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Saturday, September 05, 2009


Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, LucasArts and BioWare's 2003 role-playing game, has just become available for purchase on Steam. For $9.99 you can download and play what many deem is not only the greatest Star Wars game ever, but has been wildly praised as one of the finest computer games of all time.

Set four thousand years before the rise of the Empire in the film series, Knights of the Old Republic depicts a "more civilized age" for the galaxy. Unfortunately a Sith Lord named Darth Malak is leading a vast army of Sith against the Republic and especially any Jedi that happen to get in the way of his conquest. The game begins with the player's character waking up on a Republic ship that has fallen under attack by the Sith. And what happens from that moment on is entirely up to you: the choices you make during the game affects pretty much everything else that follows afterward, right up to which ending you get. Play the straight and narrow and you'll wind up a hero of the Republic, while yielding to temptation will lead to the Dark Side and all the power and glory and pleasures befitting the fallen.

Long story short: it's a very good game that's more than worth the purchase price. And hopefully LucasArts will also have Knights of the Old Republic II for sale on Steam sooner than later. So what are you waiting for? Buy it today, ya meatbags!


Merck said...

Best. Star. Wars. Game. Ever.

Matt said...

No, no, no! The best Star Wars game is it's sequel, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

Of course, I am looking at this from a wholly narrative perspective. In terms of story, mood, and themes, KOTOR II is the superior game.

In terms of gameplay... they are equal.

In terms of cut content... KOTOR II also wins! :D

But then again, you could also argue that KOTOR II is a bad Star Wars game because the themes it evokes is very un Star Wars.

Mostly how The Force sucks. Period.

But I don't see how KOTOR I is one of the greatest games of all time. I mean, it is a pretty decent game. But what makes it so darn great? Is it because it is made by Bioware?

Chris Knight said...

Matt, there you go again with your bizarre bashing of all things Bioware. Which is surpassed only by how much you hate Fallout 3 and think that those who love it are somehow sadly mixed-up individuals. I'm with you in that Knights of the Old Republic II is an AWESOME game but really: it *was* built with Bioware's engine and were it not for KOTOR laying the foundation it wouldn't exist to begin with!

I guess when Star Wars: The Old Republic comes out that you won't want to join my smuggling operation, huh? "Because it's BIOWARE!" :-P

Matt said...

I don't HATE Bioware. I just hate how everyone says Bioware is the greatest RPG developer out there.

They aren't. Their games are good summer blockbusters of RPGs. But nothing more.

They rarely make "excellent" games. Great games? Absolutely! 101%! But not these excellent games that redefine the genre and all this other bullocks I hear the media saying again and again.

A trully excellent game is, in my opinion, games that not only possess a great gameplay, but also a tightly written story, memorable characters, absorbing moods, and is not dumbed down to meet the console kiddies' standards.

Yes, very few games are like that. But that is the way it should be - to be excellent, you are meant to be alone.

So, yes, KOTOR I brought about KOTOR II (one of my most favorite RPGs, period. It's right behind Planescape: Torment, The Witcher, and Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer). And that is *not* a bad thing.

But Chris, I may not join The Old Republic. But not because it is made by Bioware. But because I am sick of MMOs. I want some really good SINGLE PLAYER RPGs.

That, and the monthly fee. Good Lord.