A decade after Star Wars Galaxies’ “New Game Enhancements” hit the game, controversy, grumbling, and revelations still pop up about the notorious decision to overhaul the entire game. Some maintain that it ruined the game, while others acknowledge that what came after actually ended up being better. As the 2003 to 2005 pre-NGE era is quickly vanishing into the distant past, I wanted to preserve some of the history of what the game was like before that fateful patch day. To aid in this project, I asked six Star Wars Galaxies veterans to share some of their memories and stories from that time. Here’s what they had to say about what in-game life was like in those first few years. 1. It was a true sandbox Joshua M.: “I think the big thing back in the pre-NGE era was that the content was what you made it; it was a true sandbox. There were no concept of levels, just the skills you’ve learned and the weapons you were certified to use. You could spend the … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: What Star Wars Galaxies life was like before the NGE
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Play SWTOR for freeOK, I’ll come right out and say it: I love the Rishi stronghold. The Star Wars: The Old Republic developers have outdone themselves. I will unlock that whole stronghold as soon as it’s available on the live servers. It will be expensive, even for me. But I will do it, and I will not regret it. Star Wars: The Old Republic, an MMORPG that has taken some hits for not doing things right for its community, might be turning some things around with its latest patch 5.9.2. Of course, this latest update puts a lot of focus on PvP, but for an MMO that places the story as a major pillar of its design, we know that PvP will never be its only focus on any patch. Even though I admit that I love the new patch and stronghold, I am not blind to its flaws, so let’s take a tour of the new stronghold to examine the good and the bad. The beach I think it’s best to drop the gallery of images right upfront so you can see what I’m talking about and why … [Read more...] about Hyperspace Beacon: Take your SWTOR PvP to Rishi!
There is no eloquent way to explain everything that is coming to Star Wars: The Old Republic from now until December. So let’s just throw it all at you right now, then break it down later. The big parts will be hit right here, and the more nuanced items will come to future installments of the Hyperspace Beacon, promise. But most importantly, you should know that all of these additions and more will hit live servers sometime in early December when Update 5.10: Jedi Under Seige is live. Yesterday evening, BioWare developers livestreamed for exactly 90 minutes, according to Community Manager Eric Musco (although the VODS are about an hour and 34 minutes). Inside that atypical stream, we learned that players will gain access to a Master Mode of the latest operation Gods of the Machine, this writer was correct that the new planet being introduced was Ossus, endgamers can earn a new gear set through crafting, and a good handful of companions will return. But before the … [Read more...] about Here’s a run-down of everything coming to SWTOR in the next month and a half