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Star Wars: The Old Republic was available as a playable demo at PAX East this past weekend, allowing groups of four players to run through the instance, or "flashpoint," Taral V. We went hands on with the melee-damage-dealing Jedi Knight class and found that the game is shaping up to be a formidable entry to the ever-growing MMORPG space.

SWTOR committed to having scalable instances a while ago, though the demo was set up specifically for groups of four. Healing, damage-dealing, and tanking abilities overlap more than usual, as if BioWare is picking up on the growing affinity for hybrid classes and trying to mitigate the inflexibility of pure damage-dealers. The demo allowed us to jump right in as level 32 characters with a wide range of spells and skills.

As a Guardian-specialized Jedi Knight, I was primarily a damage dealer, but could also function as an off-tank with taunting and threat-building abilities.The class was very, very fun to play, particularly the leaping slash attack the Jedi Knight could execute from long distances. The taunts and attacks that threw all nearby enemies away from where my character stood gave him a nice amount of utility, and two of the other players that were primary and off-healers were able to keep me and the dedicated tank alive.

It was hard to gauge the difficulty of Taral V from our one run in a group with a rookie tank. Regular mobs gave us little trouble, but we wiped twice on a boss that required us to tank the mob and its pet with separate characters and kill them almost simultaneously; if we didn't, killing one gave the other a massive buff.
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First time I've seen what the UI looks like. Kind of large for my tastes, although pretty. Hopefully they allow customization. Looking forward to this game.
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I'm not usually a big fan of this style of game but I want to try this one out. I really like Bioware.
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They need to let me in the CBT already!
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So can't wait
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I just hope it is not like DA2.
 
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I just hope it is not like DA2.
You're not the only one.

I didn't mind the game really but they are capable of so much more as a company, as they have shown many times before.
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That third pic is horrendous. WoW has better textures than that..
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That third pic is horrendous. WoW has better textures than that..
Eh, I'm surprised you can even make out the textures of that washed out photo. Not to mention it's not a screen capture but a photo of the game on the monitor.

I wouldn't worry too much about the maximum graphics. I doubt any video footage or screens of the game are using maximum, considering they want to advertise the game with graphics a WoW player who plays on their laptop would go "Oh hey, I think I could run that game!"
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Eh, I'm surprised you can even make out the textures of that washed out photo. Not to mention it's not a screen capture but a photo of the game on the monitor.

I wouldn't worry too much about the maximum graphics. I doubt any video footage or screens of the game are using maximum, considering they want to advertise the game with graphics a WoW player who plays on their laptop would go "Oh hey, I think I could run that game!"
dont worry everyone is on the bioware has bad textures band wagon, since DA2 demo. I am sure the animations will be over the top as well.

On topic I am looking forward to this. Rift really didnt hold my attention. The only question is when is Guild Wars 2 coming out? will they go head to head?
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