Star Wars: The Old Republic

Genre(s): RPG/MMORPG,
Action/3rd Person,
Massively Multiplayer

Metacritic Rating: 8 (out of 10)

Gamespot Rating: 85 (out of 100)

PCGamer (US) Rating: 93% in issue 224.

IGN Rating: 9 (out of 10) “Amazing”

Price: Free-to-play

Link(s): http://www.swtor.com/

Description:
Star Wars: The Old Republic is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based in the Star Wars universe.

In Star Wars: The Old Republic, players explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining their personal story and determining their path down the light or dark side of the Force. Along the way, players befriend courageous companions who fight at their side or possibly betray them, based on the players’ actions. Players can also choose to team up with friends to battle enemies and overcome incredible challenges using dynamic Star Wars combat. [LucasArts]

Players join as members of either of the two main factions – the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Although each faction is led by a benevolent or malevolent leader, it is emphasized that an individual member may possess a morality at any point along the light/dark spectrum. The project’s key focus is to differentiate between the player’s faction and morality. For instance, a member with ties to the Galactic Republic may belong to the Dark Side while attempting to achieve their own ends, which may be misaligned or dissimilar from the Republic’s vision.

Player advancement occurs by a combination of mission completion, exploration, and defeating enemies. New skills, unlocked by level, are taught by trainers and can be learned in game at a multitude of locations. Heroic missions exist that require the cooperation of multiple players to complete objectives, and can be repeated normally on a daily basis.

While each class in Star Wars: The Old Republic favors a certain play style (ranged/melee damage, healing or support skills, or tanking), customization combined with companion characters allow for a class to be able to tackle many different situations, with or without the support of other player characters, and without requiring specific other classes in order to move forward.

Publisher: Electronic Arts/LucasArts

Developer: Bioware

Release Date: December 20, 2011

Players: Massively multiplayer online

ERSB: T, for “Teen”

Sample Gameplay Video(s):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zpivAgsI3lk

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