Preview – The Old Republic (Via PC Zone)

Old Republic Online

Old Republic Online

So I picked up PC Zone this month purely for the feature on SW:KOTOR Online. The magazine has a preview feature – I won’t repeat all it’s info (follow the source link for that!) but I’ll offer some of my thoughts on reading the preview.

The game will be set 300 years after Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 and will apparantly contain more content than all the other Bioware titles combined. That’s Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2, Icewind Dale 1&2, Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic (not 2), Jade Empire and Mass Effect… In other words a TARDIS full of story information. Plot elements from the first two games that were left hanging will be tied up if you go looking for the answers too, which is a nice touch.

Jedi Vs Sith

Jedi Vs Sith




The main “plotlines” will be class specific, with each class having their own path through the story, starting planet and companion characters. What will the classes be? Who knows? But the MMO will include crafting and there are promises that archetypes from all the movies will be present. So I guess we can expect a breakdown similar, but not the same as SW: Galaxies: Bounty Hunter, Jedi, Sith, Smuggler (or other rogue), Commando / Soldier, Crafter etc.

Yes I did say companions – according to the feature in the magazine, there are a number of companions available who will also help further the plot – much as in KOTOR offline. Apparantly although players will be able to get the same companions – the game will make them all unique some how so you’ll never run into someone with the same companions as your own player.

Anyway – check the feature either in the magazine or online. My initial impression of this is that it will litterally be KOTOR online. You’ll have your own story but will be able to meet up with mates and battle it out if you choose in PvP combat.

This all sounds superb and I’m really looking forward, but I’m also a little dissapointed in some ways. I tend to get attached to my characters in games and so in MMOs I play one little guy. This means I’ll miss out on a lot of content …

I’m also hoping that the game incorporates a power and skill system that is more complex than current MMOs method of “you are now a Level 10 person and so can use this power …. the same as every other guy of your class!”. I want to choose my own build of character, thanks – whether it’s the best build or a pooey one. It’s my game, let me play it how I choose.

I have faith in Bioware – they are easily the most consistent of producers and we can rest assured that the story will be superb.
Source: PC Zone (print and online)

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