Star Wars: The Old Republic - Windows
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Choose from one of eight iconic roles and become the hero of your own personal saga
Immerse yourself in the interactive storyline with cinematic dialogue and full voiceover for all in-game characters
Make decisions that will determine your path down the light or dark side of the Force
Build meaningful relationships with your companions as they join in on your journeys and fight alongside you
Battle reactive enemies in lightsaber duels, cantina shootouts and large multiplayer battles
Explore the galaxy in your own ship and battle in epic space combat
Invite your friends to join the action in player versus player warzones, multiplayer flashpoints, multigroup operations, guilds, auction houses, crafting, mounts and more
- PC Processor TypeAMD Athlon™ 64 x2 Dual Core 4000+ processor, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor
- PC Processor Speed2GHz
- PC Operating SystemWindows XP
- PC System Memory1.5GB RAM
- PC Video256MB video card with Shader Model 3.0 support
- PC Drive Type and SpeedDVD
- PC Additional RequirementsInternet connection is required to play, 2GB RAM required for Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Number of Discs1
- ESRB DescriptorBlood and Gore, Mild Language, Sexual Themes, Violence
- ESRB CategoryOther Descriptors, Language, Sexual Content, Violence
- GenreAction & Adventure
Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 92 reviews(92 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
MMO for single player RPG fansPosted .
I never liked SW Movies, The reason I bought this game was Bioware logo on its cover. I enjoyed Knight of the old republic and Bioware's approach to SW very much and thats what I wanted to see in this game. I cannot judge whether this is game is true to sw universe, or is competitive to other MMO's out there, they all were to shallow and full of empty grinding for me to spend more than few days on them. But I can say that as long time SP RPG fan I feel right at home in SW: TOR, I can play through campaign and story solo or with a small group of other players without being distracted from world, story and enjoy the game. Story is mostly good, and it differs from class to class and your preference and taste how much you will enjoy it, but it does have a sense of "shalowsness" to it, the player choices, whether this is Light/Dark or characteristic replies have very little impact outside current situation, so far only consequences were whether or not you received email with pitiful amount credits(ingame currency), and light/dark only seems to impact very small amount of gear you can equip with alignment requirements. Voice acting is very good, though building your characters personality through dialogue system is impossible, your character will almost always say things very different from what dialogue option suggested and you will not have enough options from your characters comments to remotely match how you imagined his/her personality in your mind, you are put in place of consumer rather than participant and game feels like RPG with predefined protagonist and with predefined story, with player able to make few cosmetic changes about characters visual. I really think these game have been going downhill on dialogue system since Fall outs and Planescape: Torment. Graphics are good if you max out settings, and game world look better than all other MMO-s I'd say due to terrain system and some effort put in visual storytelling, no territory will feel likes its giant plane with few buildings and mob groups strapped on it. Music is decent and player community is good, though servers are mostly nearly empty, especially on Sith side, Republic players outnumber sith 5 to 1 in most cases. which makes finding group on sith side very challenging unless you have friends willing to help out, curiously though Sith players have been much much more friendly and selflessly helpful than Republic one's in my experience, which is weird, or probably not. New Legacy system is very interesting and adds a lot to roleplay, that was the time that I began to see connection between my characters and felt like this was were I was creating new epic story for them. Imperial Agent had best story from what I have seen so far. Overall I would recommend this game to all Single Player RPG fans, and would not for people looking at this only as sport and focusing only on PvP and arenas, you won't like this game, and honestly .. thats a good thing.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Should be on the ballad for game of the year.Posted .
