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


One of the most exciting differences between WoW and Old Republic that we’ve seen so far surfaces once you start doing quests. Although we still expect the standard fetch and kill quests you’ve already seen in most MMOs, every NPC and quest giver is fully voiced with interactive dialogues, much like the ones in Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Origins. Don’t expect to skim past or skip through these dialogues the way you do with quest logs in WoW. As with Mass Effect, your dialogue choices are meant to matter and should affect how your character’s personal story develops. We only got a brief taste of it, but the abundance of high quality voiceover work makes NPCs feel less like brainless drones and more like real characters. It really does make questing feel less like a list of quests and more like the epic adventures we played through in other BioWare RPGs, like Knights of the Old Republic.

Above: The interactive dialogues and voiceover work really make Old Republic’s quests come to life 

The dialogue system and choices you make also promise to make group quests feel much more immersive than they do in WoW. Check out the developer walkthrough video below, and pay attention to the section that highlights Old Republic’s flashpoint quests. It shows how multiple players can take part in the cinematic dialogue sequences and how combat will work in a two-man group.

Above: A detailed look at several classes with an introduction to Old Republic’s dialogue and flashpoint quest system

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  • 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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