Thursday, August 13, 2009

Games Played 07/16/2009

Rhythm Heaven - NDS
Spore - PC
Street Fighter IV - PC
Thunder Force Gold Pack 1 - SegaSaturn


Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)
Developer: BioWare Corp.
Platform: X-Box
Purchase Date: 07/19/2003

Where's the Jedi mall? I need to buy me a light saber.

This game may be inferior in every sense compared to its most updated form - the enthralling space odyssey known as Mass Effect - but as far as Star Wars games go, it's as good as it gets. With a rich storyline more compelling than all the Star Wars movies combined, BioWare has given the franchise a higher sense of dignity and credibility than even what George Lucas could bring to it (apparently). All the locations visited are alive and filled with memorable events. All the characters are fully voiced, complete with nonsensical alien languages. At first, I thought that all the alien lines were unique but I was disappointed to find out that actually they were not. It was forgivable back then because they were so many unique English dialogues found within but in hindsight, we know now that it was just a cost saving maneuver rather than a DVD format storage issue. KOTOR is a role playing game with semi real time battles that work better than most battle systems found in a Japanese RPG. But of course, the real allure here is being able to create a powerful Jedi character and wields all the powers associated with it. Also refreshing in the genre is BioWare's insistence that the player makes important decisions constantly that will affect the flow of the narrative. Then, there is Carth Onasi who is the most well-developed character in western RPGs period - yes, it is as remarkable as some of the character depths encountered in a Suikoden game.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

1 comment:

Will44 said...

Hmm.. 4 out of 5 huh?

I personally disagree, but I believe I have a tad bit of bias when it comes to KOTOR. You are right that when it comes to Mass Effect it really doesnt compare, but that is to be expected.

[begin hate rant]And as far as Carth Onasi goes, I hear lightsaber torture is rather gruesome mwahaha! [end hate rant]