Game Time: 'Star Wars: The Old Republic'
Since 1977, it's been impossible to avoid any type of marketing, be it cartoon, action figure or bedsheets, for the ultrapopular and all-encompassing "Star Wars" universe.
Long before Luke had to deal with his daddy issues and Han maliciously shot Greedo, the Galactic Republic stood strong as the protectors of the universe. Sadly, the Sith Empire arrived and waged a war that the Republic would eventually win. Their victory was short-lived as the Sith returned en masse, taking planet by planet until their last stand on Alderaan. The Republic had only one choice -- sign a treaty with Imperial forces, thus ending the war but forcing the two sides to coexist in tension and anger. This is where your story begins, and your choices hold the power to mold a new galaxy for whatever side you choose.
Much like the MMORPGs to come before it, "Star Wars: The Old Republic" places you in the role of a character who must make choices, engage in combat and complete quests within a third-person perspective. Character design consists of branching choices that begin with either Empire or Republic affiliation, spanning to the more detailed classes such as Bounty Hunter or Smuggler. Each class comes equipped with unique skills, transportation and contacts that can be further customized as the game continues. Other features in the game include starship crews that handle various tasks for you, the challenging, group-based Flashpoint Missions and the ever-popular guilds. As if there wasn't enough to do, "Star Wars: The Old Republic" also includes intense space combat, story-driven Operations and player-versus-player action in the Warzone.
The popularity of "Star Wars" alone is usually enough to sell a bunch of games, but with so many features that help immerse you in the lore coupled with picture-perfect gameplay provided by BioWare, "Star Wars: The Old Republic" takes the franchise to a new level. Media Link: Dee Bradley Baker also provides voices for "American Dad," which airs Sunday, Dec. 25, on Fox.