Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Honors Greatest Threat

So I was going through my normal morning routine and checking on a couple of WoW Blogs during my morning break. One of the Blogs I read is called Shadow and Light.

This morning he had a Blog post detailing an announcement by Bioware and Lucasarts that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic aka KotOR Online was officially in the works. He links to a website for the game. No release date has been given yet.

You have to understand that I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I can quote entire scenes from the movies which I’ve watched countless times. (By the way, Classic >>>> Prequels).

I’m dating myself a bit, but my parents had no clue how much they were about to warp their little 5 year old when they took me to the opening of Star Wars in May of 1977.

Before I was introduced to Blizzard games like Starcraft and Warcraft III, nearly every computer game I played was made by Lucas Arts.

My first major computer game was X-Wing Versus Tie Fighter back in 1995.

From there I got into the Jedi Knight series. I even bought Rebellion which was a fairly poor Real Time Strategy Game.

By all rights, I should have been a Star Wars: Galaxies player, but I didn’t buy the game. At release, only a select few could be a Jedi, maybe 1 or 2 per server.

I know me, and I know my luck, it wouldn’t have been me. If I wanted to be a Jedi, I felt like that should have been my choice. Plus, I knew I didn’t have the money for an MMO.

Around the same time, my buddy, Aoesrus (not his real name), got a job as a GM for Blizzard.

With his new found employment came 2 free accounts, one of which, he graciously gave to me.

With the money problem solved, Honorshammer was born.

(Alas, Aoes is no longer employed as a GM, so don’t ask him for ‘favors’).

Eventually, Star Wars: Galaxies would let everyone be Jedi, but by that point I was hooked on my Paladin. I knew I didn’t have the time or money to maintain two MMORPGs at once.

Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel were fantastic games. The kind of game you find yourself playing at 4am because you are so engrossed in it.

The only other games in that category (for me) are Sid Meier’s Civilization series and World of Warcraft.

If there is any game that could pull me away from Warcraft, it would be Knights of the Old Republic.

The game is set during an ancient war between the Jedi and the Sith. There were literally armies of Jedi and Sith battling for control of the galaxy.

There were 'melee' Jedi who concentrated on their mastery of martial combat with the Lightsaber. There were ‘caster’ Jedi who concentrated on their mastery of Force powers. There were 'healer' Jedi who concentrated on using the Force to heal, and of course, the Dark Jedi, who used the Force to harm. It makes perfect sense for the game to be filled with Jedi.

The game is likely a year or two away. It will probably be getting revved up just as Wrath is winding down.

This one is definitely ‘on the radar’.
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