**THIS ARTICLE MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**
Even as a longtime gamer, you can still be surprised by the fact that you’ve never played some of the best and most popular games on the market. As a Star Wars fan, Knights of the Old Republic was one such (personal) example.
In a diverse universe inhabited by a wide range of familiar Star Wars races, the story is compelling and strengthened by a multi-faceted set of characters. The open world format allows the player to complete side quests on multiple planets, beat the fastest times in Swoop races and play a few games of Pazaak along the way. There is a plot twist, but thankfully, it does not seem contrived or come across as cheap, lazy story development.
As far as gameplay goes, the battle system is extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate. The d20 model is appropriate given the different types of weapons and magic used by the various character classes and their unique modifiers. The upgrade interface is quite straightforward, and the lightsaber crystal structure provides a nice degree of customization.
In addition, players have the opportunity to choose the Light side or the Dark side of the Force in various situations. Whether it’s choosing to keep someone alive, helping local thugs or picking unnecessary fights, what you do (or even say) can affect your alignment. You can choose to remain neutral, but your character must be categorized as either Light or Dark to use certain weapons, wear certain armor and gain certain abilities. This aspect of the game gives it strong replayability. I know I’m going to make an “evil” character the next time around.
Overall, I can’t believe I missed out on this game for so long! I can see myself playing through it multiple times and, given the sequel’s reputation, look forward to Knights of the Old Republic II. If it’s anything like the original, it should be a great game too!