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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | 2:31 am

All I have to say is "WOW"! I just finished the game after playing it intermitently for the past 4-5 days. The game was well put together and very compelling.

I loved the storyline, the cinematics and combat. I won't say that I was the best coordinated Jedi… saying that I was even a moderately good Jedi would be generous, lol!

I can honestly say that I went through the entire game without using one cheat code. That's probably a first for me with a console game.

To be completely honest, I don't think I can come up with the words to express how amazing this game was. The physics engine, the graphics engines, et al were amazing. I loved the dialogue and the cinematic feel that the game gave. I'll admit, I bought the Sith Edition. But, I don't know if there was a whole lot of difference between it and the regular. Oh well, I'm still pleased and will be watching the cinematics for grins.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | 11:10 am

Another in the long line of Star Wars games.

Well, that’s how I’ve heard it described by some. Me? I don’t think that’s how it is going to be. With the amount of time that this game been in Alpha, it’s shaping up to be an awesome game…. at least that’s what I’m hoping. Bioware has had this game under development now for almost 6 years. I’m beginning to think that it’s just another “mythical” game. You know what I’m talking about. All the games that many of us followed for years, waiting with bated breath on it’s release, only to get the news that it will never be.

Hopefully, the Force willing, this will not be one of those games. And I don’t think Lucas Arts will let it become that.

“Why” you ask? Well, namely because SW:TOR is now the only saving grace after the NGE (New Game Experience) that came to Star Wars: Galaxies. Many left and ridiculed the game after this, and many loathed LA and SOE.

star_wars_the_force_unleashed_2 LA did have the hit console game “The Force Unleashed.” This was a semi-saving grace for LA. I’ll admit, I had thought about buying an Xbox360 solely for this game. The graphics and utterly awesome physics engine behind this behemoth is simply amazing. But I’m getting off point.

SW:TOR is, by all the preview videos and screenshots that I’ve seen, shaping up to be an awesome game. Even in alpha, the graphics look amazing and the content already seems amazing. The scope and level that cooperation between players and classes, thus far, is taking gaming to a new level. The complete holding of conversations and true (and realistic) interactions with NPCs is simply stunning. Now, the pessimist in me is saying, “Yeah, but that is all probably staged and edited to the hilt to make it look unbelievable awesome.” I’m hoping this isn’t the case. I want to believe that the videos I have seen of the development and testing of the game is true and, to a point, unedited.

All in all, I really can’t wait for beta to begin. And I think that is the one thing that bugs me more than anything else. Others and myself have been following this game now for almost five years and the game still hasn’t gone into any beta phase. Even with all the complexities that will obviously go into this game, it’s sad to see that it still hasn’t gone to beta, yet. It seems like Bioware is living up to its reputation of in-house over-testing before they even go to beta. I believe this is a heinously bad approach. Beta is a time for new and old gamers to come in, test, explore, and, yes, break a game. But it’s also a time for when those gamers get to gather info for that day when the NDA is lifted and they can spread the word of the game.

In the end, Bioware will go to beta and we will all finally get to see the new additional to the Star Wars family of games. Let us all hope that it’s not later, rather than sooner.