Publisher: Lucas Arts
Engine: Odyssey Engine
Platforms: Xbox- Windows- Mac OS X- iOS- Android
Modes: Single-player/ 3rd Person
Price: steam – iOS: 9, 99€ /android: 4, 99€
General / Plot……….8.8/10
In a forgotten past, far far away and 4000 years before the facts between the first and second Trilogy of Star Wars, another Universe more brutal and complicated existed. In this era, other forces were more powerful than these of the Old Republic and the main ruler of the Galaxy was well known in the Sith Empire. Darth Malak, a Dark Lord aprentice of Darth Revan who played pivotal roles as both Jedi and Sith in the Mandalorian Wars, Jedi Civil War, and Great Galactic War, unleashed fleets of warships against the Republic. Jedi Knights are struggling to keep order throughout the galaxy and many of them have fallen in battle fighting against this Dark Lord. The game begins with you, the player, stepping in the shoes off a young republic soldier onboard a Republican ship, the Endar Spire, which is under attack by the forces of Darth Malak. The story of the game is very satisfying and will not disappoint players who buy games for their narrative. Also, the player visits many locations and planets like Endar Spire, Taris, Dantooine (Jedi Academy), Tatooine, Kashyyyk, Manaan, Yavin 4, Korriban (Sith Academy), Lehon, Star Forge, Leviathan, and by that way he boosts his knowledge about the Star Wars Universe. Τhe only negative fact that tired me are the very long dialogues in some spots of the game but it is easily forgiven due to its innovative RPG character inside the Star Wars Universe.
First of all, Knights of the Old Republic is the first PC Single-player Roleplaying game set in the Star Wars Universe. With the d20 System created by the Wizards of the Coast, the game allows the player to be a servant of the light side or the dark side of the Force. Furthermore, the game keeps track of your every action in game by using an alignment system taken straight from the D&D universe, thus characterizing you as a simple fighter or a Jedi knight. Players choose from three basic character classes at the beginning of the game, and later choose from three Jedi sub classes. A character has “skills” stats, tiered “feats”, and later on, tiered Force powers. Combat is turn-based and combatants attack/react simultaneously. However, the number of actions each round is limited while player can configure the combat system by pausing at specific moments or at the end of each round. As the game progresses, the player can form a 3 squad team. During your playthrough, you can level up your character’s stats by wearing different piece of armor (gloves, mask, uniform, boots, Jedi robes, armors and shields) and by upgrading your weapons. There is an abundance of them, since you can wield blasters , swords, lightsabers and grenades which can be upgraded even further. The player can discover planets by going on space trips using quantum speed with an exploitable space ship and finish a variety of missions. Sometimes interplanetary travel is interrupted by enemy starfighters, thus beginning a minigame where the player controls a turret to shoot down the opposing aircraft. To gain reputation and money, the player takes part in a card game known as pazaak, which is similar to the game of blackjack or participates in swoop racing with race-bikes.
Incorporating the Odyssey Engine, as well as the knowledge of the collaborators of Lucas Arts for the creation and design of the Star Wars environment, BioWare set the bar high for years to come. Picture quality and system ability due to bug absence overshadow every other game released the same year. The graphics have aged well and even though they seem outdated by today’s standards, they won’t put you off at all.
Sound / Music……….9.2 /10
Soundtrack is a masterpiece. It is based on the famous and loved by all melodies of the Star Wars Universe. Knights of the Old Republic immerses the player in a fascinating sound experience which will undoubtedly affect him emotionally while playing.
For standing the test of time