Guy Who Claims EA is About to Fire Him Says The Old Republic Sucks

Please remember that the entire content of this post is operating under the assumption that this anonymous blogger who calls himself “EA Louse” is in fact who he says he is, even though he absolutely might not be who he says he is.

All right, let’s go. In his own words…

I found out recently that I will be dismissed from Bioware Mythic during the next round of layoffs EA coming this November.

OK, so I guess you’ve got some dirt to spill. Spill away.

They’ve spent more money making the Old Republic than James Cameron spent on Avatar. Shit you not. More than $ 300 million! Can you believe that?

And you know what they’re most proud of? This is the kicker. They are most proud of the sound. No seriously. Something like a 20Gig installation, and most of it is voiceover work. That’s the best they have. The rest of the game is a joke. EA knows it and so does George Lucas,they’re panicking , and so most of Mythic has already been cannibalized to work in Austin on it because they can’t keep pushing back launch.

Old Republic will be one of the greatest failures in the history of MMOs from EA. Probably at the level of the Sims Online. We all know it too.

Oh man, this feels like a real COUGH COUGH moment if there ever was one. I obviously don’t have a clue about how true any of this is, but I think David Jaffe, in his response to this on his blog, probably put it in perspective best: “Everyone thinks they always know better than the people in charge.”

So maybe this guy is right about SWTOR, or maybe he’s just a bitter asshole. I guess we’ll find out early next year when it hits.

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37 Comments on Guy Who Claims EA is About to Fire Him Says The Old Republic Sucks

xXswiftyXx

On October 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I knew this game was going to fail.

Focus on single player elements in an MMO? Fail.

Use of Guild Wars style companions so that you don’t even need to talk to other players? Fail.

Space combat that rips off Star Fox and is the exact same as the space in Clone Wars Adventures? Fail.

Bioware needs to stop putting out Dragon Age and just make a single player KOTOR with Mass Effect graphics.

Han48

On October 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I’ve seen every video for The Old Republic, and I must say, this MMO looks like garbage. They couldn’t make KOTOR 3 could they? Noooo, they just had to get their piece of the MMO pie. I hope this game bombs! Then we might finally get KOTOR 3.

thatguyrom

On October 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Wow, it seems you two retards are actually taking the “disgruntled employee/troll” seriously.

UtopiaV1

On October 14, 2010 at 5:02 am

Also, SWTOR will only have 8-bit graphics, an hour and a half worth of gameplay, and when you’ve finished George Lucas will personally drive up to your house and punch your dog.

izzetcur

On October 15, 2010 at 12:53 am

Also, SWTOR will only have 8-bit graphics, an hour and a half worth of gameplay, and when you’ve finished George Lucas will personally drive up to your house and punch your dog.

JulioC

On October 16, 2010 at 11:16 am

Oh yes, this game will be terrible, that’s why it’s currently proven to be one of the most awaited games in history, that’s why the best RPG company, BioWare, is making it, that’s why LucasArts, the Star Wars database company is giving all the info and guidance to BioWare.

Go and flame somewhere else, children. This game will be epic.

Jaswar

On October 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I know Julio . It just amazes me that people trolls already claim to say that this game is gonna /fail. absoulte Morons in the least. STFU you WOW babies

LordRevanX

On December 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm

BioWare sucks at making rpgs KotOR I was good, but Obsidian did far better on KotOR II than BioWare could ever imagine. TOR is going to fail. There is no doubt about that. Anyone that actually remotely has any love and knowledge for Star Wars knows this is going to fail. They are wanting to make a single player game into an MMO (just to let you know that doesn’t work) It is a complete rip off from the movies just covered up in crap to make it look a bit different. If you don’t believe me: Sith Emporer (looks and sounds like Vader and Malak had a baby), Republic Soldiers (Clone Troopers?), the vehicles (the cinematic of the shuttle crashing (reminds me of the republic attack shuttle from the clone wars animated series)
This game’s gameplay is a cheap rip off of the Clone Wars Adventures and WoW(which I’d rather play over this heap of crap). BioWare should go under for their treachery. I want KotOR III from Obsidian (who I’ll know will do it right and LucasArts not to rush them, like KotOR II.

Vapus

On May 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Yes this game is going to fail , and fail hard.. Mechanically it looks TERRIBLE in every vid ive seen.. such a huge waste of investment capital ..lol

bananaphone

On June 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm

swtor is gonna rule =) if ur so sure that ul hate it find something that ul like if u like anything at all :(

Sasan

On June 11, 2011 at 3:48 am

Haters gonna hate. Also, you all mad.

