Star Wars: The Old Republic is awesome, whether you are an MMO/Star Wars fan or not; if you try to argue against it you will likely find yourself on the losing end of the conversation. I could spend several paragraphs detailing the countless hours I have already spent on the game.
However that is not what I am here to do; after less than a month from release, Star Wars: The Old Republic has set a new world record as the Largest Entertainment Voice Over Project ever. There are over 200,000 lines of recorded dialogue which were performed by several hundred voice actors.
It took time and a lot of money (some reports suggest around $100Million) to bring the game to market but my personal experience is that it is worth it. In game dialogue allows for a much more immersive game, as rather that spending time reading text box after text box telling you to go to place A and kill thing B, a “real” person describes your task to go to place A and kill thing B. On paper it doesn’t look like much of a difference but adding a face and a voice brings the universe to life.
In the latest Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition, the Star Wars franchise is also given a two page spread showing the history of the franchise over the last 30 years and perhaps most controversially names a top 10 “best in the galaxy”:
1. Knights of the Old Republic
2. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
3. X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter
4. Empire At War
5. Rogue Squadron
6. Jedi Outcast
7. Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
8. Republic Commando
9. Star Wars Arcade
10.The Force Unleashed II
If you are interested in the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition is out now in the US and Australia, and available in the UK on January 19th. Click here to find out more.