STAR WARS™ - Knights of the Old Republic™
Choose Your Path. It is four thousand years before the Galactic Empire and hundreds of Jedi Knights have fallen in battle against the ruthless Sith. You are the last hope of the Jedi Order. Can you master the awesome power of the Force on your quest to save the Republic? Or will you fall to the lure of the dark side?
User reviews: Very Positive (5,639 reviews) - 90% of the 5,639 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 19, 2003

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About This Game

Choose Your Path.
It is four thousand years before the Galactic Empire and hundreds of Jedi Knights have fallen in battle against the ruthless Sith. You are the last hope of the Jedi Order. Can you master the awesome power of the Force on your quest to save the Republic? Or will you fall to the lure of the dark side? Hero or villain, saviour or conqueror... you alone will determine the destiny of the entire galaxy!
  • A brand new Star Wars role-playing experience with unique characters, creatures, vehicles and planets.
  • Learn to use the Force with over 40 different powers and build your own lightsaber.
  • Adventure through some of the most popular Star Wars locations, including Tatooine and the Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk.
  • Choose your party from nine customisable characters, including Twi'leks, droids and Wookiees.
  • Travel to eight enormous worlds in your own starship, the Ebon Hawk.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP and Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 3 1Ghz or AMD Athlon 1GHz
    • Memory: 256 RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB with Hardware T&L
    • DirectX®: Directx 9.0b or better
    • Hard Drive: 3.5 GB
    • Sound: Directx 9.0b compatible
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Processor: 1.8 GHZ Intel chipset or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB or higher
    • Hard Disk Space: 5 GB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon X1600 / NVidia Geforce 7300 / Intel HD 3000 (128 MB VRAM or higher)
    • Languages: English

    • Additional: Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported (GMA 950/X3100). This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).

Helpful customer reviews
322 of 365 people (88%) found this review helpful
268 people found this review funny
62.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Buy it, meatbags
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77 of 92 people (84%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
This is truly one of the best RPGs I have ever played. Buy it and you will enjoy it.

May the Force be with you
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65 of 74 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
"Savior, conqueror, hero, villian. You are all of these things... and yet you are nothing. In the end, you belong to neither the light nor the darkness. You will forever stand alone."

(This review contains spoilers.)

The original KOTOR has what I believe is the quintessential "Star Wars experience" out of all the franchise games released to date. Mixing the gold-standard Bioware gameplay and character arcs before they became overused and predictable, a focus on exploration and discovery, respect to the SW lore and a strong attention to world-building and detail, it's a game that still stands the test of time and is recommended for any fan of RPGs.

As much as I'm a fan of KOTOR II's cerebral, relationship-driven, "take every trope and turn it on its head" gameplay, I still think the first game is the better of the two. The mystery of who you are, what your relationship is to the squadmates and enemies you meet in the world and how you grow to encompass that reputation again (whether for good or evil) still sticks out in the post-KOTOR world of cookie-cutter games like Bioware's own The Old Republic, which only has a superficial understanding of the choice and consequence that went into the former.

The plot is fairly straightforward. You are an amnesic man (or woman) who wakes up aboard a starship, having been out for several days and coming to just as it is being attacked by the Sith. Narrowly escaping with pilot Carth Onasi, your pod crashlands on the city-world of Taris, where you begin investigating the circumstances that led to your foggy memory. Along the way, you'll pick up a starship (the Ebon Hawk) and meet crew members like the murder-happy HK-47 assassin droid, Jedi Masters Bastila Shan, Juhani and Jolee Bindo, Mandalorian soldier Canderous Ordo and Wookie renegade Zaalbar, among others. All this comes to a head as you uncover the true identity of the Sith leader Revan and assault a space station called the Star Forge in order to stop Darth Malak, the man who took up Revan's job and threatens to destroy the galaxy.

This game has some of the most "pure" Star Wars moments I can think of. The moment when you first step out into the Dune Sea, and see that vista all around you and the smoldering Sandcrawler in the distance. The trek through to the lowest levels of Kashyykk and the civil war going on between the various Wookie factions. The underwater walks under Manaan. The reveal of Revan, backed by that epic score.

