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Top 5 Reasons Why SWTOR Is The Best MMORPG Of All Time

Updated on June 13, 2013

SWTOR Introduction

Star Wars The Old Republic, often referred to as SWTOR, is a MMORPG developed by Bioware and published by Electronic Arts in 2011.

While SWTOR was initially a subscription based game it is now totally free to play.

Star Wars The Old Republic has set the bar very high for MMORPG standards and is widely recognized as one of the best if not the best MMORPG on the market, surpassing even subscription based (pay to play) games such as World of Warcraft.

Let's take a look at a few reasons that makes Star Wars The Old Republic the best MMORPG ever.

Below are five reasons that make SWTOR better than any other MMORPG game on the market, feel free to add your own in the comment section at the end of this hub.

5. The Star Wars Universe

Simply put, the mere fact that SWTOR is based off the Star Wars universe and includes the lore from one of the most entertaining science-fiction franchise of all time makes SWTOR a must play game for any fan of Star Wars.

Whether it's visiting Star Wars planets such as Alderaan and Coruscant or reliving famous battles from the movie series, Star Wars The Old Republic offers many reenactments from the Star Wars franchise.

Moreover, you can play a total of 16 classes all featured in the Star Wars movies.

You can play a sith warrior like Darth Vader, a bounty hunter like Boba Fett, a jedi knight like Luke Skywalker or even a smuggler like Han Solo.

You can also choose to side with the Sith Empire or the Galactic Republic, as they both have different stories, side quests, flashpoints, operations and capital words.

And last but not least in SWTOR you can participate in epic space mission and customize your own ship.

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4. Interactive Cutscenes

I don't know if you play a lot of MMORPG but if you do you might have noted a few similarities in the quests and overall stories.

In almost every MMORPG out there the quest system goes like this :

  • interact with random NPC (non-player character)
  • get a quest
  • complete the quest
  • turn in the quest for a reward.

In Star Wars The Old Republic things are a little difference, and all for the better.

First of all there are actual cutscenes with real voice, as in most modern video games.

This can be seen as a mere detail but it actually increases the enjoyment and overall sense of implication in the stories and thins the line between MMORPG and console single-player games.

Furthermore, in SWTOR the cutscenes themselves are interactive : the nature of your quests can change at any moment based on the decisions you make.

For each quests you can make decisions that will affect your current quests for the better or the worse.

You often, but not always, get a choice between a light side (good) decision, a neutral decision and a dark side (bad) decision.

3. Companions

In most MMORPGs you are on your own for most of your walk through of the game, aside from some occasional classes that may get a pet or a minion at some level (these classes are generally the hunter or the warlock).

In Star Wars The Old Republic each class has five companions that assist in combats, as you often find yourself being outnumbered even with your companions help.

Each companion has a specific role to go alongside your class, it can ether be a melee tank, a ranged tank, a melee dps, a ranged dps or a healer.

But your companions aren't only useful for assisting you in combats, they also contribute to the storyline of your character and give you special quests.

You star out with one companion that you get at this very beginning of your story (level 5 or 6 approximately) and you can unlock more companions as you progress in your class storylines.

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2. Immersive Storyline

Star Wars The Old Republic has very immersive storylines that will take you from level one to the max level of your game.

In other words your main storyline will follow you during the whole process of leveling your character and will take you from one planet to the other.

While in most MMORPGs each quest can seem disconnected from the others and irrelevant to the overall story of your character, in SWTOR each quest follows a purpose and advances you in your storyline.

Every class has a main storyline divided in three parts plus the prologue. The stories can be very different whether you are playing a Bounty Hunter, a Republic Trooper, an Imperial Agent or a Jedi Consular.

Furthermore not one story is exactly the same, even if you are playing the same class twice, since your decisions (either light side or dark side) will influence the direction of your story.

My personal favorite storyline is the Jedi Knight, followed closely by the Republic Trooper and the Bounty Hunter.

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The Trooper, one of the 8 classes you can choose from in Star Wars The Old Republic.
The Trooper, one of the 8 classes you can choose from in Star Wars The Old Republic. | Source

1. Combat System

What is really original and enjoyable about Star Wars The Old Republic, even more that the storylines and the companions you get, is the combat system and overall gameplay.

While Star Wars The Old Republic is, like most MMORPGs, a targeting based combat system it also has very interesting features that make the combats very challenging and never boring.

Not only do you have your basic MMORPG abilities such as DoTs, burst heals and so on, you also get advanced abilities that you don't see often in these types of games.

First of all, most classes have combo attacks that are very reminiscent of hack and slash games.

