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 (4,638 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 19, 2003

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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

Windows
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 10.6.8 or later
    • 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 (128 MB VRAM or higher)
    • Languages: English

    • Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GEFORCE 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, 320M, 330M, ATI RADEON X1600, X1900,HD 2400, HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6750, Intel HD Graphics 3000

    • Additional: Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported. This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive), Apple Intel Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported


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1,409 of 1,573 people (90%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
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174 of 194 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
HK: All meatbags should buy this game.
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109 of 117 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
This review is based on a purely vanilla playthrough

+ Character creation allows stat customizations right from the get-go, and goes the extra mile by adding a 'recommended' button that offers balanced numbers based on class; useful feature for beginners
+ Very even and agreeable pace throughout the entirety of the game; never felt too fast, slow, or interspersed with filler content
+ Excellent, marvelous soundtrack; really keeps you in the game, and does well to make this title feel true to the franchise
+ Mercifully short load times
+ There are myriad available side-quests, all voiced
+ Combat mechanics are well thought-out (despite 'dice-roll' RNG, of which I am not normally fond, as a general rule) and give you plenty of room for creativity and finesse
+ Excellent story with lots of depth and freedom of choice
+ While some characters remained a bit two-dimensional throughout the game, the majority of them are adequately fleshed-out and seem to develop to some extend
+ The game includes a few optional minigames (eg. Pazaak Cards)
+ Multiple endings, based entirely around the player's decisions
+ Tons and tons of lore-friendly set-pieces and items (both practical and aesthetic)
+ Extremely, alarmingly mod-friendly
+ An absolute plethora of immersive dialogue options
+ Boasts a few masterful plot twists

- Poor camera; you get used to it, but it's initially quite frustrating and limited in functionality
- Poor inventory system; throws everything into one long list as you accumulate items, leading to lots of monotonous scrolling when looking for equipment (mostly a problem for fellow hoarders, you could just sell all of your junk)
- Mostly flat, uninspired voice-overs (some voice actors were of inordinately better quality, though that mostly served to highlight the disparity)
- AI movement is mostly terrible, leading to waiting for characters to catch up, and lots of blocked doors/paths
- Lots and lots of bugs and glitches; most notably terrain glitches and a few CTDs (some of this can be fixed with a small amount of modding, I'm told)
- The autosave function is too sparse in functionality, and has led to some extremely frustrating moments

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49 of 52 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
94.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
“A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…”

A war rages between The Republic and The Sith. ‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’ throws you head first into a fantastic recreation of the Star Wars universe filled with lightsabers, Sith Lords, and political intrigue, in an immersive, gripping tale of Good vs. Evil which - more than a decade on - stands tall as one of the best RPG’s of its generation, and probably the finest gaming interpretation of the iconic Star Wars franchise.

Campaign: Released in 2003 by Bioware | Lucas Arts, and set 4000 years before the events in ‘Star War’s - Episode 1: The Phantom Menace’, ‘SW:KOTOR’ tells the tale of a relative unknown caught up in events of cosmic proportions. The opening credits thrust you into the midst of an inter-galactic battle between Republic forces and a Dark Sith Lord, which finds you crash landing onto an alien planet, trying to stay alive and escape an inter-planetary Sith blockade. An unusually strong connection with the Force catapults the player from by-stander to protagonist, as an engaging, story-fueled campaign takes you across the galaxy from the mysterious water-world of Manaan, to the desert planet of Tatooine among many others. A lovingly crafted universe is filled with lots of recognizable faces to include – the treacherous Hutt’s, Bounty Hunter’s, Sith, Jedi Knights, Wookies, Protocol Droids, Rancor’s, and Sand People - amongst a broader cast of nearly 300 distinctive alien races.

