Welcome to Don’t Drink and Force Push, a brand new column by Jason Dodge, a/k/a/ Draegan, that will hopefully bring you something worth reading in the days ahead. What I’m going to attempt to do here is bring you some community news, musings, and whatever I feel like on a (mostly) daily basis. Now you might be wondering why I titled the inaugural post “Wookies and Cream”, and it’s a good question. Unfortunately I don’t know why, but I thought it sounded funny.
In any case, the news of the previous few days is that BETA! is starting this weekend. I’m sure everyone who got invited for the first time are extremely excited and those who got left out are cursing their names even as I type this. I’ve BETA! tested many MMORPGs to date, and I’ve always loved doing so. You get your hands on the game early, play for free, and generally see what the heck everyone is talking about. Most people who do get to try it out make their final decision on whether or not they’re going to buy the game as well.
I think Star Wars: The Old Republic’s BETA! is in a different category. The game is extremely story-centric as we all know and a lot of the gameplay and enjoyment is going to be derived from that if KOTOR is any sort of guideline. Does testing early ruin the game for anyone? Heck, even the different leak sites out there spoiler the NDA breaking infoz. I can safely say that playing and viewing the game at PAX 2011, outside the gameplay, almost everything ties your character to the story, even killing 10 womprats.
Now I’m sure all gamers just want to play and I don’t blame them at all since I’m one of them. However, does the fact that the game is fully story drive affect the way you’re going to play the beta if and/or when you get in?