The Somewhat Exciting On-Rails Space Combat Shooting Gallery Of The Old Republic

The Somewhat Exciting On-Rails Space Combat Shooting Gallery Of The Old Republic

The Old Republic isn’t just about waiting, running, and shooting. This is a Star Wars game, and what would a Star Wars game be without action-packed space combat? Just look at how much fun I’m having here, and try not to be too jealous.

Okay, so it’s a sad macro-scale mini-game that would be right at home on the iPad or an Android tablet. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun flying through space all alone, half-heartedly clicking on enemy ships with your mouse cursor. The space bar does a barrel roll! Certainly that counts for something, right?

It’s not all bad. The sound effects are brilliant and the rewards for engaging in the game’s space combat are rather lovely. It just feels like I’m playing a Nintendo 64 Star Wars game than anything remotely approaching current generation.

Oh well. Hopefully the big improvements BioWare promises to bring to space combat include making it remotely interesting.


  • If Bioware were able to incorporate some sort of spiritual sequel to Rogue Squadron or the X-Wing/Tie Fighter series in The Old Republic I will personally continue to donate my money to those successful bastards!

    • As cool as that would be, I suspect anything sort of sim like or too twitch/action heavy would make it inaccessible to the kind of person who’s never played them before. I think something more like freelancer would work better, I can see that fitting in with the MMO style a bit better

  • The space combat certainly isn’t brilliant but I find it a nice little break from the regular MMO fare. I’m sure over time it’ll improve too.

  • If this is the extent of space combat im utterly disappointed.
    This just adds to the point that this game is targeted at young teenagers.

    Im appalled that Bioware didn’t take the same approach as what was done in SOE’s Starwars Galaxies online.
    I loved the space expansion pack in that game.

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