Throwback Thursday: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is how I entered the Star Wars fandom. While I did eventually watch the movies, KOTOR will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only is it a fantastic game, it is, in my opinion, the best representation of a pen and paper game in a video game (Sorry Temple of Elemental Evil). The story and characters are well written and the gameplay is fun if you know what you are doing.
Our story begins on the Endar Spire. After choosing your class, picking your face, distributing attribute points, and getting your starting feats, your character wakes to find that the Endar Spire is under attack. Your roommate comes in and helps to get you equipped. You and him fight your way to through the ship in an attempt to get to the escape pods and Carth Onasi, a Republic war hero who made it to the escape pods and is able to track your progress. Once you finally get to Carth and the escape pods, you crash land on the planet below, known as Taris.
From there, the story takes off. Along the way you meet a ton of characters and potential party members with diverse personalities. Everyone who plays this game has a different favorite party member. Maybe it’s the young orphaned rouge, Mission Vao, or maybe you prefer the Mandalorian war veteran Canderous Ordo. Personally, I like the violently crazy protocol droid, HK-47
You may have noted in the first paragraph that I said that the gameplay was fun if you know what you are doing. Due to its pen and paper origins, you can royally screw up your character if you make the wrong feat and attribute choices. For example, in this game you can use double bladed light sabers. If you want to use one effectively, you have to take the duel wielding feats. Because it is based in the pen and paper RPG, it uses behind the scene dice rolls to determine if you hit something and how much damage you do if you are able to hit it. If you build your character wrong, you won’t get very far in the game.
Additionally, the friendly AI is terrible. Most of the time they won’t even move to attack, and there are only three AI modes to switch between, which all suck. I prefer to set them up myself. I also like to level them up individually, but you have the option to auto-level up any character, and it does a decent job of it. The AI is a major problem, especially if you don’t know what to do with your personal character and need the support.
This game is fantastic, and easily has a spot in my top ten games of all time. You may have a few false starts if it is your first time playing, as it can be a bit confusing for someone who has never played a pen and paper RPG, and the friendly AI is so bad you may not realize you are fighting a boss by yourself until it is too late. But stick with it, and I believe you will find a gem.
You can buy Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic on Steam here
(All pictures taken from the Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Steam page)