How to make 18-year-old Star Wars Galaxies look pretty on one rogue server

    
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If you read my trip through Star Wars Galaxies Legends for Choose My Adventure, you already know I made a lot about the help that the Napyet Gaming YouTube channel provides, and for good reason; the channel is full of extremely helpful guides for new players as well as some thoughts on the game, all of which are presented in an easy to understand, laid back, and clean way. With that in mind, we feel it’s important to highlight the channel’s latest helpful video, which provides a guide on how to improve SWGL’s visuals through use of the ReShade program.

There’s some important context to note for this video: Previously, the game’s launcher had a direct download link to the ILM visual mod but has since had that link removed and the mod effectively disabled. However, the ReShade graphics installer still works, and as Napyet showcases in the video, there are a variety of options the program is capable of to make SWG look nice (or at least slightly less rough). Of course, for those who like the features of ILM, Napyet has also created some video instructions detailing how to re-activate the mod using some file trickery. Both videos are posted after the cut.

source: YouTube (1, 2)
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R Teker

I remember when SWG first launched and we, those of us who where able to log in on its launch, CRASHED the whole game and cause of that the games devs implemented more servers. I was there when the game went off line watching the ghostly image of the second Death Star over the moon of Endor. When I get my new PC I’m gonna reinstall the game, yes I still have the CD-ROMs, and try to get into one of these new servers and play once more in a galaxy far far away

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Ardra Diva

Playing an MMO that has an empty or small population isn’t really all that great. If you’re like me one of the original attractions to playing games online was that all those other players scurrying around were real people just like you and me, unpredictable, complex, and someone you could have a conversation with, someone who could become a friend – even an enemy.

While I wish I could go back to Galaxies as it was pre-NGE when there were people everywhere, milling around Mos Eisley, cantinas were packed, those days are gone. Playing it now would be so… sterile.

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Fisty

“If you’re like me one of the original attractions to playing games online was that all those other players scurrying around were real people just like you and me, unpredictable, complex, and someone you could have a conversation with, someone who could become a friend – even an enemy.”

All of this exists in SWG:L right now. It’s one server with 900 people on average, sometimes more in the evenings. That’s not a ton of people, but the Mos Eisley Cantina is usually hopping, people standing around spaceport and the cantina. Lot’s of people running around, lots of RP’ers and the like. /shrug

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Bruno Brito

While I wish I could go back to Galaxies as it was pre-NGE when there were people everywhere, milling around Mos Eisley, cantinas were packed, those days are gone. Playing it now would be so… sterile.

Just go to Bespin.

You don’t need 10k players on one spot. Legends peaks around 2k. It’s enough seeing dozens on Mos Eisley and Bespin.

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Toy Clown

ReShade updated the graphical look so that it came across as more modern. I loved it. Napyet is also awesome.

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Bruno Brito

I still want to see Napyet do an entire let’s play for SWGL without any resources or money and starting as one of the not two leveling classes ( Commando and Jedi ). I think he did a bit for Naplu ( his jedi ) but it wasn’t a full let’s play.