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Sith Teneb Kel – has the Blood of Empire on his hands in Star Wars The Old Republic #6 January 10, 2011

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The first half of the Star Wars The Old Republic comic book series from Dark Horse was kinda lame.

the second half is AWESOME.

Teneb Kel is an awesome Sith. He is cunning, he is ruthless and he know how to defeat those who are stronger than he is.

This final issue of the Blood of Empire story line brings Kel to the pinnacle of power — but only after he kills his friend — maggot and barely escapes the emperor’s first apprentice.

Astounding story, brilliant art combine for the best Old Republic comic book yet!

This review first appeared on our sister site: showmescificomics.com

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Star Wars The Old Republic : Fatal Alliance – WTF is this crap? October 26, 2010

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We’re really looking forward to the upcoming Star Wars The Old Republic MMOG.

The early trailers have all been awesome –

So we picked up the first Old Republic book – Fatal Alliance – with likely unrealistic expectations.

This book has some good characters and is well written – but the story is lame and just doesn’t make sense in many areas.

The ‘Fatal Alliance’ is a an alliance of Jedi and Sith against a mutual third party enemy. What’s unclear is how both Jedi and Sith decided to act together..that’s the core of much of the book and it just didn’t make sense to us.

The whole Hex culture on Sebaddon didn’t make sense either and neither did the final resolution.

Though the conclusion was unsatisfying to us — the path to the final chapters was fun to read – a jaunt through Coruscant to Hutta to above the galaxy. Eldon Ax is one awesome Sith witch and we also like the character of Jet the bounty hunter type. The double agent Envoy Vii was also kinda neat too.

So yes, this book does have some redeeming qualities…but it just left us with a bad taste in our mouth.

Star Wars The Old Republic Threat of Peace comic isn’t as Epic as the video game trailer September 7, 2010

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Like everyone else, we’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Star Wars The Old Republic MMO game this year (we hope!).

So we’re gobbling up every little tidbit we can, including the Dark Horse comic book series.

The first story arc of the Old Republic comic, a three issue set titled, “Threat of Peace” has now wrapped up — and we’re not too impressed.

The basic storyline is solid, a Sith/Jedi truce and the various factions, both Sith and Jedi that want to see the truce ended before it really begins.

The problem is that the story as told in this comic is very disjointed and is extremely difficult to follow. Don’t bother trying to read individual issues of this series, they simply don’t make sense. As a complete story arc – that’s a bit better as the single cell (or page) context makes more sense across three issues.

Long story short is that the Jedi themselves were trying to undercut the Sith/Jedi treaty. That part of the story was kiinda cool, but the delivery overall is weak.

The art is also relatively weak in this series and isn’t at the same level that we’re used to from Dark Horse. Perhaps we just have unrealistic expectation for this series, since the LucasArts/BioWare trailers for The Old Republic have been so awesome so far.

This post first appeared on our sister site: ShowMeSciFiComics.com

Star Wars The Old Republic – The Battle of Alderaan June 14, 2010

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Grand Moff Tarkin wasn’t the first Sith lackey to take aim at Alderaan, though he was the last.

Apparently the Sith fought the Republic for a Battle of Alderaan in the Old Republic era too and now there is an INCREDIBLY AWESOME cinematic trailer out – for the Old Republic MMO – highlighting the Hope of that battle.

In it there is a Jedi – that somehow is able to stop a Sith lightsaber with her bare hands — how I don’t know, but it’s wickedly cool.

Star Wars The Old Republic will be FULLY VOICED!! July 18, 2009

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Doesn’t it always suck when you’re playing a game and you have to read the text the character is supposed to be saying?

It kills the mood of the game doesn’t it?

That won’t be the came with Star Wars the Old Republic – the whole shebang will be fully voiced!

Bioware has a new documentary vid about the voice stuff – in which they show some new gameplay footage too. Looks great!

Star Wars The Old Republic – The Sith Sack Coruscant – Game trailer June 25, 2009

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This is perhaps the most awesome game trailer ever made.

The animation is frakking fantastic! If the actual gameplay of Star Wars The Old Republic is anything close to the cinematic quality of the trailer — this game will revolutionize the Star Wars universe.

This is an era that the Dark Horse comics have lightly touched on, but never like this.

This is hundreds of Sith fighting hundreds of Jedi in an animation style that rivals real actors.

Star Wars The Old Republic Video Documentary #1 AWESOME December 13, 2008

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If you weren’t excited when The Old Republic massively multiplayer game was announced …you gotta see this first documentary on its development from Bioware and Lucasarts.

They are out to create the ultimate Star Wars game – and the best MMORPG of all time.

Star Wars The Old Republic MMOG Officially Announced!! October 21, 2008

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 KOTOR III !!! or the next best thing (or maybe better). For years we’ve been speculating on when the next Knights of the Old Republic game would come – and now it’s officially been announced!!

hazaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!

Star Wars The Old Republic is a Massively Multiplayer online game – hopefully better than Star Wars Galaxies – produced by none other than BioWare makers ofthe first (and best) KOTOR.

“Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is the most critically acclaimed Star Wars game in LucasArts history and a preeminent example of our company’s interactive storytelling heritage,” said Darrell Rodriguez, President of LucasArts in a statement. “For a long time, we’ve wanted to return to the franchise in a grand way, and we felt that the best setting for it was an online world that would allow millions of people to participate in the experience together. We knew that the developer capable of working with us to deliver an engrossing story with a fully-realized online world was BioWare.”

Star Wars: The Old Republic is set roughly 300 years after the events of Knights of the Old Republic, a timeframe that is completely unexplored in the lore. So no Zayne Carrick – but certainly there are some Sith and likely more than few Mandalories about.   Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining their personal story and determining their path down the light or dark side of the Force.

No official word on actual release date – though we’d expect sometime in the next 90-120 days as it looks like the game is already well developed at this point.

ARe you excited!!!?? We sure are. Though Star Wars Galaxies sucks – that game was developed by Sony. Bioware is a different animal and we’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Check out the BioWare site for some awesome screenshots.