Review by bellsworth46
"A good game, but..."
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is a game with many good qualities to it, but has some major issues. This game takes place 4,000 years before the fall of the Republic. Sith are everywhere and are at war with the jedi. You are a soldier on a jedi's ship that gets shot down. From there, your decisions will lead you to the light or dark side. Sounds like a great game, right?
This game has a compelling storyline, if basic controls. There are parts in it that are great, like the puzzles and the ability to interact with anyone in the game. Others, like the combat, are just annoying. The combat in the game is standard RPG style, where you see an enemy, the game pauses, you select your attack, and the battle commences. The problem with this is that when you face multiple enemies, you can only attack one at a time. Another problem is every time you go around a corner, the game pauses from another enemy sighting. This gets very tedious after a while. Sure, the beginning battles are fast and easy, but as time goes on, you find yourself running from the opponent because you need health and have no items or force powers to heal you. So your running around in a circle, and are still getting attacked: not very fun. Another frustrating thing is that sometimes you keep loosing to the same group that you need to defeat in order to continue, and can't train on anything to get stronger to beat them. Besides the combat problems, the ability to choose your path is a nice one that most Star Wars games don't have. Overall, it is a fun game to play when you want to just waste time.
The storyline in it, on the other hand, is very compelling and is completely original. The story of a huge battle between the sith and the jedi may seem like the movies, but instead of just some jedi fighting huge armies of droids or troopers, you face actual sith. Also, the ability to choose your path can effect what happens in the story. The many twists in the storyline that can be expected from Lucasarts are constant and entertaining. The story is gripping and it is hard to stop playing the game because of it.
The game has beautiful scenery and good sound quality. However, it requires a powerful video card and driver in order to properly function. Otherwise, the game will either not run at all or be very jumpy. At times, the player will freeze up and not move at all because the graphics card just can't handle it. One other problem is that the camera will not move while the character gets smaller and smaller while going down the path. If you were to get this game, make sure your system meets every requirement.
The nice part of this game is its length. This is a game that easily gets over 10 hours of play if you do all of the side quests along with the main game. It also has a high replay value for the fact that when you complete the game one way, you want to go back and complete it the other as well for the satisfaction of fully playing the game and unlocking all of its secrets.
I would recommend this game to my friends (in fact, I got many of them started on playing it) and would say that even with the poor style of combat, the game is one that is worth the money and the patience to get and play.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 07/31/09
Game Release: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (US, 11/18/03)
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