This week we are featuring an epic rpg in a galaxy far, far away…
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic:
Platform(s): Xbox, PC, Mac
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is an epic rpg from Bioware that takes place 4,000 years before the original trilogy. Players assume the role of a character who turns about to be the powerful Sith Lord, Darth Revan. Using Dungeons and Dragons based mechanics and character building, the game and its sequel, Knights of the Old Republic II, feature significant character customizing and the ability to become a powerful force user. The series is also known for its memorable party members such as HK-47, Zaalbarr, Bao-Dur, and Mandalore. Like many Bioware titles, The KOTOR series allows players to build significant relationships with their followers and explore their back stories through party member specific quests. The series’ story lines also take the player all across famous Star Wars planets such as Tatooine, Kashyyyk, and Korriban.
In 2011 Bioware released an MMO entitled Star Wars The Old Republic which is based in the same timeline as the previous KOTOR games. The MMO was originally a subscription based game, but eventually became free-to-play. The MMO has been met with fairly favorable reviews and the most recent expansion, Knights of a Fallen Empire, was released in October 2015.
Why the series deserves a sequel:
While the Old Republic has been met with favorable reviews, the MMO still doesn’t seem to capture the heart of the previous, critically acclaimed games. Knights of the Old Republic and Old Republic II contain such deep and sprawling stories that create the Star Wars universe that fans have been dying to explore. There are a number of classes and skills to choose from that make each character build unique and versatile. The games also utilizes Bioware’s now famous dialogue system that allows for you to choose how to speak and react to party members and NPCs. And you get to be the freakin’ badass Jedi, Sith, or Smuggler you always knew you were. Hell, I think most fans of Bioware would be overjoyed with just a remastered edition of the original game let alone a sequel. Each game is just that great of an experience.
Since Disney’s purchase of Star Wars and Lucasfilms, it is anyone’s guess whether or not they will move forward with a direct follow-up to the KOTOR games. There is a good chance given that Bioware’s owner, Electronic Arts, has been tasked with publishing a number of Star Wars titles, such as last year’s Battlefront. Given Bioware’s focus on the new Mass Effect, however, we won’t be seeing a sequel for some time. Thankfully both KOTOR games have been ported to PC and Mac with slightly updated graphics and extra content.
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