Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords Review

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II- The Sith Lords is set five years after the events of the previous one. The sith lords have hunted down the Jedi to near extinction. The sith lords are on the verge of crushing the old republic. To make matters worse the Jedi order is in ruins. The republic’s only hope rests in one Jedi. You will play this Jedi and will be faced with making a difficult decision. Will you join the dark side or the light side of the force? Every decision you make will determine the path you choose.

When you first start the game the first decision you make will be which Jedi class to join. There are 3 Jedi classes to choose from. Then once you have chosen your class, and gender you will customize your character. If you don’t feel like going through all the hassle of customization you can choose the quick option. With this option, all you have to do is pick your character’s name and face. After that, you wake up on a mining facility not remembering anything. Your first goal is to explore the ship to find out information. As you play the game you will come across new characters. Each character you meet will have their own agenda and motives. The first character you meet is an older Jedi. During your conversation, you will be given dialogue choices

Each character you meet will have their own agenda and motives. The first character you meet is an older Jedi. During your conversation, you will be given dialogue choices. Even how you respond to other characters will determine your path. You are also awarded influence points depending on how you deal with each character. If you say or do things that the party members agree with you gain influence. If you say or do things that they don’t agree with you lose points.Party influence will determine whether you learn your companions’ backstory. You can also influence your own party members towards the dark side or light. Some choices in the game are not so clear as to whether it was good or bad. You may make a choice thinking it is good but later find out it was bad.

The combat system has not changed much since the previous Kotor. Both combat and interactions with the environment are based on the D20 AD&D system. The only thing that is different is the Lightsaber forms. Lightsaber forms are Jedi combat techniques. There are also 30 new force powers and new lightsaber crystals. New items, weapons, and armor are also introduced in the game. The level of difficulty in this game wasn’t all that hard. I didn’t really need to use the new Jedi combat techniques. Nor did I have to use the crafting system all the much. What I enjoyed the most was the open exploration and learning more about the story. Finding new items as you explore makes crafting items pointless.The fighting aspects weren’t all the impressive. Actually, the menu and controls for combat were confusing on the PC.

Finding new items as you explore makes crafting items pointless.The fighting aspects weren’t all the impressive. Actually, the menu and controls for combat were confusing on the PC. I loved being able to visit locations in any order. Just like the first one you will be traveling with two other companions.The story won’t always stay focused on your character. At different points, the game will shift the focus to your travel companions. The role-playing system, controls, and interface are the same as the first. You can also issue orders to your party at any time. Since this game was released before it was fully completed you will notice some kinks. At times my game would freeze in the middle of a battle or the game would completely crash. On my first run through of the game it froze before I had a chance to save it.

The graphics are also a let down for a Star Wars game. If you choose the quick option at the beginning for your character all the character models look exactly the same. The character models aren’t attractive either. The environments aren’t detailed or attractive. Even at the time, when this game came out the graphics weren’t impressive. Any Star Wars fan playing this game would expect better for the graphics. The sound effects are the same ones from the previous game. What makes up for this is the musical score and the sith lords’ audio. Both of which sound great. The controls when it comes to moving your character around are simple on a PC keyboard. As I previously stated when it comes to combat not so much.

If you loved the first Kotor you might have a hard time getting into this one. The graphics aren’t as good, and it just seems like a rehash of the first one. What I liked about sith lords were the open exploration and the story. The constant game kinks just get annoying. A Star Wars game deserves better. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II-The Sith Lords has been released ten years ago. There have been better Star Wars games released since then.

REVIEW CODE: A complimentary PC code was provided to Bonus Stage for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to editor@bonusstage.co.uk.

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