Newsflash – The Old Republic is Big

23 09 2011

It’s late and I haven’t had time to write a decent-sized post for today, so here’s a picture of a Jawa with a rocket launcher.

Where was he hiding that?

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Holiday Post 3/3 – Huttball?

26 08 2011

I’m pleased that my holidays seem to coincide with big gaming shows. Back in June E3 came to the rescue when I went gallivanting off to Rome and this time it’s Gamescom coming to my aid as I clear off for the week. It’s three updates on trailers I’m afraid, but they are quite pretty. Honestly.

If you watch this trailer with a basic knowledge of Star Wars and not a jot of knowledge on MMOs, you will probably wonder what the hell developers Bioware are doing to the license. How can Jedi and Sith put aside their differences and decide to fight each other in a game of ‘Huttball’ when there’s all this stuff about good and evil, the balance of the force and the whole universe being at stake which needs to be sorted out? Huttball is a new player vs player scenario announced for The Old Republic where two teams must carry a ball into their opponents endzone whilst fighting one another and avoiding various traps, kindly donated by Czerka Corporation. MMOs have plenty of things to do, from crafting to combat to exploration, so you can certainly choose not to partake in Huttball, but that doesn’t stop it being any less bizarre and seemingly at odds with the whole tone of a heroic story. This isn’t one of my top Gamescom trailers, but it’s certainly one of the weirdest.

Why The Old Republic Will Succeed

15 07 2011

Last week’s update on Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s official website was pretty amusing. For more than two and a half years, Bioware have released an update of some sort every single week, from 15-minute gameplay walkthroughs to the much-dreaded Fan Fridays. They don’t always appear at the same time each Friday, but last week’s took a little time to emerge, spawning an enormous thread on the forums that quickly moved past the 1,000 post mark. Some users were spluttering angrily, most were having a good laugh and revelling in the ridiculousness of the game’s hype machine.

Then it emerged – a blog post about the in-game map system. Good stuff for the sensible community member, but the internet is not particularly known for being sensible. Cue riled posts about Bioware’s lack of concern for their fans and their general stinginess. Read the rest of this entry »

All Aboard the (Wonderful) Hype Train

6 06 2011

Every time that E3 comes around, I try to make sure that I’m not swept up in the excitement of the whole thing. It is tremendously easy to watch a bunch of trailers – some pre-rendered, some in-game, all heavily scripted – and end the week in a state of bewildered ecstasy regardless of whether you plan on buying the game or not. As a PC gamer, I take in a lot of footage at E3 of games that I will likely never play, so I try not to get giddy about the whole thing. There are plenty of major PC titles on show at the conference, such as Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City and Battlefield 3, but I planned on taking in all the details of such with a discerning, calculating, not entirely objective but nonetheless rational eye.

Then Bioware go and release this incredible trailer, called ‘Return’, for my most-wanted game of the past two-and-a-half years: Star Wars: The Old Republic. Read the rest of this entry »