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New Old Republic trailer ditches cinematics for gameplay footage

03.11.2011

So far upcoming Bioware MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic has given us some of the most epic, cinematic video game trailers in history. But now that’s its switching from pre-rendered cutscenes to actual gameplay in this new trailer out of PAX East, the effect is a little less…dramatic.

I think it’s a problem of expectations being set too high. A Star Wars MMO sounds awesome, having it made by Bioware sounds awesome, seeing those first few trailers was awesome. But once you actually see it in practice? "Awesome" wasn’t the first word that crossed my mind.

I get that graphics have to be cut since the scope of the game is so sprawling, but this is just kind of a letdown after how epic the concept art and earlier trailers were. They’ve sunk hundreds of millions into this project, so hopefully gameplay and visuals are better when actually playing, but I don’t know. To quote Han Solo, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

But that’s just me, what say you?

Extra Tidbit: Iíve also heard Dragon Age II is shit. Is that true?
Source: Pax East

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3:05PM on 03/14/2011
This is all well and good but port Grim Fandango already Lucasarts!
This is all well and good but port Grim Fandango already Lucasarts!
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2:04PM on 03/12/2011
The makers made a huge mistake making this a window's only game
The makers made a huge mistake making this a window's only game
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4:43AM on 03/12/2011

damn it tassi

i try so hard to give you a chance, i really do
i try so hard to give you a chance, i really do
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1:52AM on 03/12/2011
I'd get excited about trailer featuring a stick of butter melting on plate if it was set to a score by John Williams.
I'd get excited about trailer featuring a stick of butter melting on plate if it was set to a score by John Williams.
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9:54PM on 03/11/2011

A humble and honest trailer

Looks great! Gotta love that they don't use too many cutscenes or any promotional-only footage (ahem, Dead Island).

KOTOR 3 needs to happen -- maybe this will make a good case for it.
Looks great! Gotta love that they don't use too many cutscenes or any promotional-only footage (ahem, Dead Island).

KOTOR 3 needs to happen -- maybe this will make a good case for it.
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9:34PM on 03/11/2011
Looks pretty good. I can forgive less than mindblowing graphics so long as the story and gameplay are awesome.
Looks pretty good. I can forgive less than mindblowing graphics so long as the story and gameplay are awesome.
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9:15PM on 03/11/2011
Meh I think I will stick to star wars the force unleashed 1 and 2. I just know this is gonna attract some of the worst the net has to offer. That is what helped to bring down the last star wars mmorpg. No thanks.
Meh I think I will stick to star wars the force unleashed 1 and 2. I just know this is gonna attract some of the worst the net has to offer. That is what helped to bring down the last star wars mmorpg. No thanks.
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7:16PM on 03/11/2011
As for the tidbit, if you said Dragon Age II "IS" the shit you would be dead on. The game is amazing. The new action packed combat is top notch and the story is solid.
As for the tidbit, if you said Dragon Age II "IS" the shit you would be dead on. The game is amazing. The new action packed combat is top notch and the story is solid.
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7:15PM on 03/11/2011

Awesome

I think it looks fucking awesome!!!
I think it looks fucking awesome!!!
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6:52PM on 03/11/2011
Looks freaking amazing. Those graphics are the best I have ever seen in an mmo or a star wars game!! What the heck were you expecting!
Looks freaking amazing. Those graphics are the best I have ever seen in an mmo or a star wars game!! What the heck were you expecting!
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5:49PM on 03/11/2011

It's not a movie

Early trailers are just meant to be fun to watch, the game looks great by MMO standards. Oh and I just beat Dragon Age 2 (I know, I'm a huge nerd.) that game was fantastic. Stick to judging movies dude.
Early trailers are just meant to be fun to watch, the game looks great by MMO standards. Oh and I just beat Dragon Age 2 (I know, I'm a huge nerd.) that game was fantastic. Stick to judging movies dude.
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4:59PM on 03/11/2011
This is probably my most anticipated game of all time.
This is probably my most anticipated game of all time.
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4:47PM on 03/11/2011
The graphics look great for an MMO and all this does is show your lack of knowledge in video games. It's not going to look like the Mass Effect games. It's just not possible with an MMO. Look closely at the detail, it's all there. It's just a different style. Being a different style to what you're used to doesn't mean the game is going to be shit.

