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Imaginative, Immersive, Addictive
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2004
I love Star Wars and have played all of the Jedi Knight series games. Until KOTOR I had never played a Role Playing Game (RPG) so I did not know what to expect. I must confess that I was pleasantly surprised.
The level of interaction and depth of characters really carries this game. You become immersed in the storyline as if reading a gripping novel. Even my wife was often peering over my shoulder wondering what would happen next. She kept wondering what happened to Sasha (the stowaway aboard the Ebon Hawk).
I have played through this game twice - once as a Light Jedi and once as a Dark Jedi. It is definitely easier to play through as a Dark Jedi, but it was rather disturbing to kill your "friends" after such a long journey with them. Yet is that not the way of the Sith and the way of the Dark Side! Playing as a Light Jedi seemed more difficult due to the temptation of sinister dialogue. Some of the dialogue is just downright funny - particularly playing as a guy Jedi and the interaction with Bastilla on Dantooine. I could not stop laughing.
My favorite worlds were Korriban and Kashyykk. I was least impressed with Taris and also was not as excited about Manaan. In both times playing I generally followed this order of traveling: of course Taris was first, then Dantooine, Kashyykk, Manaan, Tatooine, Korriban, and then the mystery planet and the Star Forge.
Without giving the story away I thought the flashback sequence during the revelation of my character's past was great. It really helped weave the story together. After the truth was out I truly felt in awe and was struck dumb. I felt not just into the story, but in the story. I was truly immersed.
Having traditionally played First Person Shooters (FPS) it took me a little while to figure out what was going on. It took until the end of Taris for me to start liking the combat sequences. However, once I grew accustomed to playing an RPG I was hooked. It took me a little under 50 hours to complete the first game and about 36 hours to complete the second. I usually don't bother with pazaak but seek to earn money through bounties, swoop racing or the death match ring in the Upper Taris Cantina. I also only visited the space station near Yavin IV once - maybe I am missing something there?
The only other thing, which could use some improvement, is the inventory system. It was great that you could switch weapons among party members, but it quickly became over cluttered. Finding that newly entered data pad was often annoying. With this said, this being my first RPG game I was duly impressed and I look forward with great expectation to KOTOR II: The Sith Lords.
As a side note I ran this game on a Compaq Presario x1002us (laptop) with a Centrino Pentium M 1.4; 512 MB RAM; and an ATI Radeon Mobility 7500 video card. The video card did not meet the requirements, but the game ran flawlessly. I used the highest settings possible with only turning off the grass setting. I was somewhat surprised, but nonetheless excited, that the game ran on my system. I am glad it did!