hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Star Wars: The Old Republic

 photo

EA blows off layoff reports following BF3, SWTOR letdowns


Apr 16
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts is alleged to be cutting between 500 and 1,000 jobs due to Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic performing below expectations. EA has downplayed the reports, though it wouldn't deny that jobs have bee...
 photo

The Old Republic 1.2: Tauntauns for everyone


Apr 12
// Fraser Brown
I've sort of drifted away from Star Wars: The Old Republic, recently. After hitting 50 and reaching that end game grind I sort of just got a bit tired of it. However, nothing entices me back to an MMO like a big update. Game...
 photo

EA defends itself against homophobic hate mail


Apr 05
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has come under fire from right wing Christian groups for the sin of allowing gay-friendly content in its games. A letter campaign, seemingly spearheaded by the Florida Family Association, accuses EA of corrupt...
 photo

Star Wars: The Old Republic Legacy System explained


Mar 30
// Chris Carter
Bioware designer William Wallace (amazing!) has just put up a hot blog post explaining (in great detail) some upcoming mechanical implications for The Old Republic's Legacy System. For those who aren't in the know, Legacy is ...
 photo

The Old Republic accused of having too many servers


Mar 26
// Chris Carter
Forum threads like this one have been sprouting up like weeds on Bioware's official Star Wars: The Old Republic forum, causing mods to quickly open new ones due to the overwhelming amount of responses. The basic idea of ...
 photo

Star Wars: The Old Republic is free to play this weekend


Mar 14
// Patrick Hancock
Starting this Thursday, March 15th, non-subscribers will be able to play Star Wars: The Old Republic for free until Monday, March 19th! For all of you people who have been saying "I'll wait until it's permanently free to...
 photo

Star Wars: The Old Republic 1.2 update on the horizon


Mar 09
// Chris Carter
After a ton of hullabaloo, The Old Republic's heftiest update yet is about to hit. In the update, players will find improved UI customization, more refined visuals, and a few other tweaks. Content wise, there's a new Warzone...
 photo

Economic shifts and a splash of color in SWTOR 1.1.5


Mar 02
// Fraser Brown
Republic and Imperial news services are a buzz with information relevant to any economic minded Star Wars: The Old Republic players. Balmorran transport company, Korrealis Corporation has ceased production of the "Sovereign",...

BioWare writer's vagina versus the Internet

Feb 20 // Jim Sterling
Everything came to a head a few days ago. Hepler decided to join Twitter, but within fourteen Tweets she has already asked support if she can delete her account. It seems that gamers caught a whiff of her Twitter presence, and everything went to shit.  Hundreds of messages have been sent to Hepler, as a simple Twitter search shows. Many choose to attack her writing and ability to craft characters. A staggering number focus on her physical appearance, choosing to call her such delightful names as "fat bitch" and "obese cunt." Some want to know why she's "obsessed with shoehorning homosexual relationships down gamer's throats." Poor Hepler did not exactly help her case, publicly stating: "I just figure they're jealous that I get to have both a vagina AND a games industry job, and they can't get either." Unfortunately, that opened the doors for even more spiteful commentary, because everybody knows you can't defend yourself on the Internet -- especially if you mention that you have a vagina.  Everything seemed to come to a head with studio GM Aaryn Flynn getting involved. After one user called Hepler "the cancer that is killing BioWare," Flynn retorted by calling him a "fucking moron." So now BioWare is accused of treating customers disrespectfully, and the moron in question is going on a crusade and talking about his hurt feelings. Nevermind that he started the insulting tone of the conversation.   Because that's what gamers do, if this behavior is to be believed. Attack individuals en masse, forgetting they are people, and then acting betrayed when their victims have the nerve to bite back. It's all very well expecting "professional conduct" from a developer when a customer is angry, but when anybody's being demolished by a rampant tsunami of abuse, I don't think there's any amount of professional expectation that makes it unacceptable to lose one's cool and say something in return.  It is the height of entitlement to believe you can say whatever you want, as hurtful as you like, and expect not a word of a retort. Those gamers now acting butthurt because Flynn and Hepler responded to the abuse are as cretinous and pathetic as one can get. The fact that this surrounds BioWare -- a studio known for making more adult games -- makes it all the more sad.   Whether you like Hepler or not (I've not been a fan of most of BioWare's stories, period), this level of treatment towards a single person is never warranted, and it should make the gaming community utterly ashamed of itself. This is the kind of behavior that justifies the FOX News stereotype of the basement dwelling, antisocial nerd. This is the kind of behavior that makes the Spike VGAs look like the perfect gamer show -- because it's crass, immature, and it sports the emotional depth of a wet paper towel. That's how gamers look when something like this happens.  You know what, though? Having a vagina and an industry job is a pretty sweet two-punch. I'm pretty jealous myself.
 photo

