Until now, the general public has only seen bits and pieces of Star Wars: The Old Republic
but at E3 2009
LucasArts and BioWare are
finally showing off a brand new CG trailer, some gameplay, and the
Smuggler class for first time. Even though the game still
isn’t in beta, TOR looks great, moves fast, and definitely
takes a fun approach to MMOs. Having a very active story for players to
explore along with the MMO elements of PvP and massive Jedi vs. Sith
battles, TOR looks to deliver where other Star Wars games have come up
Our first look at the game while at E3 2009 began with a trailer
of the sacking of Coruscant
. Fast paced and action packed,
the Sith make it clear they are here to wreak havoc with the Dark Side
as their ally. As is the case in all BioWare games, story and character
choices make all the difference in the world. TOR will be one of the
first MMOs to use full voice over capabilities. Your responses are in
text but only briefly and help to drive the story line in the game.
BioWare uses its classic cut scene format to give players a heroic
journey in the Old Republic.
We got a first look at the planet Hutta, home of the notorious
gangsters the Hutts. The Bounty Hunter class was shown off and the team
was quick to explain that they want players to truly feel the badass
storyline, which can definitely draw some parralels Boba Fett. The
class has great features to blast foes, use jump packs, rockets, and
even fire a deadly flame thrower that works as a crowd control device.
We later saw the Bounty Hunter working in full effect with a Sith as
they took on an Imperial ships entire crew after the captain disobeyed
a direct Grand Moff order. Team work counts, but the two classes made
some nasty work of any opponents.
Our first look at the Smuggler class followed in the tracks of Han Solo
himself. Both the Smuggler and Bounty Hunter are ranged classes, were
the Jedi and Sith focus on melee. The Smuggler wears less armor and
works on a unique new system that allows the class to take full
advantage of cover in the game. The cover mechanic shows places where
primarily ranged fighters can jump or roll themselves into a defensive
bonus in the environment and is one of the first times a system like
this has been used successfully in an MMO.
In the Smuggler segment, we got a chance to see Ord Mantell, where a
civil war between the Republic and separatists gives the Smuggler
plenty of options to run guns and information . Bounty Hunters have all
kinds of weapons at their disposal with flash grenades and barrage fire
as well as close combat dirty kicks and point blank head shots.