Guides And Walkthroughs

Star Wars: The Old Republic PvP Guide -- The Gear, Medals, And Warzones Of SWTOR

While Star Wars: The Old Republic is a massive game filled with a seemingly endless supply of content for you to explore, the competitive players out there will definitely want to try out the player vs. player (PvP) options that SWTOR has to offer. If you're interested in using that lightsaber of yours against other players, then this guide will teach you everything you need to know to get started with PvP in SWTOR.

What is PvP in SWTOR?

First off, before you even log in to the game you must decide if you want to play on a PvE (player vs. environment) server or a PvP server. If you choose a PvE server you won't be able to fight against other players out in the world unless you flag yourself for PvP. If you choose a PvP server then you'll always be able to fight against people of the opposing faction as long as you're not in one of their cities.

Currently in SWTOR the main way to PvP, aside from world PvP like mentioned above is via Warzones. Warzones are battle arenas where you compete against the opposing faction in one of three game types. Aside from the sheer satisfaction you get from winning a game against the other team, PvP also offers a ton of really great rewards like gear, consumables, titles, experience points, and credits, all based on your level.

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The Star Wars: The Old Republic Guide -- Your Guide To Our Guides

We've been playing a lot of Star Wars: The Old Republic here at the G4TV.com offices, and we've been passing along our knowledge to you via guides. We know there's tons to digest, since the game is kind of big, so we've gone ahead and put all of our guides in one easy to use package. You're welcome!

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic Mid-Level Guide: Once you've gotten your feet wet and really started to understand The Old Republic, it's time to jump in your brand new space ship and really get to the meat of the game. Our guide will help you get the most from your mid-game experience.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Knight Guide -- An Elegant Guide For A More Civilized Age -- If you want to be first in line on the battlefield, charging through enemy territory and picking fights. The Jedi Knight can break off into the Sentinel or Guardian Avanced Classes, which will outfit her with DPS or tank talent trees, respectively. In either case, you'll be swinging lightsabers and cutting down foes up close and personal, just like Mace Windu and Obi-wan Kenobi.

 After the break you'll find the rest of our Star Wars: The Old Republic guides

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Imperial Agent Guide -– Many Bothans Died (At Your Hands) To Bring You This Guide

It is a time of uneasy tension between the Empire and Republic in Star Wars: The Old Republic. The Sith hold tight to their perverse code and bounty hunters, while largely siding with the Empire, do not always count themselves among the loyal. And Imperial troops, while functional, are also largely seen as cannon fodder; something the Emperor can send toward an obstacle when he wishes a battle of attrition. The skill within the Empire's military is sadly... lacking. That's where you, and this guide come in, Agent.

You Should Play An Imperial Agent If: If you ever thought James Bond was cool, but also thought wouldn't it be awesome if he was also an evil prick, then this is the class for you. Like the Republic's Smuggler class, this is also a tactical shooter role, one that feels quite different from the rest of Star Wars: The Old Republic. It's also quite different in that the Imperial Agent is the only class without a standout reference character from the films.

The Agent is a versatile little class that can pretty much be whatever you'd like it to be: healer, de-buffer, DPS, etc. The only caveat is that like the Smuggler, it's a bit more complex in how abilities function. You'll want to be conscious of your surroundings, looking for cover, analyzing enemy groups, and memorizing key cycles. Even positioning will be play a large role with this class.

Background: The Agent is the Empire's secret weapon. Everyone knows and fears the Sith Warriors and Sith Inquisitors, but only a select handful even within the Empire know just what the Agent is truly capable of. As a master marksman and spy, the Agent approaches no situation unprepared, eager and ready to sabotage, forge, and murder his way up the Imperial ranks.

The Agent has no scruples, no weakness he won't exploit. The tasks handed to him are of the utmost secrecy, and so his loyalty to the Empire must likewise be steadfast in determination. Still, so long as the Agent does his job well, no one will ever know he was there. That hutt found gargling, choked to death on a fried k'lorr slug larva? Agent did that. That Republic councilor who mysteriously disappeared? Agent. The Imperial starship officer caught in an impenetrable Republic prison who died before he could give up any information? I think you know who.

The Agent is not a glory-hound. He does not often find himself at the forefront of any battle, choosing instead to play the cards and strategies at his disposal while staying hidden from his enemies and from history. Few will know your victories, Agent. Fewer still will honor them. But you are at the top of the military for a reason, and your efforts are needed.

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Hands-On New Halo: Reach Maps

Yesterday, we brought you a look into the creative process behind the best first-person shooter multiplayer maps in gaming history. Our panel of experts:

  • Jim Brown, Lead Level Designer at Epic Games (whose work includes the Unreal series);
  • Phillip Tasker, Lead Level Designer at Treyarch (the studio responsible for Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops)
  • Adam Crist, Design Lead at Certain Affinity (World at War, Black Ops, Halo Reach and Halo: Anniversary)
  • Inge Jøran Holberg and Niklas Åstrand from DICE (Battlefield series).

Today, we conclude with an in-depth discussion of variabiltiy of player tactics, game modes, and how much advantage a map's design should give to player who are experts versus noobs. 

