A WoW player's guide to Star Wars: The Old Republic

Lok’tar ogar, and welcome fellow MMO fans. We know that it’s tough to keep up with all the news about Star Wars: The Old Republic when you’re busy with daily quests and guild raids. But even if you have no plans to relocate from Azeroth to greener pastures in a galaxy far far away, BioWare’s first MMO deserves your attention. That’s why we put together this WoW-friendly field guide to help you make sense of the promising new features Old Republic plans on introducing to the MMO genre later next year.

Troopers, Bounty Hunters and Hunters

In WoW, Hunters play the role of ranged DPS, snaring enemies with traps and suppressing foes with their bow. If you prefer to pick off opponents from a distance, Old Republic’s Trooper and Bounty Hunter classes will suit your style of play. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like grenades will be one of the Trooper’s favorite toys. Sticky grenades and a grenade launcher rifle attachment should make short work of Sith scum. But Bounty Hunters also have a deadly selection of skills and weapons to choose from. Our favorite: an attack where the Bounty Hunter uses his jetpack to hover over the battlefield while he rains down blaster fire on his enemies below. It looks like a great way to put some distance between yourself and enemies while dealing damage at the same time.

Above: A Trooper, Bounty Hunter, and Night Elf Hunter

That’s not to say that the Trooper and Bounty Hunter will be helpless in close quarters. The Trooper will get a rifle butt attack that knocks the enemy to the ground. The Bounty Hunter also can also use a flamethrower, which was designed with damage and crowd control in mind.

 Above: The Bounty Hunter’s flamethrower looks like it’ll be great for close ranged crowd control

Imperial Agents, Smugglers and Rogues

Smugglers and Imperial Agents will also excel at dealing ranged damage, but their sneaky skills and stealthy maneuvers make them the most Rogue-like classes in Old Republic. Like the Rogue, the Smuggler is quite dexterous. With blasters blazing, the Smuggler is always on the move, bombarding enemies with a barrage of blaster fire while he nimbly avoids attacks and pops in and out of cover. On the other hand, the Imperial Agent’s skills seem more devious and calculated. During a brief demo, we saw the Imperial Agent infiltrate a hostile area by immobilizing a patrolling guard with a stun dart before silently finishing him off.

Above: An Imperial Agent, a Smuggler, and a Gnome Rogue

Sith Warriors, Jedi Knights and Warriors

It seems like the Sith Warriors and Jedi Knights will play the role of the pure melee class in Old Republic. Like WoW’s Warriors, expect the Jedi Knights and Sith Warriors to be at the very frontlines of combat, tearing apart enemies with their lightsabers and force skills. We’ve already seen the return of classic light and dark side powers, like Force push, Force, choke, and Force lightning. But we’ve also seem a few Warrior-like skills that let you quickly charge into the fray, stunning enemies and buying you time to follow up with dangerous saber strikes.

Above: A Jedi Knight, a Sith Warrior, and a Tauren Warrior

Above: Force choke is back

Above: Why are Jedi so pushy?

Jedi Consular, Sith Inquisitor and Death Knights

The last two classes revealed by BioWare and LucasArts are the Jedi Consulars and Sith Inquisitors. Like the Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior, the Consular and Inquisitor are handy with a lightsaber, but more powerful in the ways of the Force. After spending some time with the Sith Inquisitor and checking out a demo of the Consular, we feel that their more Force-centric skill set makes them the most like the Death Knight. The Consular and Inquisitor still look like strong melee classes - and while exploring a Sith Temple with a pre-made Inquisitor, we did our fair share of hacking and slashing with our lightsaber. But with more crowd control skills like Force lightning and other ranged skills at their disposal, they seem less like a meat shield and more like a DPS class with a mix of close quarters and ranged skills.

Above: A Jedi Consular, Sith Inquisitor, and Death Knight

Above: The Consular and Inquisitor can handle themselves in melee combat with their lightsabers, but they tend to rely more on their Force powers


  • magicwalnuts0 - December 15, 2009 9:44 p.m.

    Like WoWfags will really appreciate the story driven RPG gameplay that TOR promises to deliver. Its all about epic gear for those 9 million or so lobotomized players.
  • aqueon - December 15, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    Much more info on Eight classes; four Republic, four Imperial This MMORPG will be drawing in newbies like myself, who've always liked to play and known players, but haven't been convinced- UNTIL NOW. In anticipation, I've joined a Jedi Enclave (read guild) and am learning what I can before the game launches in the late summer 2010 (rumored).
  • Shrody - December 7, 2009 7:19 p.m.

    That video is so tiny I can even tell what is going on. PLEASE ADD YOUTUBE LINK! or something, damn.
  • HeavyTank - December 7, 2009 2:59 a.m.

    What I would really like to know is if there is going to be a monthly fee...
  • lovinmyps3 - December 6, 2009 10:36 p.m.

    This will probably be the game to usher me into the world of PC gaming.
  • classicjarhead - December 4, 2009 9:16 p.m.

    Last I read, this was supposed ti be out by what's the release date speculated,soon?
  • TRAVthe3RD - December 4, 2009 1:55 p.m.

    ZOMG!!!!!!!!!!! the bounty hunter looks like lindsey lohan for reals!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
  • Ibitmyeye - December 4, 2009 3:19 a.m.

    This looks like a really good game once it comes out. Assuming the online and multiplayer hits full swing and gets everything promised working, it may overcome WoW.
  • pinoklin - December 4, 2009 2:23 a.m.

    well im definitely making a bounty hunter now rofl...and a sith....sick as fuck Recaptcha: takes guinea
  • Cyberninja - December 4, 2009 12:41 a.m.

    what i want to know is how you interact with other people
  • TheCreamFilling - December 3, 2009 11:29 p.m.

    If I played MMORPGs, this would be it!
  • Samael - December 3, 2009 11:10 p.m.

    This is JUST what I needed. Quit WoW after Cairne died and will be either switching to this or The Secret World.
  • erreip199 - December 3, 2009 10:02 p.m.

    soo theres 3 classes so far? only with a different name depending on the faction? i still need more info cuz im a bit confused heh

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