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Star Wars: The Old Republic

1 year ago

Feature: All trailer, no trash

The best PC game trailers ever

The game trailer is a sly creature. It wants to entertain you, to excite you, to embolden you with curiousity. But it also wants to sell you a bunch of code wrapped up in some 3D shapes. Some trailers turn out to be more artful than the game they’re hawking, others plant sneaky emotions in your head with music. However, some are better than others.…

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3 years ago

Feature: The RPG Scrollbars

What Games Are Running Christmas Events?

HO HO HO. Christmas is practically upon us, and games eveywhere... well, mostly online... are joining the party. Whether they call it Winter Veil or Frostfell, it's a chance to deck the hubs with bonus XP and let everyone from elves to orcs don Santa hats and hand out treats to the good little wizards and barbarians. Here's a few of the events going on…

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Feature: Live from the Halls of Celebration

The RPG Scrollbars: The Scrolls of Honour – 2015

As the dragons finally return to their nests to hibernate and the ghosts don their chains to help remind misers of the meaning of the season, we approach the end of another year. As is tradition, that is time for we at the guild-house to award both quests and questers the ceremonial Scrolls of Honour™. (Chorus of affordable angels) Scribed upon only the finest vellum…

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4 years ago

Feature: The Old Republic Awakens?

Impressions: Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire

Star Wars: The Old Republic [official site] feels like it has lived in the shadows of its ancestors, Star Wars Galaxies and Knights of the Old Republic, doomed to be eclipsed by their legacy. But after a night of playing, when what was meant to be a quick dip into the new expansion turned into a full-blown binge until little rays of dawn peeked through…

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Feature: October's RPG expansions and updates

The RPG Scrollbars: Oktoberquest

This month, it seems like just about every major RPG out there is getting a major update. Divinity: Original Sin. Wasteland 2. Guild Wars 2. Even Deus Ex! All we need is for someone to announce that they've secretly been upgrading Darklands on the sly and we'll have the whole set. Here's a quick look at what's taking a level up on a PC near…

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7 years ago

Feature: What's This? Your MMO Is Evolving!

BioWare’s Schubert On MMO Past Vs MMO Present

A long time ago, in a galaxy that was still this one, Star Wars: The Old Republic lead systems designer Damion Schubert was one of the principle minds behind Meridian 59, a bonafide pioneer of MMORPGs as, well, things. Since then, he's worked on Shadowbane and The Sims Online, among others. During GDC Online, however, he gave a talk regaling tales of Meridian clone invasions…

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Feature: The New Economy

The Old Republic And The Revenge Of The Payment Model

Yesterday's news about The Old Republic means that this morning we see a wave of editorials suggesting that subscription-based games are over, and that "free" is the only way MMOs can survive. This, of course, is because "MMO" essentially translates to "quest-based online RPG" (99% of the industry can't see any other way to do it) and that tired old road is having to find…

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Update Double-Up: TOR’s ‘Allies’ Patch And Pyro Day 2

I remember when games used to be obstinate, unyielding creatures. They'd prance through the room, coated in all manner of dust and bugs and glitches, and they just didn't care. Now, though, they heed developers' every beck and call post-launch. The things can practically grow extra arms on command. Case in point: SWTOR's latest patch, which brings it up to not-quite-light-speed with modern MMOs and,…

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Hmmm: The Old Republic “Looking At” Free-To-Play

No, BioWare hasn't suddenly made a lightspeed jump to F2P, but - speaking with GamesTM - it changed its tune quite a bit from "subscription-based forever." So then, the obvious (in almost every situation ever in the whole of human history) question: why? Well, it's certainly hard to ignore SWTOR's 400,000-person slide into the subscriber Sarlacc Pit, but BioWare contends that there's more to it…

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SWTOR Free Weekend Coming Up!

