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Game of the Month December 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic
It was just over three years ago that Bioware simultaneously announced their return to the Star Wars universe and their first foray into the MMO space with Star Wars: The Old Republic. Since that announcement, many MMOs have come and gone, beaten back by the unassailable giant that is World of Warcraft.

This month though, Star Wars: The Old Republic was finally released to a gaming public divided into two camps: gamers highly anticipating the game, and gamers who approached with caution. After all, how would this be able to distinguish itself from World of Warcraft? How could they know if the game, rumored to be the most expensive ever developed in video game history, would be worth the time investment required?

Only time will tell if that caution is warranted. But for those who have jumped back in to the type of Star Wars experience only Bioware can provide, they are finding a fantastic payoff. Star Wars: The Old Republic may be something special. It has all of the hallmarks of a Bioware single player RPG: companion NPCs with romances, hours upon hours of voice acting, meaningful choices that really seem to have an impact on your character's experience of the game, your own personal starship complete with ship combat... the list goes on. Since each class has its own unique story with both light and dark side options, some have called this the next eight sequels to the seminal Knights of the Old Republic.

But in addition to that amazing single player experience, the game brings with it classic MMO trappings: heroic quests that will require more than one player to complete, global markets, PvP warzones, and even just the excitement of seeing other live players running around in a living, breathing world.

Again, it is far too early to tell if Star Wars: The Old Republic will stand the test of time like its most obvious competitor, World of Warcraft. But it may be that we are witnessing the beginning of a new era in gaming: an MMO that takes story just as seriously as it takes raiding.

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November 2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds October 2013: Pokémon X & Y September 2013: Valdis Story: Abyssal City August 2013: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn July 2013: Shin Megami Tensei IV June 2013: Muramasa Rebirth May 2013: The Night of the Rabbit April 2013: Soul Sacrifice March 2013: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk February 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening January 2013: Ni no Kuni December 2012: Crimson Shroud November 2012: Persona 4 Golden October 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward September 2012: Borderlands 2 August 2012: Guild Wars 2 July 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] June 2012: The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinov May 2012: Diablo III April 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles March 2012: Mass Effect 3 February 2012: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning January 2012: Final Fantasy XIII-2 December 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic November 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword October 2011: Dark Souls

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