Jennifer Hepler is hated by people on the Internet, as Destructoid reader Ben recently informed us. That's not unusual in itself, as there are few public figures who aren't hated by a significant cross-section of the online p...

 photo

Star Wars: The Old Republic spreading to more regions


Feb 14
// Jordan Devore
BioWare is officially bringing Star Wars: The Old Republic outside of North America and Europe next month. On March 1, 2012, the game will launch in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. If you live in one of thes...
 photo

The Old Republic's Ilum still having issues


Feb 08
// Chris Carter
All is not well with the galaxy in The Old Republic. Evidently kills on the world PVP planet Ilum (one of the few things you can do post level 50) aren't registering for a lot of folks, meaning they can't complete their daily...
 photo

BioWare announces the first SWTOR Guild Summit


Feb 01
// Fraser Brown
BioWare has invited Star Wars: The Old Republic guild leaders from around the world to the first SWTOR Guild Summit in Austin, Texas. While invites have already been sent out, there is still some space for other guilds to app...
 photo

FRC: The Old Republic is full of homosexual activists


Jan 30
// Jim Sterling
Star Wars: The Old Republic will definitely turn all of your children gay, according to right-wing Christian lunatic group, the Family Research Council. FRC president Tony Perkins recently criticized BioWare's MMO for being f...
 photo

SWTOR getting more updates and even more rakghouls


Jan 20
// Fraser Brown
Hot on the heels of their first content update, BioWare have revealed their plans for the future of Star Wars: The Old Republic in a new video. The last update -- Rise of the Rakghouls -- was only the first part, and players...
 photo

SWTOR's first content update is Rise of the Rakghouls


Jan 12
// Jim Sterling
I hate Rakghouls. Horrible little monkey bastards, they are. I welcome a fresh update that allows me to kill more of them, and it seems that Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to give me what I want with Rise of the Rakghou...
 photo

SWTOR's first major patch bringing bosses, anti-aliasing


Jan 09
// Jim Sterling
Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting its first major patch very soon, bringing fresh content and the long-awaited support for official anti-aliasing options. The update was recently unleashed on test servers, so we know all...
 photo

The DTOID Show: CES preview with Anthony Carboni!


Jan 06
// Tara Long
It's Friday afternoon here at The Destructoid Show, and that can only mean two things: gallons of booze and a smattering of news! Preferably in that order. With emphasis on the former. On today's show, Max talks about SWTOR'...
 photo

Daily Mail: SWTOR players are torturing & abusing slaves


Jan 05
// Jim Sterling
We're not even a week into the new year and The Daily Mail has already published yet another hysterical attack on videogames. Star Wars: The Old Republic has come under fire from Rob Waugh, alarmed at the fact that Sith ...
 photo

Dancing in SWTOR turns players into God


Jan 04
// Jim Sterling
BioWare has a fresh Swoahtor exploit to plug up today, after it became known that players are literally dodging bullets with their fly dance moves. Using the "/getdown" command, player characters start to perform a jaun...
 photo

SWTOR bans players for playing the game wrong


Jan 03
// Jim Sterling
Users have been receiving temporary bans for "exploiting" Star Wars: The Old Republic, as confirmed by BioWare recently. The only trouble is, the players were not really breaking the game in anyway -- they've only been doing ...
 photo

