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Old 07-20-2009, 12:24 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Shem View Post
Letís say I get the game, install it on my computer and open it up. Do you like try to join a team to get started? Well, from what I read at LucasArts, there was a FAQ and the answer to that was you could finish most of the game without companion help, but you will need it at some points. What I want cleared up is if it meant party members or actually people online playing too.
I'm going to start with the assumption that SWTOR will be like most other MMOs, having the most in common with World of Warcraft and Star Wars Galaxies. Obviously, there are certain details which may be different but the general idea will be the same.

MMOs are persistent worlds stored on a set of servers. When you turn on the game, you'll be prompted to log into your account and you'll choose which server to connect to. Typically, you'll always play on the same server, usually the same one your friends play on.

You can connect to the server any time and access your characters. Your friends do not have to be online when you are. The world is always there, but player characters (PCs) will come and go.

Most content is soloable, meaning you can do it by yourself. However, certain quests and locations throughout the game will be more challenging and will either require you to be much higher level or have a group of PCs to complete.

Now, SWTOR will be a bit different in that you will have companions. These are non-player characters (NPCs) who will assist you. I'd assume that even with companions you will still need to group with other players to complete some content.

Originally Posted by Shem View Post
There was something brought up in the video that if you make a choice, you canít go back and do another one to see how it would have played out differently. So that alone raises other questions. How live is this? Meaning it would sound like I canít play the game at my own pace. What if I had to go to the bathroom and take a crap? Does that mean I have to hold it until the end of the game? What if I need to stop? Can I? If I can stop the game at any point with a save, then that would mean I could reload and start from the save point, but if I canít repeat anything, what if I die? Do I have to start a new game? So much for a personal saga when youíre 10 hours in and everything is going great and then an enemy kills you and since you canít repeat, you have to start over. Am I the only one who wonders this? Do I sound crazy or something?
Unlike in single player RPGs, you cannot save your game in MMOs. Your character is constantly auto-saved to the server. You cannot quit and load your game to undo a mistake.

If you need to take a bathroom break, you probably should wait until your character is in a safe place or if you are with other players you can ask them to watch your back while you go.

You can stop playing any time you want. Your character will disappear from the world and when you come back they will reappear where they were when you left off. That means that if you're in a dungeon with a party and you leave they will continue on without you. When you come back, you'll still be in that dungeon, all alone, where they left you.

If you die, you'll likely be transported to some kind of graveyard or resurrection area where you will be assessed some kind of penalty (whether it is to item durability, exp, or simply time) and be allowed to continue on.

Originally Posted by Shem View Post
I was told companions could betray you. If they do, and you die, do you start over? What if I get to the main boss, the Sith Emperor and die? I donít get another chance to beat him until I play through the game again? What if that took me 30 hours to do? That would suck and all this when it was said in a video I canít go back and try a different outcome.
If companions betray you, you likely just lose them as a companion. Again, these are just NPCs. See above for explanation on what happens when you die.

Nobody will kill the Sith Emperor or likely any other big-name NPC. They will not be killable. The enemies that you can kill will respawn after a certain period of time so that the next group of players can kill them. If you die in the fight, you'll likely just have to start over on that particular quest. There are many, many quests in a character's career. Death just means you go back and try again later, it's not final by any means.

Originally Posted by Shem View Post
Granted if I need another live player to work with, it would be with some people I know from Holowan, but here is the deal. We would have to play it at a time when weíre all available. If one leaves, do you stop there and lose progress and have to start over? Is the lack of experience starting to show yet?

Itís sounding to me that my personal saga online could end tragically several times before succeeding.
You don't always have to play when your friends are on. Like I said, most of the content will be soloable. If you're in a group with friends and one leaves, you make the decision to push on or try again another day. It just depends on how difficult the challenge is.

Originally Posted by Shem View Post
So if people are playing at once online, could someone kill the Sith Emperor and we all have to start over or something if many people are playing it live at once? I could be in the middle of hyperspace travel and all of a sudden a notice comes up and says the game is over with either some dark side person becoming the new emperor or the Republic has been restored.
Again, important NPCs like the Sith Emperor will not be killable. Enemies that are killable will simply respawn after a given time period.

Originally Posted by Shem View Post
How many people will name their character Revan that I run into? Maybe one of them would be called Revan4376 or something. As you can see Iím really having hard time understanding how this all mixes in to a point where it would be worth even trying.
Hopefully the game will filter out names like Revan, Skywalker, Solo, Vader, etc. and hopefully numbers will not be allowed in names (unless you can play a droid).
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