Wan is a force to reckon with in this latest expansion.
by Mike Chaslewaite
27, 2005 - Star
Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan is a special treat
for online Star Wars fanatics. It's the expansion
pack to the popular Star Wars Galazy: An Empire Divided
- but it was made exclusively for high-level characters.
This is both a reward for players that have spent
lightyears leveling their characters up to 60+ and
an incentive for other players to reach these high
planet of Mustafar is the reward for the true blue
fan. So far this is the most dangerous planet in the
Star Wars galaxy. It's literally teeming with killers
including monsters, droids, aliens and humanoids.
Mustafar looks like a young developing planet or a
recently destroyed one. It's harsh, barren and overflowing
with treacherous lava. This is the planet where Anakin
was almost burned to a crisp in the battle with Obi-Wan
at the end of the third movie, Revenge of the Sith.
by the ghost of Obi-Wan, your ultimate goal is to
harness the powers of the Old Republic and uncover
the lost legacy of the Jedi Order. The artifacts,
power and knowledge you acquire will help you restore
order on the planet and redeem the Order of the Jedi.
But it will take a lot of work. You should be a high-level
character to attempt these missions. There are no
space zones so flying is virtually out. All of the
quests are ground-based although you can use vehicles
such as the speeder bikes and a giant flea.
first destination is the mining complex. This is home
base. It's where you'll receive the majority of your
quests when interacting with NPCs. The planet is scarred
with lave lakes and rivers which divide the landmasses
into islands which makes getting to some of your quests
a pain in the butt. You have to use the bridges or
try to jump the molten magma with your speeder bike.
The lava is dangerous and if you get too close to
it you'll burst into flames. Eventually you will earn
the use of the Lave Flea which will take you around
the planet a lot more safely.
can take a while to get anywhere on this planet. The
going is slow. When you have to continuously return
to the mining complex to claim your reward it can
get a little redundant having to cross all the lava
bridges again. You can't use your own crafts to fly
around the plant so you're just going to have to get
used to it. Flying is still an option but it's not
the focus of the game. There is Dash Rendar's YT-2400
that you can get your hands on in addition to an eight-passenger
entertainers, bounty hunters and crafters are all
welcome on the planet in various groups. With the
missions so much more complicated than before, going
it alone is virtually impossible. You're going to
need a party to properly explore this planet. If you're
anything less than a Jedi at 65+ I wouldn't even consider
buying this if you're going to play it solo.
can be some tension among groups when it comes to
collecting loot, especially during the first few days.
Other groups will try to claim some kills that you
and your party have waited patiently for. In an effort
to add a bit of fairness to the game, a character
can only enter the same dungeon once an hour. You
can't keep going back. At the same time there isn't
as many invisible barriers in this game as there were
in the last expansion packs. You will still find some
impassible areas but these are areas that lead to
locations where future quests take place. You'll eventually
get to explore them but you have to be led down the
include fetch quests, exploring and destroying enemies.
They are well balanced and require some puzzle solving
techniques, solid combat skills and teamwork. The
planet is rife with enemies including giant insects,
reptiles, Stormtroopers, Xandacs, Blistmoks, Black
Guards and murderous treasure hunters. Using the mouse
you can fire away or hack and slash with the lightsaber
by clicking the left button for single shots or holding
it down for continuous fire/swinging. The enemies
are tough and can require some finesse and forethought,
especially if they are in groups. A lot of combat
takes place on different planes with the characters
shooting above and below as they use ramps, hills
and buildings to make their stand. It makes things
a little more challenging than just shooting ahead
are all kinds of goodies to collect. Some are class-specific
which means you won't be able to use all of them.
Fortunately you can trade most of them. Some weapons
require that they be bio-linked to your character
so that only you can use them. Entertainers are the
least useful when it comes to combat. They will get
things such as a new song and dance while Jedis will
receive new robes and lava crystals for lightsaber
construction. You might want to dissuade an entertainer
from visiting this planet.
is a dark and volatile place with a foreboding landscape.
The lava is positively alive as pulsates, writhes
and erupts with an iridescent redish glow, reclaiming
the planet's surface by slowly turning it back into
magma. Mountains in the distance reflect the frequent
flashes of lighting betraying violent storms. With
a blackened sky the colors are subdued and may be
deemed as depressing after a few weeks of play. But
if it's realism you want, then you will have to suffer
for your art.
characters look excellent and there are a lot of them.
I won't spoil the surprise but you will meet characters
from both the movies and various Star Wars games.
The sounds are pure LucasArt. All of the effects are
perfect for their corresponding weapons from the blast
of the lava cannons to the hum of the lighsabers.
The story is good and voiceacting is equally strong.
game is definitely not for everyone, but if you've
been playing Star Wars Galaxy for two years then you're
definitely not everyone.
50 new quests and missions.
Obi-Wan Kenobi in his quest for redemption.
and defeat the legendary Separatist Droid army.
the mysteries of the Old Republic as you uncover
ancient weaponry and technology.
locations from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
including the site where Anakin Skywalker had his
final battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi.
the ruins of the ancient Jedi Order and defeat new
enemies of the force.
dozens of new Creatures such as the Xandank, Tulrus,
hundreds of new loot items including weapons like
the Mustafarian Disruptor and the SFOR Republic
Carbine which utilizes Old Republic technology.
an all-new adventure planet featuring brand new
environmental and graphical technology such as unique
heat shimmer and lava effects.
the new YT-2400, a multi-passenger ship fashioned
after that of Dash Rendar.