Star Wars: The Old Republic is actually pretty good now, as long as you subscribe | PCGamesN

Star Wars: The Old Republic is actually pretty good now, as long as you subscribe

Star Wars the Old republic good

I want to introduce you to a game. It’s a fast-paced Star Wars RPG, in which occasionally other players wander past you. It’s got lightsabers and space combat and Jedi houses and bounty hunters and, if you go full dark side, you can fire lightning from your fingertips. 

It’s called Star Wars: The Old Republic, and thanks to a series of changes, it’s no longer the ugly stepchild of the MMORPG world. It’s actually quite good. 

The Old Republic has always struggled with inherent contradictions. It’s an MMORPG in the mould of World of Warcraft and Everquest, and inevitably, that means quests in which you kill 10 of a thing and then 10 more of a thing. It means a levelling curve that slows and slows as you reach maximum levels. It’s also a Bioware game. Bioware games are known for their sweeping storylines, platonic or romantic relationships, heroic sacrifice and moral choices. 

The two are not necessarily compatible.

The original design left The Old Republic in awkward place. There were good storylines for each class in the game. Play as an Imperial Officer and you find yourself butting up against the maniacal Sith that run the Empire. Join the Great Hunt as a bounty hunter. Do well meaning but basically inept Jedi stuff. But they were layered way too thinly across too much filler. Too much: kill all these, then these, then retrieve 30 of these. 

Star Wars TOR Sith Warrior

In a recent patch, subscribers to the game have been granted an absurd bonus: XP rewarded from story quests (i.e., the good stuff) has been increased by, a frankly absurd, 12 times. The intention: players no longer have to do any filler to reach the maximum level. 

It’s hilarious. Now players level at the speed of Diablo: a steady and relentless stream of dings. New equipment and abilities come thick and fast: the best levelling rewards are generally earned by playing story missions. Quality of life improvements make the game even faster: all travel points are unlocked from the start, so there’s no faffing around trying to work out where to go. 

It really is fast: I went from level 1 to level 12 in my new Republic Trooper character in the blink of an eye. And it’s fun: with a decent-ish storyline propelling you along you find time in The Old Republic absolutely flies. 

There’s a couple of downsides. To enjoy this boost you’ll need to subscribe to the game. And second: this is only temporary, as Bioware move towards their next expansion pack. Frankly, I think they should keep it going forever. Because, finally, I feel like SWTOR is worth recommending.

You can read more on why we think Star Wars: The Old Republic is worth a play in the 10 best MMORPGs on PC.

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Gwathdring avatarJackFrost avatarDaniel Mtanous - USA avatar
Gwathdring Avatar
2 Years ago

I liked some of the story beats, but I hated the classic empty-world feeling of all the oversized, under-detailed MMO-style spaces, the alone-in-a-crowd-of-chosen-ones nonsense that results from being in an MMO world, and the general sparseness of the mechanics. Even in singleplayer RPGs, I'm always a little bit skeptical of the classic point-and-click-and-cooldown system. When it's done really well, I enjoy a fresh turn-based strategy game but when it's done in what seems to be it's classic style and worse when done in the style of most MMOs I find it incredibly lacking especially at the lower levels. I couldn't get through the mechanics of TOR, and not just because of the awful filler quests.

At least the original Guild Wars presented more of an interesting almost CCG-style "deck-building" aspect to setting a character up for combat which made the repetative performance of a given ability set much more tolerable. Further I felt the relationships between different abilities were more interesting than in most MMOs I have tried in the first place. Guild Wars 2, so far, doesn't quite live up to that legacy but it comes closer than most.

I was supremely disappointed by Wildstar as well despite loving the thematic video introductions to pieces. For all it's superficial action-y mechanics, it didn't feel any different form the standard MMO formula. And that's a damn shame.

TOR almost had me, but these changes don't really fix what I feel was broken.

JackFrost Avatar
2 Years ago

"Huh. Is it still turn-based combat?"


"Oh well. Back to TERA."

Daniel Mtanous - USA Avatar
2 Years ago

I bought the game and never played it until now. Frankly I don't see what the problem is. The game looks amazing and it plays well. I think the biggest issue is people gripping about commitment. They are quick to point out the flaws in a game because there are a sea of "better" games that can do a certain mechanic differently. It is the same issue that arises when playing Batman and saying, "Oh the combat is nice but it doesn't have enough stealth. I would have been better off playing Assassins Creed." Two different games with shared characteristics.

I just subscribed this month and I don't have an issue with playing a couple of hours every day. I believe the gripe comes from being charged for a game that you "have no love for". You only want the best and for you it will ALWAYS BE WARCRAFT but for other people it will ALWAYS BE EVERQUEST. But for me Star Wars is a good enough game to enjoy and has some nice powers to use. The only downside is it not being over run by casuals like me that you can make quick friendships with and never talk to again. Thus the "Sea of Chosen Ones" turns into a trickle of people that don't spam the chat box constantly. Even though the servers aren't over populated (I play Bastion); there are people willing to help you do your heroics. And in the end that is good enough for me.

Not to mention that is has minigame type mission

Daniel Mtanous - USA Avatar
2 Years ago

Here is a referral code for everyone to enjoy a free 7-day subscription for Star Wars The Old Republic. You must create a log in name and then click the link below for it to work correctly. You will receive x12 XP and a couple of other perks for free that you get to keep. Enjoy!

PS. If you already own a character you will receive a free "Character Transfer" credited to your account. This works even if you have a current subscription.