Review by DasaniMan

"Quite close to perfection"

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a great game. Those that have complained about this game, such as in a couple of other reviews on this site, should think about why they really hate about this game a lot more clearer. It is easy to have a bias with a Star Wars game, and few that have come out represent good entertainment. This is one of the exceptions, and could be called as close to perfection as a game is going to get. Only a few minor setbacks keep it from achieving the perfect 10.

Graphics: If one has the system capabilities for the game, one will find that the graphics in this game are some of the best that have surfaced in the past few years. Character models, while a little bit blocky, are realistic and alright to look at. The characters also do not have the idiotic mouths that Star Wars: Jedi Outcast does. Environments are clean and beautiful. Some of these will take your breath away. Cut-scenes are filmed with a superior style, making them easy to listen to. This is one game that has the right to say that it has superior graphics, unlike some other games out there, Zelda: Wind Waker for example. 9-10

Sound: The music in this game is also great. The Star Wars theme can always be heard ominously in the background, but there are also some distinct other tunes that sound great as well. Almost every character has a voice, which helps in a world populated by different races. Discussions are easy to listen to, because one doesn't always have to read the subtitles. It is very well done. 10-10

Gameplay: The meat and bones of the package, the gameplay represents the best interpretation of the Star Wars universe ever on a video game. This game plays out like an RPG, with one's character gaining levels, collecting items, and learning new skills. One also befriends several other party members, each with their own distinct past, which is uncovered during the story. The story is the best Star Wars story told since The Emperor Strikes Back. It contains plot twists, romance, drama, adventure, and mystery. Over the course of the game, one will gain levels by uncovering the story and traveling to several different worlds. The battle system is very unique, using a different style altogether. I am not sure how to explain it, but it is very intuitive and ingenious. Over the course of the game, one can earn light or dark side points, which provide multiple endings to the game. I only have two complaints with this game. First, it takes a while for party members to follow you, creating some glitches. Second, items are not used as much as they should. Still, this does little to hinder the greatness of the game. As close to gaming perfection as they come. 9-10

Multiplayer: None, but who needs it. The game itself is so enjoyable that no one will feel the need for any sort of multiplayer.

Replay Value: There are two endings, one for each side of the force. This is a good reason to play through the game again, mainly because it is so enjoyable. 7-10

+ Excellent Gameplay
+ Excellent Graphics
+ Excellent music/voices
+ Long game: 20+ hours
+ Good replay value
- Some minor issue, including glitches
Overall: 9-10

This is one of the best games of last year. This is recommended to anyone out there who enjoys a goof game. This is not just for Star Wars fans. This is for everyone. For those who don't have it, go out and get it. You won't be disappointed.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 02/26/04

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