Vesaker said it best. The first trailers are for the people who won't play the game anyway and just want something nice to look at. This
The graphics look great for an MMO and all this does is show your lack of knowledge in video games. It's not going to look like the Mass Effect games. It's just not possible with an MMO. Look closely at the detail, it's all there. It's just a different style. Being a different style to what you're used to doesn't mean the game is going to be shit.

Vesaker said it best. The first trailers are for the people who won't play the game anyway and just want something nice to look at. This is for those who are actually going to be throwing down some dough to pick it up. And I, for one, am extremely satisfied.
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4:35PM on 03/11/2011

Uh huh

Paul you seem to be confused about something. First off NO game's game play graphics come close to the same games cut scenes in terms of quality (excluding games that use game play graphics for their cut scenes). Second the game play graphics are such so that the game can be played on a wider range of PC's and not because the game is epic in size. Third ppl who actually like gaming usually prefer the trailer above over the earlier CGI trailer for the game. This is because the above actually
Paul you seem to be confused about something. First off NO game's game play graphics come close to the same games cut scenes in terms of quality (excluding games that use game play graphics for their cut scenes). Second the game play graphics are such so that the game can be played on a wider range of PC's and not because the game is epic in size. Third ppl who actually like gaming usually prefer the trailer above over the earlier CGI trailer for the game. This is because the above actually shows game play. No gamer actually cares about cut scenes aside from watching them in game and what they do care about is how the actual game works and looks.

Now don't get me wrong, the other CGI trailers for the game kicked all kinds of ass but the above trailer is what ppl have actually been waiting for.
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4:00PM on 03/11/2011
Screw this MMO crap where's my KOTOR 3?
Screw this MMO crap where's my KOTOR 3?
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4:57PM on 03/11/2011
This is KOTOR 3-20.
This is KOTOR 3-20.
3:49PM on 03/11/2011

Graphics are good

The graphics are good for an MMO. I still don't like how they are making everyone speak in actual voice. I think the cost-benefit ratio is too high. Just read the text. Voices have never added much, imo, to MMOs. I think a lot of their money is going to voice acting, which is a shame. The animations look like cluster-fuck-shit.
The graphics are good for an MMO. I still don't like how they are making everyone speak in actual voice. I think the cost-benefit ratio is too high. Just read the text. Voices have never added much, imo, to MMOs. I think a lot of their money is going to voice acting, which is a shame. The animations look like cluster-fuck-shit.
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3:46PM on 03/11/2011

Extra Tidbit

No, that's not true. It's a fine game with some flaws. The biggest problem people say is that it was downgraded from RPG to action-RPG, that it suffers from "consolitis" and has too much repeated locations. That is true, but it's still a solid game.
No, that's not true. It's a fine game with some flaws. The biggest problem people say is that it was downgraded from RPG to action-RPG, that it suffers from "consolitis" and has too much repeated locations. That is true, but it's still a solid game.
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3:45PM on 03/11/2011
I think it looks fine. I'm not really into MMOs but I'm a huge Star Wars and Bioware fanboy, so I'm optimistic.

As for Dragon Age II, it's only disappointing if, like me, you prefer the slower, PC RPG feel. Dragon Age II feels like a console action RPG. Still good, though.
I think it looks fine. I'm not really into MMOs but I'm a huge Star Wars and Bioware fanboy, so I'm optimistic.

As for Dragon Age II, it's only disappointing if, like me, you prefer the slower, PC RPG feel. Dragon Age II feels like a console action RPG. Still good, though.
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3:13PM on 03/11/2011
Graphics look pretty good for an MMO in my opinion. Remember they want it to be playable for all those ass wipes that are using an e-machine. Try to get as much money as they can.

Also Dragon Age II is good. A lot easier than the first one and the characters are not all that interesting but the story line is solid.
Graphics look pretty good for an MMO in my opinion. Remember they want it to be playable for all those ass wipes that are using an e-machine. Try to get as much money as they can.

Also Dragon Age II is good. A lot easier than the first one and the characters are not all that interesting but the story line is solid.
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