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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2006
As a rabid SWG fan, i've stuck with the game through thick and thin until about 6 months ago when the server i played on was empty of other players and most of my friends had left. The Dev team brought in a few new specialities to the professions, and a few new events that were geared towards PvP. These seemed interesting, so i bought the COA (for the AT-RT which is pretty cool) and went back and tried again with a number of friends.

There are some improvements in the game, the dev team seem to be heading back towards making the game fun again, but it's not enough to make me want to continue to play. The community spirit is also now sorely lacking, which is a shame as this was originally one of the strongest qualities of SWG, but now it makes the game difficult to play. There is also no challenge, even the infamous Death Watch Bunker is easily soloed by players (who normally fight over loot rights).

It may become a great game again, but don't expect much from some of the players. My only suggestion, if you do give it a try, try and avoid the community forums, they'll only make you want to quit when you see how much whining and complaining goes on.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2008
I played the game for about 3 and a half years and to be honest if you dont mind all of the changes they made its not that bad. But if you have never played the game before then you may or may not like it as much as now unlike 2 years ago there are hundreds of jedi running around and they are not a Uber prof anymore but thay still have there place in the galaxie just like the other proffesions.

but if like me u have played it it has gone down hill but i think its geting back to be enjoyable again.

so my advice is to play the 10 Day free Trial and Only then if you like it Buy the Full game.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2006
I know that title still seems pretty damning but to be honest this game isn't as bad as some vets would have you believe. It's still not as good as it was pre-cu or even cu but it is miles better than it was a year ago and has a clear direction of development now which is leading up to a pretty decent game. If you never played before te changes or think you can put the old game out of your mind and treat this as a new game it can be fun, especially if you interact with the other players.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2007
I used to play this when it came out and recently tried a 21 day free trial. The servers are empty, so no point paying £15 a month to play a single player game.

This game is terrible now. Sony have made awful changes, instead of 32 proffesions you now have 9, also Jedi used to be powerful and you had to work hard to earn, now you can instantly be Jedi but you are just as weak as every one else. Surprised George Lucas would allow this.

I would not recommend this to anyone, even if you like this game there is no reason why Sony wont just take everything away that you have worked for like they did 2 years ago.

This game just needs to be axed or Classic servers opened up.

Avoid!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2006
Regardless of all the changes and the things that have been lost during these changes this is still a fantastic game.

The truth is the base game has never been in better shape than it is now - yes there were a lot more character development options in the past (though this has been somewhat improved with the expertise system) and the game was a lot harder and required big groups to do any of the high level content (or specific uber defence stacker template doc buffed solo killing machines) - but what we have gained is a much more stable platform for the future which far outweighs any of that loss.

Personally I have a lot more fun in game these days than I have done since I first started over 3 years ago. Nowhere else can I hop on my speederbike, track down my bounty and blast them away and then hop into my X-Wing and take on a fleet of TIE's in Tatooine space!

For anyone interested in Star Wars or mmo's I would definately recommend giving the free trial a go and making up your own mind - there is an entire cult of people out there who are now dedicated to just bashing this game without any knowledge of what it is like today.

Try it for yourself - I think you'll be pleasently surprised!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2006
I I've been playing for more than two years and still enjoying it.

Although the game went into decline at the end of 2005 almost to the point of making me cancel my accounts I stayed on and now the development team are turning this back into a great game step by step.

I'm a star wars fan not an mmorpg fan, From hanging around in Mos Eisley cantina to the large scale player battles between the Imperials and Rebels I always find something to do in game.

It is however a shame that so many where upset by the changes in Nov 05 that it effects the reviews a year on after they have stopped playing.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 6 December 2006
Sure, SWG has its faults. Compared to say WoW, there are less players, the graphic style is less 'polished', and you'll spend more time loading different areas. There are of course less players than WoW has, but thats true for all MMORPGs. And the differences are not all bad.

SWG started out as a fairly complex 'world-sim' sort of game. The areas players could customise and earn points in were multitude. Some people loved that, some couldn't keep up. So the game was stripped back to a basic form and for the last year has been rebuilt, almost from scratch. The emphasis now is much more on instant action and achievable progression. You can still place houses and good decoration is highly esteemed, but hte majority of the gameplay is more similar to a fps or tps than the Sims.

Players can choose from nine character classes such as spy, commando, and Jedi. Be a Bounty Hunter and take missions to hunt down fellow players! Be a commando and lay waste to hordes of your enemies with rocket launchers, lava cannons, acid guns and grenades! Be a smuggler and smuggle! Be a spy and, well, sneak around a it. Be a pilot and pilot! No other game has X-wings and TIE fighters you can buy and customise!

