I think that in order to understand what is going on in Star Wars : The Old Republic it is important that we understand the back story. The events leading up to the game and the time period it takes place in are important because those things also explain why certain thing are the way they are and why the story is – or ISN’T – any good.
Those things effect, in my mind, the plausibility of review scores because, let’s face it, if the game looks good but the story is bunk, that’s a big dent in a review.
So I present to you the review of Star Wars : The Old Republic, along with a very condensed version of the story that got us to where we are now…And even an explanation of where, exactly, we are!
First things first, I’ll go ahead and give you an out. If you really don’t care about the story in the slightest and just want to get to the review so you can decide if you’re going to buy the game or not, click here and you can skip all of this and head straight for the dessert.
If you’d like to dig in to the meat and potatoes which are the story so far, then read on!
OK – First things first. Where the hell are we and what’s going on?! Where’s Darth Vader and the Millennium Falcon and R2-D2 and why are there so many Sith running around?! There’s only supposed to be 2, AMIRITE?!
Actually, that’s wrong. The Millennium Falcon and R2-D2 haven’t been built yet. They probably won’t be for abooooout 3600 years. You see, Anakin Skywalker – AKA Darth Vader – isn’t even a gleam in his great-great-great-great-greatgreat-great-great grandaddy’s great grandaddy’s eyes, the Emperor isn’t Palpatine and the “Rule of Two” hasn’t been created yet…That won’t even happen for about another 2600 years, when a nasty little bugger named Bane becomes the Dark Lord of the Sith and decides to make the rule of two to stop them always killing each other en masse.
You see, there’s an incredibly rich and detailed back-story to account for all of the things which happened in the Star Wars films, some of it created by George Lucas, some by other writers but all of it (with the exception of some rogue authors whose works aren’t considered or included here) is canon and approved by Lucas for inclusion in any work which bears his name or the name of Lucasarts. The story goes back many millenia and then forward, beyond the events of the original Star Wars trilogy, for quite some time.
The marker used for the timeline is, most commonly, the battle of Yavin, during which the first Deathstar was destroyed – with the timeline extending both backwards (Before the Battle of Yavin or BBY) and forward (After the Battle of Yavin or ABY). The events of Star Wars : The Old Republic take place between 3,643 BBY and 3,641 BBY (which makes me think that a major expansion is in the works, to be released within the next 2 years though, naturally, this is raw speculation) and deal with a time period known as “The Galactic Cold War” which began with the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant, in 3,653 BBY (bringing an end to the Great Galactic War) and seems to have lasted for around 1,600 years, during which a number of small battles and proxy wars occurred but the Empire and the Republic (The Sith and the Jedi) never got involved in full scale warfare.
Head on over to the next page to find out what’s going on!