Gameplay | Graphics | Sound: A Third-Person RPG in the classic mold, gameplay in ‘SW:KOTOR’ is built around the 4 pillars of ‘Character Development and Customization’, ‘Inventory Management’, ‘Combat’, and ‘Dialogue-driven Story-Telling’. You choose to play as one of three character classes (Soldier, Scout or Scoundrel – with both male and female options available), and then as one of three Jedi sub-classes (Sentinel, Consular or Guardian). A deep inventory system allows you to customize and equip your character with a multitude of clothing, weapon and armor options as well as assign XP to level-up in a variety of areas from Attributes, Skills, Feats, and Force Powers. Combat is based around the ‘D20’ RPG rule-set popularized in ‘Dungeons and Dragons (D&D)’, and while round-based, players are able to queue up actions and run them simultaneously in real-time. Finally, Character interaction is via a dialogue menu that is rumored to contain over 2000 lines of text, clearly geared toward maximizing player choice across multiple playthrough’s. While the broad strokes are seemingly representative of standard RPG fare, three elements serve to distinguish this title from the rank and file – 1. The ability to switch to | customize | play as any character in your group provides for great overall variety 2. The campaign is well-paced with ‘Third Person’ gameplay broken up by ‘Rail-shooting’, ‘Stealth’, ‘Racing’, and ‘Gambling’ mini-games and 3. Deep customization options, lots of side-quests and the sheer glee of roaming the Star Wars universe adds great replayability to this title. Sound Design is also particularly noteworthy, with voice-acting, sound effects and background score composition all top-shelf. Well optimized K&M controls round out a well polished title.

Flaws: There is little to gripe about here, and perhaps the game’s biggest ‘flaw’ is its dated graphics - which have not aged particularly well - but it’s a testament to the overall strength of this title that it remains not only playable, but immensely engaging, despite this. Other minor issues include somewhat repetitive combat, and some minor character pathfinding issues.

Overall, ‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’ is an erstwhile classic from another time, rich in Star Wars lore, with a deep, engaging campaign, a fantastic background score, compelling combat mechanics, high replayability and filled with iconic characters, plot twists, and moral complexities. This is a title you could easily lose yourself in for 50-60 hours on a single-playthrough, and that’s even before player-choice dictates your ultimate path to the Light or Dark Side. The Force is all around you, Padawan. What is your Destiny? – Highly Recommended! – (Rating 9/10)


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49 of 56 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Explanation: It's just that... you have all these squishy parts, master. And all that water! How the constant sloshing doesn't drive you mad, I have no idea...
-HK-47

Just do yourself a favor and buy this game. 10/10
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This is not only the game that got me into Bioware, but it might be my first RPG I actually tried to get good at and learn the mechanics of; setting the oath for my love of RPG's as a whole. It's not perfect and it can be argued if it aged well or not, but it's a lot of fun to play and has a great story if you let it suck you in.

The game itself follows the tried and tested D&D rules like many Bioware games, with this game using a variation of 3rd/3.5 Edition rules; at least that's what it reminded me of. Put simpler; Dexterity for guns, Strength for melee. Feats add to abilities, skills and the like and force users essentially get a magic bar and the choice of powers every few levels. There's also the use of the ever present Dark side/Light side choice in Star Wars. This is mainly to affect opinions of your team mates in some conversations, but it also provides cheaper Force use for certain powers if they conincide with your alignment (Spamming Lightning never became easier!). It's nice simple, it works. There are a few useless powers and feats, but really, that's subjective on my part and there's probably someone out there for every combination.

As for the atmosphere and world building, I won't go into too much detail. It's Bioware, by this point we all know that Bioware can excel at this. I will say though that by being set years before the movies, there's a nice chance to set up some new villains and situations that provide a nice background to everythgin; I'd say the whole story is a huge point in the games favour.

Like I said though, the games not perfect. It's hard to ignore that the levels you visist are essentially successions of corridor after corridor. There's one path that reaches the end, sometimes you divert off it for secrets, but the apth is always there. The game tries to disuguise this, and I admit, it took me a while to catch on, but it's there, and hard to ignore once you notice. Not to mention, without spoiling it, the end game can feel a little sloggish with how it handles itself. It can be fun, but your first time, without expecting it, prepare for a lot of reloads.

