[Star Wars: Galaxies] I wanted to experience the “radical” new changes in Star Wars: Galaxies first hand, so I decided to reactivate my account and reinstall the game. They have the New Game Enhancements (NGE) live on the Test Center so I figured I’d give it a try.
First up, reinstallation. My DVD burner started getting flaky recently so I could not install the game. I ran a laser lens cleaner for about an hour and it seemed to get a little better. Tried to install again, no dice. Spent an hour digging in my computer parts bins in the basement and finally I found a spare CD drive. Installed that and finally I got the game installed. Patch time, one more hour. Installed Test Center copy, one more hour.
Now, we are ready to go! Log in and click on Test Center and log in again and click on the Test Center server and “Server Full”. Crud, I didn’t think that the server would be full. Oh well, try another test server. That would be great but the other two are full too. Well, it is Saturday night, perhaps I’ll try again Sunday morning.
Sunday morning. Log in and see that 3 test servers are full, but one of them says “loading”. I wait, nothing. Close out and try logging in again. Success! I am in.
The beginning is nice, has a few battle scenes and I start in a station with explosions rocking the place. C3PO communicates with me via voice comm, and they use real voice, very nice. I go through a few training things, kill some boxes and finally blast open a door and who greets me but Han Solo, Chewbacca and R2D2. They tell me to follow and I do.
Out into the hanger bay, we are stopped by three storm troopers. A battle begins. Han and Chewy appear to really suck at aiming, so it is up to me to dispatch the troopers. I aim and left-click on a trooper and my laser pistol fires and hits. Click, click, click as fast as I can. With that done, Han tells me to get onboard the Falcon.
I run over to the Falcon. C3PO advises me that I had better get on board the Falcon so I should run up the ramp. Unfortunately, there appeared to be an invisible forcefield blocking my entrance to the Falcon. I turned to Han Solo for some advice. C3PO gives me some additional advice. Finding their advice to be lacking, I turn to Chewy for a possible solution. I think he said, “Rarraghggghghrrr!”
So I logged out to give someone else a chance. I guess many people are having problems getting onboard the Falcon. Regardless, I’m sure they will get this all fixed up before it goes live in two weeks.
To sum up, I enjoyed it. It felt a lot more like Star Wars than the original game to me. I want to play more. Is it a revolution like some make it out to be? Not that I can see so far. It feels like it will be a click-fest during combat. Regardless, I plan to continue my adventures in Star Wars: Galaxies. Hopefully I can get some more time in on the test server, assuming I can actually get onboard the Falcon.