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Can someone please explain to me why SWG was so awesome

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Can someone please explain to me why SWG was so awesome

Tamanous's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 10:17 AM | #81
The game had a certain appeal but that ended after a very few things.

It had a nice look with characters and buildings but it's terrain was horrid. The physics were horrid. They implemented a slow down when running up hills that was countered by a scout style skill in one of the trees but axed it soon after launch. Hills then after were extremely silly with going up them faster than normal travel for the most part due to the terrible physics engine. Rocks and speeders were another nightmare.

The skill tree design was a grind fest that turned into pure exploitation of obtaining bonuses for combat. Each min/maxer basically took their main tree ... and some staff tree. So you were commando/staff tree, Teräs Käsi/staff tree, bounty hunter/staff tree etc etc. Until jedi came out and then the game became nothing more than grind out your jedi and pwn anything else for the most part.

In a world where Jedi were scarce, there were thousands of them everywhere.

Maps of planets lacked any touch of hand crafting (save perhaps Tatooine for what I remember). The worlds were square and likely tried emulating being the whole planet (instead of just one small area like in Swtor ... like it or hate it). Pve was horrid as the planets were primarily designed as place to survey and mine resources.

Questing consisted of about 5% designed content and story and 95% random mission terminal assignments. This of course simply turned into a grind fest for xp, money and loot. When you weren't doing that you were afk macro'ing as the game supported that fully.

Housing was rather nifty though and would have fit nicely into a much better game. Crafting was for the dedicated and not the casual. It was more of a sims game anyway and those who liked it will rave about it but those who are Star Wars fans and have not experienced Eve-in-Star-Wars in any of the movies, comics, novels, shows, rpg, etc etc .. because it wasn't ... were left puzzled by the poorly mixed concept.

The game launched well enough with tons of players and the social aspect took off but within a very few months the player towns created became ghost towns, houses never actually vanished so the landscape was ruined with previous player towns taking up the prime real estate. Cantina's went from lively locations to dancer bots with no real players online much ... then those left.

Then the NGE ... no point talking about that.

Good riddance is what I say. The SWG rose coloured glass wearing crowd will say otherwise but the few thousand players who actually stuck with that game aren't enough to voice any opinion for change. People will blame SOE but the game was doomed to fail from the start. It tried something new ... but ultimately something that wasn't Star Wars.

sly_swg's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 10:30 AM | #82
I disagree 100% with above he starts out complaining about terrain negotiation (AWESOME CONCEPT), which incedently never was removed afaik, certainly not pre-curb (maybe in nge?).....the terrain was awesome, the huge planet size too

DeuceKewlage's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 11:20 AM | #83
I can sum up SWG with one video.

The most exciting thing to do, in SWG.


Drallbait's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 12:02 PM | #84
It was not awesome for me. For example, the first quest I took in the game was completely broken. I spent 5-10 hours trying to figure out how to complete it and then read it was broken. How can the very first quest you would run into in a MMORPG not work?

Then leveling was often about going to a terminal that told you where to find a Bird Nest, killing giant birds, and then the Nest, over and over again.

But what was interesting was:

- Crafting system - until you got to the Harvester part which was too much like work.
- Social interaction - Who couldn't appreciate the Twilek dancing girl players buffing you in the Cantina while you sipped strange cocktails - at least the first 2-3 times.
- Profession System - mostly meh to me, but some people loved this. My friend said he enjoyed replacing someones eyebrows 10,000 times to level "Image Designer".
- Player built housing. But mostly this was a bad thing as it turned into Ghost Towns.

To really get into the game mechanics of e.g. PvP, you had to play for a long time just to figure out what was going on and get your pre-requisite gear.

AMKSED's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 12:17 PM | #85
Quote: Originally Posted by Foofie View Post
No.... It wasn't

(See I have an opinion as well )

There was a lot more than what you described. May not have been your cup of tea but the fact remains (and this CANNOT be disputed) that everyone has their own opinion of the game.

I played from launch to about 6 years straight and then went back now and again until it shut down.

Again, opinion. I am not correct nor am I wrong.

To you it was awful... To me, it was the best MMO experience I have had.

to each his/her own, I suppose
A game that was shut down and is considered the biggest MMO joke ever.

dvrocc's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 01:07 PM | #86
SWG (Star Wars Galaxies) was ahead of its time in many aspects and was just pure fun and awsomeness till the CU (Combat Upgrade) came along which pretty much killed the game in 7 months flat.

Iit basically made every one force sensitive but only allowed a few jedi per server and people who made jedi before the CU found them selfs kicked back to force sensitive because there was limited spots and what made it even worse is that when a player cancledhis account that had a jedi on it the spot was never giving up or released back into the game world so people started dropping like flies.

The classes were really fun and there was more then enough to do though I never got to play all the clases in my 12 months worth of playing I did play the combat medic, doctor, scout, carbineer, pistoleer and the one that harvest the meat from animals which I can't remember XD

The Architech was the Coolest since you were the ones that could offer the player houses & cities which was really cool, also the ability to decorate your house inside with some ofthe loot you found armor, weapons or certain artifacts was awesome.

The two moments of awesomeness were both in 2004, when I first landed on the planet Dath-something! (can't remember the planet name) I was with my brother and a friend and I fell behind due to the dam trees behind in the way or something and I got over this ledge and was AWED by the view it as really cool then 2 seconds later I was dead, I was like ***?!? then looked around and I was owned by a rancor in two hits LMAO.

Second moment was in a outpost I was a scout heading out to harvest some meat and there was about 70+ people landing there since it was a busy transport spot and out of the blue this player runs in the open area screaming help and there was a Dark Jedi NPC on his butt it killed like 30 people before we all teamed up (IMPS & REPS) to take it down it was about 100 people or so 15 minutes to kill this Dark Jedi NPC, we formd a group and had the one class that had the "focus fire" skills so it was crazy and it was laggy but heck of fun XD

I could go on for hours but I am logging to TOR!

Littlemayhem's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 04:37 PM | #87
Quote: Originally Posted by TalkingDinosaur View Post
Another QQ kiddie made a thread about how he thinks SWG is superior to TOR. First off: The games are very different because SWG was a Sandbox MMO, but if you want to see why the game was so bad you can easily go on Youtube and see a lot of people's reasons why they left the game. If not you can see my review of the QQ kiddie's list here:
Well I played it for 4 years and liked it, so I understand why people say it wasn't a good game.
"One death is a tragedy, one million deaths are a statistic."
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Darth_Malevolent's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 05:00 PM | #88
Cause it was umm... the first Star Wars MMO maybe that allowed you to inhabit the Star Wars Universe?

Man, bashing it in hindsight of Swtor, or Wow thats been active for 10 years is unfair. It was a good game back then, allowing you to be a variety of classes taking on numerous jobs; and for the time, decent mmo graphics
The Dark Side is Omnipotent in this one

Deewe's Avatar

02.18.2012 , 10:04 AM | #89
Quote: Originally Posted by DeuceKewlage View Post
I can sum up SWG with one video.
How about Fett the Bounty hunter?

Or The Sith code

Light sided? The Jedi code

Some nice dancing stuff: Pammipash

To finish fun stuff: IceMan
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AnnonSeek's Avatar

02.18.2012 , 10:21 AM | #90
I guess the best part of SWG was being able to craft an item for 20 - 30 thousand credits and then selling it for 40 - 50 Million credits. Fun times.
Ylvaia Synn - Sith Assassin - The Harbringer
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