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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Full Beta Preview

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,596MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Today marks a big turning point for Star Wars: The Old Republic with a partial lift of the embargo for members of the press and we here at MMORPG.com have a full slate of articles covering the Republic side and levels 1-15 today. Community Manager Mike Bitton has a comprehensive look at the overall beta (that we can write about!) that is a must read for any and all fans of SWTOR. Check it out and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Troopers start out on the mountainous planet of Ord Mantell as a new member of the Republic special forces team Havoc Squad. The first minute or so involved my character being briefed on the situation on the ground by one of my fellow Havoc Squad members while riding aboard a Republic dropship. Things quickly take a turn for the worse as the dropship takes enemy fire, prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing. As the exit ramp opens, I am treated to a wide view of the war torn planet of Ord Mantell before I step out and put my boots firmly on the ground.

Read more of Mike Bitton's Star Wars: The Old Republic - Full Beta Preview.


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  • RoinRoin Baltimore, MDPosts: 2,927Member Uncommon

    Haven't read it yet.  Debating on if I should.  Really want to limit as many story spoilers as possible... what the hell. *Goes off to read article*

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  • tussauctussauc Mound, MNPosts: 147Member

    This only made me want to play it more, thanks. :')

  • BadSpockBadSpock Somewhere, MIPosts: 7,974Member

    Not really any spoilers in any of the pieces on this site.

    I've just read them all.

    Nearly 100% positive.

    Very, very good to hear.

    Smuggler preview says it best - if you are not looking for a story driven Bioware game with excellent (yet standard) MMO features then this game is not for you.

    Just something worth mentioning before the trolls/haters invade this thread.

     

  • rygar218rygar218 altamonte springs, FLPosts: 332Member Uncommon

    Great read thanks from one fellow trooper to another I can understand with what you mean at the end there are so many class choices which to play first? lol 

    I really want to be a Vanguard but the Commando seems so much more appealing. Gonna be really hard to make the choice, and the way you layed out the Commando its gonna be really hard not to try it out.

     

    Hard not to try out the guy with the Big Gun! 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2KM-_zpCno

  • binary_0011binary_0011 SingaporePosts: 528Member

    why dont have ATST?

  • BoreilBoreil Dallas, TXPosts: 448Member Uncommon

    Hmm pretty decent review , main quick questions , are the planets seamless, and are they fully explorable planets or just a few zones on each planet  simulating  a fake full open planet , and can you fly back and forth to and from  planet's as you wish ?

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  • DarkPonyDarkPony RotterdamPosts: 5,566Member

    Lo and behold, the lid is finally lifted (slightly).

    Great, factual write-up Mike. Thanks. I did skip past some of the spoilers in the Dark & Light bit though.

    Trooper certainly sounds appealing. And I understand your dilemma of picking a class for your first main. I've gone from Agent to Sith Warrior, to Inquisitor, back to Agent, to Smuggler, to Jedi Knight and now back to Warrior. *cries*

  • XerithXerith Richardson, TXPosts: 970Member

    Originally posted by Boreil

    Hmm pretty decent review , main quick questions , are the planets seamless, and are they fully explorable planets or just a few zones on each planet  simulating  a fake full open planet , and can you fly back and forth to and from  planet's as you wish ?

    Watch the DE playthrough of Tatooine to see how they work. The only loading screen you hit is when bouncing from planet to planet (obviously) but once on the planet everything is seamless and you are free to move around the planet as you want. They said that some of the planets are larger than all of the entire world in Dragon Age, so that gives you a scale for big they will be. 

    They also said in a recent interview that the class story alone on a planet like tatooine will clock in at 15 hours. That is if you completely skip all other side quets and only do the story line quest. 

    Even going into your own personal story  "instances" have no loading screens. 

  • alakramalakram malagaPosts: 2,223Member Uncommon

    Good read, too many spoliers I needed to skip a lot of paragraphs but I supose is imposible to make a preview without giving so much information. Anyway, what i did read was good enought.

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  • PuremallacePuremallace Phoenix, AZPosts: 1,856Member

    No negatives at all. I think a very glaring negative and this is going to get endlessly debated. Is this a single player rpg or mmorpg. Everything in this article and a few others is only about you and I have not heard one reviewer mention others players or how you interact with them.

     

    Is that just a oversight because it is worrying alot of people?

  • palulalulapalulalula vukovarPosts: 655Member

    O man i am in extasy! It is so awesome and i think this will be sleepless night for me. I cant wait anymore people! Finaly some MMO with great story and epic everything. Ty, ty Bioware for this

  • BoreilBoreil Dallas, TXPosts: 448Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Xerith

    Originally posted by Boreil

    Hmm pretty decent review , main quick questions , are the planets seamless, and are they fully explorable planets or just a few zones on each planet  simulating  a fake full open planet , and can you fly back and forth to and from  planet's as you wish ?