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LucasArts And BioWare Weighing Price Structures For Star Wars: The Old Republic

BioWare's put together a great recipe for next week's Star Wars: The Old Republic, combining the general style of gameplay and social interconnectedness of a World of Warcraft-like MMORPG with the mass fan appeal of the Star Wars franchise. This deliciously gooey confection is then further sprinkled with the Canadian developer's trademark focus on narrative. Mash-up lovers among you, think of TOR as KOTOR meets WoW.

It's quite an enticing dish to place in front of Star Wars-loving gamers, a concoction tempting enough to lure even the staunchest opponents of monthly subscription-based gaming in for a look. Fans of BioWare games will immediately find themselves in familiar territory with certain aspects of The Old Republic, but those same people will be utterly lost in other areas if they've never sampled a massively multiplayer online game.

Since a good number of SW:TOR players will likely be new to the genre, I'm going to spend a little time here bringing you up to speed on some beginner MMO concepts. Then we'll take a look at The Old Republic specifically and some of the differing approaches it takes.

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Listen up as Kristen Adams gives you the scoop on our latest Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception cheat. This guide video is for the Chateau level where you can find nine pieces of loot. All of you loot whores out there can thank us in the comment section.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Bounty Hunter Guide -– Congratulations, Your Backpack's Got Jets

Oh, the moral quandaries that come with roleplaying in Star Wars: The Old Republic as a laser-sword-wielding monk fighting a holy war against other laser-sword-wielding monks. But wait, who is this that strolls onto the battlefield, her armor almost ritualistically carved and seared from the scars of battle? Her wrist-rockets blast apart the surroundings and those with any rational sense left in them flee in terror lest they be set on fire. Who is she? The mother-bleeping Bounty Hunter.

You Should Play A Bounty Hunter If:
The Bounty Hunter is Star Wars: The Old Republic's own vision of the honey badger: she absolutely does not give a... well, let's keep this somewhat family friendly, shall we? The Bounty Hunter is the Imperial counterpart to the Republic Trooper, but unlike the Sith Warrior/Jedi Knight and Sith Inquisitor/Jedi Consular, this isn't quite a mirror image reflection on the part of the Empire.

Like most classes, there are options within the Bounty Hunter's progression for each aspect of the MMO holy trinity: healer spec, tank, and DPS. That being said, the Bounty Hunter lends itself best to the tank and ranged DPS roles, so if you want to be the go-to warrior for such talents, this may be your class.

Background: The Bounty Hunter is a loner who typically has only one thought on her mind: the job. Well, that and all the excitement, fame, credits and groupies that come along with said job. In The Old Republic's story, she'll group up with some like-minded hunters seeking big-time glory in the battle arena. What they'll discover together is a galaxy in turmoil, with immense decisions to make and broad, sweeping power placed squarely in their hands.

Sometimes a Bounty Hunter will need to track a target across varied worlds and multiple star systems. Sometimes she will need to stand against great and ferocious beasts. Sometimes she will even go toe-to-toe with a Jedi or Sith. This means the Bounty Hunter will come to battle with all possible bases covered, and an exit plan always in tow.

The Bounty Hunter is not someone concerned with honor or a specific way of doing things. She will use every possible advantage she can, even if it means playing dirty or fitting her tech with black market hardware. She's not technically part of the Empire, but they've got the credits, so that's where she works. For now.

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It might not seem like it when you start out, but making money in Skyrim is easy. There are a variety of different kinds of jobs you can work to bring you cash, but, like real life, earning an honest living can be a slow, drudgerous endeavor if you don’t know what you’re doing.

As a game, Skyrim is designed for you to be rewarded fairly for things that are fun and not grind-like, like clearing dungeons and completing quests. So everything is a little like a job. But quests are dangerous, and if you, for some reason, prefer earning an honest living over killing skeletons in underground caverns, here’s a guide to some of Skyrim’s careers, in order of professionalism and usefulness.

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Skyrim Stones of Barenziah Locations: How To Find All 24 Stones In The Elder Scrolls 5

If you're trying to complete absolutely everything in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim then you're going to have to find all of the Stones of Barenziah. There are 24 in total, and this guide will tell you all of their hidden locations. If you're not sure what the heck a Stone of Barenziah is, let me learn you, Dragonborn... but before you get started, keep in mind: The below article is rife with spoilers!

If you find an Unusual Gem while questing, you'll prompt a miscellaneous quest urging you to get the gem appraised. Once you do so, by taking it to Maul, Vex, or any members of the Thieves Guild in Riften, you'll find out that there are 24 gems total, but they're only valuable as a whole set. Most of them are found for doing extra jobs for the Thieves Guild. For finding all of them you get a perk called Prowler's Profit that increases your chance of finding additional gems in chests. Woot.

After the cut you'll find all 24 Stones of Barenziah locations in Skyrim.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Sith Inquisitor Guide: Oh, I'm Afraid This Class Guide Will Be Quite Operational

So we've given you a taste of the Dark Side with our Sith Warrior class guide for Star Wars: The Old Republic. It's whetted your appetite. The way of the Sith calls to you. Good. Good. Then take this class guide. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger and make the cycle complete. It is your destiny. For you are the Sith Inquisitor!

