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  Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
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It is four thousand years before the Galactic Empire and hundreds of Jedi Knights have fallen in battle against the ruthless Sith. As the last hope of the Jedi, you must lead a band of freedom fighters in an epic struggle to save the galaxy. Can you master the awesome power of the Force on your quest to save the Republic? Or will you fall to the lure of the dark side? Hero or villain, savior or must choose wisely as you alone will determine the destiny of the entire galaxy!

Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP
100% DirectX 9.0b compatible computer
Intel PIII 1 GHz or AMD Athlon 1 GHz required
128 MB RAM required for Windows 98, 256 MB RAM required for ME/2000/XP
32 MB OpenGL 1.4 compatible PCI or AGP 3D Hardware Accelerator with Hardware Transform and Lighting (T&L) Capability required
100% DirectX 9.0b compatible Audio Device required
4.0 GB of free hard drive space required

The Review:
I have never been too crazy about role playing action games, but Knights of the Old Republic has definitely changed my mind about them. As long as Bioware Corp continues to develop these types of games, I’ll be into these RPG’s for the long shot.

You begin by choosing a sex (male or female) and profession (scoundrel, scout or soldier), which determine statistics and skills. Jedi classes become available after characters have undergone the proper training within the game. During this time they will learn the basics of lightsaber combat, and be given a Jedi class (guardian, consular or sentinel) that suits their actions and skills.

The subplots make the game a much more interactive experience. The first few are quick (some are only one conversation long) designed to nudge the player toward the dark or light sides of the Force. The game likes to let the player choose between good and evil, where dark or light affects force powers, the player's appearance, some conversation and of course the ending. Conversations are handled with the familiar tree system, with plenty of options and the addition of the Jedi mind trick. Certain decisions make the player more good or evil, which can make it a lot of fun. As for the rest of the game, I’ll let you play to see what comes next.

The plot doesn’t exactly feel like your 4000 years before the other movies but it does give you that whole Star Wars feel. The graphics are superb, sound and dialogs are good, and makes for an all round great game.

Awarded Game of the Year for 2003 is all I can say.

Review ID Number: 457
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Review Date: 2004-03-01
Reviewer: Chad Laity
Rating: 10 out of 10
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