Xante

On June 11, 2011 at 4:06 am

1. KOTOR II was worse in almost every aspect… It was a ql game but the story, the gameplay was… Boring -.- Personally I played Kotor I 7 times and Kotor II 2 times…
2. See you noobs at launch…
3. Bioware is certainly the best choice if you ask me. They make things polished and perfect.
4. See you at launch noobs -.-
5. SWTOR will be epis. DEAL WITH IT or just cry to your mommy that nobody likes you… Now TOR is the most anticipated MMO ever with 1mln subscribers for a BETA testing… WoW is going crashing down |
6. And most improstant of all, gues what… Expect me to kill V you in the game few times.
In Conclusion: SEE YOU AT LAUNCH NEO KIDS…

LordRevanXisretarded

On June 11, 2011 at 4:12 am

you sir are a complete ing moron because if you knew anything about what you are talking about. KOTOR 1 had WAAAAAAAY better feedback and WAAAAAAAAAY more people said KOTOR 2 was the crap one. WoW clone.. hilarious, I wonder what WoW copied.. hmm use your head idiot,

but anyways.. Cya at launch. nice name rofl

beta tester

On October 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm

first off im a beta tester for this game and i can honestly say that everything that guy said has proven to be true. from my experience this game is not good. its bland and its everything we have already seen as far as mmos go. no customization and you are ushered around by BW thru the entire game. space is garbage as its a rail shooter. i hate to say it but this was another hyped dissapointment by the mmorpg industry.

MMO Veteran

On November 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I’m sorry to have to say this but I also believe SWTOR will fail. I know people who have told me from personal eperience that the game is little more than a single player game disguised as an MMO.

The crafting is terrible. You don’t actually craft anything, your companions do all that.

You don’t really need to group with anyone for the majority of the quests available, save for some heroic content.

There is virtually no social content in this game, no places to congregate, hang with friends and what not.

Space flight is horrible. Basically, it reminds me of an 80′s arcade game I played when I was a boy. All you do is move left to right and aim at the targets as they pass by…. very intuitive!

All the story driven content ends around level 47 or so…. the cap is level 50…

As I see it, once gamers hit 50 and realize there is nothing to do save PvP on a select few locations and little else, subscriptions will start to drop and the game will either evolve or fail.

Frankly I am very disappointed as I had very high hopes for this game. I, however, feel as though the rug has been pulled from under me and I am sitting on my butt, staring in awe at the results.

I’m sure many will find this game entertaining for a time but I see little longevity in SWTOR in its current incarnation.

Beta tester

On November 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

All of this is true.

Spectre76

On November 12, 2011 at 2:02 am

Currently Im testing this particular piece of garbage. Theres nothing good about this save for the Star Wars name on it and that seem sullied by the low quality of this product. Ive read several posts on the web saying this was a star wars wow clone, not true. Ive seen postings from people who seemed so hopeful, you will be let down. The graphics are nothing to write home about, the story is slow, and the gameplay remedial. However, the voice work and cutscenes are rather impressive.

EpicFail

On November 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Oh dear……….i beta-tested about an hour ago. Took me about 2 days to download & log-in. I quit out after 10 mins……..I’m totally crushed I didn’t like it. Hope they can develop the game big-time before launch.

Piece of crap

On November 26, 2011 at 7:47 am

I’m afraid to say that it’s true what the naysayers have been talking about here (and elsewhere). I’ve been testing it on the pre-launch beta after getting access yesterday, and its already managed to bore the crap out of me. The game’s basic formula is not much different from any other MMO you might have played: get a quest, fight your way through the bad guys to get to the objective, listen to some random crap from an NPC, get some reward that you’ll end up selling later on, then fight your way back through the same respawned bad guys that you fought on your way in. Does that sound like fun? Well, it sure as hell wasn’t for me. Most of the quests can be completed solo, but every now and again you’ll run into one that is impossible to complete without help. You’ll only know the difference after getting the crap beaten out of you and waiting to respawn. As for the graphics – compare SWTOR’s outdated cartoon visuals with the beauty of Skyrim or even Bioware’s own Mass Effect 2 and you’ll have to ask yourself “what the hell were they thinking?” After this game has taken forever and a day in development, I think we were all expecting something a lot more unique and engaging than this tiresome mess. Unfortunately I already paid for this game on pre-order, yet I now have no intentions of playing it. A huge disappointment.

jimbomcw

On November 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Just played the open beta weekend

