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As you all already know I’m sure, this weekend is going to be the last beta weekend for Star Wars The Old Republic and EVERYONE is invited! Here’s some things of note when I played.

Empire storylines are WAY better than Republic, but Republic zones and people are prettier.

You can be REALLY evil really fast on the empire storylines, and kinda evil on the republic ones. I only got to level 6 on my Jedi Consular and level 11 on my Sith Inquisitor, though.

The amount of customization will make you want to vomit. Bioware spared no expense here. There are hundreds of combinations, just to start, and the cut scenes reflect your choices. Down to doing what every girl does when she gets a new barbie and strips them down naked. Mine ended up in her skivvies in a cut scene. It was awesome. Well, except the grey granny panties all the girls wear. That wasn’t so much fun.

The amount of customization in the story lines is really ridiculous. Like KOTOR of old, you’re character can truly reflect your (or your made up) personality. Down to the making them feel guilt over force lightning someone to death. It was AWESOME!

Game wise, it’s phenomenal. I will play this game forever!

However, there are some things to be noted about the gameplay.

Some of the issues I mentioned in a previous post or two have been addressed, such as now having options to auto attack, autoloot, and auto target the next mob in a group. But there are some new gameplay issues that REALLY need to be addressed before launch date.

I understand the test I was involved in was a stress test meant to see how the server would do when overloaded. The server did not do well. Have you ever been walking through Orgrimmar or Stormwind City, on an expansion launch date or a preset server raid day, on an old pc that would burn you from trying to run the damn game, and your character is frozen in place and you wait ten minutes to take a step? Yeah. You know how that sucks? That’s how it was THE ENTIRE MOTHER FRACKING WEEKEND! I have NEVER been so disappointed with lag in my life. I died multiple times because of the lag. I was stuck in walls at least once every 15 minutes and had to take a death penalty to get unstuck (though unlike WoW it’s a really manageable death penalty). This was a PAIN IN THE ASS!

But not as much of a pain in the ass as the sound problems the lag caused.

Yes, I had my drivers installed Bioware help desk bot protocol droid rp people.

There isn’t an option for closed captioning (which I’m pretty sure is going to make the ADA go crazy), and with the lag I couldn’t hear music or the amazing voice acting that went into this game. It was literally a staticky garble the entire time. I ended up muting it it was so bad.

I wrote in my survey that if these server issues aren’t fixed a lot of people are going to be unhappy. This game is huge, and even when WoW launches a new expansion I have NEVER experienced lag like that before. Several times I turned if off in frustration. If you play between 2 am and 12 pm CST it was fine though. I imagine the time issues will stay the same due to peak activity over the long weekend. Just be forewarned.

And be forewarned I waited in queue 3 hours to log in. :-/

The only complaint I had about the game is a minor one that Bioware said they’re going to adjust soonish and that’s in relation to their storylines involving same gender romance arcs. Sorry, but I like to play pretty people, and though the companions are customizable to an extent, all the guys are gross looking. All the girls on the other hand are HAWT! I want to play my twilek girl with the other twilek hottie girl. I don’t want to run around as a boy, even a very effeminate Zefron looking one, just so I can hang out with hottie girls and run romance story arcs. I want to be in the girls’ club man! But they said they’re not adding SGRAs until maybe patch one or two. MAYBE. That’s irritating, especially after DA2. So I guess I won’t explore my dark tinted Jedi girl’s more carnal emotions for a while. Le sigh.

Great game though, amazing game, be aware of the issues and report report report so this will be the best game possible come December 20th.

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