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A Galaxy Far Away: Star Wars Galaxies vs. The New Republic (Worlds at War)

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Why do SWTOR players constantly bring up Star Wars Galaxies? Was it really that good or is it pure nostalgia? Let’s take a look back and compare the last Star Wars MMO with the one left standing today.

For those unfamiliar with Star Wars Galaxies (SWG), it was an open world MMO set in the time period immediately following the destruction of the first Death Star (ABY).  Players could choose from a long list of Star Wars species , which included Wookies, Humans, Trandoshans,  and even Ithorians. The classes were just as varied; they ranged from dancers, medics, snipers, to bounty hunters, smugglers, and merchants. Each server was it’s own unique universe with different economies and player built cities. But it was far from perfect. The combat system was dull and there wasn’t much in the way of story. There was the infamous “Combat Upgrade” which drastically changed the core of the gameplay, crippled the game’s fan base, and ultimately began the downward spiral into the game’s demise.

Now let’s take a look at the Star Wars The Old Republic. It’s an “on rails” MMO with various classes, each with their own unique storyline. Players can extensively customize their characters visually and pick from two styles of play per class. The game is fully voiced and has some truly incredible story driven content. Arguably, the only similarity between the two MMOs is the banner under which they call home: Star Wars.

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A Galaxy Far Away: Orange is the New Black in SWTOR

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First of all this has nothing to do with that Netflix show. No, this has everything to do with Jedi, Sith, Bounty Hunters, and Smugglers. While browsing the comments in another recent SWTOR related article, I came across a troll who actually had a decent point. His complaint was something similar to, “OMG, SWTOR is so dumb. The only thing people care about is how their toon looks. Nobody actually does anything.” Pause. Rewind. Wait a minute. He’s right.

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A Galaxy Far Away: Put Down the Lightsaber, Pick Up a Blaster

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I was alone, the sweat trickling down my forehead. The Jedi was somewhere out there, moving silently in the high grass below me. I moved to the other side of my fortress, blaster at the ready. This was no easy prey.

Then I heard it; the high-pitched battle cry of the female force user running up the ramp. The sound of her lightsaber igniting put me into motion; I only had a few seconds.  I moved as fast as I could, leaping to the ground. My armor protected my knees as I knelt to spring my trap. The Jedi would be engulfed in the heat of my flamethrower. I picked up the water hose, twisted the knob, and drenched the entire wooden cabin. “You’re dead!” I called up to my sister. “That was my flamethrower!”

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A Galaxy Far Away: The Galactic Dating Network aka How I Met My SWTOR Companion

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Well hello there! If you’re reading this you’ve been out of the game for a while. The dating game that is. Well, don’t worry, the Galactic Dating Network is here to help you find romance with that special companion! Just check out our reviews and then take a look at the latest dating profiles:

“I was a lonely bounty hunter, but then the Galactic Dating Network introduced me to someone.” – Tyruss Gweedee, Bounty Hunter

“The Jedi code forbids relationships, but my match on the Galactic Dating Network was just too good to resist.“ –Brode Mascus, Jedi Knight

Did you strike out over Valentine’s Day weekend? No matter. Check out our handy guide on how to woo your favorite SWTOR companion after the jump.

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A Galaxy Far Away: Will SWTOR’s 2014 Roadmap Fend Off the Competition?

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After scouring the SWTOR forums, reading the subreddits, and checking the tweets, it’s safe to say that the Star Wars: The Old Republic community is just as divided as the factions of the Old Republic over the recently revealed Road Map for 2014. While many received Senior Producer Bruce Maclean’s message with positive fandom, there are still those upset over many aspects of the gameplay and lack of additions to the game. Let’s take look at the responses (and conjecture) that sum up the current views of the SWTOR community.

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A Galaxy Far Away: Surviving the Rakghoul Outbreak on Alderaan

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It’s safe now folks, you can put away your vaccines. The first rakghoul outbreak of 2014 has come to a close. For those not familiar with rakghouls, they are the grand product of Sith Alchemy. Once upon a time, ancient Sith used their powers to twist the force, then bingo, a crazy monster that had the ability to infect people throughout the galaxy was created. Fun Fact:  Even Darth Vader had a run in with a rakghoul at one point. In the most recent live event, we found out the little buggers had somehow escaped last year’s containment on Tatooine, and set up shop on Alderaan. Sneaky, sneaky.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Announces Two Digital Expansions for 2014

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Star Wars: The Old Republic released its roadmap for 2014 today through an open letter from Senior Producer Bruce Maclean.

The highlight of the announcement is the confirmation that SWTOR will see two digital expansions in 2014, just like last year. Get the full details after the jump.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Gives Subscribers Early Access to Galactic Starfighter Expansion

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Subscribers to Star Wars: The Old Republic got a special surprise today with the launch of the game’s Galactic Starfighter expansion. According to the official website, the expansion features 12 v. 12 PVP battles that seek to recreate the awesome dog fights from the Star Wars films. Preferred level players of the free-to-play MMO will have to wait until January 14, 2014 to start shooting down their friends in space. Free players will be allowed in February 14.

Each player’s fighter will have multiple options for customization, which you can view in a new video, after the jump.

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