The game itself is what I've come to expect out of an mmo (while adding it's on flair to the series). Many would debate that the cinematic experience it tries to deliver as dull and unengaging, where as I would have to disagree. The game gives you a reason for the quests you are doing, rather then just hitting accept to go grind out or collect certain items. Why am I killing rogue droids? Cause they are shutting down the support system to the planet. Why am I collecting these stacks of documents? To reveal the location of a hidden empire base that may(or may not) be the beach head of an imperial/republic invasion. The voice acting is decent, and you do have the option of skipping the whole interaction by hitting the space bar to fast foward the conve. But doing so may lead to you making a decision that could change the whole way the quest plays out. Plus you get a feel for how the npc's would react to you choice. Combat (familiar enough to all mmo players) adds a decent variety of spells and attacks, while mixing in an active auto-attack to force you into focusing your rotation on the situation. Could be polished a little, but overall, not bad. Graphics... Probably the only let down. But then again, it doesn't distract from the game play or the enviroments. Indeed there have been some better looking mmos out ther, but it's certainly not the worst. And as far as the sound goes... Come on! Who doesn't like the sound of lightsaber parrying lightsaber, or the sound of blaster fire igniing against a wall? Plus the orchestreal soundtrack just adds to the Star Wars experience. Not saying this game is for everyone, but I think everyone should at least give an unbiased shot. 9/10 for me.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
May be a WoW Ender!Posted .
I have been playing the beta now for sometime and I thought that I would hop in here and leave some details about the game. The beta has been quite polished as betas go. Of course there are bugs here and there, but a quick logout and login fixes 99% of the issues (same with most mmo's#. I played the beta for 12 hours straight and only had one instance where the program crashed. This seems like it is going to be a lot more stable than wow was when it came out. The graphics are BEAUTIFUL. Viewing mountain ranges in the distance or buildings in the distance they don't fog out like most games you can see and tell what they are and are quite realistic. Biggest complaint on the graphics is that I have to turn the shadows down quite a bit on my computer #Running 2.93GhZ i7's, 1GB Nvidia Geforce (Cuda#, with 8GB ram#. After turning them down I have yet to notice any Frame Rate issues and it honestly runs smoother than wow does on the same machine. Grouping is quite easy and the only load screens I have seen are when going from planet to planet. Instances load with ease and you don't even realize you have entered an instance sometimes until it comes up and tells you in the middle of the screen. There is a lot of lively banter in the general chats and from what I am seeing many many many people are planning to join up with this game as soon as it releases. Soloing in quite easy to complete many quests #aside from instances# and I didn't die my first time until level 17 #but that was my own fault I pulled way to many baddies and didn't realize there was an elite in the middle of them#. The gameplay interface is quite easy to learn for any wow player, many of the keycodes are identical as those in WoW. The in game "movies" happen quite often and typically when getting and turning in a quest #called missions#, it makes for a much more in depth playing experience than what I have gotten with WoW #no READING countless quests in order to get the storyline a very welcome change of pace!#. Most quests are in the same general area for completion making completing multiple quests without running back and forth seemless and with the story you don't even realize that you are questing. Another great thing is when you go into a cave or an area and are the only one there tearing up things and you get all the way to the back, you don't have to fight your way out because of respawns! This takes away a lot of the "grind" feel that you get from WoW while levelling. Travelling is a snap! There are multiple speeder locations to get you where you want to go and if theres quests in a new area you can usually fly right there and get into the action! No long runs to get to your next area. Another very welcome change from WoW. They do have a "hearth" system in place, however it is much better than the current system in many MMO's. You bind yourself to a location however upon calling for a shuttle you can go to any area you have bound yourself to on the current map which saves a lot of downtime. Professions are deep and well developed. Read the tutorials provided once you hit the correct level and they are a snap to get going on! There are literally tons of combinations ranging from gathering to crafting to salvaging to just about everything and there are quite a few nodes around to keep you busy grabbing them while you are out and about in the world. The customization of your character is amazing! I have yet to see two toons that look the same while I am out and about. Everything from skinny to large frames, many different hair colors, body markings, etc... The level of customization is simply amazing! I haven't gotten to see any of the endgame content as of yet during the beta #since I have only gotten the green light a few times# however talking to people there is some endgame content and it appears that they have put some effort into it. I just hope that it doesn't stagnate like other games do while you wait for forever to get a content patch. But we shall see I guess. This game will end up being time consuming like wow. But I think that for those who are bored with wow and its dated graphics engine this will breath new life into your MMO experience. I have yet in many hours of testing to say "AGH IM BORED!" You don't even realize how much time goes by because there is little downtime in the things that you do. All in all I would definately say this game has a LOT of potential. They have created a beautiful universe with many things to see and to do. This game will end up getting me off WoW for a while at the very least while I wait for new offerings #having 10 85s and nothing to do gets quite boring#. I hope this review helped and see you in a Galaxy Far Far Away!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great in beta!Posted .
