Wookiee Hut Game Reviews presents:
Knights of the Old Republic
Review by Shadow Chaser

Rating: Four Lightsabres out of Five!

Already popular on the X-Box it was about time that LucasArtsí newest game came to the PC. Knights of the Old Republic takes place 40 years after the events involving Naga Sadow, Ulic Qel-Droma, Nomi Sunrider, and Exar Kun. Yeah, that great era of mass coolness! It is also roughly four to five years since the Mandalorian Wars and four thousand years before the rise of the Galactic Empire. You play as a customizable character (male or female, your choice) a part of the Republic forces battling the Sith Lord, Darth Malak. Malak came to power by destroying his own master, Darth Revan, a few months ago and took control of the Sith base of power called the Star Forge.

The Star Forge is located in an unknown region of space and you set off on this quest from the Jedi Council on Dantooine to find it. You travel to three other planets to look for the Star Maps which, pieced together, will lead to the coordinates to the Star Forge.

Along the way, you pick up 9 customizable NPCs though you have the option of kicking a few out or not even picking them up (or even killing them like I did). You also have the option to train as a Jedi mastering up to 40 different Force powers and three different Jedi classes. I would recommend going the Jedi way because in the end you will need those Force powers and lightsabers.

LucasArts and Bioware created this game, Bioware being the creators of the Forgotten Realms games, Neverwinter Nights and Baldurís Gate so the style of playing is pretty easy and familiar for those who played such games. Itís based off of the newest style of Dungeons and Dragons RPG.

When I played the game through, I accidentally killed one of the NPCs that was supposed to be a part of my party, but I didnít know. Anyways, depending on the gender of your character you have the option of starting up a relationship with one of the two major NPCs and if youíre a male character then that relationship becomes crucial near the end of the game, but other than that, the characters only get to say ďI love youĒ before the game ends, so nothing else happens. I was disappointed to find that there was no kiss, nothing of the sortÖbut thatís what fanfics are for! ^_^

Some of the disappointments I found within this game was the fact that your character only had the option of being human and unlike Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, another great game, you canít choose to be alien. Apparently, the folks at LucasArts tailored this game to be specifically human-ish.

I was also disappointed that I only had three choices; either become a Soldier, Scout, or Scoundrel. I wanted to be a pilot. ^_^ Also you only have three somewhat limited choices of what Jedi class you can be and canít switch from that class once you choose it. They are Jedi Sentinel, Guardian, and Consular. Sentinel is most like what Kyp Durron is during NJO -- a balance of fighting and negotiation designed to ferret out injustices. Guardian would be what Jaina Solo is similar to (though you wonít be as scary as her in the books) -- focused on fighting and wielding the ultimate lightsaber techniques. Consular is what Jacen Solo would be before he was captured by the Vong -- more into negotiations than fighting.

The Force powers you have access to are the golden eggs in this game. They range from regular ones youíve seen in Dark Forces and Jedi Knight to ones that you probably never heard of and look real cool when used on an opponent. For my game, I was mainly neutral until the end when I chose to go to the Light Side -- but my characterís specializations of Jedi powers that I chose for it were all Dark Side powers. I donít know, its something about the Dark Side powers that appeals to me better than the Light Side.

And speaking of Sides and Jedi stuff, you have the option of either wielding one lightsaber, two lightsabers for a two-weapon fighting, or a double-bladed lightsaber and can customize your lightsaber crystals too. That was a fun part, though finding the crystals are a bit of a pain. AhhhÖthatís what cheat codes are for. ^_^

Basically you really donít need cheats for this game. Everything is so straightforward that you donít need a walkthrough either. You just have to go from world to world and do all the quests there. A short game if youíre a constant player like me, I see room for a sequel or more improvement by the folks at LucasArts.

But if there is one thing I really liked about this game was the fact that they mention Exar Kun, Ulic, and even Nomi, characters I absolutely adore. A really surprising fact is that you get to travel to Korriban and explore the tomb of Naga Sadow. ^_^ Another thing is that the biggest surprise comes when you are captured aboard an Interdictor ship and the spoiler that happens on there is like watching Vader reveal to Luke that heís his father.

Oh yes, one important note, SAVE OFTEN.

Overall, I loved playing Knights of the Old Republic and would recommend it to anyone. I give it four lightsabers out of five and may the Force be with you.



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