A long time ago in a gaming industry far, far away…Bioware and LucasArts joined forces to create one of the most amazing Star Wars IP titles ever. Knights of The Old Republic, which takes place 4,000 years before the events of the popular films, won over many hearts, including my own. So, what makes BioWare’s new addition to KOTOR unworthy? Find out after the break!
You’re probably asking, “Ok, what’s crawled up Keith’s butt again?” It all started when LucasArts destroyed the dreams of many by cancelling Knights of the Old Republic 3 as “part of cuts initiated in 2004 aimed at positioning LucasArts for future success.” Right. I’m so glad they put more time into Lego Star Wars and other great hits that involved Legos. Kudos to everyone. Regardless of how ugly LucasArts has bestowed it’s true self to the gaming community, BioWare and LucasArts are now back together. But is it for better or for worse?
As we all know, Star Wars The Old Republic has been created with a completely new genre in mind– the MMORPG. While many are excited, including FleshEatingZipper’s Rob, I just don’t think it’s worthy of my money or yours. Here’s why:
1. EA’s Involvement/Taint
Would you like to join a mandatory gaming client created by a monopolistic company with horrible customer service, ridiculously restrictive qualities and is not Steam? How about being charged twice for the same game and not being notified about it until a random game appears on your bank statement? EA is a cesspool of non-gaming executives who truly believe Origin will destroy piracy when it will only encourage illegal downloading or disregarding the game.
However, SWToR won’t be like Battlefield 3 where you can download it torrently and still be able to play it. Oh no, you’re stuck with EA’s Origin and there’s nothing you can say or do to change that. EA 1, You 0. Thanks to the lovely informative comments, you won’t need Origin to play SWTOR. I should do less research more often.
2. The Art Style And Design
It’s been 7 years since Knights of The Old Republic was released and it still looks like an Xbox counterpart. The worlds seem to lack personality and everything looks duller than Tatooine’s public library. If I’m going to be forking out $15 of my hard earned cash per month, it better not look like a 7 year old Nickelodeon cartoon.
3. The Genre
I’m no expert when it comes to MMORPG’s, but let’s be honest — there’s absolutely no way SWTOR will be able to compete with WOW. Based on previews of the game, the combat is clumsy, enemies are weapon sponges and gameplay looks about as exciting as watching The Phantom Menace. Yes, I went there. As I step on my soap box and zip up my flame retardant suit, can we talk about how disgustingly gross it is to pay monthly for a video game? Think about it. Allowing a company to take $15 every month on top of the initial price from gamers is like using psychological war tactics. It forces these poor saps to play it 24/7. What happens when EA shuts down the service and the only trophy is the debt they’ve accumulated? MMORPG’s are nothing more than a digital leash that ruins social, work and family living. Plus/soapbox
I want to believe Star Wars The Old Republic will do well because there’s always a possibility that it will spawn a third non-MMORPG sequel. But, I won’t hold my breath.