March 18, 2012
So what do you think of SWTOR so far? Are you loving it or still deciding whether or not you want to drop the cash on it? If you’ve tried MMOs before, you know what a time and money sink they can be and that can be frustrating if the game turns out to be a disappointment.
This is where great reviews come in handy. The problem with MMO reviews is that the games are so large and multi-faceted that it’s difficult to get all the important info you need into one review. This is why the best reviews are thorough and in-depth and broken into different sections to fully describe the different parts of the game.
Here’s another excellent and thorough review of SWTOR from What Culture. We feel it fully covers what you want from a great MMO review and it’s more than worth your time to give it a read. Sections are broken down into Exploration, Combat, Progression, and Storytelling – what BioWare calls the Four Pillars of a Role Playing Game. There are even some awesome screenshots.
Between planets, space is traversed with the help of your very own ship, complete with its own crew (albeit this was a single, hilariously ready-to-please robot in my case) and you’ll find yourself not only using it to move between locations but also for completing some pretty novel space battles.
And then for a little more about what happens when you get on those planets:
Exploration on the planets themselves is presented in the traditional ways – quests lead you to new areas and discovering those areas gives you EXP hits. Occasionally you’ll stumble upon villages or towns that have pockets of quests, or some slightly secretive sidequests that are just off the beaten path, but for the most part you’re playing it the same way you would play any contemporary MMO – collect a bunch of quests for an area, go do them, hand them in for loot which increases your performance slightly, move to the next area and repeat.
This isn’t your typical dry video game review. It has honest points from someone you can tell is experienced in MMOs and it’s a lot of fun to read with appropriate humor thrown in.
Read the full review (4,000 words) at What Culture. Send it to anyone who doesn’t have the game yet but wants to know more about it.
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