Star Wars Galaxies
It's hard to believe that Star Wars Galaxies (SWG) has been around since 2003.
Developed by the same team behind the hugely popular MMORPG EverQuest, the Star Wars-themed virtual world is surprisingly not as successful as the studio's fantasy-based game. SWG certainly racked in its share of positive reviews, but players criticized SOE when the title was launched for making them unlock the Jedi slot by fulfilling an unknown list of criteria and the unruly amount of time to achieve the goal.
Taking note of the criticisms, SOE began to make changes to the game play mechanics for combat, armor, and weapon systems. Subscription cancellations began to rise.
The company really took a huge hit below the belt when it released the "new-game enhancements," essentially reducing and simplifying professions. Mechanics were also simplified, and the Jedi profession is no longer something to acquire.
So why should gamers check out Star Wars Galaxies? Well, if you're a Star Wars junkie, the answer should be obvious. SOE offers a 14-day free trial. The game retails for $19.99 and costs the standard $14.99 per month.