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.