Secondly, in SWTOR you actually can use the environment to your advantage. In how many other MMORPGs can you throw your enemies off a cliff with knockback abilities ?

And finally, there are many AOE abilities : attack that do damage or heal not the target you selected like with other abilities, but rather a whole area you chose.

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      Guy 3 years ago

      You're an idiot.

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      Another Guy 3 years ago

      Guy is a bigger idiot.

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      Wow 3 years ago

      Lol. This is laughable. The author of this article has obviously missed a large amount of the early genre to call this the best MMORPG of all time. This game presented nothing new to the table. The only point I agree with is the Star Wars Universe is awesome...not enough to carry the game since it went free to play very quickly.

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      Ugh 3 years ago

      Okay game made terrible by greed

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      Hypherius 3 years ago

      It destroys boring WOW(seriously how can you just farm for so many years?) i'll tell ya that much, funnest online game i've played since the original Guild Wars.

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      Morsay 3 years ago

      Best game ever except maybe for Rift.

      Wow is not fun anymore, made for kids and panda lovers.

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      Anou 3 years ago

      Swtor is by far the worse MMO ever....Hate almost anything about the game

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      Meg 3 years ago

      This article is great, although I have to say my personal favorite MMO is EVE, but that in my opinion is a game that should not be compared to the likes of swtor or wow. I love to see the wow fanboys come out whenever this game has something nice said about it that it didn't add anything to the game play that wow doesn't have.

      Umm full story that actually matters and pulls you in, space combat both pve and pvp, gear that you can modify as you level if you want to. Classes that are not set to just heal, you can dps and heal at the same time. Wow on the other hand is the most unoriginal game I have played and I played it for many years. Wow has been so simplified these days that you do not even need to learn your class or look into what skills to take. After all you wow fanboys lost most of your talent trees anyway did you not?

      Oh in case you did not know the whole Warcraft universe is a rip off from the Warhammer universe after Blizzard made a game then could not get the rights to use the Warhammer name so they did a quick rename to Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. So yeah from day one your beloved game series has not been original and it never will be. Come on be honest how many of you wow players went to the quest hubs and read each one as you picked them up and felt the game had any story at all. Be honest, I had a blast playing that game but I never got sucked in by the story and I cannot believe many have been.

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      WorldBrainWashing 3 years ago

      Ignore all the hatefull comments of Brainwashed WoW players. Who grew up eating Murlocks since they were 9. Then focus on what everyother MMORPG player says and we might come to an agreement about SWTOR.

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      Mepheliz 2 years ago

      This artice might be old, but you get my comment anyway.

      SWTOR is amazing. I've had a blast going through every class and I still have. And yes, I have tried WoW. I couldn't make myself play it more than to level 10. It had no story at all, but SWTOR certainly does. I think this is what WoW was when it got released and everybody played it. But I haven't enjoyed an MMO more than SWTOR.

      [Written on a mobile device]

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      Joseph Ray 2 years ago

      I do enjoy this game, but I'm pretty sure that there are only eight classes. Maybe, I'm wrong, and there use to be more. You have on the Republic Side: Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Trooper, and Smuggler. On the Sith Side you have: Sith Warrior, Sith Inquisitor, Agent, and Bounty Hunter. Also Sith Warrior and Jedi Knight are basically the same class just with slightly different style as is Sith Inquisitor and Jedi Consular. The Trooper matches roughly with Bounty Hunter, and the Smuggler matches roughly with Agent. I still do enjoy the game though. I especially love how they decided not to make the second part of every Darths name some dreadfully obvious character trait. I mean Darth Zash sounds so much better than Darth Drear or Darth Sidious or Darth Tyrannus.

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      Sam 21 months ago from Australia

      Just placing it in the Star Wars universe alone instantly puts it ahead of most other games, that's the most enticing thing I believe. You've got all these gamers that have grown up watching Star Wars and now are the perfect age to step into the universe (and spend money in it).

      I guess that is why it had that initial massive player base but unfortunately was a bit hit or miss at that time, I think too many people compare it to the bigger MMOS right from day one that might have been only for half a decade by that point.

      I think Star Wars is finally coming into it's own now with a bit of age and stronger community behind it so it's only going to get stronger and stronger into the future (in a galaxy far far away?)

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      Guest 17 months ago

      One Reason SWTOR is the best MMORPG:

      1. Because Star Wars. Nuff said.

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      Peter 16 months ago from England, UK

      I agree with the Guest post above. Clearly the author is simply a huge Star Wars fan. I myself am the same. However I can't comment on whether SWTOR is the best MMORPG ever because I haven't played many others. From those included in the poll, the LOTR one stands out to me.

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