I love the Clone Wars
animated telvesion series on Cartoon Network
. So when I heard that Sony Online Entertainment
was making the Clone Wars Adventures
MMO using the Free Realms
engine, I was more excited than a tween with an unscratched Station Cash card on Christmas. Finally I would be able to play in the world of the Clone Wars without having to venture into the lower digit channels!
released (somewhat quietly) a new area to explore and conquer. In the Carlac zone, players are tasked with defeating piles of Death Watch baddies and Pre Vizsla. Tune in past the break, where I'll defeat Pre myself!
I've never really taken the time in either Free Realms
or Clone Wars Adventures
to tweak my character's equipment or items beyond making sure I looked cool. Heck, I'm honestly not sure how much an impact items have on combat because I rarely concentrate on it. Clone Wars Adventures
, like Free Realms
, is a game of many minigames. You might find yourself spending a few hours in the game but only a small amount of time performing one task. A players can pick out his favorite minigame and become a master at it or simply try to play minigames as needed.
Campaigns in Clone Wars Adventures
are a series of minigames and activities that come at the player like chapters in a story. These campaigns act almost like a raid does in other MMOs. Players might group up or solo through a series of quests and areas that are linked by a larger story. I personally fell in love with the pace and challenge level of the campaign Battle on Iceberg 3
. It took me several hours to complete, but when I needed to take a break during the campaign, I could do so between any chapter so I could come back later. Every chapter in the story was played out by asking me to play a different minigame. Some of them, like the tower defense-styled one, took quite a while and had me grinning the entire time.The Battle for Umbara
is an open-world campaign, culminating in an instanced mission for a single player or small group. I ran through the content live with Massively's own Jeremy Stratton
and Karen Bryan
. You can still watch the results on our MassivelyTV Twitch channel
The Skirmish of Carlac, SOE's most recent campaign, sends players into a snowy area to take on members of the Death Watch. Initially, I wasn't sure whether the new missions would be a series of minigames or a standard assault by waves of enemies, but I was happy to find that even though Carlac fell into the latter category, I still felt a bit challenged. Yes, I'm 38 years old and still found myself scratching my head wondering how I could avoid dying so much while inside the instanced areas. I finally came across the answer: I would use a slower, more powerful gun that would complement my force push power. My gun would take down an enemy with one or two shots while my force ability did damage to everybody else. It worked great, and soon I was grinding through enemies. There is a defiant boss character at the end of each instanced section, so I took a break in between each one to work and stretch my poor aching arms.