A Bunch Of Reasons You SHOULDN’T Avoid Star Wars The Old Republic

Posted by on November 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Star Wars : The Old Republic is sure stirring up a lot of talk these days. Developed by BioWare and Lucasarts and published by EA, the soon to be released MMO is the second in the Star Wars universe.

Editor Keith released an op-ed today that has a lot of people up in arms, due to his negative thoughts on MMO’s and the game in general.

That having been read (and Keith having been doused in kerosene and lit ablaze by the angry mob), here’s my opinion and why I think SW:TOR is going to kick ass.

Read on!

Keith has expressed his concerns about EA being involved in the project but I say that since they are only involved in the role of publisher, this concern falls by the wayside.

EA has had some customer service issues in the past, as we all know, but we must assume they will be ramping up their CS department in anticipation of what will likely be one of the biggest game releases of the year.

There is also the fact that EA has the money and the know-how to get things done and aren’t likely to just shut down or abandon support for the game because they don’t like part of it, as some other publishers have done in the past.

As far as mmo’s and monthly fees go, this has been an ongoing debate for as long as mmo’s have existed. My stance is this – if you go to a movie and buy a hotdog and medium drink, you’re going to drop nearly as much money as you do for an entire month of an mmo. Movies = roughly 90 minutes of entertainment. Mmo’s = as many minutes / hours as you care to put in to them.

I also remember back to the days of GEnie, Compuserve and AOL games where the player was charged by the hour…as much as $6 per hour, in fact, during peak gaming hours. For this reason alone, $15 per month is a pittance.

Will SW:TOR be able to compete with WoW? We don’t know yet. What we do know is that a lot of WoW players are fed up and looking for the next best thing. This alone may be enough to take a bite out of Blizzard’s numbers and wipe the smirk off that panda’s smarmy face.

Yeah, I know…this is where the WoW players tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about and that I should play WoW before I open my cakehole. Before that starts, I’ll just let you know now that I have played WoW…every patch and every expansion up to Cataclysm. I’ve been there. I’ve looked into the eyes of the beast.

I would like to think that The Old Republic stands a chance of knocking WoW off of its rather high pedestal and that it will offer players a new, fresh approach to the MMO genre. Will it? We’ll see.

Finally, as for the art and graphics, I’ve seen recent releases of the game and gameplay and it looks great to me. Our readers WILL see a proper review of the game (as opposed to an opinion piece) as soon as the blackout is lifted so make sure you check back for that.

Also, please don’t kill Keith in his sleep. He’s just mad because KOTOR got trashed.

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  • Razimus

    SWTOR beats Kung Fu Panda any day, I played during the beta, have been a diehard MMORPG player/tester since 1996, Meridian 59, The Realm, The Odyssey, Diablo 1(Corpg), Ultima Online, and I have skipped countless MMORPGs that have failed, I personally give SWTOR a thumbs up. — Razimus

  • BountyX

    All I can say, where were you too keep Keith’s leash in check with the dribble he was spouting earlier. Too little too late.

    • Well, as I said in response to a comment in Keith’s article, his was a simple opinion piece, just as mine is. I am certain that just as many people disagree with me as with him. The only reason I’m not getting the hate is because mine isn’t a stance that is contentious…I haven’t said anything negative, which is what gets people riled up.

      Unfortunately, many people see a contrary opinion as an attack against them because if someone else could believe something which is opposed to what they believe that means there’s a chance that someone is “wrong” which plucks on the strings of self doubt and makes people get defensive. Then, of course, people immediately pull out the flame throwers because we’re on the internet, by god, and how dare he think something that differs from what I believe.

      It is what it is. An opinion. We all have them and, like the old adage says; mostly, they all stink.

      • Woodlandwoods

        This “opinion piece” that you are referring to is full of outdated comments and misinformation. He even insulted his audience at the end.
        Call it what it is: a troll.

  • Shendues

    Now that was a good article!

  • Anonymous

    As much as I would like to jump on your opinion piece bandwagon and give it props I found it just as un informative as Keiths, you have titled your article a bunch of reasons you shouldnt avoid TOR yet you go on to talk about…….keith, EA’s rep, WOW and at the end a little blirb about what you have heard about or read so far………. are you kidding me? Thousands have played the Beta, Are you telling me there is no one at Flesh eating Zipper that has actually tested TOR? Come on Rob, as a non op allow me to give you a bunch of reasons not to avoid TOR………

    first off its Starwars, second its by Bioware some of their previous success stories; baldur’s gate, KOTOR, Mass Effect, dragon age, budget for the old republic 135 Million+ dollars invested in TOR, one of the largest videogames ever built it may be the largest! once we see the eventual expansions, Did I mention it is Starwars? Open world, over 200 hours of story alone…… fully voiced over, MMO, faction choice empire or republic, fully customizable characters, 8 known origin species with more available as prestige, each faction contains sub classes and distinct storyline, each class has a unique starship, and there will be space combat, Strong emphasis on story, did I mention you could be a bounty hunter? and that it is Starwars? crafting, PVE, PVP, More planets and storyline then 10 Kotor’s combined back to back, hundreds of thousands of lines of dialogue, 19 major worlds at start with expansion worlds to follow. as someone who has beta tested TOR and played KOTOR 1 & 2 and Mass Effect 1 & 2 several times through each, the game mechanics are simular, same style storyline and game play, it felt like a nature progression to KOTOR and the fact that it is now unlimited, non linear, open world and that you can emerse yourself in the old republic experience for years on end, if you are a fan of the old republic francise, starwars or anything Bioware has released thus far this should be a no brainer………

    How is that for a bunch of reasons you shouldn’t avoid the old republic, give Keith a kick in the groin for me, and please guys, try to do just a little bit of homework.

    • Rob

      I’m sorry but, as I stated, there’s an embargo.  If I have or have not been in the beta doesn’t matter because I can’t TELL you.  That’s what an embargo means.  If anyone breaks that embargo, good luck them ever getting anything to preview again.

      The overarching issue is that Keith’s article and my article SHOULD have been a single article, done cross-fire style.  Unfortunately the system broke down a little, on our end and it didn’t happen that way.  By the time I realized that my part hadn’t been added, it was too late because at least 14.6 people had already read the article. 

      Shit happens.  

  • fuck this shitty website neither article was worth reading and theirs already a hundred websites doing the same shit but better.

  • Didloking

    The only thing that’s really pissing me off atm about swtor is the lack of racials. A few losers cried about it in beta and so now each race has a special emote, why bother having a race choice at all, lets all b humans. So that alone atm is making me think long and hard about whether or not i want to play it.

  • Dichroism

    I still think keith is a Fucking idiot…

  • Jason

    If they open it up to have the same Open OS format as WoW does allowing Mac players to play (without having to use parallels etc), then I would play in a heartbeat.  Problem is, people always fall back on the “it costs so much to develop in that OS – Mac is only 20% of the market anyway” BS.
    Well… WoW has 10-11 million subscribers…. if SWTOR had only 1,000,000 subscribers and 20% were Mac subscribers…. at $15….. that’s $3,000,000.  Would you turn down $3 Million?