What I thought about Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Being a huge fan of BioWare‘s Dragon Age and enjoying the BETA of Star Wars: The Old Republic, I have been told to try out the earlier BioWare instalments such as Star Wars:Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2 and Mass Effect 1 & 2.
So I will start off with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a single player RPG first released at the end of 2003, a game which I have very much enjoyed, 23 hours played is not a bad usage of a game.
Because it’s an older game my first hurdle was to make it playable with a widescreen monitor, since it only natively comes with a handful of lower standard resolutions. This resulted in some horrible stretching that I couldn’t play with.
After trying out a few widescreen tools which required a cracked .exe, I decided to go with the simpler option of running it in the resolution it wanted to, but in windowed mode.
- To get to this setting you have to go to your game directory (since I have it on steam it was in my steam\steamappps\common\swkotor folder)
- The file you need to edit is the swkotor.ini
- Find the [Graphics Options] header
- Find the entry FullScreen=1 change that to FullScreen=0
- Great campaign story which is pretty long.
- Lots of companions (9), you can take with you on your missions (2)
- Companions bicker with eachother to provide depth to their character
- Companions have back stories
- Dark and Light side choices
- Smooth gameplay and combat, choosing an action and having a “combat turn”.
- Voiced conversations with multiple dialog options.
- Mini games such as the card game and a time racing game.
- Multiple worlds to visit with numerous side quests as well as the main quests.
- Old school puzzles during missions, not just kill x.
- I would have liked to be able to take 1 or 2 more companion members with me on missions.
- Lack of character respec options for stats / skills
- The pacing of the jedi training testing was too fast for my liking (Although the cure a dark place was a great quest).
- Dated and clunky UI (but it is an old game and you get used to it)
- Can’t look up and down, only left and right.
- Companions and items sometimes get in the way of objects.
- Companion pathing can be a pain, sometimes they get caught on something and don’t follow.
- Jedi’s aren’t special, everyone has a sword which can counter a lightsaber.