Star Wars: The Old Republic Captures My Attention

Right, it’s been just about a month since I last posted, and there’s a couple of reasons for that:

1)      I’m pretty busy with work, college work, applying for a job and the job application training for students that I lead.

2)      I started playing SW:TOR with a couple of friends

Yes, I know … after spending the better part of 5 years on World of Warcraft I went and started playing another MMO. I promise I won’t get crazy addicted to this one … maybe.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is a very enjoyable game really, despite what the recent internet chatter is implying. Below Is an account of my impressions after a couple of weeks of gameplay. Keep in mind that this is my opinion and does not represent anything else but that.

Alright, I fired up the game and downloaded the patches. First thing I had to do was put the graphic settings on very low. Frankly, that’s not normal. Granted my pc isn’t great, I know, but it should at least be capable of running the game on medium. I have extremely long load times (everyone seems to have that for some planets). This appears to be a problem that some players have despite the quality of their rig.

                       

So, I made myself a Pureblooded Sith Warrior (advanced class is Marauder – Favourite of the month apparently) and started my trials on Korriban to become a true Sith complete with red Lightsaber, Force Choke and a seething hate for everything alien or Republic. The story missions are awesome. The class story sucks you in right away and the trademark BioWare speech choices are flawless. It’s almost a direct copy of the Mass Effect speech system really. The only problem I really have is that I just can’t be arsed to watch every single cutscene for every single quest (no matter how short those quests might be). If you watch everything you’ll ‘lose’ hours of your day. Don’t get me wrong though, I like it but sometimes I’d prefer the good ol’ quest text.

Furthermore, as I advanced in levels I was and still am baffled by the extremely large amount of cash sinks in the game. You have to pay for extra bag space, mounts, repairs, legacy rewards, respecs, skills and lots more. Skills especially get insanely expensive for the cash flow you receive around level 25. An augmented item on the Galactic Trade Network will easily set you back 250 000 credits. Level 50 mount skill is also around 250k, not counting the mount itself. One of my friends said that BioWare overrated the potential in-game economy, and I reckon he’s right.

Finally, the PvP is great fun, it has to be said. There’s basically 4 warzones – the usual really; 2 warzones where you cap and defend bases, a Strand Of The Ancients-type warzone and a Capture the Flag warzone in the form of Huttball. Which warzone you get is completely random which is great, no more abandoned battlegrounds like sometimes happened to me in WoW.

Also, there are only 2 level brackets: Pre-50 and 50. Pre-50 everything is peachy and I felt like a goddamn battering ram playing my Marauder. But once I hit level 50 I only encountered fully equipped PvP steam trains and all I could do felt like hitting them over the head with my limp red noodle (read: Red Lightsaber). The difference is mind-boggling and very sudden. But, that is not a flow only this game has. Truly, I have no idea how to fix an issue like that other than give some basic PvP gear to every fresh level 50.

In summary, it’s a good game if you’re able to look past the (many) flaws like I did. I’m having a lot of fun for my money and in the end that’s all I really care about. I don’t sit around whining and crying in trade chat, and if you are doing just that you should really go play a different game because you’re ruining my fun, you asshat!

Niels Van Hellemont

PS: May 4th is Star Wars day so May The 4th Be With You!

30 Day Game Challenge # 27 – Game I Can’t Wait For

Well, the only game that had me sitting on the edge of my chair so far (that hasn’t been released in the meantime .. *ahem* Skyrim) is Star wars: The Old Republic. BioWare’s new MMO has me so excited because I’m a huge fan of Star Wars, BioWare and MMO’s. After I quit WoW I need something new to fill the void, and to get my mind off of real life stuff for a while.

I have faith that The Old Republic (TOR) will do that, and deliver a very enjoyable experience where I can reconnect with friends from other games. Sith, here I come!

Alright, watch the footage below and join us tomorrow for day 28!

/Niels

30 Day Game Challenge # 22 – Game That I Never Finished

Well, this is one from a pretty extensive list of games that I never finished, some to my regret others not so much. One that I don’t regret that I didn’t finish it is Hitman: Blood Money. this is the first Hitman game I ever bought, and I must say it looked quite appealing playing Agent 47, a professional assassin, but it turned out quite differently. You see, I’m not a very stealthy type of person. I prefer running into the room guns blazing, which is not a good choice in Hitman: Blood Money. Stealth and cunning is key in this game, and it just isn’t me. So the result is that I played a couple of missions only to condemn the game to the deep reaches of my cupboard. Haters gonna hate I guess!

Join us tomorrow for day 23!

/Niels

30 Day Game Challenge # 18 – My Favourite Game Based On A Book

Well, this one is kind of tricky since I don’t really know any games that are based on books. Plenty of books that are based on games though (<3 Richard A. Knaak). But I did find one game based on a book, namely Age Of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. Granted, it’s only the origin of the game (Correct me if I’m wrong).

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is a fantasy-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by a Norwegian computer video game developer company, Funcom, and is published by Eidos Interactive for the PC. The game received “generally favorable reviews” according to Metacritic. The game was “very inviting and plays well” according to VariableGHz. Player reactions were overwhelmingly negative in the months following the release, as the game was plagued by a vast number of bugs, missing zones, broken encounters and total lack of end-game content. I believe the game has recently gone Free-to-play, but I could be wrong.

