Ten years ago, I played a most amazing game, one that would set the standard for RPGs for years to come. I'm not one for RPGs, as they are literally a virtual time-suck, but I had to give this one a try.
And it's just as fun to play today as it was then ...
Four thousand years before the Star Wars films, a Sith known as Darth Malak has unleashed an armada against the Republic, leaving many Jedi scattered and vulnerable by his aggression. They may either die in battle or swear their allegiance to Malak.
Escaping a Republic cruiser, you find yourself stuck on the planet of Taris. To get off, you have to rescue Bastilla, a fierce Jedi with a unique power that gives other warriors a heightened sense of will, which Malak fully intends to use for his own armada.
You choose your character's gender, looks, and you even construct your own light saber as you explore fascinating worlds with unknown dangers at ever turn, but the fate of the galaxy depends entirely on the choices you make.
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There's much to like about this game - the puzzles, the inventory, the characters, and the choices you make that can lead you to either the light or dark side of the force. The game itself is thoroughly thought out to the last detail, has a completely unexpected twist that truly messes with your emotions, and, might I dare say it, a spark of romantic intrigue? Should you choose to pursue it, or course.
I'm all about replay/rewatch/reread value, and this game has it in droves. You can spend a good week exploring everything and do it all over again by making different choices. And depending on what you do, you actions will effect your companions, for better or for worse. The fighting system is a lot of fun, too, but it requires quick thinking as the fighting is real time instead of a per-turn basis.
The best part of all - let's be honest - it's Star Wars! Say those two words together and I'm sold (well, with the exception of attaching Angry Birds to it ...). While this is an older game, it's still available for PC and the first xBox. You might even get a few ideas for a few of your stories. So, if you're brave enough, give KOTOR a shot.
I'm David, and this is but a taste of the Dark Side ...