You know, this game catches a lot of flack in comparision to the first KOTOR, which is widely heralded as a masterpiece of gaming. Flack which is well deserved, yet easily rectified. The main quarell most gamers hold to this particular game is that IT WASN'T RELEASED IN THE FULL AND COMPLETE FORM AND THAT THE STORY DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
While there is some merit to this claim, you truely need to gaze deeper to fully understand this game. THe game was fully intended to be just as perfect as its predecesor. However, Obsidian, the company in charge of the project was forced to play their hand before they were ready to release. The result was a patchwork project that can make a coherent game, and one that stands alone as one of my all time favorites. Was the game released in a complete form? Hell no. Can this be fixed? Now we're talking.
You see, others feel the same way as I do about this game. It *is* and excellent game and all it needs is a bit of dedication and elbow grease to get it to shine. A determined a group of modders recovered numberable files that were scraped from the final release of the game and constructed a mod that fitted these files into the game. Lost items, recorded dislouge, and even an entire planet were restored and reborn through the crucible of modding. This mod is compatible with the Steam version of this game and I highly recommend you install it (http://deadlystream.com/forum/files/file/398-tslrcm-183/),
as well as the sister mod which restores the droid planet M4-78 (http://deadlystream.com/forum/files/file/399-m4-78ep-patched/).
Outside of these two mods, there are multiple others I recommend you try as they improve the overall game experience.
But about the game itself, unmodded, and purchased from Steam without the addition of a single moddification. This game is spectacular. Don't let my measly hours of play depicted by Steam deceive you, I played this game extensively on the original X-Box when the game first came out and I still have the disk to this day (although, admittedly, it is a bit worse for the wear at this point). Despite the cries and whines of the gaming community, this game is entirely playable without the restoration of lost elements. It simply takes a bit of digging into the story. On the XBOX version and as a child, I was able to understand the entirety of the story of the game quite easily. You might have to play through multiple times and see each coversation from a different angle, but you can do it. It's not the jagged mess many make it out to be. Inferences and an active imagination may be required to fill the gaps, however. Get ready to think and make connections between different characters and events. Just use your noggin and you'll be fine.
Here's where I believe the true root of the problem is: people approach this game thinking that it will be a fun little game they can just jaunt through casually and there will be an exciting adventure story to acompany it. Spoilers: it's not. This game is exponentially darker than the original KOTOR, heck, three of the planets you explore are inhabited only by corpses by the time you arrive. This game was intended to have you question your morals, in fact, there are some parts where no matter which choice you make, dark or light, you are doing something terrible. It was intended to bring to light that in a conflict, there is no middle ground to take, but rather, by doing nothing you hurt one side and allow the other to gain a leg up and by doing something, no matter the action, the end result is the same. You are full of all the powers of the Force, and yet, you are powerless. And when you can finally change the outcomes of events, the freedom is glorious and all the more worthwhile.
Well, that was the intent, anyway.
Portions on missing, so patches of this beautiful quilt of morality are missing. But the game is still supurb and well worth every hour I've logged. Go ahead, buy it, play with an open mind, mod it, and explore. And may the Force be with you.