Review by Orvieth
"A Great Star Wars RPG"
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a RPG based off the world-famous d20 rule set owned by Wizards of the Coast. The game was developed by BioWare, who have experience in this sort of game previously from games based on Dungeons and Dragons. Originally created for the Xbox video game system and then ported to the Personal Computer. This game, like all other Star Wars games, is published by Lucas Arts and is one of their best games published recently.
This game is certainly one of the best Star Wars games available at the moment, and perhaps the only Star Wars role-playing game worth having.
Graphics - The full motion videos for this game are great. They are not amazing, though, like some games, but they look nice and won’t disappoint. The character models and movements are smooth. The game runs from a third-person view and while scenery may be a little lacking in detail at parts but the graphics are still impressive. The light sabre effects look better than those in Episode II did. 9/10
Sound - Star Wars games always have impressive sound tracks and sound effects, and this one is no different. The voice acting is good, the sound effects for weapons (especially light sabres) are brilliant and the usual Star Wars sound track of John Williams and other great pieces of music makes this game sound like a Star Wars game should and gives it a real sense of atmosphere. 10/10
Plot - Brilliant. This game's plot is not as predictable as some games in the past have been, and there are some major twists that make it worthy of a novel. Add in romance, revenge and a long-lost son and this on it's own could become a best seller in the Star Wars genre. 10/10
Game play - What can I say? The combat system is deep and character generation expansive for this sort of game. There are dozens of side plots to play through and you can choose from a wide selection of force powers to help and hinder your friends and enemies. This game will keep you entertained for many hours, and with the promise of downloadable content, it will stay fresh. 10/10
This game gives you a chance to learn either dark or light-side powers – or both! You can control every aspect of your character’s growth from assigning skill points to deciding what feats to purchase. You’ll be able to wield two light sabres at once, or even a double-edged light sabre like the one Darth Maul has in The Phantom Menace.
The only aspect of character generation I found was at all disappointing was the inability to choose your character’s race, although that would have made some of the plot elements far too diverse to program well.
Your actions will lead to one of two possible endings to the game. Though, in reality, I think it is more one decision you make later one will decide which ending you have. You will have control of up to nine non-player characters, who you can customise and upgrade as much as your own character.
There is a wide variety of weapons, armour and other items that you can obtain the game and customise. Different crystals can be collected for light sabres to give the special properties or to make them more powerful. For example, some crystals will give your light sabre a chance of stunning enemies they come into contact with.
Nearly every quest has both a dark-side and light-side ending and some even have a neutral one. Non-player characters will react to you differently if you are evil than if you good. Player can truly choose the path their character will take in the role-playing game.
There are nine main levels in the game, seven planets and two space-vessels. Each has a selection of enemies to destroy and puzzles to solve. This is a game with unlimited replay value, as you can easily miss many of the side quests the first time around. There is also another level which is additional to those in the Xbox version, though it holds little more than a few merchants.
Overall - This is truly one of the best Star Wars games available, and every fan of the theme should own it. It is also one of the most immersive and brilliant role playing games yet to come to the license of Star Wars. It is probably one of the best role playing games on any format, with the possible exception of the Final Fantasy series.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 12/28/03
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