Star Wars: The Old Republic Review
Star Wars: The Old Republic can’t quite stack up to the single player masterpiece that is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the RPG that put Bioware on everyone’s radar long before Mass Effect was a thing. Some people have remained loyal players of The Old Republic throughout the years since it released back in 2011, but they game still doesn’t feel where it needs to be in 2015.
The biggest problem in Star Wars: The Old Republic is like I mentioned earlier, this MMO is trying to fill the impossible shoes that Knights of the Old Republic left empty after the second game in the series was released. They borrowed the name in the same way that The Elder Scrolls Online did, but they’ve also not offered the deep experiences that gamers could play through in the single player iterations of those series.
Star Wars: The Old Republic tries to give the best of both types of game, MMO and single player RPG, but it falls flat with the constant grinding for levels and items. The storylines are too far branching for most players to really feel connected or involved with the lore of the universe. Players who bought the game for the story felt overburdened by the MMO playstyle, and Hardcore MMO fans who like Star Wars thought the game was being brought down because of the story. I guess it’s true what they say; You can’t please all the people all the time.
That’s how I feel about Star Wars: The Old Republic at least, and I know I’m not the only one who wanted story without all the grinding. Loads of gam
ers and Star Wars fans alike that have played Star Wars: The Old Republic for the story were left feeling empty with a half cocked experience that had the potential for achieving greatness. The problem with taking popular franchises and turning them into MMO games is that the only people who will truly enjoy them are the people who play them and know what to expect, which is a long and tiresome grind.
If you’re a hardcore fan of all things Star Wars, then you’ll want to play The Old Republic, but just know what you’re getting yourself into. The game is a slow grind with a story that goes every which way, but that could be your thing. I personally won’t be returning to Star Wars: The Old Republic anytime soon, but the game is free to play now, so if you’re even the slightest bit interested, go check it out today.