There have been many cool games in the MMORPG genre for over the past fifteen years specially in the 00’s decade. Various titles such as World of Warcraft, Phantasy Star, StarCraft II, and Lords of the Rings Online are the type of games that we normally think about in regards to popular MMORPG’s. It was throughout the 00’s decade along with the early 10’s when online gaming started to become more popular especially for PC users because of the amount of social interaction that usually occurred. While there have been many great MMORPG’s that were popular in the 00’s we have also started off the 10’s decade some very exciting titles. Star Wars the Old Republic was an MMORPG that was developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts almost five years ago in late 2011.
As many of us know the Old Republic is the second Star Wars game to be released in the MMORPG genre following its prequel Star Wars Galaxies in late 2003. The Old Republic is a very exciting yet challenging game that has a lot to offer in the areas of gameplay, graphics and storytelling. When the Old Republic was first released many people were blown away by the artwork & visual design the Hero engine had produced. Considering the fact that Star Wars the Old Republic was the first MMORPG that Bioware had produced many people were thoroughly impressed by various aspects included in this game. First, players had the option of choosing their alignment between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Second, players had freedom of choice throughout the game leading to interesting developments such as branching storylines which would affect the overall direction the character would take.
Making decisions early in the game had a significant impact on various aspects throughout the story such as character type. An example, would be the idea that there were various species types such as Mirilan, Miraluka, Rattataki and Chiss. However, certain species types were only playable depending on what one’s alignment whether it be with the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire. This game had also included a variety of classes for each faction which was affected by the player’s actions along with his alignment resulting from branching storylines. Along with having various classes to choose from players are also assigned specific ships depending on their rank ranging from Bounty Hunters to Jedi Knights.
Since its release Star Wars the Old Republic has released five different expansion packs including Rise of the Hutt Cartel, Galactic Starfighter, Galactic Strongholds, Shadow of Revan and Knights of the Fallen Empire between the years of 2013 and 2015. As of right now many people are anticipating the release of the “Knights of Eternal Throne” pack sometime later in 2016 while playing through more recent releases such as “Knights of the Fallen Empire.” Along with great gameplay SWOR included some challenging boss battles with the likes of Subject Alpha, Battledroid R4-GL, The Primal Destroyer, and the Nightmare Pligrim. However, the world boss that was arguably the toughest was Gargath from planet Hoth. Gargath was hard to defeat for many people because his melee & earthquake attacks took a lot of damage from players. Also, Gargath has a very high level of endurance and which would require an entire army to destroy him.
Almost everything about SWOR was great from visual design to the storytelling aspects of this game. Sometimes its hard to believe that budget for Star Wars the Old Republic was over $200 million because the quality of the game made many people think it was at least twice more than it actually was. After its initial release G4 gave this Star Wars game a perfect five star rating while IGN scored it nine out of ten. There have been many adventurous Star Wars games in the past but Old Republic is quite possibly one of the best MMORPG titles to be released so far.