10 minutes in and I’m out. It sucks

1- que time for servers is over an hour each. When launch comes they better gear up to at least 10 times the servers because no one will pay to play if they have to wait an hour to just get in

2- no click to move option. Sh@t you not. Instead of spending money on sound affects how about a few dollars for a few coders to spend just a few hours for a simple click to move option. It is very simple and improves game play tremendously. People pay for game play and ease of interface not for sound affects

3- No downgradable graphics option. It is preset at high and that is it so 99% of people won’t be able to play it without huge lag, jerking, etc and only the 1% of people with a $3k-$5k alienware specifically gaming system will be able to play it with any fluidity. My system is like 2 months old and top of the line but not an alienware gaming system and being unable to downgrade the graphics setting from high to medium so to have fluidity and cut the lag really sucked

The designers are obviously not gamers so it will flop. I looked foreword to this but am glad I got in the open beta weekend to see that I will not waste my $ on it and I have paid for CoH, Rifts, WoW etc in the past

Looking foreword to The Secret World’s release

Beta Tester as well

On November 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Well, as a beta tester too, I can pretty much agree with everything said about how bad this game is. As a faithful SWG player until Sony wrecked it with the NGE, I was really hoping this would be the ticket for my Star Wars fix…but it sadly is not. The game engine looks very dated already, and the starting quests are so boring, I wonder if they assumed the voice acting was somehow going to carry the game? You get to make choices on how to respond to a quest giver, but I think it is always in the “good, okay, bad” format, so I was always just picking the same one without even reading it.

Shayde Star

On November 27, 2011 at 12:21 am

Game…Sucks.

I’m in the Beta test, it’s 11-26-11 right now and I have effectively ended my participation.

The game felt like nothing more than a Korean MMO. If you haven’t played one, they suck.

The voice acting was great, but the missions, storyline, combat…it all sucks. I desperately wanted to like this game, but it is a complete disappointment. I’m genuinely upset.

I went through the trouble of posting glitches and errors, but to be honest nothing is going to save this game. It’s fundamentally broken. Why the do I need inventory I can’t use? Why can’t I alter my character stats? Why must I follow the same development path as EVERYONE else in my character class. The game is Crap.

Anon

On November 27, 2011 at 10:28 am

Beta tested it.

I sense a disturbance in the comments. I am surprised for all the Mass effect and dragon age love but hate for SW:TOR. You know that Mass effects 3rd person combat sucks compared to *real* shooters? Its thing was the Voice overs and story. Dragon Age is alright that it is a nod to older RPGS, but suffers from clunky combat anyway. Saving grace? Voice overs and story.

Exactly HOW is that different from TOR?

jimbomcw

On November 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

anon

simple mechanics are the problem that no amount of voice over or story can fix

1- WASD movement, no click to move option. WASD is as old as dirt. To not only have to click a target then use WAS or D to move towards a target to hit them with your lightsaber is not smooth/ fluid then if the target moves you have to WAS or D again and again anad again to just keep in range and or facing saisd target…….. you might as well be living in the age of dinosaurs it is that retarded / old of a way to move in game. CoH, WoW, Rifts etc all have click to move options and auto targeting (your toon follows the targets movements) as vs having to WASD again WASD again WASD god forbid the target breaths and thus moves an inch WASD yet again. SW:TOR doesnt even offer a click to move option = HUGE FAIL in pulling in players. Fluidity/ ease of movement is what pulls in casual players and keeps them. Casual players are the majority subscriber base, not the fan boys that will suffer anything just to hear the sound affects

2- at the moment during beta testing no option to downgrade high set graphics to medium set for non alienware gaming system (low end alienware system runs about $3,000 which the vast majority of computer owners have never and would never spend on a system just to play games)so as to have no lag or jitteryness to scenes/ movements. That is just common sense and CoH, WoW, Rifts all offer low, medium, and high graphic settings. SW:TOR are idiots if they keep preset High with no option to change at release. alienware gaming system owners do not a subscription base make

3- at the moment they have a huge lack of servers with que times of over an hour. One would hope they have 2 brain cells to rub together to have at least 10 times the servers when release comes or it will flop overnight. Paying customers will not pay to sit on their ass for an hour + waiting to just play

jimbomcw

On November 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

and PS

as another poster put it….the “same development path as everyone else in my class”

My toon hit lvl 2 and i couldn’t adjust a thing it is all auto done so every player has the same exact stats etc = all cookie cutter

Rifts blew out that old dinosaur with the soul tree thing (1 of the only good things about Rifts)

