Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (or KOTOR) is a 2003 role playing game by Bioware and LucasArts. The game takes place 3,956 years before the Battle of Yavin and the player (boy or girl) must get to defeat Darth Malak and choose to be good, or bad.
In 3956 BBY, (Before The Battle Of Yavin) A republic soldier, training to become a Jedi Knight, is given the task of halting the conquest of Darth Malak by discovering the location of a weapon known as the Star Forge.
Why It Rocks
- Extremely well written story, perhaps one of the greatest Star Wars stories in general.
- Awesome soundtrack that matches the tone of John William's original score for the films.
- Awesome and likable characters, even the villains are likable in their own way. Among these is fan-favorite HK-47, an assassin droid that always has something to say on the situation and Bastila, who is a Jedi who is not completely light and can easily succumb to the dark side.
- Great graphics even in 2003 standards. There is a lot of texture detail on the buildings and ground, as well as beautiful environments such as the plains of Dantooine and the underwater ecosystem on Manaan.
- The game is rather long, clocking for 100 hours depending on how many of the side missions you do.
- Good looking cut scenes that compliment the graphics well. The feel like something out of a movie in the series.
- There are 2 different endings depending whatever you choose being good or evil.
- The character creation options are varied in the game, allowing you to chose your sex, as well as what facial type you want your character to have. You also chose between three starting classes for your character, and changing the class later on.
- The game introduces a villain, Darth Malak, who is an awesome villain, who almost did a same thing as Darth Vader does.
- Great game effects even in 2000 standards. There is realistic lighting, such as the light of laser bolts reflecting on metal wall.
The Only Bad Quality
- There is some glitches from here and there, such as characters getting stuck in walls.
The game was acclaimed by critics and the fans of Star Wars series. Metacritic scores the game a 94/100 (universal acclaim) for Xbox version and a 93/100 (universal acclaim) for the PC version. It is considered to be one of, if not the best, Star Wars games ever made.