You Should Play A Sith Inquisitor If: If you have ever folded your hands in classic evil mastermind position and laughed the day away, practicing until you have that maniacal twist to your words just right. Your favorite words are “dark,” “side,” and “complete,” the latter most being pronounced “kohm-plee-tuh.” If you love everything there is to playing bad and want one of the most flavorful stories, the Sith Inquisitor is your class.

Background: Everything is transpiring as you have foreseen. Those before you tremble in awe at the strength of the Dark Side coursing through you. The armor and musculature of the Sith Warrior is not your way. After all, the power to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. You do not put yourself in harm's immediate vicinity, choosing instead to strike from afar with lightning and tricks which cloud the feeble mind.

The Sith Inquisitor is unique in that it is the only class which truly sees some character advancement from the lowliest of the low to the highest of the high. The Sith Warrior may be the Empire's right hand, wielding the crimson blades as pillars of Imperial might, but it's the Inquisitor's plans that sent them there. As the mastermind behind everything great and glorious in the Imperial army, it's surprising to know that by playing an Inquisitor, you actually begin as...

Well, we'll avoid spoilers for now. Just know that the Inquisitor is a schemer; a maniacal madwoman who sees those before her not necessarily as enemy or friend, but as pawns to move about as she sees fit, all the while advancing her own goals. A strong and resistant character in battle she is not, but from afar she wreaks unspeakable amounts of damage.

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Skyrim Marriage Guide: Who To Marry And How To Plan The Perfect Wedding In The Elder Scrolls 5

Getting married, whether in a video game or real life, is a joyous occasion. This is why we wanted to create a Skyrim marriage guide so you, and a spouse, can enjoy everything that The Elder Scrolls 5 has to offer, together. However, just like real marriage, there’s a process in which you need to follow before you can wed that lucky man, or woman, or…thing. First we'll go over how to get married and then we'll introduce you to all the bachelors and bachelorettes in Skyrim.

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Infinity Blade 2

If you haven’t picked up Epic Games and ChAIR Entertainment’s Infinity Blade 2, you’re missing out on the hottest sequel this side of mobile gaming. You can catch up on our full review if you haven’t read it yet, and if you decide to pick it up, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you get the most out of your IB2 experience.

A lot’s changed since the original Infinity Blade, including deeper combat, customizable weapons, armor and accessories, and a less linear map for you to explore. Let’s jump into Siris’ world and make you an unstoppable force.

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Skyrim Countdown -- Your The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Launch Guide

We've been playing a lot of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim here at the G4TV.com offices, and we've been passing along our knowledge to you. We know there's a lot to digest, since the game is kind of big, so we've gone ahead and put all of our guides in one easy to use package.

  • How To Kill A Dragon In Skyrim - First we showed you how to make a character, now we show you how to use that character to take down the Dragons that inhabit Skyrim.

After the jump, you'll find all of the rest of our extensive guides, including how to be good, bad, a vampire or a werewolf and many more.

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Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

Good help isn't easy to find, even in Skyrim. That's why we put together a Skyrim Companions Guide. But you might be thinking, "who are companions for?" While walking from town to town don't you wish you had someone to talk to? Are you lonely? Have you become accustomed to naming your weapons in a desperate and pathetic attempt at friendship? If you answered "yes" to these questions then I think it's time you considered a companion. 

Companions, also known as Followers, travel with you across Skyrim. They will follow you into battle regardless of the circumstances. At any given time, you can have one human (or Skyrim equivalent) and one animal (dog). 

Here are some of the perks of having a companion:

  • Companions will aid you in battle. 
  • Companions can't die, unless you kill them.
  • If you can't carry any more items, you can force them to carry your loot, like mules!
  • Companions listen to your needs, wants, and most importantly, commands. 

Now that you're ready to become "a pair" here is a list of your potential new best friends.

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Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim

The massive world of Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim features 18 separate skills of various levels of importance. They are leveled through use. The idea is to reward you for skills you use often in the game -- practice makes perfect and all that. This allows you to create a very unique character based on what you actually do as opposed to what you'd like to do. If you play the game honestly, you should organically end up with a character that reflects your playstyle. So, if you sneak around a lot, you'll get better at not being seen. With a game this complex, though, the opportunity to boost skills artificially is just too tempting for some players to ignore.

Back in the days of pen-and-paper Dungeons and Dragons, when a player took advantage of loopholes in the massive rule-set to create artificially powerful characters, they were called "Munchkins" and drew the ire of DMs and other players alike. They didn't exactly cheat, but they did take advantage. So it is with Skyrim skill exploits. You can can stay within the letter of the Skyrim law but ignore its spirit, and artificially level most of the game's 18 skills, without any kind of hacking.  I don't know if the techniques detailed below are technically cheating, but it's a one-player game, so knock yourself out, and level up your skills artificially with the guide below.

One thing before you start:  Over-leveling single skills can really skew the Skyrim's monsters' auto-generated difficulty levels, potentially leading to some very difficult, unbalanced encounters, so be aware.

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