Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Review by: darthyodaOnly one Knight in the Old Republic?
Spoiler: The game is awesome! Do you enjoy the mystery of figuring out who you are? In this BioWare masterpiece you have no clue exactly who you are. You can't remember much of your past, this complicates things, doesn't it? With a heavy choice orientated system, that is intricately construction, you are in control of almost everything. In the best-selling Star Wars game, anything is possible!
Graphics: Although the graphics haven't held up as good as other Star Wars games like Republic Commando or Battlefront, the graphics aren't the worst in games. I do think that they did a good job, especially during combat the graphics don't lag or have any issues, it's more of a visual thing. It seems like an improved version of an N64 game. But don't get me wrong, the graphics are still good, just not the best. I don't care about graphics that much, but still, the game has relatively good graphics. To be specific, the graphics aren't formed with the same sized triangles as in the N64 games, but they are still in that direction. Instead of big triangular structures making up the people, they are in things like the clothes. But, they aren't noticeable unless you look at the game critically. The games graphics are pretty good! The buildings are smooth, and they were able to get the clothes pretty good, but they didn't hold up as much. Although it seems like I rate everything with this score, I give it an ... *drum-roll* 8/10!
Sound: Okay, has anyone guessed it yet? I LOVE STAR WARS! Especially the music. The musical producer did a good job, and sadly, I don't know his name. But, the game keeps the Star Wars music feel with a full 10! Sadly, I can't rate it for sticking with the original soundtrack from Star Wars. The voice acting is good, and the sounds made from blasters are good. But, they bring the rating down. (That's why I said that there.) The sounds aren't the best, but still, they (BioWare) did a good job! I would give it a higher rating, but if I'm being honest, the voice acting is average, a higher part of the average, which is good, but not best. I did like the rest of the sounds, guns, vehicles, and swords. They were done with amazing accuracy! (According to Star Wars.) I'll tell you what I gave it now!I give it an amazing 9/10! Why do I say amazing? It's because I love the music! (Main reason.)
Addictiveness: With a choice system this good, how could the game NOT be addictive? There may not be quite as much to do as one would like, but they still made the game fun! I do wish the combat system was more fluid, but I'm getting ahead of myself. I do think that the game is addictive, until you begin to read spoilers... Hehe, I did, but I still decided to pull through! It's fun to choose Dark Side, or Light Side. Do you want to make your "side-kicks" feel like slaves, Servants, or Friends? It's your choice, but you need to head to certain areas to talk with them, and be sure to make the choice carefully. If you make a mistake, you can't just go back, you have to regain your status with them. You may think that's simple, but what about them not liking someone you choose to save? There are so many things that make this game addictive!The game is addictive, kind of like Vizzed. hehe I give it a 9/10.
Story: This is where the game really shines! You don't know a single thing about your character, other than that you are the only survivor in an attack, and the force is strong with you. (A companion, Jedi, finds this out, at the beginning.) But why can't you remember anything about the attack? Who are you really? What were you in the past? I know, this sounds a lot like Bourne, but it's much better. I won't go into details, because I don't want to spoil the story. But it's not a normal Amnesia, I will tell you that much!The story is REALLY good. I give it a 10/10. Not because of the Amnesia, but how well they start the game. You know absolutely nothing, this motivates you to continue!
Gameplay/ Controls: Remember what I mentioned in Addictiveness about the combat not being as fluid as I would like? Okay, I'll tell you about it right now. It is really Turn-Based, and if you don't mind this style, that's great! But, I don't particularly like Turn-Based games. (Other than Civilization...) Other than that, the controls are good, and despite the turn-based style, the combat remains fluid. The only reason I say it's turn-based is because you hit a button, command, and then he will do it, but the AI and you take turns hitting each other. That makes it an in between style. It keeps the fluid style, but remains Turn-Based. Interesting, right? I did like that you are able to change the commands, after you fill the bar up. You won't make as many mistakes! That was well thought out, BioWare!If it were only Real-Time combat, I could give it a full score, but sadly, It ONLY gets a 9/10. (Only???)
Depth: I didn't think they had as many side quests as the Free-To-Play "remake" (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.) But, no matter, they still had a bunch to do! Maybe I didn't explore enough, but I found that they didn't do enough to earn a higher score. But depth gets a high score, because of it's choice system. You have the Light Side, Dark Side, choice, the Like, Don't Like thing with your subordinates. (Companion, Slave, Servant, or whatever you wish to call them.) That makes the game unique. I know of very few games that have this style! It's really cool!Because of the Choice orientated system BioWare has, it gets a 9/10.
Difficulty: The game doesn't seem like it should be difficult, right? Well, if you just see the things I wrote about the Turn-Based style it may seem that way. But, that is far from the truth! It gets very hard! If you still make the wrong choice, in combat, it's hard to recover! Once he begins a move, it is possible that that's the end! If there are several enemies, and you need to take care of your allies, it becomes VERY hard. That may be why they didn't make it Real Time, but it keeps it's difficulty! The combat can get unforgiving, if you keep making wrong choices! I give the difficulty an 8/10, because it's not hard, per-say, but that doesn't mean it doesn't get hard!
Overall: Do you get why the game is the best Selling Star Wars game? It is much better than one would think, but if only it had combined the elements from Star Wars Battlefront II, Republic Commando, and Jedi Knight, then I could have given it a much higher score. The turn-based thing gives it a much lower rating. But, don't get turned away from this game because of that! The game's story is enough to sell the game! Not to mention the music, and depth! Combine Choice, and Story, and what do you get? A pretty good game! I give it an 8.5/10!
It really should get a higher score, but the turn based thing brings that down a notch.