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Anyway, join us tomorrow for day 19!

/Niels

30 Day Game Challenge # 15 – The Last Game I played

Hi there and welcome to day 15 of our 30 game day challenge. That means we’re half way through! Alright, the last game I played is Civilization 5.  I only recently picked this game up for 15 euros in the shop, so I thought ‘what the hell, let’s give this a try’. Normally I’m not very into turn-based strategy game but Civilization 5 bedazzled me. A game can last for 500 ish turns or something, which takes several hours. I played games that are longer than a Call of Duty campaign ….

So yeah, that’s it for today I guess. I don’t really know what else to say that I heartily recommend this game to anyone who likes history and strategy games.

Join us tomorrow for day 16!

/Niels

New Video Game Releases Week 44 (31 October – 6 November)

Hey guys, as usual you’ll find the list of new releases in the table below. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comment section! Remember that this list isn’t an absolute reference and as such is subject to change.

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New Video Game Releases Week 43 (24 Octobre – 30 Octobre)

Hey guys, as usual you’ll find the list of new releases in the table below. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comment section! Remember that this list isn’t an absolute reference and as such is subject to change.

Title Platform Genre Release
Date
Ignite
– The Race Begins
PC Driving Oct 28
Take On
Helicopters
PC Simulation Oct 27
Country
Dance 2
WII Puzzle Oct 27
JASF:
Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters
PC Action Oct 27
Pinball
FX 2: Paranormal
X360 Puzzle Oct 26
A
World of Keflings: It Came From Outer Space
X360 Strategy Oct 26
Zombie
Apocalypse: Never Die Alone
X360 Action Oct 26
Toy
Soldiers: Cold War – Evil Empire Pack
X360 Strategy Oct 26
Daytona
USA
X360 Driving Oct 26
Nabara’s
World: Labyrinth of Light
DS Adventure Oct 26
Renegade
Ops
PC Action Oct 26
The
War of the Worlds
X360 Action Oct 26
Family
Vacation – California
PC Puzzle Oct 25
Daytona
USA
PS3 Driving Oct 25
Ben
10: Galactic Racing
3DS Driving Oct 25
Monster
High Ghoul Spirit
DS Adventure Oct 25
Puss in
Boots
WII Action Oct 25
Back
to the Future: The Game
PS3 Puzzle Oct 25
Nikoli’s
Pencil Puzzle
3DS Puzzle Oct 25
Photo World
DSi
DS Puzzle Oct 25
Puss in
Boots
PS3 Action Oct 25
Squinkies
2: Adventure Mall Surprize!
DS Action Oct 25
Motion
Explosion!
X360 Puzzle Oct 25
Centipede:
Infestation
WII Action Oct 25
Grease Dance PS3 Puzzle Oct 25
Champion
Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer
X360 Sports Oct 25
Pillow Pets DS Puzzle Oct 25
Just
Dance Kids 2
WII Puzzle Oct 25
Just
Dance Kids 2
PS3 Puzzle Oct 25
Puppies 3D 3DS Puzzle Oct 25
Zoo Resort
3D
3DS Action Oct 25
Puss in
Boots
DS Action Oct 25
Battlefield
3: Back to Karkand
PS3 Action Oct 25
Horses 3D 3DS Puzzle Oct 25
Active
Life: Magical Carnival
WII Puzzle Oct 25
Family
Vacation – California
MAC Puzzle Oct 25
PixelJunk
SideScroller
PS3 Action Oct 25
Moxie Girlz DS Puzzle Oct 25
Worms
Crazy Golf
PS3 Sports Oct 25
The
Cursed Crusade
X360 Action Oct 25
Disney
Universe
X360 Action Oct 25
Kinect
Sports Season Two
X360 Sports Oct 25
The
Cursed Crusade
PC Action Oct 25
Disney
Universe
WII Action Oct 25
The
Cursed Crusade
PS3 Action Oct 25
Dragon
Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
X360 Action Oct 25
inFamous
2: Festival of Blood
PS3 Action Oct 25
Battlefield
3
PS3 Action Oct 25
Battlefield
3
PC Action Oct 25
Dragon
Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
PS3 Action Oct 25
Dance
Central 2
X360 Puzzle Oct 25
Stronghold
3
PC Strategy Oct 25
The
Haunted: Hell’s Reach
PC Adventure Oct 25
Battlefield
3: Back to Karkand
PC Action Oct 25
Blackwater X360 Action Oct 25
Back
to the Future: The Game
WII Puzzle Oct 25
Battlefield
3: Back to Karkand
X360 Action Oct 25
Just
Dance Kids 2
X360 Puzzle Oct 25
Invizimals:
Shadow Zone
PSP Action Oct 25
Battlefield
3
X360 Action Oct 25
Captain
America: Super Soldier
3DS Action Oct 25
Heavy
Fire: Afghanistan – The Chosen Few
3DS Action Oct 25
The House of the Dead: Overkill – Extended Cut PS3 Action Oct 25
Disney
Universe
PS3 Action Oct 25
Monster
High Ghoul Spirit
WII Adventure Oct 25
Puss in
Boots
X360 Action Oct 25
Grease
Dance
X360 Puzzle Oct 25
Pokemon
Rumble Blast
3DS Action Oct 24
Kirby’s
Return to Dreamland
WII Action Oct 24
Data
Jammers: FastForward
PC Driving Oct 24