I was able to participate in the beta this past weekend and couldn't put this game down. If it wasn't for needing to spend a little time with the girlfriend and some pre-planned hangout nights with some friends, I probably would have played it non-stop all weekend. I'll write this review from the perspective of a WoW player. Leveling, compared to WoW, is a lot more engrossing. The quest types are similar to any MMO (find this item, kill this guy, kill 20 of these things, etc.) but the way SWTOR deals with NPC interaction just pulls you into the story a hell of a lot more than needing to read each quest like in WoW. When you're questing (solo), you really feel more like you're playing an engrossing single player game than just completing tasks to level up as quick as possible. Story lines are pretty engrossing. I only started 2 different characters but both started you out in a fun "class quest" that made me want to keep playing. When the beta ended, I was sad I wouldn't know what happens to my characters story until the game comes out next month. I hope all of the character classes have quest lines that are just as fun. Gameplay is quite similar to WoW. I can't imagine anyone making the switch from WoW to SWTOR and having a problem understanding and picking it up quickly. There are subtle differences in the way certain things work but they are so easy to understand that it's nothing to worry about. Both of the classes I started played completely differently than each other, which, I feel, gets you excited to start a new role after you may have spent the last month on one character. There are plenty of companions that you group and fight with during the game. These NPCs join your "team" and you're able to manage who you fight with, when. It makes it a much more "solo friendly" game. Graphically, the game is quite stunning. I was playing in Bootcamp on my 2011 MacBook Pro with all the settings pumped up to max and I didn't notice any sort of slow down in frame rate. Antialiasing was disabled for the beta I was in so I only assume things will look even better when that gets turned back on. Audibly, the game is just as stunning. The voice acting brings the classic MMO genre to new places and the ambiance makes you feel like you're there. The multiplayer aspect, I didn't test out all that much. There are "social points" awarded for entering conversations with NPCs while in a group. These social points allow you to use and buy certain items. The handful of "Heroic" quests I did were pretty plain and just required more than 1 person because enemies were much tougher. I did a 4 person heroic with 4 DPS characters and we only died a couple times, so they might need to flesh out the tank/dps/heals roles a bit better to give groups more of a challenge and require some more coordination. I did SEE one "world boss" while questing but did not attempt to fight it so I'm not sure what kind of mechanics the bosses will possess. I see this as more "end game" content and was not able to get quite that far in the weekend I had. Professions are a bit different from WoW but kind of in a good way. There are a large variety of them but they're almost not "your" professions. It's called "Crew Skills" in SWTOR and instead of you doing all the gathering and crafting, your companions do instead. When you click a gather node, instead of needing to wait to finish collecting it, you just let your companion take care of it for you while you move on to the next one. When you need to craft something, you just queue it up for your companion to craft while you continue doing whatever else you need to do. Crafting does take quite a bit longer in this game for that very reason. There are also "missions" you can send your companion on. They'll run along for a while and when they return, they have gathered resources for you. Overall, the game is great. I left WoW because it was getting a little bit dull and I'm looking forward to the change in scenery and the updated graphics engine. I would definitely recommend this game to all my friends and especially anyone else who is getting a little sick of WoW.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The force is strong with this one...Posted .
This game may take a lot from WoW, which will turn a lot of players away. The sad outcome with this is that they will then overlook the grander details of this game, which is the incredible environments and vast history spread throughout SWTOR. There's an in-depth story with every class that so far has been keeping me intrigued non-stop (level 28 now) and the quests don't feel like boring repetitive endeavors as most quests do in other MMOs. Typically i'm forced to grind up to max level in a zombiefied state lacking any real motive other than catching up to my friends. Such has not been the case at all with SWTOR. I've stopped to listen to all the dialogue, which has been included with EVERY quest-giver, letting myself get engrossed into this rich story. There's a lot going on here and you're just a little piece of the puzzle. On top of that, the voice acting is top notch, and really gives you a sense of achievement with each decision. Bioware has held true to it's tradition of giving choices over every situation. This only further lets you develop your character and the story involved. Within hours I got quite attached to character and I feel he is genuinely created from me. The combat is very similar to WoW but I can't say that's so terrible. You can't fix what ain't broke, though I would have preferred just a bit more distinction with this combat and WoW's combat. The biggest difference they have in that regard is having a cover system based on your class. More ideas like this may have made it stand out more. There's plenty of other qualities that make up for this though. You get your own ship and your crew fills it up. There's some nice distractions with doing missions on your ship, and you get to upgrade it to do tougher missions. It's completely different from anything else in the game and reminds me of Starfox. It's fun, but seems like an added tick to the game just cause it's cool to have your own ship. All I can say is, it's a very well crafted game. I can't say that I feel short changed at all, and I've already put 3-months pay into it. I hope max level does not get repetitive as most MMOs do, but we'll see. Until then, i'm just going to enjoy the ride.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
So Far So Good...In a galaxy far away :DPosted .
