Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
What is SWG?
Star Wars Galaxies is an MMORPG set in the Star Wars universe, the games storyline takes place between the events Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. There are currently 3 expansions; Jump to Lightspeed, Rage of the Wookiees and Trials of Obi-Wan
So, what playable species are in SWG?
There are 10 different species currently available for play; Human, Twi'lek, Zabrak, Wookiee, Trandoshan, Rodian, Mon Calamari, Bothan, Sullustan and Ithorian.
What kind of professions are available?
There are 9 professions(Jedi, Bounty Hunter, Smuggler, Commando, Spy, Officer, Medic, Entertainer and Trader.) along with 3 Pilot sub-professions(Rebel, Imperial and Freelance), A Politician sub-profession and each profession also has expertise options which allow you to flesh out your profession more than just your basic warrior or crafter.
Yap Yap Yap, shut up and tell me about the combat!
Combat is similar to a first person shooter, it is based in real time and you must aim a targeting reticule at your target then fire. Auto-aim and Auto-fire features are available but in fighting in real time you earn the chance to maximize your damage. There are special abilities such as healing, buff/debuffing and crowd control.
Alright, I know what I can do in SWG, where can I go?
There are 10 large planets which are represented by about 225 square kilometers of game space and the 2 smaller expansion planets are a bit smaller. The 10 large planets are Tatooine, Naboo, Corellia, Talus, Rori, Dantooine, Lok, Yavin IV, the forest moon of Endor, and Dathomir and the two smaller planets are Kashyyyk and Mustafar.
What about those expansions your mentioned before?
An Empire Divided
is the core game of Star Wars Galaxies, there are 3 Expansion packs currently available.
Jump to Lightspeed
adds space combat(real-time twitch gaming with a joystick option) also JtL adds alot of new areas such as the space around all of the planets, Kessel and Deep Space.
Rage of the Wookiees
adds the Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk, allows for players to attach cybernetic limbs and includes quests for two new creature mounts and three new starships.
Trials of Obi-Wan
adds the planet Mustafar(Remember the Ep. III Obi-Wan and Vader duel) and opens up many new quests.
What else can you tell me about SWG?
There are many mounts and vehicles available in the game(From landspeeders to X-wings).
Player built, owned and decorated housing is available in game, players can also own and run cities with building such as cantinas, guild halls and city halls. Players can elect a mayor to run the town and give certain players rights to place certain structures and eject players from the city. Once a city grows to a certain size the mayor can opt to build special buildings such as repair shops, hospitals, cloning facilities, shuttle ports and more. The larger a city grows the more visible it is on the world map.
Player-run Virtual Economy where players are responsible for creating the items that are sold in game, you have a direct effect on the supply and demand for items in game.
Players are able to place bounties on other players, a player with a bounty on their head will always be considered as PvP towards bounty hunters, up to three bounty hunters can track a player at a time.
Wow, it sounds great but... where are teh pretties?
Alright, I'm in where can I find it?
Right now Direct2Drive has Star Wars Galaxies - The Complete Online Adventures for $19.99
which included the first 30 days free.(This included the original game with all expansion packs, a DVD of never-before released bonus features, a slide show of more than 800 pieces of Star Wars Galaxies concept art and screen shots, all set to more than an hour of orchestral Star Wars Galaxies in-game music, excerpts from the popular “From Pencil to Pixel” book that chronicles the art of Star Wars Galaxies and interviews with the Star Wars Galaxies producers, and all the cinematic trailers for the game. It also included an exclusive in-game item for use while playing – a personal AT-RT vehicle as seen in "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith")
Buy Star Wars Galaxies
Is there a trial?
In fact there is, it is a 14 day trial but, you are limited to a very small part of the game. The quests on the trial station really give you an alright idea of what the game is actually like and they don't limit how many characters you create and delete on the trial so you can try all the available classes.
Star Wars Galaxies Trial
I just started playing and I figured I'd throw up a thread to see if anyone else plays or to possibly drum up some interest. Be gentle, I just threw the OP together quickly. Also, I know alot of people don't like SWG and that is fine, I'm just going to say it now to get it out of the way... Pre-CU was better. There it is said now you don't have to. Quite a bit of this information comes from the Star Wars Galaxies wikipedia entry, if I find it to be untrue or you know otherwise let me know and I will fix the OP.