Jul 15, 2011

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Bounty Hunter Ultimate Walkthrough Video

Don’t look now, but a brand new Star Wars: The Old Republic video cast has burst onto the scene and is beginning to make some waves. It’s understandable that you may have missed it, but there’s no better time than now to start tuning in!

SW:TOR FTW is a regular video cast produced by FTW Broadcasting, that I have to say is quite informative and entertaining. I’ve been following for several weeks, and while their Jedi Knight Ultimate Walkthrough first caught my eye, their latest episode blows the doors off (literally) of anything else out there!

The epic 35+ minute Bounty Hunter Ultimate Walkthrough video covers the Bounty Hunter class from top to bottom, including armor, weapons, Advanced Classes, video and more. Get some popcorn and buckle in:

I’ve been talking with the host of the show, Awall, and he’s been telling me about some amazing things they have planned for the future. You can count on AAJ to begin working very closely with FTW!

Needless to say, if you are a fan of TOR, you’ll wanna check this out! And don’t forget to subscribe to the FTW channel while you’re there to be alerted of the latest episodes as soon as they are available!

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Jul 5, 2010

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"Not Enough Force" – Resource Pools

With the recent release of the E3 multi-player combat video, we wanted to take a closer look at certain aspects of of what we saw. Even though its a low-level encounter, we feel there’s enough information there to warrant a deeper dive. For this first entry, we thought we’d start with thinking about the class resource pools, and how those might affect combat.

In the video, we finally get to see some Jedi in action – both the Knight and the Consular were in the group. These classes were withheld from the recent E3 hands-on sessions, so this was a special treat.

We viewed  the battle from the point of view of the Jedi Consular, which meant we got to see a lot of things that happen in the UI during combat, including some of the system feedback…  One example, the beloved MMO staple “Out of Range” message when your target is too far away for you to interact with it.

Out-of-Range

At about 2:30 into the video we see a different message pop up – “Not Enough Force.” This message appeared because the Consular did not have enough “Force Points” available to execute the ability that was selected. For those new to the genre, MMORPG player classes typically have resource pools such as this for two reasons: to govern the use of certain abilities (facilitating balance,) but also as a gameplay mechanic itself. Managing this resource pool becomes part of the skill you will need to learn to play your character effectively.

Mechanically, having Force as a class resource makes sense for Force-sensitive characters, but it still makes me cringe just a little bit seeing “The Force” reduced to a mere resource pool. I guess this is one of those things we just have to accept as necessary for game mechanics. But I digress…

At any rate, it got us to thinking about resource pools in general. We now know that the Consular uses “Force” as it’s resource. The Sith Inquisitor apparently does as well. Even though the Sith Warrior is a Force user, his resource pool is “Rage.” The Bounty Hunter uses “Heat” with the requirement to periodically vent your system. Naturally the Trooper uses “Ammo.” And the Smuggler has been observed using “Energy,” (same for the Imperial Agent.) Curiously, no information has yet been learned regarding the resources used by the Jedi Knight.

But what about secondary resources? Are there aspects to managing our characters in combat that go beyond the basics?

Examples from other games include WoW’s Rogue, who uses “Combo Points” to execute “finishing” moves – typically larger special moves of greater power. The Death Knight has the Rune system.  In Warhammer, you had similar secondary resources, but interestingly you also had a tertiary level of abilities called “Morale” abilities. These are abilities that you could use only while in combat, and the longer you were in combat, the more powerful they became. You had 4 slots and each slot was more powreful than the last. If you stayed in combat long enough to activate the ability in the 4th slot, it was a doozy.

Way back, almost a year ago, GameSpot did an interview which exposed abilities what BioWare was calling “spenders.” This seems to add another dimension to resource management, but we’ve heard very little about it since, nor seen anything in action.

The demo video was obviously of low-level combat, but these secondary resources in other games are available right from the beginning. We didn’t see any of that in this combat video… so will we see more depth in this area? Is  this something you’ve been pondering? At what point will we learn more?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!


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Jun 15, 2010

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New Videos – Bounty Hunter, Player Ships!

Looks like we are getting treated to at least some more eye candy today… ! Below are embeds of the Bounty Hunter Armor Progression video, the Bounty Hunter/Imperial Agent combat video, and the Player Ships video!

Thanks to The Galactic Struggle for the videos! And be sure to head over there for some brand new screenshots as well!

UPDATE: Here are the links to the G4 Hands-On from yesterday:

Part 1 – Click Here

Part 2 – Click Here

Part 3 – Click Here

Player Ships

Smuggler and Trooper Combat

Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent Combat

Sith Inquisitor and Sith Warrior Combat

Bounty Hunter Armor Progression

Gallery

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Jun 11, 2010

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Coming Soon: Classes, Advanced Classes and More!

Very soon, Ask A Jedi will begin publishing a regular series of columns dedicated to complete knowledge and mastery of all of the classes available to players in Star Wars: The Old Republic. As more information is revealed, and we learn more about how they play in the game, what it means to use companions, and how advanced classes work, we’ll work on distilling that info and presenting it in a form you can use.

Our goal is to make sure you’ll be the very best  Smuggler you can be… and whether it makes sense to become a wiley Scoundrel or a flashy Gunslinger. And that goes for every class! We want to take a deep-dive right out of the gate, and become the authority on the topic.

So with that said, please stay tuned and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook in the mean time!

Graduating Class(es)

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