Thursday, July 21, 2011

Your Ninth Assignment: Target Sighted

Alpha Base, come in.  Target sighted and continuing to monitor situation.  Awaiting confirmation of kill order.  Do I have a go?

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Star Wars: The Old Republic pre-order.  What has been flying all over the 'net this week was apparently true!  I'm going to break down each edition.  Let's lock and load!

The Holy Grail ... the ultimate package ... The SW:TOR Collector's Edition

The CE is ridiculously packed with goodies, both physical and digital.  Let's get to the tangible stuff first.
  • Exclusive Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue
  • Game disks collectible metal case
  • The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural as annotated by Satele Shan
  • The Old Republic galaxy map
  • Custom Security Authentication Key
  • Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD
  • High-quality Collector's Edition box
The Malgus statue from Gentle Giant is thought to be worth around $60-$100 by itself.  It stands 8" and features the main bad guy of the game, the fearsome Darth Malgus.  You know, the big, vicious Sith Lord who sacked Coruscant, made a mess of Alderaan, and was most recently seen retaking Korriban after handing his master some lightsaber TLC.  Yeah.  He's sort of a badass.  I was hoping for a couple of different statues to pick from (like Malgus, Satele Shan, or the uber tasty Shae Vizla) but that was logistically improbable.  Metal case for your disks.  Hold your game discs in style.  The journal ... you may recognize Master Gnost-Dural as the Jedi master who does the Timeline segments on the website.  He's voiced by Lance Henrikson.  It provides good insight into the lore leading up the actual game.  It's a hardback book with artwork as well.  The map.  Oh you beautiful map.   You're going right over my computer desk.  You may even get framed.  I love maps.  Like, a lot.  Authenticator!  Bioware has learned from Blizzard's error and provided you an authenticator free of charge (well, at least for CE owners).  Good move, as an RSA token is scientifically proven to increase your account security by 1500%.  Ok, not that much but seriously, it helps.  The soundtrack.  Excellent.  Featuring an all-new score for the game, plus the some music from the original KOTOR, KOTOR 2, and the movies.  I personally adore soundtracks (my TRON soundtrack says hi!).  High quality box.  To put all this shit in.

Both the Collector's Edition and the Digital Deluxe come with the same digital goodies, with the exception of two items.  Here's the list.
Flare gun.  Shoot a firework.  Make merriment.  Training droid.  The actual use of this is vague, but the item description says it will assist you in combat.  Hmmm.  Interesting.  The holodancer!  A Twi'lek dancer for you to fap to ... I mean, look at.  The strangest item in the bundle is the holocam.  It says you can record your adventures in TOR ... but you can take screenshots like normal.  Is this a possible FRAPS type item?  STAP.  This is a free speeder bike.   Yeah.  I KNOW.  This alone is worth the price of admission, as the speeder bikes are fairly expensive.  You receive them at level 25 and the bike + training is pretty much all your credits you've saved.  Nice.

Exclusive digital goodies for CE owners are as follows: mouse droid and store.  The mouse droid is a non-combat pet that will follow you around and get scared by wookiees.  The store.  THIS IS NOT A REAL CASH SHOP.  This is a special in-game vendor (like the Black Emporium from Dragon Age 2) that allows you to buy (with credits) cool items that only super hip CE owners get.  Be hip.  Get the CE.

The standard edition pre-order entitles you to the game and bittersweet tears as you watch your friends unwrap their CEs and laugh at you.  Sorry.

All three editions will include a special color stone for your saber and guns and early game access.  Bioware's not said how much early game access is available, but word on the street places the CE and DD at 6 days, standard at 3 days.

There's some cryptic wording on the website about entering your pre-order code and getting early acces "in the order it was received."  I don't quite know what that means, but I think they want you to put in your pre-order stuff ASAP.  I'll be placing my pre-order at Gamestop today.  Yeehaw!

Folks, the release date is right around the corner (probably at PAX Prime).  TOR is getting awfully close in the rearview mirror.

Are you ready?

Edit: After thinking about it, why would I need a midnight release?  They're going to have an early access time anyways, so I'll need to download the client (ie, full game) beforehand.  I used Amazon instead for the no-hassle shipping from being a Prime member.  Got my code instantly, redeemed it at the SWTOR website.  Jacked up and good to go!


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