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A Look At The Old Republic's Imperial Agent

While it was announced just a week ago, we just got a chance to check out the new Imperial Agent class from The Old Republic in action. The new class can be looked at as a strategic assassin type of character, laying traps and using guile to take down enemies. The agent’s storyline gives players a view of the underbelly of the Imperial side; they live and work in the shadows and carry out the black-ops missions that may be too dirty for other classes. The Smuggler (on the Republic side) has a similar flavor, but the parallels don’t stop there. The Imperial Agent also utilizes a cover mechanic in battle and is proficient with ranged weapons.

In our short demo of this new class, we saw some of the ranged battle skills that are available to the Imperial Agent. While infiltrating a factory on the planet Hutta, the agent pulled out a powerful sniper rifle and quietly took down a few enemies from behind cover. In areas without any cover, the agent can use a stealth unit to escape detection and sneak up to silently take out enemies with a blade at close range.

We also saw other tools in the agent’s arsenal, like the probe and a few special darts. The sleeping dart puts an enemy into a quick slumber, which gives players ample time for a charge attack or to focus on another enemy. The poison darts do damage over time attack, removing a significant amount of health while you blast away with another weapon. The probe, on the other hand, can be thrown toward your target, where it will hover until you start doing damage…at which point it explodes.

The Imperial Agent seems like a good class choice for players who enjoy preparing for a fight. Instead of charging into a fight with a lightsaber blazing, the agent’s style of play seems to focus on setting traps, exploiting weaknesses, and controlling the flow of battle. It looks like fun, so maybe the world of The Old Republic won’t be populated solely by Jedi when it hits shelves…though LucasArts and BioWare still haven’t announced a release date.

Comments
  • Well if it is anything like the previous titles, this one should be good as well.

  • They will eventually. They aren't Blizzard, where we have to wait longer than an entire console lifespan.

  • LSounds like it will be a great class.

  • lookin forward to it

  • And here I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and be Jedi.  Screw that, I want a sniper rifle.

  • Smuggler all the way.

  • Interesting. Who knows, we might finally have a good sci-fi MMO on our hands.

  • Hmm... I've never wanted my first character to be a Jedi. I'm thinking of doing a bounty hunter, going all Jango Fett on the Jedi masses.

  • I'm hoping for the best on this one.  They should show us all of the classes at some point.  I don't want to play a game if there are only 3 classes being played.

  • i had hoped that both sides would enjoy different flavored classes.

  • I really like the idea of an assassin type class. Nothing is more satisfying than vanquishing an enemy through the use of a trap.

  • Nice original class. Cant wait to kill some Jedi with it.

  • Nice solid class, could spark some none Jedi interest.

  • This looks like a really cool game.  Lets see if Bioware can have even more success.

  • GOD I can't wait to play this game!!!!

  • The Old Republic looks nice. Can't wait to play it.

  • Cool.  I'm really glad they have some other interesting classes to choose from so there aren't just Jedi/Sith everywhere.

  • cant wait to try one of each

  • wow this game is looking more and more promising as time goes by. I can't wait to get it. This class sounds very fun to play. I love the variety of play styles granted by each class. it makes you want to make tons of characters just to play as different classes and see how that changes the experience.

  • Can't wait to play this on my Mac!!!!......Oh wait....

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