Speak I do not like Yoda. Believe I do that Yoda fucking with people just was.
Today Bioware released a little bit of information about how Star Wars: The Old Republic plans on doing “instances”. It dawned on me that a lot of readers that don’t play MMOs may not even know exactly what an “instance” really is. To clairfy I went to GeekDictionary.com for the official answer.
Definition: A segment of gameplay in MMORPGs in which players form a group together and enter a special area in the game world, usually through some type of portal. They are then essentially cut off from the rest of the gamers in that only people who are in the group when the group passes through the portal will be able to enter the dungeon with them. Other groups may enter the dungeon, but will not encounter the first group, hence they are in a different INSTANCE of the same dungeon. The use of instances allows players to avoid the risk of kill-stealing or spawn-camping by other players. Loot and monster level inside an instance is usually higher than anywhere else in the game world, and there are usually specific systems in place to ensure the fair distribution of loot among party members. Usage: My guild just did a new instance for the first time and I won some pretty awesome loot.XX
So how is Bioware changing up this classic MMO formula? With the addition of story. Each player within these “Flash Points” will have the opportunity to manipulate the arc. The only problem I foresee, is immature gamers attempting to bypass story elements in order race their way to a new shiny backpack or “laser dongle.” Let’s check out Flash Points in action.
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I had been limping through the darkness for what seemed like forever. My allies had all fallen to an ogre deep within an abandoned mine, and town was nowhere in sight. Out of potions, lamp light, and food I crept through the darkness toward a curious torch in the distance. Salvation? As I approached, squinting to see what was ahead, the blast of an unfamiliar horn made me realize that I had made a fatal mistake. Within seconds a dozen snarling goblins surrounded my wounded avatar with swords raised. Soon after that, I was dead. This is the brutal world of Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma.
Double Fine is breaking the mold by offering AAA quality games for a fraction of the cost on XBL and PSN. Take a look at the opening sequence of Trenched and tell me that it doesn’t look amazing! The Mech-madness of Trenched is scheduled for release on 6-22-2011 exclusively on the XBL.
One of the greatest things about this piece of DLC is the addition of gorgeous new vistas; a tenuous rope bridge over a yawning chasm of ice, a snaking path leading to a secret ancient grove and a stoic fort standing amidst blinding sunlight spilling into a canyon… just to name a few. Bethesda really does create a beautiful playground with Skyrim and this is not lacking in their DLC.
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This looks great. Just the fact that so much effort went into these team objectives is exciting.
Agreed, I think this game will be a whole lot of fun with a big group of friends. Can’t wait.
They couldn’t find someone who sounded LESS like Yoda?
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