qualify...if you've received an invite and you're in another time zone, let me know.)

Everything I've been seeing about this game -since I played almost 2 years ago- has been detouring me quite so. This video however kinda put a little bit of hype in me. PvP looks pretty fun in SWTOR. Where the fuck is my beta access or early access whatev.

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Star Wars The Old Republic Release Date Official Announcement

By: goukijones Sep 24, 2011 | 2 Comments | Updated: Sep 24, 2011

Finally the street date for the US & UK release for Star Wars The Old Republic. Could it be perfect timing considering all the great releases these next couple of months?

Finally after what seems like SWTOR has been in development longer than Duke Nukem Forever, we have a solid release date.

12/20/2011

It's official. Now I already pre-ordered because I'm not a Jimmy. Allegedly, I will get earlier access then the rest of you nuabs. So this is a perfect release date, I think. It's long after after all of the major release come out and right at the start of the Winter dead zone. From about the 20th of December until everyone goes back to work and school that first week in January, nothing happens in the world of video games. 

Expect to see me on The Old Republic. Leave a comment on this story, if you want to party up. We can rule the galaxy, Gouki Guild style. 

You can PRE-ORDER from amazon, get early access and get some colored stone or something for your lightsaber. lol. Irrelevant!

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Star Wars The Old republic, this'll be a great movie ...

By: DragonKiss83 Jun 6, 2011 | 3 Comments

seriously it's a game? Where the fuck is the game play then?

The video looks good and I've enjoyed the character class reveals they have given us.  But are we buying a movie or a game?  Why at E3 would you not show how good the game plays?  The pre E3 videos were better.  But it is a Star Wars game so it would sell like crazy with a black box without a picture because of the army of fanboys out there.  But not even a release date, what a load of crap.  Come on guys.

Not the E3 video

I'll add the E3 video when they upload it.

Here it is, not the official one yet.

How much longer do you think they will drag this out?  Will we be seeing it again at E3 next year?  I want it to hurry up and get on the PC so they can port it to a console for me.

 

 

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Star Wars: The Old Republic delayed?

By: BatRastered May 5, 2011 | 10 Comments

Not quite, but EA hedges its bets during their investor conference call yesterday.

NOTE: When you see "Fiscal Year" in this story it is referring to the year ending on March 31, 2012.

EA's release to investors stated that:

 We are preparing the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic.  The launch date, while in
our fiscal year, is not yet certain.  We see roughly $0.15 EPS variability between the
potential launch window

And:

 we assume that Star Wars: The Old Republic ships in the calendar year, but our guidance
range accounts for a range of ship dates within the fiscal year

Public companies must recognize any uncertainty, by law, in their investor guidance, so the above is not exactly shocking. To further this point we have this:

While we fully anticipate launching Star Wars: The Old Republic in Q2 or Q3, the low
end of our guidance range assumes the outside possibility of a January launch.

Finally, From Frank Gibeau (President of EA Games) on the conference call we have:

And finally, the biggest event of the year will be Star Wars: The Old Republic -- a jawdropping subscription-based MMO that is captivating critics and fans in the beta test.  We
currently have over one million double-opt-in beta testers for the world’s first story-driven, fully
voiced MMO. 

Everyone is waiting for us to announce the ship date… Sorry, but that’s not going to happen
today.  We’re holding the date for two reasons – first, we don’t want to tip off the competition;
second, we want more data from the beta test to guarantee a spectacular experience at
launch

So, we got a whole lot of nothing on the conference call yesterday. Lots of analysts are speculating that the game will slip to 2012 based on this, but if you read carefully and have listened to this type of thing in the past, this is not what they are saying, though they are acknowledging the possibility.

When do you think The Old Republic will finally ship? Leave a comment and let us know.

Source (PDF): http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/ERTS/1247916273x0x465074/964aa083-eb90-451f-9966-8fd960ce2cfe/Q4_FY11_Script.pdf

Check out this new video for SW TOR Bounty Hunter Class.

Super excited, don't know when or if this game will actually ever come out. Forming the SWTOR Gouki Guild now.

STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™ - Classes - The Bounty Hunter

From YouTube:

Both infamous and anonymous at the same time, Bounty Hunters are far more than mercenaries for hire—they're heirs to a professional legacy—an ancient brotherhood with a glorious history. Tracking elusive targets across multiple star systems requires expertise, especially when the targets can be prominent, powerful, and often prepared for confrontation. Thrill seekers from all walks of life set out to become Bounty Hunters, but only the most hard-boiled survive in this competitive and deadly business.

