KotOR - Retrospective @ High Score Reviews
High Score Reviews has posted a late review for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic that reads more like a retrospective article in my humble opinion.
Set 4,000 years before the rise of the Galactic Empire as seen in the film saga, KOTOR was a truly remarkable achievement in how it was able to expand the and deepen the history of the Star Wars universe, whilst still managing to weave a gripping narrative to call its own. Opening with a Republic vessel under siege from the Sith, with one particular shot deliberately evoking memories of A New Hope’s unforgettable introduction of Tantive IV, KOTOR was instantly engaging by wasting no time in presenting a galactic war between the Republic and the Sith, and placing you right in the middle of it. It really didn’t take long for it to be established that KOTOR was going to tell an infinitely more enjoyable tale than that of The Phantom Menace’s trade disputes and planetary blockades.
KOTOR took everything that was so fantastic about Lucas’ original creation, and crafted what, in my mind at least, will always be the true Star Wars prequel. An epic war between the Jedi and Sith, gloriously well realised planetary escapes, iconic spacecraft, great characters, a mind bending plot twist and a satisfying conclusion. Heck, even the cover art was awesome. The way the narrative was structured made it feel like one long trilogy contained within one fantastic game, and it was without a doubt the best Star Wars experience I’ve ever had in gaming.
If you’ve never played it, failed, you have.
Platform: PC, Xbox