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Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is a RPG game for Xbox consoles and Microsoft Windows. It was published by LucasArts and developed by BioWare, with the soundtrack composed by Drew Karpyshyn. The role-playing videogame remains the best rated Star Wars title ever produced, surpassing both its sequels. Obsidian Entertainment developed the sequel which goes by the name of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II the Sith Lords.

Key facts about Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is a video game that captures the very essence of the famous franchise.
  • The role-playing game had stellar graphics for 2003 and brought to life iconic characters from the space saga.
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic scored high marks for its stellar voice acting and its soundtrack.
  • It combines the role-playing and action game elements, but remains a narrative driven title.
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic has a fully fledged campaign and also downloadable content for enhanced lasting appeal.

The Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic games

The Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic games will enable players to travel across most of the galaxy depicted in the movies. Players hone their skills by training at the Jedi Academy, where they learn how to use the lightsaber. The developers made sure that the game also has educational value for the dedicated fans by providing ample explanations. Throughout the single player campaign, players will visit iconic places such as the cantina on Tattoine as well as locations that don’t appear in the movies.

The game is every bit about discovery and exploration as it is about confrontation. The most challenging quests are those in which players lock horns with the Sith or Jedi, depending on their alignment. The game has no multiplayer, but the side missions provide the much-needed diversity for those who want to explore. They include everything from spacewalking on the surface of battleships to bounty hunting.

What is Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing videogame published by LucasArts in 2013. It was developed by BioWare who then passed the copyright to Obsidian Entertainment to produce the sequel. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II the Sith Lords continues its story almost a decade apart. The original was also tweaked to run on iOS and Android devices since late 2014.

Gameplay of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is big on decision-making and the entire campaign is littered with major choices. The first one that players need to make is between three character classes, each with unique skills and abilities. These are honed in time and new abilities are unlocked as the character levels up, while existing ones become more powerful. Round-based combat compels players to stay one step ahead of their opponents by using strategy, rather than brute force.

Screenshot of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Jedi
Screenshot of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Jedi

The Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic gameplay requires players to make the most of a limited number of actions per round. It is possible to pause the game during or at the beginning of fights but the illusion of real-time combat delivers the best gaming experience. Players can enlist the assistance of two companions and complete most missions in game with a party. The other members of the group can act on their own volition or the players can control them in battle.

His companions are also comfortable participating in conversations with NPC. Interaction with these characters is very important in Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and sets the mood for the game. Even the more subtle decisions made by players can influence the characters’ evolution and draw them closer to the light or dark side. Throughout the game there are various mini-games that spice things up and generate cash and resources for those who win.

Plot of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

Story of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic takes place 4000 years before the Galactic Empire was formed. Darth Malak and Darth Revan are leading the attack against the Republic, commanding an armada against the defenders. The protagonist awakes aboard the Endar Spire a Republic ship that is about to fall under the relentless assaults of Malak. The player barely survives thanks to the assistance of a Republic pilot called Carth Onasi.

Their aircraft crashes on the surface of planet Taris and after evading Malak's forces, they seek refuge on Dantooine. Here, at the Jedi Academy, the player learns new skills and starts his training to become a Jedi. As the storyline develops, players will learn about the true identity of the character who is revealed to be Darth Revan. The Jedi managed to capture the Sith Lord and heal him, but the process is not irreversible. Depending on their actions throughout the campaign, players can switch back to the dark side

Screenshot of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Combat
Screenshot of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Combat

The plot of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic thickens in the later stages, as players confront Malak. The actions and important decisions will determine whether the character turns into the new Darth Lord of the Sith. Those who follow the light path are celebrated as Jedi heroes and saviors, while the others will resume their onslaught against the Republic.

Development of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

BioWare announced its intention to work on Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic as soon as 2000. In close partnership with LucasArts, they came up with a game that honors the franchise and the Star Wars saga. The first trailers emerged at the E3 in 2001 and the game was scheduled for release in 2003. Developers enjoyed a lot of freedom in crafting the game, but they did their due diligence to make sure it follows the events of the movies.

In the absence of a multiplayer campaign, the emphasis was on creating a single player that will keep players hooked for at least 60 hours. The game ended up taking more time to complete, not to mention the dozen of side quests. Players can tackle different challenges in various ways, without being limited by the round-based combat. The end result was a game that combines the best elements from Baldur’s gate and Neverwinter Nights, all wrapped up in cinematic 3D action.

Where can I download Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic?

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic can be downloaded from the LucasArts and BioWare official website. Those who choose the developer, will have the option of purchasing other famous games produced by BioWare. Dragon Age Origins, Dragon Age Inquisition and the Witcher 3 will appeal to the fans of role-playing video games. Those who don’t feel comfortable trading space for a mystical land no matter how beautiful, will surely enjoy the setting of Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect Andromeda.

Screenshot of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Base
Screenshot of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Base

What are others saying about Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic?

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic was welcomed with open arms by the critics. Players were also anxiously waiting for its release after seeing the E3 trailers and they were not disappointed. The role-playing videogame won several awards in 2004 and is still regarded as one of the best RPG. Professional reviews highlighted the uncanny ability of developers to recreate the Star Wars universe. They were equally impressed by the voice acting and superb soundtrack composed by Drew Karpyshyn.

The round-based gameplay drew no criticism, in fact it was praised for its complexity and plethora of options. Since its release, the video game won more than 40 awards and remains the best rated Star Wars game ever made. Its sequel Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II the Sith Lords was also well received by the media.

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic tournaments

With more than 100 hours of single player campaign, players won’t miss the absence of multiplayer. It’s hard to envision Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic tournaments, given the round-based combat. BioWare developed mostly games for single player, so if you seek the thrills of ample competitions you’d better look elsewhere. StarCraft 2 Wings of Liberty, Dota 2, League of Legends and Counter Strike Global Offensive are prime candidates for eSports and they cover all genres.

My rating of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

I was among those who pre-ordered Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and got to play it immediately after the official release. I’ve made few better investments than this one, as I still find great pleasure in playing the game. More than a decade after its release, I’m certain this is the best Star Wars game I ever played. It does capture the very essence of the Star Wars universe, and makes you care about characters, their story and struggles. For these reasons and more, I’m happy to give it a review score of 9.5 out of 10.

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