by Mark Pajor (follow @mpajor on twitter)
Developer walkthroughs. The videos that, above all the rest, make me feel like I’m almost playing the game. These are what keep my interest and anticipation at unprecedented levels for any game out there. Today’s Esseles walkthrough doesn’t disappoint, and it shows far more excitement in the interactive cinematics than any of its predecessors.
Opposite to the Empire’s Black Talon, The Esseles is the first Republic Flashpoint, which can be done around level 9 while leaving the Origin worlds. For the first Flashpoint you could encounter in the game, this one sure looks good. It’s clear that the game’s visuals have vastly improved since the old Black Talon walkthrough, and the team that makes the videos has learned a lot about how to make an exciting walkthrough of the game.
While the walkthrough has a lot of great moments (making it my favorite gameplay trailer Bioware’s ever done), my favorite is the multiplayer dialogue. Though at times the players’ lines felt a bit off with the NPC reaction, it was very smooth overall. It’s a feature that looks like a lot of fun, and it’s definitely reminiscent of the banter around a tabletop roleplaying game, but more focused and time-efficient.
The best part of the dialogue in any Bioware game, of course, is when it’s decision time. In this case, the two choices aren’t entirely black and white, though it’s clear which choice is the noble and virtuous one and which is the gritty, violent one. Honestly? Not sure which option I would choose. I might just fall to peer pressure and then blame my friends for killing the poor engineers.
With Beta Weekends coming in September, I sure hope I’ll get a chance to try out the Esseles myself. What about you? Would you rather play the Esseles, or the Black Talon?