That BioWare’s got me falling in love (with Star Wars) again…

by alphamonkey on June 10, 2011 · 4 comments

in Commercials,Entertainment,Nerdgasms,News,Star Wars

Well, crap…. I’ve kinda let myself not think about BioWare’s big foray into MMORPGs, aka Star Wars: The Old Republic. However, BioWare decided to drop a new trailer at the 2011 E3 designed to grab me by the collar and smack me around until I needed to grab a textbook to hide my nerdly shame/excitement. Behold! The lastest SWtOR trailer, “Return” :

I’ll let you clean yourself up a little.

All better? Let’s talk turkey for a sec: As a fairly long-term World of Warcraft player, this trailer got me excited for how the classes fit together (especially since this is the first cinematic to give us any idea what the fighting styles might look like). Trooper, Bounty Hunter (or in this case) Smuggler, Jedi (up to 4 specializations IIRC) are meant to be able to balance the needs of the fight without requiring a specific class (Goodbye to waiting around for 2 hours while someone tracks down a tank or that last DPS player!) I’m not sure how cover mechanics will fit into gameplay (though I’m curious to find out), but I don’t mind admitting: SWtOR is the first SW themed property I’ve seen in ages that gets me EXCITED to spend more time in that galaxy far, far away. And this trailer (which is apparently the opening clip of the game) has certainly upped that ante a bit.

So yes, George Lucas will once again get to slide his childhood-rapist fingers deep into my jean pockets for another go. I suppose I’ll just have to take comfort in the fact that I’ll just be one of thousands. And since the Cap’n’s fondest wish is to mow down thousands and thousands of innocents under the vicious blades of his Sith lightsaber, I won’t be alone.

Yeah, I figured out a way to make an Usher/Star Wars reference in the title. THAT’S HOW I ROLL.

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  • Cap’n Carrot

    “And since the Cap’n’s fondest wish is to mow down thousands and thousands of innocents under the vicious blades of his Sith lightsaber”

    Bet your ass!

  • MavMurdoc

    Ok… this looks pretty awesome and I’m REALLY excited to play it. But to kinda quote part of the 70 minute Phantom Menace Review, I kinda feel like like they’re slapping me in the face with nostalgia a bit.

    It’s like the whole time I’m watching, I can hear the makes of this trailer/opening scene yelling behind me, “Ooo! Hey! Remember this part in A New Hope, when Obi-Wan staid behind and died!? Ooo yea! Remember how cool it was to watch Luke and Han use the turrets on the Milleium Falcon?” Even all the ship designs are SOOO much like from the orginal Star Wars. Not that it’s a real complaint, I LOVE the original trilogy. I’m just hoping they might actually offer something new to the universe I’ve grown up loving.

    • alphamonkey

      I don’t mind the nostalgia bit, especially if they’re using it appropriately (ie reminding us why we like this galaxy in the first place). Granted that means if they drop the ball, they drop it far farther than otherwise, but let’s be honest: Most of us have little to no connection to the Old Republic version of the Star Wars universe, so giving us a little New Hope is okay in my book.

      My *real* worry is that the game mechanics will be the downfall. WoW’s been the only MMORPG since Everquest to really nail what it takes to keep these shared universes alive (I haven’t played Rift yet), but if any company has the gumption it’s probably BioWare.

  • MavMurdoc

    makers* stayed*

    God I can’t type today.

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