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  BillMurphy

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OP  11/27/13 7:30:13 AM#1

We took Galactic Starfighter, the upcoming digital expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic, for a spin on the game's public test server and today we're offering our thoughts.

The off-rails free flight of Galactic Starfighter is obviously its most significant feature. I’ve long been a detractor of the silly Star Fox space component SWTOR launched with and I was thrilled to finally have the freedom to, you know, actually fly around. At the same time, the Warplanes/War Thunder style controls aren’t exactly my strong suit. I’m terrible at those games, but I feel like I was able to settle in a bit after playing Starfighter for some time.

Read more of Michael Bitton's SWTOR: Taking Galactic Starfighter for a Spin.

  Tiller

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11/27/13 2:32:19 PM#2
hmmm, nice. Wish they had something like this at launch...but i might be be back to check it out


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  WolfClaws

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11/27/13 3:38:38 PM#3

 

 

Please tell me the mouse can be inverted...Up should never be up.

  Shainna

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11/27/13 3:44:24 PM#4

Now if they added PvE to this and announced a continuation of the class stories i would resubscribe. Till then i'm not interested.

 

Good luck to those who want this tho, let's hope not many bugs, especially since you will pay through your nose for the stuff in the market (just my prevision tho).

  heider89

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11/27/13 4:13:24 PM#5

been playing the crap out of this on pts. and from my point og view this is a great dc expensjon there is alot of stuff you can do with your ship :) and you can feel that there have been put alot of work inn to this. it feels realy smoth. gamleplay is great. controler takes a litle time to get used to.

i hope they add leaderbord system for this aswel.

  SomeHuman

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11/27/13 5:01:50 PM#6
If you like this, you may want to check out Star Conflict through steam.  I easily burned an afternoon in the game.  From the pictures I'd say Star Conflict has a better aesthetic, but it's hard to tell from stills.  Anyway, if you are  a fan of the genre.

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  druidsfire

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11/27/13 5:06:18 PM#7
Originally posted by WolfClaws

 

 

Please tell me the mouse can be inverted...Up should never be up.

Yes, inversion was hotly demanded in beta and added by BioWare before they put it on the open PTS.

  Yamota

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11/27/13 5:16:28 PM#8
I am into PvP, just not so much arena type PvP. I would much prefer if the space combat had some global objectives and impact in the conflict between Jedi and Sith. However that ship kind of sailed a long time ago; SW:TOR is not a SW simulator, it is just some casual game to have "fun" in.
  WolfClaws

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11/27/13 5:48:02 PM#9
Originally posted by druidsfire
Originally posted by WolfClaws

 

 

Please tell me the mouse can be inverted...Up should never be up.

Yes, inversion was hotly demanded in beta and added by BioWare before they put it on the open PTS.

Nice.. It only took them what? 2 years?  LOL!

  MMOManiacs

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11/27/13 6:12:08 PM#10
Originally posted by WolfClaws
Originally posted by druidsfire
Originally posted by WolfClaws

 

 

Please tell me the mouse can be inverted...Up should never be up.

Yes, inversion was hotly demanded in beta and added by BioWare before they put it on the open PTS.

Nice.. It only took them what? 2 years?  LOL!

Players request inverted Y axis...Bioware implements it before it goes live....MMORPG.com forums posters still find something negative about it....i salut you ;)

  MMOManiacs

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11/27/13 6:12:43 PM#11
Originally posted by deniromonk
Originally posted by WolfClaws
Originally posted by druidsfire
Originally posted by WolfClaws

 

 

Please tell me the mouse can be inverted...Up should never be up.

Yes, inversion was hotly demanded in beta and added by BioWare before they put it on the open PTS.

Nice.. It only took them what? 2 years?  LOL!

 

Players request inverted Y axis...Bioware implements it before it goes live....MMORPG.com forums posters still find something to complain about....i salute you ;)

 
 
  askanison40

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11/27/13 9:28:52 PM#12
Originally posted by Yamota
I am into PvP, just not so much arena type PvP. I would much prefer if the space combat had some global objectives and impact in the conflict between Jedi and Sith. However that ship kind of sailed a long time ago; SW:TOR is not a SW simulator, it is just some casual game to have "fun" in.

+1

As a HUGE Star Fan, I too thought this game was going to be somewhat of a Star Wars sim. I'm still to this day waiting on Jedi vs Sith specific content to be released. That's even more messed up when you consider that all EA/Bioware used when marketing this game was the conflict between the Jedi & the Sith (remember those three High-end CGI mini-movie trailers for the game?) That's been my ONLY issue with SWTOR. Other than that, like you said - its a "fun" game, but Star Wars sim it ain't. Having said that, I still can't wait to try out Galactic Starfighter.

  orionblack

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11/27/13 9:41:37 PM#13
Oh so they are releasing a p2w aspect now? Being able to convert one "coin" for another through Cartel means, seems kinda dubious to me.
  Swanea

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11/27/13 10:28:49 PM#14
Very cool beans. I do hope PvE stuff isn't far behind along with more PvP.
  jbombard

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Posts: 520

11/28/13 12:38:15 AM#15
If they ever make a PvE mission mode ala tiefighter count me in, otherwise *yawn*.
  JeroKane

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11/28/13 2:13:20 AM#16

Is Galactic Starfighter supporting use of Flightsticks?

