So, what game am I reviewing today? (Well it's more of a first impressions, but you get the idea) If the title didn't give it away, I'm playing...
So...The Old Republic. I've been wanting to play this game for a while, actually. I think it went F2P rather recently, and that's the only way I was able to play, seeing as I REALLY don't wish to pay like...20$ for a subscription. It's a Bioware game, so I went in with HIGH expectations for the story, and god I wasn't disappointed.
The character creation system is standard Bioware fare, where you can edit your face. I noticed, however, that it wasn't as in-deep as say...Dragon Age or Mass Effect. But you know what it did have? An option to change body type. So I went with a...not big, but not anorexic body type.
Right after that...guess what happened? The Star Wars Credit Scroll! Yes, Bioware added in the credit scroll. Something about a "Big Hunt" for bounty hunters, so my character had gone to a swampy planet named "Hutta" in order to get a entrance medal from a Hutt called Nem'ro. After the scroll happened, I was treated to a cutscene of my character entering a...bar or cantina thing, and getting introduced to "The guy who could get me an audience with Nem'ro", and his friends Mako, a healer, and a Lizard guy (I never got his name)
^The Swampy Lands of Hutta^The graphics are...actually pretty good for an MMO. At first, I wasn't getting that good performance even on very low, but I realized that was probably because I had everything but the kitchen sink running in the Background. After I realized this, I closed it out and ran Windows Media Player. This allowed me to play it on Medium gfx settings decently. MOST of these pictures were taken on medium. However a few were on low settings. It has a distinctly cartoony art style about it, actually. Lying in between Darksiders and Realistic. All the proportions are realistic, but it's kinda blocky, on purpose.
AND THEN WE GET TO THE COMBAT. Ohhh boy, the combat. Seeing as I've only played a Bounty Hunter character, who relies on blasters and other weaponry for combat. When you walk past certain NPCs (their names are red) they'll sometimes attack you. It's not the deepest combat system, even by Bioware standards. Click an ability on the bottom bar, and it'll target the last enemy you shot at, and boom. You can still feel like a badass, though. Especially when something like
happens, which made me feel completely badass.
The only thing I didn't like was it's high ammount of glitches. None of which were gamebreaking, but...plenty were annoying or just plain funny. The game DOES tend to crash when I exit it, but that's probably my computer more than anything.
^Such as this. He's not massive or anything. I had killed him, and he just...floated above the ledge.^
My final score?
Pros: One of the only MMORPG games I've played that puts the storyline first. Meets Bioware's high standards of Quality. STAR WARS LICENSE, Good graphics for an MMO.
Cons: Somewhat Glitchy. Sub-par combat system. Beyond the story and License, it's a lot like other MMORPGs.
Oh, guys. Go to HERE if you wanna download and play it. F2P has plenty of restrictions, but I still HIGHLY reccomend it.
If you join, my name is "Seradima" I'm in the Shadowlands server.