Star Wars productions? In the wake of the last movie
and the obligatory videogames? Watch out for the exploding
heads of nerds that can't handle the overload.
Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookies is an expansion
pack to the popular Star Wars Galaxies series that
highlights certain events in the Star Wars universe
that correspond to the movie events but don't interfere
with the main storyline. Call them side quests if
persistent online role playing allows players to immerse
themselves in the Star Wars universe unlike any other
game as you create an maintain a character through
a series of virtually, never-ending adventures.
get to the wild planet of the Wookies, Kashyyyk, will
require hyperspace travel. It's not available to everyone
because access is limited. Once you do manage to get
there you will notice that it's a little bit crowded.
By performing various missions you will be able to
move further into the heart of the planet where there
will be less people.
can be a dangerous place. You can form alliances or
fight the various organizations and creatures that
inhabit the place such as the Rodians and the Trandoshan.
There are some boring fetch quests but most of the
missions involve some form of combat which requires
you to kill a bunch of lifeforms. The combat is not
very interesting in and of itself but it is an means
to an end since you have to fight for certain items
that will be useful to further your character's development
and to enhance and further the cause of your organization
around the planet can be a bit of a chore. Good vehicles
such as the coveted Jedi Starfighter are rare but
just trying to get your hands on one keeps you motivated.
If you're like most of us you'll be traveling on land.
Most times you will follow rivers and valleys as the
planet is relatively new and is void of any roadways.
These paths also serve to channel most of the players
to the same areas. The areas that I explored that
were off the beaten path yielded nothing. It's made
very clear that if you want something out of this
game you have to play by the arbitrary rules.
can be earned by selling goods that you collect to
Wookies. You can also earn some extra goodies by protecting
ships from pirates and mining resources off of asteroids.
Many of the adventures in this game will take you
back to other planets such as Tatooie, Loc and Corellia.
The NPC interaction is a bit of a pain. You always
seem to get screwed around somehow. It seems no matter
who you talk to first they always give you some smug,
cryptic answer that forces you to go and talk to someone
you've spend a lot of time and experience points upgrading
your character with fighting in mind then you'll do
fine in this version. If you've developed your character
to be more an egghead you might want to reconsider.
There is no compensation system to balance characters'
attributes if your guy is a bit of a nerd. You can
help offset this disadvantage by getting into a group
where you will find safety in numbers.
of the Wookies maintains the Star Wars Galaxy's high
quality production values. The new planet is very
much alive and dynamic. It's got more features than
any other planet in the series. The tree city of Kachirho
is very detailed and imaginative. The music and sound
effects are equally excellent.
those of you that can't get enough of all things Star
Wars, Rage of the Wookies will both satisfy your cravings
and leave you begging for more.
I have ever suffered from insomnia, Star Wars Galaxies
would have been the way to cure it. One would think
that Star Wars Galaxies would be a lost cause by now,
with its pain staking experience engine and lack of
Star Wars substance. Sony Entertainment Online isn't
about to give up its never-ending struggle to add
exciting new features and content to SWG. To further
prove that SOE won't back down, they are releasing
a new expansion called Episode III Rage of the Wookiees.
Can SOE pull the infamous MMO out of the fire, and
turn it into a badass Jedi killing machine? Unfortunately
SOE is no Palpatine, and SWG isn't exactly an Anakin
Ok well maybe the whiny brat from Episode
Episode III Rage of the Wookiees gives players the
opportunity to embark upon adventures on a brand new
planet, Kashyyyk. The Wookiee home world marks Galaxies'
first expansion planet, which will also be the game's
first and only adventure planet. Kashyyyk will revolve
solely around the 100 new quests and new theme parks,
and will not allow players to build homes or cities.
The new missions mostly revolve mostly around the
Wookiee enslavement arc, where the Imperials and Trandoshan
Slavers are the main baddies. SOE also decided to
jump on the Episode III bandwagon, hence the clever
title. Expect the expansion to be chock full of Clone
Wars goodies, from quests to vehicles and mounts.
producer Dallas Dickinson has hinted that Revenge
of the Sith characters may be included in the add-on
as well. An in-game screen shot featuring a tall silver
robot holding a lightsaber has been spotted floating
around the net, General Grievous much?
forest planet isn't the only way to experience some
of the new features. Rage of the Wookiees also has
some new, as well as some redesigned, spaceships.
There's a ship called the Royal Guard Interceptor,
which is only a red TIE Interceptor. As of now all
we really know about this new ship is that it is,
well, just red. Also keep your eyes peeled for Episode
III ships such as the Arc Fighter or the Jedi Star
fighter. These ships seem a bit tacked on as the X-Wing
and TIE Fighter are the predecessors of those ships,
about the regular SWG Joe, who just bops around Tatooine
on his speeder bike, with no need to go to space?
Unfortunately in order to run Rage of the Wookiees,
you must have the Jump to Lightspeed expansion. There's
no if, ands or buts about it.
also has some other things to bring out with the expansion
as well, like more vehicles, armor and weapons. SOE
hasn't given out much information about these new
goodies, with the exception of the cybernetic parts.
You got now have robot arms which will grant your
character stat boosts.
the smoke clears though, this is still just Star Wars
Galaxies, a rage of tedium that never ends. If you're
merely a casual player who's into crafting and doesn't
have Jump to Lightspeed, you may not want to drop
the extra $20 just to be able to go to another planet.
Power gamers out there will more than love Rage of
the Wookiees as it gives them more land to conquer,
and more quests to spam.
Kashyyyk - the home planet of the Wookiees is being
added as an entirely new adventure planet and space
through over 100 story-driven quests - Join the
Wookiees in their fight for freedom against their
Imperial-supported Trandoshan slavers or support
the Empire in their mission of quelling the spread
of the Rebellion!
and discover several points of interest and adventure
zones including the Wookiee-run tree cities, Trandoshan-controlled
slave camps and the safari lands of the affluent
new starcraft inspired by Star Wars Episode III:
Revenge of the Sith including Anakins Jedi
your character with radical new cybernetic parts
that add special abilities and improve your performance
on daring new space mining missions to recover precious
raw materials for sale to ground-based crafters.
Surviving slews of pirates will provide unprecedented
experience the all new combat system featuring new
weapons, new armor, new effects and an all new user-interface
to make combat even more engaging and fun!