Still, despite all that, the game's a tonne of fun to play and I love to return to it once in a while. I'd easily say it's worth every penny and should be played by everyone at least once; wholeheartedly reccomended
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44 of 62 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Can't.....Stop......Playing.....
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
This is a great classic star wars game.

There are 3 different classes with different skills and abilities.
You better google search for more details on that, might be a little too complex for this review.

For example, in certain situations, depending on your abilities, you might be able to intimidate or pursuade people, repair or hack some machinery to help you out, unlock certain doors and containers.

There are blasters, melee weapons (swords and lightsabers) and different grenades to use in combat.
Aside from that, there is also a variety of force powers you can use, though you have to unlock those abilities with skill points first.

Combat is turn based and pausable, so you can plan out fights pretty well.
You can switch between your main character and his companions (if you have any) and control their actions in battle - Or you just let the game do it for you.

Companions level up as well, and you can upgrade their skills accordingly.

Might wanna check some gameplay on youtube if you wanna see what it's exactly like.

A lot of times in the game you have to make decisions, which either give you light side or dark side points. This also has an impact on how people react towards you.
(Just a heads up: Being a good guy is way more tiresome and expensive. Just kill everyone.)

The game runs perfectly for me on Windows 8.1 Professional 64 bit, the only little annoying bug I had fixed itself when turning on V-Sync, though I can't guarantee. Some people have reported problems. You should check out the community hub for that.

Any more questions? Feel free to leave a comment.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
For those that haven't played this game yet.

If you like:
-The Dragon Age series
-The Mass Effect series
-The Star Wars universe & lore
-A Battle System similar to the one used in Final Fantasy 12 (Queueing actions + turn based / realtime)
-A good balance between gameplay and story

If you don't mind:
-Old, dated Graphics
-Having to configure & mod the game in order to play on modern PCs

WTF are you doing? Buy this !@#$ already.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
-Quick Review-
Knights of the Old Republic (Also known as: KOTOR) is an RPG that BioWare developed in 2003. KOTOR implements conversational dialogue where choices are made between different interactions the main character can make various ethical decisions, solve puzzles, provoke, chastise, forgive, extort, and more.

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: You are a crew member of a republic ship named the "Endar Spire", after creating your character you awaken to find that your ship is under siege from the Sith forces, you need to use your class-specific-skills to slice, pew, or sneak your way past the Sith troops.
As you progress through the game there are probably HUNDREDS of sub-stories that you encounter, including 9 different characters with their own unique back stories. When it comes to story time, few do it as well as KOTOR.
For my fellow Star Wars Junkies, this game takes places during the "Old Republic" era, not long after the Sith wars (or Jedi Civil War). The lore on this game is very good, you get to visit Kashyyk, Korriban, Tatooine, Yavin, Manaan, Dantooine, and a few more KOTOR specific planets.

Game Play: This is the part where I stop praising the wonderful lore and story of the game... I have been replaying this game on steam, I had actually spend many hundreds of hours on this game when I was a kid... I had forgotten that the game is rather buggy, and your character gets stuck often.
There are ways to get around the flaws (teleport back to your ship, or switch characters and run as someone else), but the inconvenience is VERY obnoxious. Others may not encounter these problems, but my point is the game hasn't aged very well at all.
Bug's aside, the auto level up feature in the game is definitely suggested for beginners, however I was an idiot when I first played this game and would create characters who had skills they had no business in specking into. (For example; a soldier with high intelligence and focused on the persuasion skill)
The Game play really doesn't get rolling until after you've escaped the Endar Spire and Taris, then you get to chose between having Jedi, Droids, or range fighters by your side. The strategies in the game really start to shine once you get into situations you cannot win with default combat alone. (For example; trying to get off Taris without leveling up the main character... I had to heavily rely on grenades)
Something should be said for the detail and complexity of the combat system in the KOTOR series, if you don't want to learn how it works, just auto level up and you should be able to get through the story. (However, there are parts and fights that will elude you unless you get creative.)

