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The Dark Side will tempt you in 'Star Wars: The Old Republic'

BioWare has released a 13-minute video showing off
BioWare has released a 13-minute video showing offBioWare

If you're one of the many people waiting to get your hands on "Star Wars: The Old Republic" (perhaps even one of the record-breaking number of customers who've already pre-ordered the forthcoming online game) the folks at BioWare have released a lengthy new walkthrough video to whet your Jedi/Sith whistle.

The developer walkthrough — a whopping 13 minutes in length — offers an in-depth look at one of the game's Flashpoint missions known as the "The Esseles."

In The Esseles, a Republic transport carrying some of the most high-profile members of the Galactic Senate across the galaxy, has come under siege from the Grand Moff Kilran. Dallas Dickinson, director of production for "Star Wars: The Old Republic," takes us through the scenario as a group of Republic heroes must band together to repel the Imperial boarding parties and retake their ship.

Your character will have a chance to experience this Flashpoint after you leave your origin world around level 9.

The video offers a good look at the way the game's dialog system and group conversations work as well as a look at how the voice acting is shaping up. It also offers a look at the combat system and some of the difficult light side/dark side choices you'll be asked to make. Yeah, the Dark Side can be very tempting.

So settle in and check it out:

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