Guest Author - Lisa Shea
Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided was the game that wowed E3 participants and has been a much-waited-for release. A MMORPG about Star Wars? How more perfect than that could you get?
But of course the real test is actual gameplay. If you are at all a fan of the Star Wars saga, it is just SO neat to get into the game and hear that familiar music, and start choosing from the available races. The choices are great - Human, Wookiee, Bothan, Mon Calamari, Rodian, Trandoshan, Twi'lek, or Zabrak. You choose male or female, and then the type of character.
The customization of your character is simply AMAZING. You change eyes, hair, tattoos, shape, size, EVERYTHING. While many other games make a female a "Barbie Big Breasted Bimbo", in this one you can make your character look as realistic as you want - tweaking literally every part! You really end up with a character that you feel fully comfortable with.
There's a training mission that walks you nicely through every part of gameplay, from moving to combat to talking to other people. I found the controls very intuitive and while there was a moment that I was "jetissoned into space", I'm sure those bugs will go away as the game goes on.
Then, when you're ready, you head out into the real world - choosing from your favorite planets! I hopped onto Naboo, and wandered around a visually lush world. There were NPCs to talk to, missions to go on ... but sadly, very few people. Yes, it's a brand new release, so hopefully more people will be coming on soon. It's still a bit depressing to go into a thriving city and have it seem like a post-holocaust wasteland.
Like any MMORPG, it comes down to how much YOU enjoy the world that is there, and what sorts of friends you meet to have fun within it. If SciFi and Star Wars are your thing, this is the place for you!
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