SWTOR Skill Calculator

September 28th, 2011 by Lavi Lee

SWTOR Skill Calculator


Here’s an introductory guide to SWTOR Skill Calculator, for more in-dept information and gaming insights, check out this SWTOR Guide.

Are you one of those getting ready for the coming madness in December 20? All the hype and online news killing you? I feel exactly the same way. Preparing your computer so the specs are worthy of the game, buying accessories and upgrading your computer just for this release. But the biggest area that you should be prepared in is the thought of which character you will play and how you will build up the character.

Use this SWTOR Skill Calculator to determine where and how you will play throughout the galaxy.

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SWTOR Released!!!!

September 25th, 2011 by Hayden

SWTOR MMO release dateProbably the biggest news of the century!! Probably not for everyone, but definitely for me. Let’s get to the point. Bioware and Lucasarts has finally revealed the release date of the long awaited Star Wars The Old Republic – SWTOR.

This huge SWTOR mmo will be released on December 20. Bioware and Lucasarts announced this morning that the SWTOR release will be making its official debut in North America on December 20, with a European launch 2 days later, 22nd of December.


“This is an incredible moment for everyone at Bioware and our partners at Lucasarts who have dedicated their lives to build this extraordinary game. We appreciate the patience from the millions of fans who have been waiting for the game’s release,” said Bioware co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka during the keynote at the 2011 Eurogamer Expo.

Based on traditional MMOs, SWTOR will start with 30 days of free play time and several subscription models are announced as well.

1 month: $14.99/month
3 months: $13.99/month
6 months: $12.99/month

Pre-orders of the game are still in 3 different editions – Collector’s, Digital Deluxe, and Standard –come with special early access to the MMO.

If you’re looking for more than preliminary info, this SWTOR Guide is recommended. The manual is also available as part of a SWTOR Complete Guides Bundle; further recommended for serious SWTOR gamers.


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September 22nd, 2011 by Jack Matthews

SEO Boss predicts that SWTOR could be the last paid subscription based MMO.

As we all know, competition in the MMO industry has never been so fierce. Battling between launch dates to capitalize on profits or rather to perfect the game. Developers have been put in the hot seat for quite some time already.

With more and more MMO games switching from subscription based to become a free-to-play model, Sony Online Entertainments Boss, Smedly, predicts that Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) may be the last MMO to use a subscription based model.

Smedley said:

There’s another large juggernaut coming out soon in Star Wars: from EA/Bioware. That’s a game that I think has a legitimate shot at a 2 million subscription user base and I believe they will stick with the subscription method. This is going to be the last large scale MMO to use the traditional subscription business model. Why do I think that? Simply put, the world is moving on from this model and over time people aren’t going to accept this method. I’m sure I’m going to hear a lot about this statement. But I am positive I’m right.”

He also reckoned & reasoned that this was also due to the economic climate that wasn’t doing too good.

“Economic times are hard out there and a recurring subscription is something that glares at you from a credit card bill every month. For some people, saving money starts with getting rid of subscriptions that hit the credit card.”

Tell us what you think subscription based games will fair in the future.

More advanced contents such as tips, hints and strategies is shared over at SWTOR Guide.

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SWTOR Advanced Classes – Skill Tree and Specialization Guide

September 20th, 2011 by Lavi Lee

Below is an overview to Skill Tree and Specialization Guide. More detailed content and coverage of the topic could be found in this SWTOR Complete Guides Bundle.

The classes in Star Wars the Old Republic are further broken down into advanced classes. The availability of SWTOR advanced classes makes it possible for gamers to further customize their characters to suit their playstyle. At the moment, each class offers two advanced classes. Although the option lets gamers further specialize themselves, the advanced classes will have the same background story. Star Wars the Old Republic has kept it this way to ensure a well balanced game. The specializations will let players take on different roles when playing in parties and have different combat styles throughout.

Each SWTOR advanced class have their own set of abilities and skills. In other words, if you play a Jedi Guardian or a Jedi Sentinel, you will find that they offer very different abilities although they are both branches of the Jedi Knight class. The advanced classes will also, however have a set of what is called a shared skill set which basically marks them as Jedi Knights.