Secret World is getting rid of classes all together with only 7 active and 7 passive abilities and all abilities accessible to all players no matter what = thousands of possible variations …in otherwise the players’ toons won’t all be carbon copies of everyone else

SW:TOR is out of date pre release simply for having classes and no possible way to develop one’s tune different from everyone else

Rifts idea of development variation via their soul trees at least is the future of MMOs if not also Secret Worlds totally classless system. We have to wait for Secret World release to see if totally classless system is the future/ if it works. If it works then it is the future and the class system is finally dead

Piece of crap

On November 28, 2011 at 12:50 am

If this wasn’t a Star Wars game no one would be talking about it. One can only assume that this will be the most expensive megaflop in PC gaming history. As has been noted elsewhere, this is essentially a dull single player game with some MMO bits thrown in for good measure in an attempt to keep generating revenue long after the game has been released. Unfortunately for Bioware and LucasArts, I don’t see anyone except the most die-hard MMO fan playing this game for longer than a week. Sorry to say it, George Lucas, but you’re money-printing franchise is going to lose a mint on this mistake! Perhaps this is karmic pay-back for those horrible changes you made to the Bluray release of the Star Wars movies. Only this time it’ll be you, my bearded friend, shouting “nnnnooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!”

TSN

On November 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

I tried out SWTOR for two beta test weekends (I played 1 day each time given).

What struck me most from the beginning was the total lack of customizable options for character types and species. It seemed like all the races were some sort of human like reference. Where are the Rodians, The Wookiees, the Trandoshans, the Mon Cals?! SWG had all of this and more from the get go.

Moreover, there is a very limited customization: short, slim, muscular, fat, beards, horns, face paint, color…

The classes are very weak for the level of grandeur applied to this game. There are seriously only 8 playable classes, 4 of which are some for of light stick wielding Jedi/Sith. With a game this big there should be artisans, crafters, junk dealers, dancers, musicians, engineers, weaponsmiths, armorers.

Every character i saw had the exact same wardrobe/armor/blasters from the get go. This put a bad taste in my mouth from the beginning.

The quests were go out and shoot or destroy something, come back and get your reward which you probably would end up selling b/c you already had something better at that point.

The entire game plot was over linear. No diversification lead me to a lvl 11 Bounty Hunter and I cut out after that.

Why the original SWG game engine wasn’t overhauled to a modern engine with even more classes used is beyond me. It was far superior to this pile of Bantha Foodoo that is being marketed.

a beta tester

On November 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm

hate to say it, but i gave this MMO more than fair shake in beta. it sucks. and it wasn’t ‘its beta’ issues, more like ‘the games terrible all-around.’

i’ve tested and played probably ~15 MMOs now to varying degrees of hardcoreness. TOR is by no means the worst, nor is it the most unstable at launch, but boy howdy does it get boring quick. what a shame too. we were all hoping for a new SWG minus the terrible raping it took after the NGE.

ultima online 2 / a ‘wow killer’ TOR certainly is not. you have been warned.

ConsolesSuck

On November 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Notice how all those who have played the game and who are telling how bad the game TRUELY is are well spoken and put up a good reason why, yet those who are looking forward to the game are insultive, childish, immature and the REAL trolls.

As a beta tester, it is the worst MMO I have ever played in the history of all MMOs dating back to Ultima Online.

beta tester

On December 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Well, as a tester myself I have to say this game so far is freaking amazing, frankly, I think you people who say this game is crap got carried away by the hype, thought you are about to experince the second coming and then realized hey! it’s a MMO! the game truly makes you feel both by storyline and gameplay that you are the class, and the combat is slick and smooth as hell.

RandomBetaTester

On December 5, 2011 at 2:23 am

I played the beta. Got it installed rather quick. Which was a good thing seeing as i played for maybe an hour. As I started out, i was almost immediately bored. I tried to keep going to hope that the game opened up into something better…it didn’t. I don’t play many MMO’s. I played WoW, Age of Conan, Rift and a couple others…i At most points even from the beginning enjoyed WoW. But this…is garbage. I am very disappointed and I will not be buying it. Ill play it when its FREE TO PLAY. As you know it will be. Look at DCUO. FLOPPED and now is free. Lucas…you suck…sell your franchise and let the stories continue on.

Idiotthattestedandstillbought

On December 24, 2011 at 1:11 am

I am sorry to say that I tested this game and immediately I found this game far more than pathetic. The whole star wars feel was completely sucked away after listening to the crappy voice overs and awful dialogue. Worst of all, the really isn’t a point to this game. I was so hyped up about this game, for a redemption over the past crappy games LucasArts have released, but now I know there is no chance for quality for LucasArts. Lucas destroyed the last three movies and somehow got his hands on destroying the games as well. I mean the whole concept of StarKiller was bad, but The Old Republic is just pathetic. The sad thing is I still bought the game, in hopes it will get better, but it is a lost cause, so I am going to return it.

