Star Wars Galaxies
When Star Wars Galaxies was first released many Star Wars fans felt that this was the Star Wars game they had been waiting for. While it had some die hards in the early days, the original Star Wars Galaxy was a bit of a clunky and frustrating game. However, it did greatly improve over the years and each expansion that was added made the game a more fun and complete Star Wars experience.
You Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder!
Let’s start with the main thing you want to know, who can you play as in Star Wars Galaxies? Well, you cannot actually pay as Luke, Han or Leia, but they are in the game. You do though have an impressive choice of species to base your character on such as human, Wookie, Rodian, and Ithorian. There was also a lot of professions in the game that you could be as well. These were quite varied and included professions such as smuggler, Jedi, bounty hunter, officer, medic, spy and so on. These different professions each had their own skills and abilities that you could make use of and upgrade as you progressed through the game. It was actually pretty complex when it came to its progression. Each profession had three different things in it, combat, crafting and entertaining and it was up to you which one you would really focus on or if you would try and be more balanced. You could if you want also pursue three other “skills” pilot, politician and chronicler if you wanted.
In A Galaxy, Far, Far Away
As you would expect, Star Wars Galaxy was bursting just like Jabba the Hut’s gut….. when it came to fan service. By the time the game officially came to a close, there was a ton of different planets that you could go and explore. Tatooine, Naboo, Kashyyyk, Corellia, and Endor are not even half of the planets that you can go and explore. Also, there are so many famous Star Wars characters in the game that it will make your head spin. They even reference the two Ewok movies in this game when I saw that it was one of the coolest things I had ever seen in a Star Wars game. Most of the planets also have a space system as well which you can fly around and get into space battles which is also a lot of fun.
So How Does It Play?
This is kind of hard to answer as like many MMO style games Star Wars Galaxies when it started was a very, very different game by the time it came to a close. I think that they really got it on the right track. It did have a very steep learning curve, but the combat both on land and in space was excellent and really did make you feel like you were in a Star Wars movie. The different missions and quests that you could go on were fun. Of course, some were more fun than others and those quests that did have you going to a more well-known location like the palace on Naboo or dealing with a character like Luke Skywalker really do make you giddy with excitement. At its heart, this is a typical MMORPG that just so happens to be set in the Star Wars universe. At the time it was released, people were not too kind on the game, but they did right the ship and those that stuck with it enjoyed it right until they closed the official servers.
While the official servers for Star Wars Galaxies may be closed. There is plenty of fan-made ones that have kept this game alive. If you like the idea of a Star Wars themed MMORPG, I do feel that it is worth looking into how you can give it a try. I will say that in order to get the most enjoyment out of this you must have a real love for Star Wars.
- Lots of famous Star Wars locations to go to
- You can pilot many awesome ships and vehicles
- Combat is a lot of fun
- Plenty of iconic Star Wars characters to come across
- There are still ways to play it to this day
- The official servers are long dead
- Does require that you love Star Wars to look over some of the flaws