BioWare's first MMO takes on the Star Wars universe, 300 years before the rise of Darth Vader. Players will choose to align with either the Republic or the Sith Empire upon character creation, and pick from a number of emblematic races and classes. Light Side characters can be troopers, smugglers, Jedi knights, or Jedi consulars. Dark Side characters can be bounty hunters, Sith warriors, Imperial agents, or Sith inquisitors.
The Old Republic's designers are most strongly touting that it will be a story-driven MMORPG, with highly interactive quest lines. Of course, it features plenty of combat, including both planetside and space-based battles. There will be optional player versus player combat in which Republic and Empire forces can face off, and characters can be customized through a skill selection and advanced class system. Check out the full preview here!
After years of anticipation, Blizzard finally returns players to the broody hack-and-slash world of Diablo. As the venerable Deckard Cain returns to Tristram to confront a new evil, players will create a new hero to mow through demonic hordes and loot plentiful piles of treasure. For the first time, players can create a male or female character of any of the five classes: barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, and demon hunter.
Along with the usual random levels, Diablo III will feature randomly-generated quests and enemies in order to make every playthrough different. There will be class-specific quests as well as main quests. Sidekick characters will be unique NPCs with personalities rather than the generic hirelings found in Diablo II. The extra randomization plus the addition of a crafting system mean that this could be the most addictive Diablo game yet. Check out the full preview here!