Before being able to choose an advanced class in Star Wars the Old Republic, you would need to first select the base class to play. How different is ‘different’ when it comes to the advanced classes? Here’s an example for you. The Jedi Guardian is, in more common terms, coined as the tank while the Jedi Sentinel is a damage dealer, aka DPS. Once you hit level 10, you would be able to make your SWTOR advanced class choice.

In practice, when choosing your advanced class, you are actually choosing the skill and allocating more points to certain skills. The use of skill trees in Star Wars the Old Republic is very much like most other MMORPGs. As you level up your character, you also gain skill points along the way. Adding these points to your skill tree enables you to further specialize your character. In SWTOR, there are a total of three skill trees you could spend points on simultaneously.

Here’s an overview of the SWTOR advanced classes:

Jedi Consular
The two specializations or so called advanced classes are Shadow and Sage. As a Jedi Shadow, you would be playing a mid-ranged damage dealer with tanking abilities and a long-ranged damage dealer with healing skills as a Jedi Sage.

Jedi Knight
The choices for the Jedi Knight is as a Jedi Guardian or a Jedi Sentinel. As a Guardian, you would be playing a tank with abilities to inspire your team. As a Jedi Sentinel, you would be playing as a primary damage dealer.

The two advanced classes for the SWTOR smuggler are the Gunslinger and the Scoundrel. Both classes uses the pistol, long ranged and short ranged respectively.

The two options for the Trooper class are the Commando and Vanguard. Vanguards are known for their defensive abilities, thus, specializing as a tank. The Commando deal heave damage with their massive blasters.

Bounty Hunter
The first Bounty Hunter advanced class is the Powertech. As a Powertech you would be playing as a tank with mid-ranged damage dealing abilities. As a Bounty Hunter Mercenary, you would be a ranged-DPS with healing skills.

Imperial Agent
The two choices for Imperial Agents are Operative and Sniper. The first offers a combination of damage dealing and healing abilities. The second, the Operative, specializes as a ranged-DPS.

Sith Inquisitor
The advanced classes for the Sith Inquisitor are Sorcerer and Assassin. As a Sorcerer, you would be using force lightening to deal randed damage and heal allies. As an Assassin, you’re skills revolve around stealth and melee DPS.

Sith Warrior
Sith Warriors have two advanced classes to choose from as well which are the Marauder and the Juggernaut. The Juggernaut can take both defensive and offensive stance whereas the Marauder is a pure damage dealer.

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SWTOR Combat

September 19th, 2011 by admin

Here’s an introductory guide to SWTOR Combat, for more in-dept information and gaming insights, check out this SWTOR Guide.

Storyline what? All we hear now is how great the story-telling in Star Wars The Old Republic is and how much players will be able to walk down their own path with different choices they make. Whether you choose the light of the dark side, this post doesn’t really care. We want to see action, action and action. Watch this latest action-packed video on how SWTOR fans will experience combat within the game.


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Same-Sex Relationships Coming to SWTOR

September 18th, 2011 by admin

swtor same-sex

A very controversial topic that has come up and discussed in much detail is the story of “Same-Sex Relations” in SWTOR MMO. This latest issue has been a big concern for many gamers who favor the notion or disapprove of this action. Nevertheless, Bioware initially stated that gamers would only be able to experience mixed-gender romantic relations but after many cries from the fans,Bioware decided to add it in.

Newsrama is reporting that Bioware has heard the cries of a thousand fan voices and has been more than willing to add in same-sex romance. They wrote “BioWare originally announced that players and their companions in “Star Wars: The Old Republic” would only be able to experience mixed-gender romantic relationships. After many inquiries from fans asking the developer to explain the decision, earlier this week a new forum post by Stephen Reid, the senior online community manager for the game, showed up on the company’s official website announcing that those fans had been heard and same-sex romance will be added to the game.”