 

You can download this video from the official STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™ website:

http://www.swtor.com/media/trailers/bounty-hunter

Special briefing and hands on gameplay experience at E3 2010. Behind closed doors with the developers. Tons of gameplay footage.

LucasArts invited us inside they're private room on the third floor of the Los Angeles convention center to see Star Wars The Old Republic. Oh boy I could barely contain myself, I frequenting my pocket libation while waiting in line. We packed into a small room with like 30 other Jimmys. They showed the new Hope trailer, that just premiered at E3. I hope you've seen this by now. It's totally bad ass, but the game does not look like that.  

The game looks just like I remember Knights of the Old Republic. Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best RPG's ever made. I played through the game three times. Classic Star Wars good and evil decisions made the game one of the most memorable experiences ever. I expect the same from The Old Republic. Check out this press release video given to us at E3 from LucasArts. This is the combat of Star Wars The Old Republic.  

Back to the developer chat. After we watched the Hope trailer and the guy re-caped on the personal spaceships and customization options, he moved onto level progression. This is exactly what an MMO is all about. Having a bad ass dude, decked out with all this hardcore gear. The clip starts off with some lonely Jimmy barely dressed to go outside. All he has is a blaster for a weapon. The next clip, a few levels up, shows him with obvious suit upgrades and he can now shoot a little missile out of his hand. Then skip to a higher level and he has tons of armor, there's a "get over here" Scorpion style hook he shoots out and drags enemies closer. Then finally maxed out, the Jimmy is flying around, shutting down Jedi, shooting rockets from his back. Totally frickin' awesome. I only hope this game does come out before FFXIV. I still can't make up my mind.

Then we were taken to another room where BatRastered, FNJimmy and myself got some hands on time with the game. As soon I figured out how to skip the cutscenes ... oh and move, I was outside looking for a fight. Didn't take long for Jimmys to start shooting at me. I shot back. I win. I have a rocket up my sleeve. I found BatRastered out in the field, surprise FNJimmy still hasn't made it out of the town yet. I didn't know what to do, so I just followed BatRastered around shooting at people. I did get bored of it while standing there. I know that no matter what I did, it was just a taste. I didn't know what I was doing anyway. It was my first time playing Star Wars The Old Republic.  

Irrelevant. This game is on the top of my Most Wanted list.

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BatRastered's Top 10 games to see at E3 2010

By: BatRastered May 8, 2010 | 9 Comments

My top 10 games I'm hoping to play... well, at least see at this year's E3 convention.

  1. Portal 2, Multiplatform
  2. Star Wars: The Old Republic, PC
  3. Batman: Arkham Asylum 2, Multiplatform
  4. Halo: Reach, XBox 360
  5. MvC3, Multiplatform
  6. Fallout: New Vegas, Multiplatform
  7. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Multiplatform
  8. Metroid: Other M, Wii
  9. Fable 3, XBox 360
  10. Medal of Honor, Multiplatform

Are there any big PS3 exclusives? Don't give me that Grand Turismo 5 shit either, first of all I've seen that at the last 5 E3s and secondly it's bullshit, it's cars.

Of course, I should mention the true number 1 game I really want to see is any game that hasn't been announced yet, as that's kinda the point of E3.

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Bioware Looking for The Old Republic Testers?

By: jalexbrown Sep 29, 2009 | 5 Comments

Bioware is looking for people to beta test their next MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

You could test the next big MMO!  Yes, you!  Bioware announced that they're hunting for people to beta test their huge MMO project, Star Wars: The Old Republic.  If you go to the official site, you can apply to become a tester.  (As of print, the site is still down due to response; the site does, however, claim that it should be active again within hours.)

For those who aren't in the loop, The Old Republic is official part of the Knights of the Old Republic universe.  The developer claims that there will be enough content in the game to fill ten or more sequels, which is an almost overwhelming amount of content.  Bioware's pedigree with the Star Wars franchise leads me to believe this might be the best Star Wars game yet, and it's a really safe bet that it's going to make Galaxies look like crap.  Oh wait...Galaxies already looks like crap.  There is no doubt a legion of Star Wars fans foaming at the mouth to get their hands on the game before the general public, but there is one thing that should be kept in mind: this is a beta test, so don't expect it to be super polished and bug-free; you're not getting the final product.  If it were super polished and bug-free, they wouldn't need you.

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