    Watch the DE playthrough of Tatooine to see how they work. The only loading screen you hit is when bouncing from planet to planet (obviously) but once on the planet everything is seamless and you are free to move around the planet as you want. They said that some of the planets are larger than all of the entire world in Dragon Age, so that gives you a scale for big they will be. 

    They also said in a recent interview that the class story alone on a planet like tatooine will clock in at 15 hours. That is if you completely skip all other side quets and only do the story line quest. 

    Even going into your own personal story  "instances" have no loading screens. 

    Thank you for the reply great to hear also  , exactly what i wanted to hear actually , +1 for SWTOR , they are at 1 point now =)   Good day .

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  • maskedweaselmaskedweasel houston, TXPosts: 7,277Member Uncommon

    Great write-up Mike.  

     

    I'm so jealous that I can't weigh in on my experience. I've been so ready for it.  

     

    Glad to see you liked the trooper.

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  • RobsolfRobsolf Grand Rapids, MIPosts: 4,247Member Uncommon

    Can't get much more informative than that.  Hayta posting that Bitton has been bought by BW in 3....2....1....

  • XerithXerith Richardson, TXPosts: 970Member

    I never understood the argument of it "feels" like a single player game. What MMO doesnt anymore? I can hit 85 in WoW without ever grouping with another person. Same with LOTRO, FE, AoC and nearly every other MMO out there to date. 

    The social system in SWTOR should have people grouping up more than these other games as it actually awards social points for interacting in multi-player dialogues. These points can then be spent on various forms of goodies. So in a way this game is attempting to do more than most other games in terms of multi player. 

  • SquiggieSquiggie Waldo, WIPosts: 104Member

    Originally posted by DarkPony

    Lo and behold, the lid is finally lifted (slightly).

    Great, factual write-up Mike. Thanks. I did skip past some of the spoilers in the Dark & Light bit though.

    Trooper certainly sounds appealing. And I understand your dilemma of picking a class for your first main. I've gone from Agent to Sith Warrior, to Inquisitor, back to Agent, to Smuggler, to Jedi Knight and now back to Warrior. *cries*

    Heh, I know what you mean...I wasn't even thinking about the bounty hunter until I saw they get a Jawa as a companion...  Now I am thinking about a Sith Inquisitor for the assassin role...but the foce lightning focused sorceror looks soo cool...GRR!!!!

  • godzilr1godzilr1 scottsdale, AZPosts: 550Member Uncommon

    great read.  i wish we had more details on the advanced classes, for whatever reason i still dont understand how that all works.  also wish they had mad a trooper on the sith side.

  • ThomasN7ThomasN7 87.18.7.148 1, NJPosts: 6,690Member

    Very biased review but I guess someone has to write something good about it.

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  • DarkPonyDarkPony RotterdamPosts: 5,566Member

    Originally posted by SaintViktor

    Very biased review but I guess someone has to write something good about it.

  • alf2oooalf2ooo milanPosts: 135Member

    Biased based on what, care to explain Mr QQ?

  • maskedweaselmaskedweasel houston, TXPosts: 7,277Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by SaintViktor

    Very biased review but I guess someone has to write something good about it.

    The complainers are still complaining,  and those that like the game still like it.  Just another day on MMORPG.com.

    "Loan me a Dragon I wanna see space"


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  • NBlitzNBlitz ZwollePosts: 1,904Member
    And a day before Blizzcon. Well played.
  • BoreilBoreil Dallas, TXPosts: 448Member Uncommon

    I wouldnt say " fully good  reveiws" not by a streatch, plenty of very good and bad  but it seams , at least in the early game , some of the main points of the game are hit and miss  I.E story/multiplayer/campanions. Its still too early to tell anything though really.

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  • stealthbrstealthbr BrasiliaPosts: 1,053Member

    Originally posted by SaintViktor

    Very biased review but I guess someone has to write something good about it.




     

    Unless you can prove otherwise, I would say he is a lot more qualified to make an assessment on the game than you are. Don't let your emotions cloud your judgement. You need to experience the game for yourself before you can formulate a rational evaluation.

  • zellmerzellmer Fakesville, WIPosts: 442Member

    For christ sakes..

    This sounds almost as bad as Dungeons and Dragons with the "Love the lore or DESPISE the game and the crazy fanbase that adores it and hypes it as something it isn't" stuff..

     

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