Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The whole gaming world seems to be waiting with bated breath for the latest upcoming release of Bioware- Star Wars: The Old Republic. It is going to be a MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game. The news about the launch came out for the first time in October 21, 2008. Till now, no release date has been declared as yet, but reports indicate that it might be released in the latter halve of 2011.

Game Scenario

The game scenario takes us thousands of years back, before the rise of Darth Vader. A titanic war takes place between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire, which eventually divides the galaxy. You have the options to choose your playing character as a Jedi, a Sith, or from a number of other classic ‘Star Wars’ roles. You have to take vital decisions which will ultimately determine your path to glory or downfall. Along the way, you will make friends with valiant compeers, who will fight for you, or betray you, as per your decisions and actions. You will be teaming up with other players as well, and battle together against your enemies in dynamic ‘Star Wars’ combat.

System Requirements

The minimum and recommended system requirements have not been declared officially as yet. As per the news received from Bioware, they are trying to design the game, keeping in mind the majority of users. The predicted recommended configuration has been given below-

i) Intel Processor: Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33 GHz

ii) AMD Processor: Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5400+

iii) Nvidia Graphics Card: GeForce 8800 GTS

iv) ATI Graphics Card: Radeon HD 3800 Series

v) RAM: 2GB

vi) Hard Disk Space Required: 15GB

vii) Direct X: 9

So hurry up! And grab your own copy of  Star Wars: The Old Republic, as soon as it is released. You are sure to have an enthralling experience.

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Black & White:A God Game

Map of the Khazar Khaganate and surrounding st...

Map of the Khazar Khaganate and surrounding states, c. 820 CE. Area of direct Khazar control shown in dark blue, sphere of influence in purple. Other boundaries shown in dark red. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since the launch of Populous in 1989, god games have been very popular in the gaming community. God game is basically an artificial game that pits the player against a divine and supernatural power to control the game on a large scale. Black&White is such a game,designed and developed by Lionhead studios. It was launched by Electronic Arts Inc and Feral Interactive for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft. An expansion named Black & White:Creature Isle and a sequel named Black&White 2 followed the original version.

Game Plot

The game begins with a dramatic situation. A new God, controlled by the player, is born by the prayer of two parents. The purpose of the prayer is to save their drowning child encircled by sharks in the sea. The new born God saves the kid from the jaws of sharks. After the successful rescue of the kid to the shore, the grateful parents lead the God to their village.  They plan to construct a bastion for the new God. But very soon it is found that several Gods exist with their citadel and followers. Every God wants to dominate the others. Among the all the Gods, one particular evil God, called Nemesis, wants to end all competitions and reign over the world. When the player’s citadel comes under attack from Nemesis, the player flees through a whirling vortex to a new island.

There, the player is welcomed by another God, named Khazar. Actually Khazar is the one who sent the mysterious vortex to rescue the player. Khazar asks the player to help him against another God,named Lethys,the subordinate of Nemesis. In return Khazar promises to provide resources to rebuild the player’s village. In the mean time, Nemesis obliterates Khazar. Lethys abducts the player and takes to another land through vortex. There the player is held by three magic pillars. To break free, the player must capture three villages. With the help of creed, the player achieves that and returns to the first island through a vortex. The first island is now attacked by Nemesis with fireballs,rain and lightning. There the player obtains the final creed ,destroys Nemesis and ends the attack forever.

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SeQuEl: Play for the Power of Quantum Marks!

A card game for people that like coins, Trojan warriors, magnets, elements & who ever wondered if we are alone in the universe.

Players of card games, gold coin, Trojan warriors would definitely want to try SeQuel. It’s a game where you play as a Champion or Guardian for the power to bring an alien to Earth, or to stop him and keep us safe. Play cooperatively for the same side, or team up and compete to see which guild wins more power

Sequel is about catching particles from quantum foam which is bubbling all around us and amplifying their power to open a gateway between earth and the next dimension. The game is borne when the wife and children of a space weather scientist named Czarg are lost in a storm that the first nuclear detonation on earth created in the next habitable dimension.

SeQuEl has a turn-based trick-taking game mechanism. Play is simple and begins by dealing 5Q to each player. The core of game play is just comparing card values, as in war; although the leading player calls whether a High or Low number will win and there are 6 Special Forces that modify the players’ options and lots of in your face back and forth. You may notice that there are 118 Q which coincides with the number of elements on the periodic table. Playing SeQuEl players will become familiar with the names of the elements, their numbers, and the structure of the periodic table of elements.

After everyone in the round has had a turn to play the winner is the player who has the highest or lowest Q for the category of play in effect at the end of the round. The winner keeps all the Q played in the round, and the next round begins.

A scorecard is provided on which to track the Q won in each game. You can print more scorecards for free from You will notice that this is essentially a periodic table of the elements! Players keep and score Q they have won in any given round which greatly aids in creating and playing the game. A game of SeQuel is over when there are not enough Q left to deal an equal number to each player. In the final hand players will have fewer than 5Q each. The remaining Q are not used in the game.

Between games all players can track the Q that they won on their way to collecting – by winning in play, their own complete Qi of 118Q after which they can then become full-fledged Guild Members.

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