When it comes to air/Space combat gameplay, I just highly prefer the use of a Flightstick, instead of a mouse.

  DocBrody

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11/28/13 2:31:58 AM#17

....and Star Wars Galaxies wins again.

This TOR game never fails to dive a mile below standards set by SWG. In this case, Jump to Lightspeed.

 

People wanted this

http://youtu.be/Zdqxid-oCGU

and what do we get?

A Star Conflict ripoff queue up for warzone button, third person pew-pew with mouse and keyboard. Great. JUST GREAT.

  JeroKane

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11/28/13 2:39:45 AM#18
Originally posted by DocBrody

....and Star Wars Galaxies wins again.

This TOR game never fails to dive a mile below standards set by SWG. In this case, Jump to Lightspeed.

 They simply don´t have the Resources anymore. People just need to get that into their heads.

Almost the entire staff has been laid off in the past 2 years. They operate with a skeletal crew and have to manage with that.

I am honestly impressed they managed to pull off something like this Galactic Starfighter at all.

And who knows.... if the GS content update is a success, maybe EA gives them a little bit more Money to hire a few extra peeps.

As the previous update wasn´t exactly received with stellar enthousiam.

  Scot

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11/28/13 2:58:03 AM#19
Originally posted by JeroKane
Originally posted by DocBrody

....and Star Wars Galaxies wins again.

This TOR game never fails to dive a mile below standards set by SWG. In this case, Jump to Lightspeed.

 They simply don´t have the Resources anymore. People just need to get that into their heads.

Almost the entire staff has been laid off in the past 2 years. They operate with a skeletal crew and have to manage with that.

I am honestly impressed they managed to pull off something like this Galactic Starfighter at all.

And who knows.... if the GS content update is a success, maybe EA gives them a little bit more Money to hire a few extra peeps.

As the previous update wasn´t exactly received with stellar enthousiam.

This is due to the MMO industries inability to keep players engaged for more then a few months with each game. And to the adoption of the F2P finance model which cannot support major updates and expansions like P2P can. Every time a MMO goes F2P we get the same old rubbish about how that has saved the game. Saved it for what? The odd content release down the years? It is hard to see how the genre will find a way out of this dilemma that gaming companies have created for themselves.

 

  JeroKane

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11/28/13 3:12:16 AM#20
Originally posted by Scot
Originally posted by JeroKane
Originally posted by DocBrody

....and Star Wars Galaxies wins again.

This TOR game never fails to dive a mile below standards set by SWG. In this case, Jump to Lightspeed.

 They simply don´t have the Resources anymore. People just need to get that into their heads.

Almost the entire staff has been laid off in the past 2 years. They operate with a skeletal crew and have to manage with that.

I am honestly impressed they managed to pull off something like this Galactic Starfighter at all.

And who knows.... if the GS content update is a success, maybe EA gives them a little bit more Money to hire a few extra peeps.

As the previous update wasn´t exactly received with stellar enthousiam.

This is due to the MMO industries inability to keep players engaged for more then a few months with each game. And to the adoption of the F2P finance model which cannot support major updates and expansions like P2P can. Every time a MMO goes F2P we get the same old rubbish about how that has saved the game. Saved it for what? The odd content release down the years? It is hard to see how the genre will find a way out of this dilemma that gaming companies have created for themselves.

 

 The Extreme Hype doomed this game from the start. People just had developed unrealistic expectations that could never have been met.

And Bioware chosing the wrong game engine, causing severe limitations and due to Heavy modification unable to Upgrade, didn´t help all that much either.

For them, after having laid off almost the entire staff and still not making a profit in the end of the first year, it was either adding F2P option or shut Down the game.

They had no Choice.

The MMO genre doomed themselves by pushing these insane marketing campains that often start 2-3 years in advance before the Product is even released. This cause players to build up so much anticipation, testing their patience to the limit and let them build up unrealistic expectations to the point it can never be met.

So when an MMO finally launches, the only result will be dissapointment.

They should just do what they did in the past. Announce a game, when it´s good as ready.

But it isn´t just MMO´s, just look how they do it With other games like BF, COD, Destiny, Titanfall... they start taking people´s Money via pre-orders almost a year in advance these days without People having seen a single shred of gameplay from the actuall game! /shrug

The entire game industry is just turning into a quick cash grab! Not just MMO´s.

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