Star Wars: The Old Republic fans unable to install game


Dec 28
// Jim Sterling
It seems that Star Wars: The Old Republic just can't catch a break. Despite being a very good game, many customers are still having frustrating problems with getting the game running. The latest issue sees an angry portion of...
 photo

SWTOR logs over 60 million in-game hours


Dec 27
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has plenty to crow about following the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic. It would appear that the game has enjoyed a hugely successful launch, with the publisher claiming it to be the "the fastest growin...
 photo

People unable to log in to SWTOR due to insane queues


Dec 22
// Jim Sterling
Today, the "grace period" for early access ends in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and players need to log in to swtor.com and submit billing information in order to continue enjoying themselves. That would be perfectly acceptab...
 photo

Yes, you need to subscribe to SWTOR to play it for free


Dec 22
// Jim Sterling
As most of you will know, newcomers to Star Wars: The Old Republic will get thirty days of free gameplay time. A number of gamers are, however, unhappy to learn that they cannot access those thirty days without subscribing to...
 photo

The DTOID Show: Kingdom Hearts 3D & Star Wars: TOR


Dec 21
// Max Scoville
Hey guys! Here's our last regular episode of The Destructoid Show of 2011! We're still gonna have episodes going up next week, but this is the last one that's our usual news-related journalism-program TV format. Today's topi...
 photo

Enabling anti-aliasing in Star Wars: The Old Republic


Dec 21
// Jim Sterling
Star Wars: The Old Republic looks alright as far as MMOs go, but it certainly looks jagged, and that offends our ocular sensibilities. Annoyingly, you can't force anti-aliasing with Nvidia graphics cards, but all it takes is ...
 photo

A large number of Star Wars: The Old Republic customers are finding themselves unable to get into the game thanks to problems with registration codes. Physical copies have shipped without codes included, while digital version...