Colten

On December 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I absolutely love this game. :-) And, by the way, the last three movies were fantastic. Perhaps if you could’ve done them better, “Idiotthattestedandstillbought”, then they should’ve picked you to write it and direct it.

The amount of people that love all of the movies AND this game greatly outweigh the amount that don’t. In all honesty, your opinion doesn’t matter to the creators of this game and the franchise because they’ve already made their millions. “Wah wah, this was destroyed… it was ruined… etc!”

IT’s either you like it, or you don’t… and I don’t think that Lucas/Bioware cares about whether a few thousand people dislike the game out of the millions that are subscribing.

You’re essentially crying upon deaf ears.

Marshall

On December 26, 2011 at 8:40 am

Subscriptions can fall to almost zero after a few weeks. Let’s wait and see first, shall we?

Personally: This game leaves me cold as ice. I don’t like it. Besides the voice overs, there is nothing special about this MMO. Most of the stuff: “been there, done that.” And the stuff that could have been epic, like combat, ist just “*sigh* been there, done that, looks like WoW in a Star Wars skin.”

So, I think this should be interesting. What I do not like is the fact, that SWG was killed for this thing. They could have relaunched SWG as F2P but nooo, it had to be killed :(

Anyway, love and merry christmas to all of you out there! Those of you enjoying TOR: HAVE FUN!

Marshall the THIRD

RAIN

On December 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm

The alleged worker is right. My poin on the matter is that the game wont let people with older computers enjoy it without turning the graphics down to almost bare pixels. They don’t seem to care what the players think and don’t seem to listen. Already about to throw some new content out there before bugs and lag gets fixed.

Cherry

On January 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

@Colten

“The amount of people that love all of the movies AND this game greatly outweigh the amount that don’t.”

I don’t think so – yet: http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/star-wars-the-old-republic/user-reviews

It’s pritty mixed right now. Looking at the forums tells me the same. This should be very interesting.

Personally, I think it sucks in its current form. It does good on cinematics and voice, but everything else pritty much sucks right now.

- Performance, especially in PvP, sucks. Slow fps, lots of pop-up everywhere – even for higher end rigs (look at the forums).
- Space is a joke – at least when compared to SWG. No further comment needed.
- Crafting is a joke – compared to SWG.
- No player housing.
- Fight animations suck. It’s slow, stiff and boring. I expected something like in the Jedi Knight/Academy games for a AAA 2012 MMO Star Wars Game.
- Too much voice acting. Too much listening and watching. While it was epic at first, having to listen so long, just to do simple quests like: “get this and that and kill 10 of these and those” makes me just jump over the usual quests. Also: Having to wait for someone watching a cinematic in groups, when you have seen them like 100x? *oh * I know there is no other way, because one side will always be like: “f*ck.”
- A lot of things are instanced and the things that aren’t look boring. I don’t get that “living world” feeling. Not after playing things like Age of Conan.
- Most of the time I am doing solo stuff. It feels like a Singleplayer game with Multiplayer elements thrown in. Often there are several instances of the same world you are playing in. I’ll never get the feeling of a huge, breathing, filled world, if I get cut off from the others.
- This is the worst of all: All player chars. look somewhat the same. Character custom. is a huge joke. No other races other than some tuned humanoids?! I mean, I get the point that playing a Wookie and listening to him do his “raaaawr” everytime you talk to someone can be become very….annoying, but still, how will Bioware solve this? There have to be other races at some point. Instead of playing with a Wookie friend/player I have to settle with a NPC/Pet. Great. Yet again another thing SWG was better at.
- Only vehicles to travel around. Again: SWG did better.

And so on.

I know this game just launched and a lot of stuff has to be upgraded or thrown in, but why should I play it like this then, if I used to have much, much more? I think they focused too much on voice and cinematics only and forgot about the other stuff.

This is why I’ll wait and see how things turn out to be, after a few months. Right now I feel I have downgraded, instead of the expected upgrade, since SWG has died (R.I.P).

This isn’t a bad game, but I just can’t look over the above metioned issues. It really, really bugs me, after playing SWG and AoC for so long.

Cheers

The Smiling Lord

On August 1, 2012 at 4:42 am

Well, guess we know who was right and who was wrong.