Yes, you can chose to be a Jedi from the start. Amazing how many people object to that - that you can be a Jedi from level one. You won't get a lightsabre for a few more levels, but you're on the Path. The Elitists think thats terrible. You should have to earn the right to be a Jedi they say. And by earn they mean spend a hundred hours in the wilderness killing thousands of generic beasties. They miss the point of RPGs. Maybe as kids they refused to be Luke Skywalker when playing Star Wars in the playground until they'd wasted hours of their lives picking daisies or something. Don't be put off though - there are actually more cool folks playing SWG than dopes.

Once you've chosen your class and advanced a few levels you'll start earning expertise points you can allocate to different areas of skill to tailor your toon to how you want to play. No more cookie-cutter characters!

There is some elementary support for crafters and entertainers at the moment, but to be fair those are the most neglected professions at the moment as neither can currently add all that much of value to the universe.

The environments are satisfyingly Star Warsy. The sounds, the sights, are all there. The game is currently set somewhere between Eps 4 and 5, so theres no Death Star or Hoth as yet. But plenty of other places to go, including Kashyyyk and Mustafar. Plenty of quests to do to, although these are a little more on rails than in other games of the ilk. All characters will be pushed onto the Legacy series of quests which will provide a path to enough points to get about halfway to the level cap. As well as that there are all sorts of side quests, plus the whole new worlds in the expansion packs to keep you leveling. You'll most likely run out of levels before you run out of quests.

At the end game stage its largely about the Galactic Civil War right now. There are several battlegrounds across the galaxy for multiplayer PvP. Rewards include power-up items, ranking, and of course bragging rights.

End-game content is possibly SWG's weakest point at the moment. More content is needed and several ideas have been floated by the dev team for the community to comment on.

With the expertise system now more or less rolled out and novel content for the higher level players being touted, now is a good time to join the SWG universe.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Star Wars Galaxies or 'SWG' as a lot of people know it by, has gone through two major combat upgrades in the past three years which have totally changed the game. Due to this it has also created a very bitter player base of veterans who will constantly whine on the official forums, and even in game. If you are buying this game for the first time I warn you that the community is not one you may want to be apart of, due to rudeness and extreme hatred against Sony Online Entertainment for changing the combat system, promising things which will never happen and making a game which only seems to incorporate features from WoW (World of Warcraft). However there is no other Star Wars mmo, so if you love the genre and can struggle through the incompetence of Sony it will be fun in the short term; Until you realize that this game is in fact run by a company who have lost touch with the playerbase and lost half of their decent developers. The server populations are very low compared to what they used to be like, so even though its an online game, you may feel like your playing on your own half of the time. Most of the quests do not encourage grouping either which defies the point of an massively multiplayer online game.

This game may be better in the future, but for now I recommend staying away from it, unless your a diehard Starwars fan.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2006
If your a star wars fan, get this game.

Everyone who is giving the game bad reviews has been playing since day one and now they are old and have done everything in the game. rather than moaning on about the game, they should just leave. The only thing that makes the game bad is the elder players who just tell people it sucks dont play it, they have done everything in the game ten fold and should leave. That would make the game better, i cant stress that enough, and if they just culled the population of jedi, it would fit in with the games timeline. Also, they are working on a few new features that will give us back everything they took away, in the NGE, but newer and more upto date.

And for the record.... all these idiots saying "removed everything" and other stuff, have no idea what they are talking about. The codes for the thing sthat were removed during the nge were incompatable with the new systems that make the game faster and more graphically pleasing. If you want a game with the graphic quality of Runescape, go play it. Overall this game is brilliant.

Buy It!
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
SWG has seen many changes over the years. First came the CU(Combat Upgrade) Which rewrote the entire combat system along with armour and weapon stats. Then in November 2005, came the NGE(New Game Enhancments) This reduced the proffesions from a massive 34 to 9. Under the old system you could master 2.5 proffesions, under the NGE you master 1, which has the skills and remnents of the old proffesions. It is a very different game, but in many ways, far more accesable. Yes there are some things that need fixed, but for all the complaints they recieve, the Dev team are starting to do a good job of fixing the bugs and problems that the NGE brought. That is not to say that Pre-NGE and Pre-CU was not buggy, any new players will be told by most vets that "Pre-CU owned this NGE sucks big with all the bugs and noob jedi"(With the NGE came the possibility to become a Jedi as a starting proffesion, whereas previously it took many months of effort and grinding to achieve the status of jedi.

In conclusion, yes the game is different, but don't be taken in by all the pre-CU boasters. With the next patch another old feature is being introduced, the ability to extract the DNA of an animal out in the wild, and use an incubator to grow a pet of that creature type. Throughout the growing stage the pet may undergo mutations which result in very unique pets. This shows that the Devs are working on bringing new content, the spent a year fixing the problems that the NGE brought, now this year will be spent enhancing the experience, and i for one look forward to it.
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