Meet Destructoid's Star Wars: The Old Republic characters

Dec 20 // Jim Sterling
Ryan Perez (Delanynder)Imperial AgentSniper Specialization  A refugee Balmorran once offered Delanynder secrets that were vital to the Imperial war effort in exchange for amnesty; instead, Delanynder informed his superiors of the situation, and suggested that they torture the man for his information. This highly esteemed agent is dedicated to the success of the Empire, and in his dedication resides a professional, efficient disposition, and a ruthlessness that demands respect and cooperation. His mission is to seek out and destroy the power structure of an underground terrorist organization -- one that threatens to tear at the very heart of Imperial order: its leadership. With the deadly skills of a sharpshooter and the aide of an Imperial Intelligence team, no enemy of the Empire is safe from swift and unexpected justice. Thanks to his deadly and luxurious X70B Phantom-Class starship, no suspected terrorists are ever out of reach. From the seedy, gang-controlled cities of Nar Shaddaa, to the icy wastelands of Hoth, Delanynder will travel the known galaxy and destroy any who oppose the Emperor. Victoria Medina (Ketalen)Sith InquisitorSorcerer Specialization  Meet Ketalen, Sith Sorcerer and former slave. She, like the Honey Badger, doesn't give a sh*t and will sass off to anyone, including her superiors. Her history as a slave in the Empire has given her all the hate and rage she will ever need and taught her many valuable lessons, so that she fits right in among the backstabbing, distrustful Sith. She is sometimes helpful, and people may thank her for it, but they never seem to realize she isn't doing it for them. Her motivation in all things is power and advancement. If she ever does a good deed, or helps someone in need, it is only because she gains something in some way (usually extra credits or a little bit of chaos). She will never be treated like a slave again and will crush anyone she has to in order to gain enough influence to not only be free but destroy anyone who looks down on her. My reasoning for picking Sorcerer was that healing is probably my favorite job in a game, but even that I could say is because my delightful character would rather be at the back of the fight than at the front. Its a lot easier to run away from a fight when you're closer to the exit. Her likes include using the force to subjugate and humiliate the weak, putting people in their place, and slaughtering her betters to advance her own career. Her dislikes include being called a slave and the light side. Fraser Brown (Hatchet)Bounty Hunter Mercenary Being both a Rattataki and named after an axe, Hatchet is an abrasive, unfriendly sort. Luckily, neither of those character flaws are particularly problematic in the bounty hunting profession. He might be a murdering psychopath, but he always gets the job done, rarely betraying his employers. Track down the leader of the Revanite cult. Done. Murder Imperial Officers. Done. Blow up many, many buildings. Done. Kidnapping, extortion and executions are all part of his repertoire. This is a gent with a wide range of skills. The only thing that has a chance of stopping him from killing everyone is his companion, Mako, and her whining (I collect influence, deal with it.) But normally it's slaughter and mayhem all the way. Choosing Mercenary for Hatchet's advanced class was a simple choice. Mercenaries get two guns, Powertechs get one. Although it was an aesthetic choice, I've come to thoroughly enjoy playing a Mercenary. It's very satisfying to be able to wipe out mobs and other players before they can even get close to me. I selected the Arsenal tree for its excellent ranged DPS. The core ability for an Arsenal Mercenary is Tracer Missile which applies a debuff, reducing armor by up to 20 percent. My build focuses on keeping enemies at a distance, Tracer Missile and High Velocity Gas Cylinder, which increases armor penetration by 35 percent. In group content I'm most helpful when spamming my debuff and rapidly taking out trash mobs. Arsenal Mercenaries are generally stationary, so sometimes it can get a bit dull, but effective. I've not put much time into PvP, but I tend to end matches with favorable statistics. I'm sure that will change when people realize that the chaps with the glowing sticks aren't the only things that can kill you. Jim Sterling (Vilify)Sith InquisitorSorcerer Specialization This is Vilify. Arrogant, sadistic, and obsessed with attaining as much power and status as he can claw for himself. Even as a slave, his ego was ridiculous. He knew that his sensitivity to the Force wouldn't keep him in chains for long, but still he felt the need to hurry the process along -- physically maiming several of his cellmates with an unrefined approximation of Force Lightning, simply in the hopes that his captors would be impressed. It was sloppy and messy, but the gamble paid off in spades -- he found himself bound for Korriban, and the Sith Academy that he knew he was destined for.  As a Sith Sorcerer, Vilify now enjoys a level of privilege that few achieve, and he abuses it liberally to get what he wants. Torture, murder, and simple rudeness are his tools of the trade, all of which he employs with malevolent glee. He doesn't value subtlety, preferring to butcher anybody who gets in his way and terrify any who don't. Lesser humans are beneath him, the Imperial soldiers under his command exist only to be criticized, and enemies are there simply to scream. What started as a quest for knowledge and social advancement is now a lunatic's campaign, as Vilify has become addicted to the thrill of a life without rules. His intentions were never noble, but even so he has still managed to become a grotesque mockery of his former, already unpleasant self. While he claims alliegance to the Sith, and will even proselytize in its name, his interest in the Dark Side has warped into a far more personal, utterly narcissistic, crusade.  