Star Wars - The Old Republic is a persistent world role-playing game that has you fighting in an epic war between the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire. Become a Jedi Knight, Sith warrior, bounty hunter, smuggler or one of four other class types as you explore the base game's 17 worlds, each home to numerous quests, characters, and challenges.
The interface and combat system are designed in a similar fashion to previous games in the genre, with players viewing their characters from a third-person viewpoint and clicking on individual keys to initiate different forms of attacks and powers. You'll hone your combat skills against an assortment of droids, creatures, and humanoids, either alone or with the help of others.
One distinctive element of The Old Republic is its emphasis on cinematic storytelling. Dialogue sequences are completely voice acted, for example, and you'll be able to fight alongside companion characters that will actively converse with your character, become more proficient in combat, and even offer the possibility of romance. You will also make decisions during quests that will earn you either light or dark Force points that can eventually be used to unlock exclusive powers.
In addition, Star Wars - The Old Republic lets you captain a personal starship to engage in space combat or to use for transportation. The game also features land-based vehicles, a galactic trade network for selling and buying items, dedicated social hubs, areas designed specifically for player versus player combat, and cooperative raid-type encounters called operations.