Bioware has issued this statement to all fans:

“Due to the design constraints of a fully voiced MMO of this scale and size, many choices had to be made as to the launch and post-launch feature set. Same gender romances with companion characters in ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ will be a post-launch feature. Because ‘The Old Republic’ is an MMO, the game will live on through content expansions which allow us to include content and features that could not be included at launch, including the addition of more companion characters who will have additional romance options.”

So, tell us what you think!

There you go, a short guide to the SWTOR. For more detailed content and gaming strategies, check out SWTOR Complete Guides Bundle.

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SWTOR Beta Testing Re-Invites

September 18th, 2011 by admin

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Here’s an overview of SWTOR. For more information and gameplay recommendations, check out this SWTOR Guide.

In the past week, community manager Stephen Ried annouced on the official SWTOR forums that all those who were invited to join the first Beta Testing Weekend is confirmed to get re-invites for a future undisclosed beta testing weekend.

“Today we re-invited all testers who were invited to our Beta Testing Weekend #1 back to a future Beta Testing Weekend (which will happen on as yet unspecified date). I wanted to give you a little insight into why, and clear up confusion.

These testers were not re-invited to a Beta Testing Weekend for this weekend. We’re still internally testing the next major build of the game. As we’ve said before, when we’re ready to give everyone a date for the next Beta Testing Weekend, we’ll announce it.

Why are they being re-invited? Because we feel for a significant proportion of those invited to test during Beta Testing Weekend #1, they did not have an optimal testing experience. As I mentioned before, we had some issues, including some people not receiving an invite, and others being unable to get the client in time because of issues with their acceptance of their invite. With those factors in mind, we felt that because many people did not experience the game, it was worthwhile to re-invite everyone.”

Click here to view the full story on the SWTOR forums

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SWTOR Playable at GAMEfest

September 14th, 2011 by Marcus

SWTOR Gamefest 2011

Great news to all again as Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) will be playable for gamers at this years GAMEfest. GAMEfest official Facebook page announces that SWTOR will be available and developer presentation for games liek Soulcalibyr V, Batman Arkham City and various other titles.

Here is the full schedule for the 3-day even at the official GAMEfest page


SWTOR Guide – Smuggler Skills & Progression

September 11th, 2011 by admin

This article is a good starting point to learn about Smuggler Skills & Progression. Check out this SWTOR Smuggler Guide for more advanced details, insights and gameplay tactics.

Finally the hour has come for all Star Wars: The Old Republic fans. The wait was finally over last Friday as players were waiting for new updates.Revealed last Friday was the progression of the SWTOR Smuggler Class. View the video below and see if you can pick up some of the Smugglers abilities and armor sets. Watch how the Smuggler plays fights using misdirection and various other forms to enable sucker punches. Also see how the Smugglers are the master of the dual blasters.

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SWTOR Open World PvP Details Revealed

September 6th, 2011 by admin

This article provides a preliminary guide for SWTOR, more advanced content such as related gameplay strategies could be found in this SWTOR Complete Guides Bundle.

I know this post is  a little late, but nevertheless here it is. Over at PAX Prime, Bioware confirmed the beta weekend and which week it started for Star Wars: The Old Republic. They also featured an Alderaan PvP Warzone and how it rolls out. The most revealing part of the show was about the Open World PvP that everyone knew for the first time. Here are some of the details

– Many neutral planets up for grabs with multiple control points (ie. bases, and turrets)

– Planet Ilum was the planet used as a reference

– If a faction takes control of planetary defences, bombing runs can be called in on opposing base

– Players will receive Valor and Mercenary points for participation. Mercenary points can be exchanged for the best PVP gear

Let’s hope more will be revealed after the Beta Weekend. While we wait, here’s a video link about Alderaan PvP.

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SWTOR Gamescon Highlight Video

September 4th, 2011 by admin

Yes we all know and are saddened by the end of Gamescon but just when spirits are down, Bioware has released a highlights video of the full conference for all those who missed the show and still miss the conference. So for all those who missed Gamescon in Germany, stay put infront of your screens and hopefully this video will give you a glimpse into what the fuss about Star Wars the Old Republic is all about.

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