Monday, June 6, 2011

Your Fifth Assignment: The Long Wait

It's unbearable, really.  The long wait for TOR is only magnified by the information that will be flooding out of E3 in the next few days.  Today, we were treated to a Blur CGI trailer.  If you remember correctly, Blur also did the CGI trailers for the previous E3s in 2009 and 2010.  These trailers are good for the adrenaline level, but don't really do anything else for me other than set the tone of the universe.  I thrive on gameplay trailers, like this one that rolled out today on Origin.com (the exclusive digital download destination for TOR - whenever it releases).

So what are an Imperial Agent's options to fill the void while we wait?  Glad you asked!  Let's board my X-70B Phantom and blast off for an information overload!

Our first stop is here.  Betacake took over when the leak site Leakerz went down the tubes.  Betacake provides an in-depth Q&A session with an actual beta tester named Deebo.  He answers a ton of questions and provides some excellent insight, if you can look past the occasional spelling error.  Further down the page are the all-important beta videos for the Jedi Guardian and Sith Inquisitor.  Check those out for 3+ hours of TOR gameplay.  Saucy!

Next destination?  The corporate flagship!  The SWTOR website is a vault of information awaiting plunder.  All the class and gameplay features are housed in the media section, along with the aforementioned Blur trailers.  Companion information, the new advanced classes page lets you take a sneak peek at our class builds along with a few unique abilities.  While you're here, make an account, sign up for <Scum and Villainy> and make sure you get your beta settings loaded.  Quickly, to the Phantom!

Our galactic tour continues.  Next up are our friends at Darth Hater.  They have an outstanding podcast and a dizzying amount of information.  Of special note at DH are the video dissections; they take each gameplay trailer put out by Bioware and tear it apart, frame by frame.  They then itemize new abilities and take an in-depth look at what is actually happening in each trailer.  It's quite thorough and I highly recommend you check it out.  Hate on!

While we're on the subject of podcasts, lets go visit some more friends at Gamebreaker.  The Republic is hosted by Gary Gannon and Larry Everett (of Massively) and is an engrossing 60 minutes of video podcasting.  Larry and Gary go over each week's events and discuss upcoming features, breaking news, and general impressions of The Old Republic.  Make sure to watch episodes 38 and 39; those are the hands on episodes where Mike B, aka Fony got to go to Bioware to play for a full weekend.  There are PVE and PVP videos.  I recommend both.  Speaking of Massively ...

Massively is the home of Larry Everett's column, the Hyperspace Beacon.  It's an insightful look at all things Republic (and Sith too).  It's often geared towards the roleplaying aspects, but he also has some good information on what to expect, what he hopes will make it into the game, and other topics.

That's all for now ... as the floodgates of knowledge open, expect Imperial Intelligence to updated more frequently.  Until then ...

Fly safe, shoot straight.  For the glory of the Empire!

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