Achievements: There are no Steam achievements for KOTOR, that doesn't mean there is no challenge or difficulty... Someday I'll need to try to speed run and/or try to see if I can beat it without my whole party wiping (game over).

Price: Knights of the Old Republic is priced at $9.99 that's a pretty fair price for most RPG's. Since this game is rather old, I would recommend waiting for a 50-75% off sale, I got my copy from a Humble Bundle. (Humble bundle was like "Heyyyy Atratzuuuuu, GiveUsYourMoney!" and I exclaimed "No! I'm trying to pay back college loans!" And Humble bundle retorted with "It's a Star Wars Bundle." And then I threw my wallet at my monitor...)

Conclusion: I cannot speak for everyone, but this has always been one of my most favorite Star Wars games, even with the various bugs while running the game, I still intend to play through the game at least once via steam.
The game should easily take about 25-40 hours... depends on how easily you're side tracked... if you're a completionist like me you'll probably be looking closer to 50 hours, and then if you want to replay to help/screw the NPC's you screwed/helped, you can easily double your time spent.

Let's put it in a simple pro's vs con's list:
Cons: graphics are old, characters get stuck, not much aesthetic customization, combat is more complicated than it needs to be, cheap tactics to get you to replay the game, screen resolution limitations, and lastly Bastila Shan and Carth Onasi as main characters.
Pros: HK-47 and Jolee Bindo... Trust me - they're awesome. Good story telling, skills/talents/stats are highly customizable, multiple endings and multiple endings to sub-stories, props for all the voice recording required for this game, and the appearance of familiar star wars themes/planets/factions.

------Edits and updates------
Edit/Update May 20, 2015:
I recently turned on V-Sync in my graphic settings, and that has removed all "getting stuck" after combat and interactions. Which has already improved the game 100% (it's a pain switching characters, or saving and reloading to move again).
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
43.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
This is quite possibly the greatest RPG ever created! It's an absolute must play.

If you don't play it, Malak will bite you in your sleep. Oh wait....
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Beat this years ago on CD. One of Bioware's best, and one of the best RPG's in general.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
95.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
A Classic, an absolute classic. this PC port of an amazing Star Wars classic, does not disappoint. Knights of the Old Republic brings us the story of Revan and Malak, after their fall to the Dark Side. The story takes us to several familiar worlds, and gives us a little backstory on some of the species we've grown to love. Without giving any spoilers, I will say if you enjoy story-driven adventure and are a fan of the Star Wars universe, you will absolutely love the Knights of the Old Republic. Even though the graphics are a little dated, it is worth the time.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
The best star wars game i have played so far
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
the only problem I had was that it had an end.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
205.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Such an awesome game. Good times :D
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
53.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
75.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
General info

~Genre: Role playing game
~Number of players: 1
~Star Wars related product
~Completion time: 30-45 hours

Strong points

+Variety: Visit places with different geological paterns, inhabitants, natural characteristics. Even the “tutorial” planet (Taris) is distinct from the others. You won't find repeatable patterns in this game. Each place has its own story to tell. My advice: Don't rush; take your time and explore.

+Music score: A plethora of modern games advertise the “quality” of their music. Mostly it's just a marketing trick. Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) is an exception. The developers put a lot of effort to capture their product's atmosphere in a music sheet. The result is outstanding. Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD4YUEd18R0
You will catch yourself whistling a tune from its soundtrack quite often.

+Story: “Memorable characters” is a cliché. Numerous titles brand the term in their case cover but only a few actually deserve it. KotOR does. Don't take my word for it. Just try the game and see if Juhani, Jolee or Canderous won't leave a mark on you. This will be a tale of partrnership, trust, love, hate, grief, revenge, anger, maturity and reckoning.

+Liberating experience: This is a game of more actions that words. Albeit a role playing game, KotOR wants the player to be responsible and pick their own path. Every character has a background as well as a moral code. Your protagonist's choices will reflect upon your companions in more than one ways. Aid them and they will aid you back. Betray their trust and see what happens in the course of the story. The game allows you to be whoever you want to.