Sorcerers can choose skills to help them become master healers or damage-per-second devastators. Naturally, Vilify has gone with the latter, manipulating the Force to ensure that his enemies carry a death sentence before combat has even started. Then there's all that pretty, painful lightning.  And does he ever feel bad about the things he's done? Not really. If his victims were better trained, better prepared, and simply better people, they wouldn't have been victims.   Jonathan Ross (Klathin)Bounty HunterMercenary Specialization I've rolled up three characters so far, but the one I've been playing most has been Klathin, my Bounty Hunter Mercenary.  Even though I'm working for the Empire, the thought of a Light Side Bounty Hunter was hilarious to me, and that's what I decided Klathin would be. I've gone out of my way to pick the Light Side option in every conversation I've been in, and I've essentially become a bounty hunter with some sort of weird, warped, conscience. The result of this conscience is that Klathin manages to solve problems and do jobs while putting forth the absolute minimum effort. It's been rather interesting/entertaining.  Given that Bounty Hunters murder people for money, the stuff I do to weasel out of murder (and it's usually an easy way out) has been kind of hilarious. A lot of the time, choosing the Light Side dialogue choice allows my target to fake their own death and escape. In one instance, rather than kill my target, he just gave me a bag with someone else's head in it, and I used it to convince a Hutt I had completed my mission. Other times, it involves Klathin deciding his employer is evil and turning on them. Sometimes they end up dead, but more often than not I just threaten them and they pay me for doing absolutely no work. In the rare occasions I have to fight, I'm a walking death machine. I can pretty much stand in one place and shoot rockets and lasers and bombs and massive sprays of fire and take out anything that's stupid enough to actually challenge me. I've only made it to level 15, but I'm pretty sure I am literally the worst Bounty Hunter in the galaxy. I regularly murder the people who hire me, my targets usually escape, and I just sit back and rake in the credits. I'm not exactly sure how my reputation hasn't caught up with me yet, but I'm going to ride it out as long as I can. People seem to think I'm doing a good job, so I guess I've managed to kill or trick anyone stupid enough to actually pay me to do something.  It's a pretty awesome life. Sophie Prell (Nali)Sith InquisitorSorcerer Specialization Nali Keteris was, at one time in her life, a gifted padawan under tutelage from the Jedi Academy instructors on Coruscant. Though relatively unimpressive in her skills with a lightsaber, the clarity with which she perceived the Force was profound and well-reputed. She would often attribute this to her willingness to recognize all emotion - good and bad - a personal precept her mentors fervently attempted to dissuade her from following. The most vocal of these was Jedi Master Bruan Paraja, teacher to Abraxis Mohrry, a male human padawan. Master Paraja saw in Nail a great and unsettled heart, one that yearned for adventure and companionship. He would often overhear his star pupil Abraxis and the restless Nali converse about what lay beyond the bounds of the Academy, among the stars. Master Paraja feared for his student, knowing that attachment and emotion often led students with good intentions to the darkest shadows, sometimes irreversibly so. In voicing his concerns to the overseeing Council, Master Paraja sealed Nali's fate and cast her out as a dangerous exile. She was forced off-world the following week. Months later, a nearly feral shade of what was once the promising student Nali was captured and branded as a slave for the Sith Empire. Though she could hardly recall her own name at this point, the news of Coruscant's sacking was enough to re-awaken her Force prowess. Assuming the worst for her secret love, Abraxis, she flew into an explosive rage; literally. Sparks crackling between her fingertips, Nali slaughtered the crew that had been holding her. Her freedom was short-lived however, as a supervising Sith Lord quelled the young girl's fury with a demonstrated mastery of the Force Choke technique. Now, Nali finds herself on the Sith homeworld of Korriban, treated once more as a slave. She remembers only fragments of her past, and though her Sith masters would have her lash out once more, Jedi temperance commands her to restrain such wrath. Still, survival is survival. Out here, no one is Jedi or Sith, good or bad. There are only those who succeed, and those who die. And Nali will not die. Not here. Not now. Not without some degree of retribution. Not without vengeance.
 photo

Should it be worrying that every Destructoid writer so far has sided with the Sith Empire? It would appear that the lure of the Dark Side is far too tempting, so much so that we wonder whether there would have actually ever b...

 photo

The DTOID Show: Tara Long's Pokemon Nightmare


Dec 19
// Tara Long
Greetings, travelers! The Destructoid show is back for its regularly-scheduled Monday episode, and boy, have we got news for you! (The answer is yes, in case you were wondering.) First up, Alan's Wake's American Nightmare is...
 photo

Star Wars: The Old Republic has biiiiiiiiig server queues


Dec 19
// Jim Sterling
Recently, I've had to accept the fact that if I'm not already playing Star Wars: The Old Republic by a certain time in the evening, I won't be playing it again that night. The game's servers are absolutely stuffed to the gill...

Auto-loading more stories ... un momento, corazón ...