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Twitch Prime Members Get a SWTOR Premium Expansion & Exclusive Mount

Posted on May 6, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Do you have a Sith Warrior, Bounty Hunter or Jedi Knight that you’ve left unplayed in a galaxy far far away? Twitch.TV and Electronic Arts are giving lapsed SWTOR players who also happen to be Twitch Prime members a great reason to jump back into the game – a free AC-PT mount, a free level 65 character boost and access to the entire episode release of Knights of the Eternal Throne (the latestt expansion released just four months ago).


The AC-PT mount as it appears in SWTOR.

If you are new to the world of The Old Republic and find the whole multiple expansion thing confusing, here is a rundown of all of the content currently available to players:

  • Base class story (Level 1 – 50) also known as the “vanilla” version of SWTOR with different class stories for each playable profession.
  • Rise of the Hutt Cartel (Level 50 – 55)
  • Shadow of Revan (Level 55 – 60)
  • Knight of the Fallen Empire (Level 61 – 65)
  • Knights of the Eternal Throne (Level 66 – 70)

Expansions are no longer purchased individually, it used to be that expansions like Rise of the Hutt Cartel would be purchasable for $9.99 USD. Now Bioware provides all players with all the current expansions and any release of any current on-going expansions until their subscription lapses. For new players, this means that you can essentially unlock enough content to keep you busy for months by purchasing a single month’s subscription. There are also different levels of accounts – Subscriber, Preferred (former subscriber) and Free to Play. For more information on how these account levels differ I highly recommend checking out this page!

Once you’ve got a redemption code for the Knights of the Eternal Throne Ultimate pack here are the instructions to use it:

Use the Twitch Prime code to activate your Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Eternal Throne Ultimate Pack
1: Create your account at: www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com/Play-Free
2: Redeem Your Code at: www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com/redeem-code
3: Get started on your Knights of the Eternal Throne story adventure by logging into the game and choose ‘CREATE CHARACTER’ and select ‘KNIGHTS OF THE ETERNAL THRONE.’ This will create your Level 65 Outlander with the Outlander Character Token included in the pack and lets you jump immediately into the action in Chapter One: Wrath and Ruin!
4: Claim the AC-PT Walker Mount from your in-game mail

I’m looking forward to going back to The Old Republic eventually. Although I’ve claimed my code for Knights of the Eternal Throne but it is going to b e a long while before I get to its’ episodic content. I still haven’t finished the main Sith Warrior story quest and then have three more expansions to go through before getting to Eternal Throne. Still – a free expansion is a free expansion, I’ll definitely take it.

Oh, and it should be noted that unlike when you subscribe to The Old Republic the one-time Twitch code will not give you access to all previously released expansion if you are a new player. You’ll have to subscribe for one month to gain the mission expansions between the base game and External Throne.


Origin Launches Holiday Sale – Includes Several Huge Games

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

With just seven days until Christmas Day it is no surprise that publishers are rolling out some great deals on some of this year’s hottest games as well as excellent releases from years past. Electronic Art’s Origin service pulls the trigger on this year’s sale ahead of competitor Valve. They’re not only offering some fantastic prices on some of our favorite games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and the entire Mass Effect trilogy but also the lowest price I’ve ever seen for Battlefront, and that game is only a month old.

The hype for The Force Awakens is very real and with that film being officially released today I’m sure Star Wars: The Old Republic will experience an influx of some fresh players. Despite the game going the dreaded free-to-play route several years ago it still provides an excellent Lvl 1 – 50 experience for free to all players. If you’re an MMO player I would heavily consider the Old Republic bundle available on Origin during the holiday sale: You gain access to all 3 paid expansions, 60 days of game time and a whole bunch of Cash Shop credits for the price of two months’ subscription time. Maybe it’s time to pick the light saber back up!

Here’s a full list of deals:

Deals on Full Games

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – $39.99 USD
  • The Sims 4 Standard – $19.99 USD
  • Battlefield 4: Premium Edition – $19.99 USD
  • FIFA 16 – $29.99 USD
  • Dragon Age: GOTY Edition – $29.99
  • Mass Effect Trilogy – $14.99 USD
  • SimCity Standard – $9.99 USD
  • Titanfall Standard – $9.99 USD
  • Need For Speed Rivals: Complete – $9.99 USD
  • Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Deluxe – $9.99 USD

Deals on Subscription Based Games

  • Star Wars The Old Republic – $29.99 USD
    • Includes:
    • 60 Day Subscription
    • Access to all three expansions – Rise of the Hut Cartel, Shadow of Revan and The Fallen Empire
    • 1050 Cartel Coins
    • Exclusive Pet Mount

Deals on DLC / Add-Ons

  • Dragon Age Inquisition: Trespasser – $9.99 USD
  • The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat – $14.99 USD
  • The Sims 4: Spa Days – $14.99 USD
  • The Sims 4: Get To Work – $19.99 USD
  • Battlefield: Hardline Deluxe Edition Upgrade – $7.49 USD


What Rae’s Been Playing This Week [10.07.2015]

Posted on October 7, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

This week has been pretty huge for games and it’s only Tuesday evening here on the west coast. I’ve got two reviews in progress – Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax and RockBand 4- both of which I will be digging into over the weekend for coverage sometime next week. Rather than focus on the near-future let’s travel to the stars with two titles I’ve been playing over the past two days.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty


Over the past week or so I’ve been taking nightly trips to the outer colony worlds of Koprulu section in StarCraft II with my wife. I’ve been watching her replay the Wings of Liberty campaign in anticipation of the release of Legacy of the Void. My previous experience with StarCraft II was pretty much limited to the multiplayer during LAN parties during my college years so I never really got to appreciate the game’s robust single player.