+Grey: Despite being a Star Wars game, KotOR isn't a monotony of light and dark side choices. You can pick gray as easy as you can pick black or white. In that aspect it surpasses even the films in some instances. Are the Jedi the just order and Sith their everlasting evil counterbalance? Are the terms “good” and “bad” viable in such context? KotOR will help you maturing a bit by the time you finish it.

+Micro-management: Pause the action anytime and give your commands to any member of your team. Sometimes, this kind of management is the difference between success or… reloading the game. Just press “Space” (by default) during combat.

+Working bench: Forge weapons, enhance armor efficiency and even craft your own lightsaber piece by piece.

+Blend in: Not a Star Wars fan? No problem, neither am I. The story takes you 4.000 years before the events of the first film trilogy. You will meet individuals never seen before and you shall witness how certain groups became infamous in after years. Even if you have never heard of Star Wars before, you will still be able to enjoy the game to the fullest.

+Living in the parallel: Fan of Star Wars? This game is for you. You will recognise many familiar patterns. Be alert though: Darth Vader and Darth Malak despite playing a similar role in the two stories they don't necessarily serve the same purpose.

+Side questing: Tired of mundane sidequests which involve killing massive amount of weak enemies, fetching items from borings NPCs and ultimately rewarding the player with useless items and questionable currency? From saving a captive spy to playing the attorney for the shake of an old friend, KotOR will make you remember each completed side quest.

+Narration: KotOR is one of those games that utilizes your imagination to some extent instead of showing you everything through a cut-scene or an FMV. Listen to your teammates stories, close your eyes and imagine being there with them; in their old tales of youth and inexperience. Gaming as it should be.

+Price: Even if you can't wait for a sale, buying it at full price worths it.

Weaknesses

-Old school dice: KotOR utilizes some mechanics which younger gamers won't recognize or are too lazy to study them for a few hours, such as invisible dice and hidden statistical factors. As a result, if you don't plan your character carefully you might be unable to finish the game. It is advisable to consult some guides before starting a new game.

-Graphical issues: This game might be unplayable in Windows 7 or later versions. One common solution is to turn off the grass on graphic options and disable movies. If that doesn't fix the issue (as it did for me on Windows 8.1) consult the helping and friendly community here on Steam.

-Limited customization: Unfortunately, the only body part that you are given a choice to meddle with (at the character selection section) is the face; not even the head generally. NPCs suffer from the same banality as well.

My rating4.5/5

I'm not a Star Wars fan. Nevertheless, this game reminded me how a proper title must be developed. Forget the flashy trailers and bright packages. This is gaming at its finest. After 20 years of gaming, I feel content to include this game amongst my favourites.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
68.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
There are countless positive reviews on how this is one of the most brilliant RPG's ever made so I am just going to touch on a few things and lend a few quick pointers to people who are brand new to Kotor. The first thing to note is that the game is quite buggy, crashes occur at random and minimizing will periodically result in a crash as well. There are not enough auto saves in the game so SAVE OFTEN. This will prevent some serious frustration. The second thing to note is that the start of the game can be difficult to sink your teeth into. You may find your interest is not aroused immediately, just remember to give it time. I had to put the game down several times at the beginning as my interest waned. Come back with a fresh mind and push through and you will soon find the game much more immersive and rewarding after you contend with the beginning. Knights of the Old Republic is the Baldur's Gate of Star Wars games and is one of the greatest RPG's ever made. A no brainer for RPG enthusiasts and Star Wars fans.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
KOTOR is one of my favorite games from my childhood. The storyline is great and the gameplay is great. This is the original Mass Effect.

Pros:
  • Highly customizable characters apart from the preset faces.
  • Light and dark sides choices. branching story
  • Long and interesting storyline
  • A lot of areas to explore
  • Modding adds even more experiences

Cons:
  • Cant continue your story after you beat the game, except for loading an earlier save.
  • Not a lot of classes to choose from
  • Game's a little buggy for Windows 7+

Overall this game is great. If you've never played this game before you are in for a treat.
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