1a. For those of you offended about this game having a monthly subscription, please read the box, it clearly indicates that you must pay a monthly fee. 1b. If you decided not to subscribe because the idea of paying monthly offends you, please set that silliness aside and give it a shot. I've played subscription based games for about 6 years now. The amount of gaming, entertainment and value I get from spending $15/month is outstanding. It's well worth it, considering how much entertainment you truly get from playing a good game like this one. Now about the actual game: So far, it seems like a great game. I love the depth in each role you choose - it's clear that EA/Bioware put a lot of thought and time into this game. As far as MMO's, I hope this keeps people around for a while and continues to grow. I have enjoyed everything so far and am looking forward to how the game will turn out over the course of a few months. The graphics are nice, not the most amazing I've ever seen, but the somewhat cartoonish style works really well with all the different species you encounter. Landscapes and buildings look very nice. If you've played other MMO's, don't expect anything that is mind-blowingly different, but there are some great aspects to the game such as the very awesome, no grinding needed crafting and the companion system. The game has a lot to offer anyone and everyone. I would definitely recommend it.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very fun, story driven MMOPosted .
If you're a player who enjoys story driven MMO's, then this game is very fun to play. The story writing is very well done, and there is replay value with alt's, as different classes can have different story missions and/or objectives. That being said, if you're a hard core FPS or PVP'er, the game is probably not for you. While the game still needs some polish, for a new release it was one of the better ones that I can remember in the past 10 years. However there are some areas the game could improve upon. Pro's: - Very well done stories for the missions - Additional objectives ("kill x") are masked and addressed differently for much less of a "grind" feel to them. Many are easily done by following the story mission - Differences between the classes between Republic and Imperial sides to make them interesting, but not being entirely different. They are "similar" but not identical. - Use of companion pets are a nice touch and helpful for both crafting and combat situations. - Voice acting is very well done (for the most part) and makes the NPC interactions very entertaining - Flowing player progression, as the player is exploring new planets and new area's regularly, and not stuck in one area for a long time. Con's: - The ship combat system is fun for a casual player, but it would be nice for grouped ship combat to be designed, - More flexibility in the UI customization options would be nice - As the ship functions also as "player housing", more interior customization would be nice. - Crafting system doesn't appear to have been designed for longevity. Very few skill sets product consumables, and there is no cross-crafting dependencies - There still seems to be a memory leak that pops up at times, but it is no where near as bad as launch. - Appearance is based on gear the player is wearing, no appearance options Overall, its a fun game for the more casual players. I think the hard core crowd may be disappointed. The average, casual player can progress with just drops and following the story lines. It is quite easy to lose track of time with some of the more interesting stories and missions.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent GamePosted .
I purchased this game two days ago and have found it to be a fantastic game. I am a long time MMO player with experience with WoW, Guildwars and City of Heroes. The questing experience is far better then any of these other games as the game really gets you involved in the story line. I have started two characters and have found the story line and questing very different between the two classes, it compels me to play all the characters. Before I decided to purchase this game I decided to read others reviews. It really bothers me to find that most if not all of the low reviews are based on the game having a monthly fee or the customer's machine isn't capable of running the game well. How a person can rate the quality of the game based on their lack of research into the games requirements is beyond me. And the fact that most MMOs require a monthly fee I think would compel most people to check into this before buying the game. I encourage those looking into this game to disregard reviews that aren't based on the game's quality and instead are based on features they should have known about before buying the game.I would recommend this to a friend