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Hoping for a new lease of life to a diminished player base
on 9 June 2007
Having played this game since its launch 4 years ago, it has seen a few drastic changes to the playing system (the Combat Upgrade and notorious NGE) which have unfortunately caused the player base to dwindle, with many older players leaving and fewer newcomers. Since the PvP and player association/guild aspects are of utmost importance to MMORPGs, this has been a major issue. However, with the constant new updates and improvements (which seem to be aimed at returning the game to pre-NGE style) older players seem to be returning, along with a newer player base.
The main reason I have personally not left this title throughout its many changes is due to the social variety; the opportunities to roleplay in an immersive Star Wars style, and the vast, wonderfully detailed environments to explore and enjoy; still holding enough excitement and new features to keep me playing for hours.
The graphics may be somewhat dated by now, but have seen a reasonable update to character textures not long ago, and with a high-end system (using heat-shimmer, volumetric shadows, anti-aliasing etc.) can compete with many more recent releases.
The combat gameplay may be somewhat odd, using a FPS point-and-click style along with RPG elements, but it does demand a level of attention and involvement from the player, rather than complacency; plus this mode is optional as an auto-target/attack mode is also useable. The popular servers (e.g Bria) still have a large PvP base, along with many PvE story-based quests to explore.
Another reason I've stayed with SWG is due to the non-combat aspects. Unlike games such as WOW, this MMORPG is not so entirely focused on combat and PvP. Other professions allow crafting of clothes, food, droids, weapons, armour etc. and the ability to customize these to a high level, giving a competitive aspect to owning shops/vendors. And last but not least, entertaining: one of the most enjoyable professions; learning a vast variety of dances, music, various instruments, whilst lounging around bustling cantinas, performing/buffing for tips and socialising is extremely fun, and seems to appeal moreso to the female gamer (such as myself).
I may be somewhat biased, as this game captured me from the very start, but in an attempt to be somewhat objective, whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, if you like RPGs, flight sims (the space flight aspect is very decent) and socialising online, then give this a try. And perhaps one day it will return to its former glory (maybe.)