While the player being Darth Revan is a plot twist that is firmly in "It Was His Sled" territory as far as spoilers go, it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the game one bit despite knowing about it long beforehand. There's so much content to see and do that it really felt like an enjoyable and fulfilling role-playing experience. Whether it's doing some of the sidequests (like getting involved in ruling family squabbles or doing assassination contracts) or just running through some of the areas, there's a wealth of material here for fans.

It's true that the storyline wanes a bit by the end (not counting the potential Dark Side twists like convincing Zaalbar to kill Mission or the Bastila reveal), but it still didn't mar my enjoyment, mainly because I brought a pair of squadmates specced out for long-range combat (Canderous and Juhani) and went in guns-a-blazing in the Star Forge.

The morality system can also be exploited to great effect (you can get to full Light Side or Dark Side in less than half of one playthrough), including doing things like maxing out your LS points than choosing Bastila's Dark Side option at the end to still remain "neutral" but get her as a squadmate for the Star Forge finale.

If there's one thing I hated about the game, it's the inventory system. You WILL pick up a lot of vendor trash in this game, and I found it was far easier just to dump or never pick up most of the gear I found, sticking to one weapon until I found something significantly better.

It's also much better to spec your character manually, because the auto-level system is nigh-useless and will often result in your character gaining abilities that either aren't class-specific or generally have no benefit to you.

Regardless, KOTOR (and its sequel) still stand out among the best sci-fi RPG's in recent years, and the price point is a steal, regardless of whether it's on sale or not. If you haven't played it, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
One of the Best games i have ever played... even 11 years later it is still better than alot of new games. Definitely wouldn't say no to a Anniversary version :P
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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
STAR WARS™ - Knights of the Old Republic™
Adventure/RPG; Squad Tactics
a spoiler-free review

Rating: Recommended as Essential

You wake up on a battle cruiser during an all-out firefight, find your way to the escape pods when it gets severely damaged, fight your way through enemy soldiers and crash-land on an unfamiliar planet. Knights of the Old Republic [KOTOR] takes place some 4,000 years before the events of A New Hope; Yoda, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker are names of no consequence in the Star Wars universe. You are in completely new, unfamiliar territory here.

Star Wars fan or not, KOTOR is a game that everyone should play. A companion system ahead of its time, multiple storylines, rich dialogue and backstory, YELLOW lightsabers and a unique tactical approach to combat allow this installment in the Star Wars series of games to really shine.

- Companions -
You will meet several unique, diverse characters in your travels; a few of them can join your party. Grab two party members of your choice and your main character and hit the streets (or dunes, or forests, or whatever). These characters come with set attributes and skills, but when they level up (yes, there is a leveling/experience system; this is an RPG), you control how they improve.

- Story -
No spoilers here, don’t worry. There are a multitude of side-quests to complete that complement the main quest, backstories to explore for each of your party members, fascinating lore on the origins of a few prominent species and multiple storylines. Depending on dialogue decisions, you can earn either Light Side or Dark Side points, determining the final path your story takes.

- Cons -
Not too many of note. I clipped through the floor a couple times. A number of seemingly random fatal crashes. This game was put out in 2003, so it’s a little behind the times in visuals and the cutscenes are really cheesy. The camera is a bit tricky to figure out at first. If you’re not expecting tactical battles (give orders rather than do battle yourself), it can be quite confusing. The biggest thing is that your companions will, at times, slow down or stop when you’re not looking for no reason, preventing you from entering the next area.
The Bottom Line: None of these presents anything more than minor frustration; the game is well-built.

Well, that’s all I have to say about KOTOR. An aged but timeless classic that any Star Wars fan (and quite a few non-Star Wars fans) will enjoy.

Not Recommended
Recommended With Caution
Highly Recommended
- Recommended as Essential

Fun Facts:
Developer: BioWare (Dragon Age: Origins, Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect)
Release Date: July 18th, 2003
Soundtrack Composer: Jeremy Soule (The Elder Scrolls, Guild Wars 2, Total Annihilation)
Prominent Voice Actors: Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager, Benson), Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect 3, Baldur’s Gate), Steve Blum (Wolverine and the X-Men, Metal Gear Solid)
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