Reviews for Star Wars: The Old Republic
If you love Star Wars, you've come to the right place.DowntimeGuys | April 24, 2014 | See all DowntimeGuys's reviews »
In Star Wars: The Old Republic Bioware have created what is essentially a form of Mass Effect - The MMORPG. Experienced Mass Effect players will recognise the way dialogue selection is handled and the way the story is progressed through character interactions.
The true strength of the game lies in the world that you play in. The graphics aren't hyper-realistic, instead aiming for a cartoon-like approach that will age better whilst being more scalable depending on the user's PC specifications. Star Wars: The Old Republic places you in a world full of characters and concepts that only the die-hard Star Wars buffs will truly appreciate. And that's my biggest problem with the game. As someone who's enjoyed the movies but never considered myself a huge fan, the game seems very slow paced and text-heavy, especially during the opening sections. Fans of the franchise will no doubt be thrilled to learn that there are hours upon hours of voice acted dialogue, but personally I wanted to jump into the action and get to the meat of the game as quickly as possible.
Star Wars fans will spend enjoy spending countless hours immersed in this well designed world, but neutrals can find better MMORPGs out there at the moment. Either way there's no harm in trying, after all the game is free to play.
It's no KOTORGeorgeStorm | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all GeorgeStorm's reviews »
I absolutely loved KOTOR I and II, two of my favourite games ever, I was bitterly disappointed when they released The Old Republic instead of KOTOR III because I didn't want an MMO where you had to pay per month etc. When it went free to play I thought I'd give it a go, sadly it was slightly disappointing for a couple of reasons.
Probably the biggest, I just don't think I want an MMO. Seeing lots of other people doing similar things to me just made it feel like I wasn't doing anything amazing at all, rather than making me feel part of something massive and epic. This obviously may be due to only doing the earlier missions, possibly once you get into the late game then things change, but it was a real downside for me. One of the amazing things about KOTOR was the amazing storyline, and that felt like it was lost with TOR due to seeing other people with the same secondary characters as you, going to the same places, doing the same things etc (apart from small sections which were solo).
If you're looking for more KOTOR then this may not be for you, but it's definitely worth trying, I still enjoyed my time with it, it just wasn't quite what I wanted. If you're into MMOs, and like Star Wars/KOTOR, then this may be ideal, since it went free to play I think the player base has increased which should be good. Despite the overall negative vibe of this review, and the mediocre score I think it's something I'll try and go back to to see if on a 2nd attempt I 'get' it.