Bioware send word that they're having another free-to-party party this weekend. It's taking place from Thursday, May 17th at 12:01AM CDT / 5:01AM GMT, and ends on Monday, May 21st at 2:00AM CDT / 7:00AM GMT. The usual limits apply: Level 15 cap, but you can freely play PvP zones. Only people (or email addresses?) that have not played the game previously will be able…

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Old Before Its Time? SWTOR Subs Sliiiiiide

Yesterday was EA's annual fiscal earnings call, which meant another night of the publisher baying about sums of money beyond all human imagining to stern shareholders and jumpy journalists. The headline numbers were revenues of $4.1 billion and earnings of $76 million, and a claim that it will be throwing $80 million down the gluttonous money-pit "in development of games for Gen4 console systems." So…

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Feature: A Game Of End Games

BioWare Force Pushes Back Against SWTOR Doubters

Not such a long, long time ago, in galaxy much like this one, only more naive, youthful, and able to pull off those jeans the Milky Way no longer has any business shimmying into, Star Wars: The Old Republic was the Next Big Thing. It was billed as a tale for the ages - or six tales for the ages, really. Some soup-tin-sized lightsaber hilts aside,…

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Wook! SWTOR Gives 30 Free Days To Level 50 Players

I never play MMOs enough to receive awards. Actually, I do play them, but don't play, so while everyone's grinding and high-fiving over getting level quad-squlllion, I'm jumping up a mountain the wrong way, attempting to find a stray polygon to land on to climb higher and higher. It's important research. So I'm physically shrugging at Bioware's gift of 30 free days of game time…

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SWTOR Free Weekend Incoming, For Newcomers Only

The second free weekend for Star Wars: The Old Republic has been announced. The SWTOR team writes: "...we are excited to announce that individuals who did not take part in the first Weekend Pass Free Trial will have another opportunity to live out their very own Star Wars™ saga, for free, with the second Star Wars: The Old Republic Weekend Pass Free Trial! Participants in…

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SWTOR Free Weekend Trials Start Thursday

EA send word that their game of multi-player laser-swords will soon be featuring free weekends, the page for which is here. It reports that the first free weekend is "Thursday, March 15 at 12:01AM CT through Monday, March 19 at 2:00AM CT." There are some more details just here, most notable restrictions on chat options to stop you being a big old gold spammer, restrictions…

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SWTOR: A Short Time Before ME3 In A Galaxy Next Door

Mass Effect 3 is still a day away in the US and four days away in the UK (unless you happen to know of some way to make your PC's IP address appear to based in Hong Kong, in which case you could play the game right now) but we are left with another option if we're craving immediate Biowarian intergalactic adventures. If you don't…

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Feature: They were making this game a long time ago.

Interview: BioWare’s James Ohlen On SWTOR

James Ohlen is a senior creative director at BioWare, and has spent the last six years working on Star Wars: The Old Republic. We spoke to him to find out how he thinks the launch has gone, how the game is being received, and what we can expect to see in the first update, due next week.

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SWTOR Updates: Lots Of Juicy Info

Next week's update for Star Wars: The Old Republic is to be called Rise Of The Rakghouls, and plans to add some major new content to the game, focusing on story-heavy features. Senior Creative Director James Ohlen explained to us in an interview we're posting very soon that along with "a lot of bug fixes and modifications", there would be the titular new story-focused flashpoint,…

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SWTOR’s First Big Patch Incoming

For all the grumbles you may have read, Star Wars: The Old Republic is undoubtedly one of the most remarkably complete and solid MMO releases we've seen so far. It's where most MMOs get in about six months. And this patch adds more content. But there are still things to fix, and the first major patch (ie. one that doesn't just remove an exploit) is…

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Let The Wookiee Waltz – SWTOR’s God-Cheat

Taptaptap. Is this thing on? One, two, one two. Hello mum. One two. Two. Two. Two. And she's buyyyyyyyying a stairway to heavennnnnnnnnn. One two, one two. Okay, 2012 is go! I've occasionally wondered what it would have been like had RPS been around back when World of Warcraft first launched. The excitement, the moaning about queues and bugs and griefers and customer support, the…

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