15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Mass Effect + Star Wars + WoW,
Amazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)I'm now level 40+ so I havent reach end game content yet, but despite this its a very good game and a fresh change from alternatives like WoW.
I bought this primarily because I am a SW fan and love most things SW.
I also love Bioware games and their rich storydriven mechanics.
To combine both is perfect for me.
I've come from a background of playing years of WoW and GuildWars and having dabbled in those two, i'm very impressed by what Bioware have accomplished here.
A game which offers 8 unique story lines, for 8 unique classes, which runs not just in the starting areas of the game but all the way to the end at max level. Thats impressive. It essentially means you get an almost unique experience for each class you play.
Its also very refreshing to have each quest spoken to you, in stead of jut havin lines of text to read. Granted it can get a bit boring at times with endless talking, but it makes each quest feel personal and important. When I played WoW I would skip pretty much 99% of all the quest texts because I dont want to read them.
Its so much easier and nicer having the NPC actually talk to you.
The game doesnt do anything especially new though. This is pretty much WoW with a different face lift and talking NPCS. The most original aspects are the companions (although guild wars did that first) and the dog fights (although on rails) which are both fun.
The dog fights are essentially easy, quick quests you launch from your ship and complete within 3-5 minute each and get nice amount of experience and credit from.
Each planet ranches from an ok size to being quite large, with a large quantity of quests on each.
The choice to be LIGHT or DARK is quite striking.
I've tried both sides... and its actually very hard to be DARK sometime, as some choices are quite aweful!! But doesnt that speak for the game if it makes you think like that?
The controls are easy enough to use, nothing special or new. I would agree using a lightsaber feels loose and a bit unrealistic as you can hit someone 10 feet away, but its still fun.
Graphically, its a nice looking game. Nothing amazing, but nice and some planets looks amazing. Its not going to win any awards, but its a nice cartoonised look and it helps it run on older machines.
I've also experience no game killing or frustrating bugs. None!!
Its been a very clean and professional launch from my experience and this game has tone of content.
I've only ONE issue with the game...
....the amount of time it take to download even the smallest of patches!!
I love this game, but one thing which annoys me is how badly the game updates itself. The connection to the servers is absolutely aweful. For instance, the game may need to update a 0.02MB PATCH!!!! 0.02MB!!!
And yet it won't download the patch due to "network error while downloading patch data. Retrying...".
Now I work within I.T and my machine has no connection issues to the internet in any regards, and yet EVERYTIME I have to update the game before playing I go through this insainly annoying experience. It can take hours of sitting, staring and praying for the game to FINALLY update itself before I can play.
During which I usually give up and go do something else!
Its a real shame because this honestly makes it IMPOSSIBLE to play the game while you wait for it to patch itself. When you try to use the "pause" and "play" button to force it to retry, it makes no difference!
Its then made worse by the how frequently the game is patched.
The game seems to be patched, with really small updates, nearly EVERY DAY. This means you may have to endure these slow downloads a lot! They really need to sort this out because it can honestly destroy the fun of the game, because you simply cant get into the game.
Otherwise its an amazing game.
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 2 Jan 2012 20:56:23 GMT
If you took out a sub you wont start getting charged until after the first 30 days (other than possibly a couple of quid to authorise the card which will be reimbursed) so there's no need to redeem anything, you just get it automatically.
I'd definitely dispute that the worlds are twice the size of a WoW zone. There are a couple that I'd say are bigger, but not by that much, and the majority I'd say were smaller especially when you take into account how 'corridored' they are and that the majority of each square zone is an 'exhaustion zone.'
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2012 22:29:31 GMT
Perhaps one wow zone then. It has been a while since I picked up WoW.
But I would still say the planets are a decent size to level through, with many inside and outside areas. Although I have noticed the planets can vary massively in size and quest quantity. The first three planets seemed rather large and lots to do, while the one im on now is tiny in comparison.
The thing with the 30 day trial which frustrated me, was that the game itself never mentioned a trial in any fashion. I installed the game, entered my pass-code, created my account, tried to log in (thinking I would get a message saying my 30 days had started) and the first thing it said was that I had no play-time on my account.
I was basically forced into buying play-time to play.
I didn't mind as I intended to play it long term anyway; but if you're new to MMOs and you want to play this as a trial, it could be very miss-leading and confusing. But thankfully i've played WoW for years and assumed what you mentioned above.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2012 08:37:13 GMT
Yeah, you have to set up an active subscription, which is fine if you were planning on just setting up a debit card sub where you can just cancel it literally straight after. But if you wanted to go the prepaid route you have to actually buy game time before you get your 30 free days. It's sneaky, although admittedly most mmo's do it at launch...not that that's an excuse.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›