Star Wars: The Old Republic

LQ: 9.1


Brain grade: 8.7
Fun score: 9.4

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 13+ Other Requirements: Paid Monthly Subscription Thinking Skills Used: , ,

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) set in the Star Wars universe. In this game, the player creates a hero or villain from a selection of classes that encompass some of the most memorable roles from the Star Wars series, such as Jedi, Sith, or Smuggler. Starting at level one, the player will begin his adventure to become a powerful figure in the galaxy. With a huge amount of content, the game will have the player completing quests, battling through dungeons (called Flashpoints), and hunting for the best gear for his character. Set in a persistent online world, SWTOR will expose the player to an entire community of other gamers who can aid in quests, or battle against one another for control of the galaxy. Due to the complexity of the game mechanics, the maturity of the themes in the game’s story, moderate violence, and the interactive online social elements, this game is recommended to players 13 or older.

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Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Star Wars: The Old Republic will test the player's planning skills in several important ways. First, SWTOR is a role-playing game; many role-playing games require the player to create a "character build." Some of the steps involved in creating a strong character build include: choosing carefully what the character's skills will be, what attributes are most important to the character's success (Strength, Intelligence, Willpower, etc...), and what the character's specialty will be. To effectively meet these goals and optimize the performance of a character's class, the player will need to plan in advance how he wants his character to play in-game and create a strategy to best achieve these goals.

Next, the player will advance through the game by completing quests. In each game zone there are a large number of quests to be completed and without a game plan to efficiently finish them, he will spend large amounts of time unnecessarily running from one part the world to another in order to accomplish his tasks. To be effective, the player should make sure to complete all of the quests in a particular area of the map before moving on to the next area.


Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task. Organizing ideas.

SWTOR boasts a large number of in-game menus and the player will have to be organized to use them effectively. He will have to manage an inventory, a quest log, a skill bar, and several other peripheral menus to play efficiently and have a proficient understanding of all relevant information. For example, in order to quickly use all of a character's skills in combat he will have to set his abilities to custom "hotkeys" (this can be done from the Key Bindings section of the game's options menu). This allows the player to create specific keyboard commands to quickly call on specific actions mid-battle, making it much easier to fight effectively. Also, the player needs to manage his inventory by selling items he doesn't use and storing items he doesn't currently need in his ship's storage locker. By effectively organizing these factors, the player can optimize his character and become more powerful in battle.


Understanding our own actions, thoughts, and feelings. Improving social skills.

Because SWTOR is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), it boasts a huge player community. Thousands of players can be online at any time on any given server. This means that the player will be interacting with other gamers all the time, making social skills critical to his success. He will have to be aware of the many different players around him at all times. Furthermore, the game also requires players to group and work together in order to complete certain quests. Understanding the role he plays in a team, as well as the roles of those he plays with, can help a player avoid disputes, meet new friends, and tackle the game's harder content.

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