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Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Series) Review

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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

The Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is a series of hard narrative-driven role-playing and combat games set in the Star Wars universe, 4000 years before Luke Skywalker and the Empire. You fight enemies and discover secrets by talking to the characters you meet on your way. The choices you make affect your ability to wield the light and dark sides of the force, who you meet along your journey and much more. Everything, even down to the ending, is dependent on your choices.

In the first game, you start on the city planet of Taris, where you team up with Carth Onasi, who tells you that the Jedi master Bastila Shan is lost on the planet and is being hunted by the evil Darth Malak. It is up to you to rescue her and escape the planet. From her, you learn of Malak's ultimate weapon, the star forge, which kickstarts your quest to try and stop him and defeat the Sith, unless you choose to help them instead. You search the galaxy for anything that could help you, and encounter people you can add to your party, and upgrades to your gear and force abilities. Eventually, you are captured by Malak, who reveals a big secret about your past.

In the second game, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, set 5 years after the first, the Sith, now led by Nihilus and Sion, and their master Darth Traya, have all but wiped out the Jedi, and it is up to you, a Jedi in exile with a damaged force connection, to find the remaining Jedi masters and resist the growing darkness. Once assembled, you can choose to betray the masters and become the new Lord of the Sith, or help them by finding someone who could aid their resistance.

While the first game was a love letter to the Star Wars films trying to emulate its most successful traits, the second is more of a deconstruction of Star Wars; obscuring the line between good and evil and humanising both sides, showing the flaws in both.

In both games, you can choose your name and select your appearance from a variety of presets. There are also different classes to choose from, each having a different speciality; scout, soldier and scoundrel. Both games also offer plenty of side quests which tie in nicely to the main plot, and may even help you. The gameplay and graphics are quite dated and the games don't give you as many hints as some modern titles. The fighting is turn based and quite hard, meaning you'll more than likely be killed multiple times, but you don't lose anything when you do and you can attempt the fights as many times as you want, or go and improve your character's competence in combat before returning.

Regardless of gameplay, the storytelling and care put into each character is still apparent. The games are considered some of the best role-playing games out there, so if you're a fan of the genre, sci-fi or Star Wars, they are definitely worth playing.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 15/07/2003, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @Obsidian

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 30 hours and 60 hours to complete. The game's maps are quite expansive and offer lots to do, and the many side quests can increase play time should you want a longer experience. You are able to save anytime, so each play session is as long as you make it.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

PC Free

EA Play

 
This game is free to play. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.

Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Cognitive Pressure

Adjust Speed: Adjust the overall speed of the game, or rewind play for a second attempt, to ease reaction times.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse and Controller: Can play with mouse and controller simultaneously.

Motion Controls Not Required: You don’t need motion controls to play the game.

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Ben Kendall


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