Watching Jim Raynor build up the rebellion on Mars Sara has been an interesting and rather thought provoking exercise for me this week. Unlike other games with strong multiplayer components StarCraft II introduces campaign specific units with their own abilities and statistics that have no bearing on the multiplayer. This is particularly surprising given how prominent that the SC franchises is in the realm of e-sports. I think my favorite mission has to be the hijacking of the large mecha ‘the Odin’ from the dominion.  Listening to Tychus ask Raynor if he can ‘take him [the Odin] home’ is just amazing as he rains fiery death down on the dominion, even if Tychus’ final resolution leaves a bit to be desired especially the growing tension between Raynor and him.

Although I am sure some of you can agree the plot-forced romance between Raynor and Kerrigan is absolute trash and probably should have been left on the cutting room floor. Raynor has all of the personality of a piece of dried toast and his ambitions of ‘saving Kerrigan’ and ‘making everything better’ remove what little agency she has had in the series thus far.

Hopefully next week’s play through of Heart of the Swarm will fare a little better.

Returning To Star Wars: The Old Republic


Bioware’s return to a galaxy far far away has been off my radar for the better part of three and a half years, almost as long as this site has been in operation! A friend of mine who is a subscriber tempted me to come back to the game after a long absence by offering me a seven day subscriber level trial code. The bait worked and I jumped back into the boots of my red haired Sith Marauder ‘Kit’.

Much has changed among the The Old Republic in the intervening 3 and a half years. First and foremost was the implementation of Free-To-Play mechanics, which are usually a deal breaker for me when it comes to games – with the only exception being phone or tablet games. Thankfully I found my time going through levels 20 – 25 to be pretty much uninterrupted by the micro transactions save for reminders that I could level up even faster if I forked over some cash and could instantly respawn upon death rather than going to medical bay. The EXP bonus would have been nice but in all honesty I found the number of side-quests available enough to keep me occupied for over 40 hours last week alone!

My return to SWTOR also reminded me of another MMO side activity that I absolutely adore- gather & crafting. I spent all of the time I wasn’t questing back at the Sith Imperial Fleet having my companions running gathering missions for me. I somehow leveled up my Treasure Hunting skills to half of the level cap (200/400) and now my companions are bringing back mod-able gear (that is to say some pretty rare stuff) that is higher level than my character. Has it cost me a lot of credits? Oh hell yes, I’ve probably sunk a good 85 – 100K into crafting but it has been well worth it so far.


Electronic Arts Details E3 2015 Lineup

Posted on June 14, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Electronic Arts have revealed their full E3 line-up (not including unannounced titles) that will be playable on the show floor.  Yearly releases like FIFA, NHL, PGA Tour and Need for Speed are ready to be played by the gaming press, VIP and industry insiders. Surprisingly EA will also have a playable demo of Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst on the floor as well – here’s hoping that they show at least a few sections of the E3 demo during their press conference.

Speaking of EA’s E3 press conference it will be taking place at 1PM PST tomorrow and if you’re not in Los Angeles you can enjoy the entire conference from your office / couch or smartphone by heading over to their official website.

Check out a full list of announce titled after the jump.Read More


Rise of The Hutt Cartel Expands The Old Republic

Posted on December 18, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Bioware and Electronic Arts have got a lot of press for the recently released free to play version of the Old Republic. Players in a galaxy far far away can expand their experience for a mere $20, or $10 if they’re a paying monthly subscriber. That doesn’t sound like such a bad deal, whether The Rise of the Hutt Cartel can bring the level of content players expect from a full expansion is unknown Bioware has revealed some details surrounding the add-on.

Rise of the Hutt Cartel brings high level players five new levels to experience with the new level 55 cap. On top of this is new story missions and a planet, Makeb, designed for the game’s most advanced characters. Aside from the new fully voiced story content Bioware haven’t revealed what new features this expansion will bring. Stay tuned for more!



Bioware Previews Next SW:TOR Content Update

Posted on May 22, 2012 by Andrew Minott

Star Wars: The Old Republic is being prepared for its third major update since launch, titled “Allies.” The primary feature of this update is a group finder, which will allow players to queue up for a group activity (Missions, Flashpoints, etc.) based on their role and have the game itself find companions for you. Bioware is also adding in more features to the Legacy system, first introduced in patch 1.2, which is a leveling mechanic that affects all of your characters on a server with rewarded perks and abilities based on your cumulative progress across all those characters.

Follow the jump for a brief video hosted by the game’s director, James Ohlen.Read More


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