Knights of the Old Republic
As I write this review, I am unemployed right now, so as with any
unemployed situation that I have been in, I turn to video games in
my time of great need. I was scoping on eBay for a couple of
weeks, and I finally came up with a sweet deal: a used copy of
the hit role-playing game "Knights of the Old Republic" for $29.
I love PayPal!
I got the game and friends, I must say: the combo of RPG
and the "Star Wars" universe is pure genius, as you take command of
a band of Jedis, rogues and Wookiees throughout the universe on
various quests. The standard RPG elements of take character,
build experience, learn new spells, kill off free-ranging baddies
and solve mystery that could save entire universe are here, with
subtle changes to two normally-bad RPG negatives that turn the whole
"KOTOR" experience into pure gold.
1) No more random battles
Man, the number of times I play a "Final Fantasy" game and have
this exact situation happen is now innumerable: I cross a
large, enemy-ridden field once to get to an objective for a quest.
Just walking across the field with no bad guys on it would take 10
minutes of game time, then you add in the sick number of battles I
have to fight against lowly Skeletons or Orcs, and it turns into
half an hour real quick. Then, after crossing the field, I get
my objective and have to walk back over the same field. Now, I
know that I just killed everything on that field...and now, I've got
to suffer through a bunch of random battles again.
In "KOTOR", the great part about exploring a level--be it
spaceship, desert, or forest--is that going through it once allows
you to clear it of all the bad guys on it...and, even better, you
can see the enemies that are on each level, so that you could avoid
fighting with these guys if you want to. So, when I forgot to
pick up something on a deserted spaceship, I can go back, run in,
pick it up, and run out without the fucking random battles that
normally kill this kind of game for me.
2) Conversation between NPCs (Non-Playable Characters)
that actually matters
Those conversation bubbles that pop up between characters in
other RPGs always leads to me just pushing a button to skip the
conversation altogether. In "KOTOR", your actions in
conversation lead you down very different paths depending on your
choices; you also are building up character points in the Force
column all game long, which lead you towards becoming a Dark Jedi
(bad guy) or Light Jedi (good guy) in the end of the game. I
loved this; I intentionally made every bad guy decision that I could
the first time I played this game, and your character's appearance
changes drastically as you are dragged towards the Dark Side.
"KOTOR" is a great game, and a great adventure for those that are
willing to invest the 40 hours or so in getting through the game and
doing all of the side quests. And, how badass is it to become
a Jedi, complete with dual lightsabers?
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience