Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
Game: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
Platform: PS2
Studio: LucasArts
Rating: 9/10

GAME STUDIO DESCRIPTION: Five years after the events from the award winning Knights of the Old Republic, the Sith Lords have hunted the Jedi to the edge of extinction and are on the verge of crushing the Old Republic. With the Jedi Order in ruin, the Republic’s only hope is a Jedi Knight struggling to reconnect with the Force and is faced with the galaxies most dire decision: To follow the light or succumb to the dark side…
The Sith Lords is the next chapter to Knights of the Old Republic; winner of more than 35 “Game of The Year Awards” featuring an all-new and perilous storyline set approximately 4,000 years before Star Wars Episode I.
* All-new Force powers, weapons, locations, characters and classes add to the richness of this next epic installment.
* Choose from three different classes of Jedi to start the game with access to specific Jedi abilities.
* Choose the light or the dark side of the Force based on your characters actions as you progress through the story. The choices you make not only affect your character, but also those in your party, and those who may join you in your quest.
* Cameo appearances from memorable characters of the first game enhance the continuity and story flow through this unique time period.
* Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the development house founded by members of the Fallout, Icewind Dale, Baldur’s Gate, Dark Alliance, and Planescape: Torment teams

PLAY: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords takes place thousands of years before Star Wars as we know it. The battle rages on between the Jedi and the Sith. The most brilliant aspect of The Sith Lords are how each decision has a consequence. There are many times throughout the game where you are second guessing decisions and can’t help but wonder what path you might be heading.

Gameplay for the Sith Lords isn’t a major change from Knights of the Old Republic. The game is mostly linear with many options involving interacting with other characters. Because there are many paths to take it increases replay value.

The addition of new weapons, armor, and characters makes for a game that doesn’t feel like a mere clone of the original. There are also new powers from the Force that must be learned and utilized. Because you can join either side of the force there is a whole new reason to play it a few times. Your responses to dialogue will take you to either side of the force as the good responses are much different than the evil. What is interesting about this is there isn’t a real ability to deceive as much of it is out in the open. You can also ride the line of good and evil.

The lightsaber, which comes later in the game, is your best weapon. Many of the blasters are much weaker while the lightsaber can be nearly unbeatable once your skills are built up.

GRAPHICS: There are issues with what is a decent looking game. There are some clipping issues and on occasions characters appear to go right through walls. The graphics are very similar to the previous release. The characters aren’t well detailed unless you are speaking to them. The lightsaber graphics are amazing.

SOUND: The dialogue is fantastic and the character acting is very good. The sound effects are good, but repeated from the previous release.

FRANKLY: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is easily a 30 plus hour game. The depth is remarkable considering it comes right on the heels of Knights of the Old Republic. With such high replay value you get a lot of bang for your buck!

+ Richie Wright

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