Universal acclaim - based on 72 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 72
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 72
  3. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. The battle system rocks. Not quite real-time, not quite turn-based, but somewhere in-between, KOTOR's battle engine offers tremendous depth while being intimately adjustable. [Sept 2003, p.78]
  2. 100
    It's a luminous use of an indelible vehicle, and it deserves to be held aloft; suitably accorded the very best nomenclature in Gamestyle's vocabulary. A Ten, then.
  3. It isn't one thing that makes Knights of the Old Republic such a masterful RPG, but a remarkable amalgamation of brilliant gameplay elements, jaw-dropping presentation and a huge helping of that special Star Wars magic.
  4. 100
    One of the most sublimely designed inventory systems I've ever seen contains all the information you need about your party of warriors and more, presented in a way that is incredibly clear and easy to understand with the controller used fully to make navigating the various screens dead easy.
  5. To say Knights of the Old Republic is an ambitious stab at turning the Star Wars universe into a deep RPG would be an understatement.
  6. The game changes dramatically whether you're male, female, light or dark, or even try to stay on a neutral path. Anyway you look at it; there are LOTS of reasons to play this many times.
  7. Massive ruins, and expansive forest. The water is top-notch, and the character animation is superb!
  8. Knights of the Old Republic is fast-paced, linear, and consistently entertaining, and the goals are always clear. This was a nearly perfect gaming experience, at least by my standards.
  9. It has the feel of an action game and the depth of an RPG. My advice: Don't bother renting it. Just buy it.
  10. The massive environments are a joy to explore, and the fact that combat and exploration take place on the same screen prevents even the most frequent of encounters from becoming a burden.
  11. 100
    The most complete and all-encompassing "Star Wars" gaming experience yet. Thanks to the nonlinear gameplay and extensive dialog, you experience everything firsthand, and the RPG battles let you direct "Star Wars"-like cinema in a way that's impossible with other genres.
  12. 100
    This is the best game to be released this year, even eclipsing "Wind Waker." [Grade = A+]
  13. One of the most amazing aspects of this game is how the world responds to your actions. It is very open ended, and the decisions that you make during the course of your adventures directly affect the outcome of the entire game... One of the greatest RPGs that I have played thus far.
  14. 100
    The delicate balance of combat and exploration is done to perfection. [Sept 2003, p.61]
  15. If you're a fan of Star Wars, you NEED to purchase this title. The gameplay experience proves to be as deep as the engrossing story and wonderful script.
  16. Without a doubt this is the best Star Wars game created to date. Even those not historically interested in RPGs or Star Wars shouldn't pass by this too quickly as it's rare to find a game executed with this level of quality.
  17. It is, thanks to the incredible job on the vocal work and the environments, easily the most involving RPG I've ever played on a console or PC.
  18. The sheer variety of adventures thrown in your path is stunning!
  19. My favorite character personality is an assassin droid who, in calm tones, always asks you if he can shoot the person you're talking to. Or the person around them. He just wants to kill something.
  20. 98
    Environments look absolutely stellar with BioWare's new 3D engine for Knights of the Old Republic.
  21. The story is engrossing, complete with plot turns and surprises, and although it starts slowly you'll soon be complete caught up in it.
  22. The complete package. It is without a doubt one of the finest single player games put together. Solid graphics, and exceptional voiceover work. And bar none, the deepest gameplay I think I have ever come across.
  23. The storyline was fantastic, and there is a ton of replay value here based on two alternate pathways to follow and again, tons of side quests.
  24. This game reads perfect, looks gorgeous, plays fantastic, and sounds unbelievable. Knights of the Old Republic is in a few words the best RPG to ever hit the Xbox, dare I say a next-gen console? It will make Star Wars fans drool.
  25. The one factor of the game that can be deemed perfect, revolutionizing, unique, fun, addictive, and challenging, has to be the gameplay system. Bioware has created a different type of RPG, for the non-RPG types.
  26. A long quest, replay value and the ability to ride either the Light or Dark Side of the Force make this game something you have possibly never seen before on consoles. The story is phenomenal and the fact that every line is spoken just makes my jaw drop.
  27. It's really impressive to see how not only your party members, but all citizens of the planet react realistically to the decisions you make. You get the feeling that your actions are physically affecting others and shaping the future of the galaxy.
  28. 96
    It really is storytelling at its best, without coming across too contrived at any point and opens up the bridge between watching a story, and participating in it.
  29. KOTOR brings so much to the table and delivers to the full amount, allowing for great gameplay, unbelievable graphics, excellent story, and magnificent sound, making it sad when you finish the game.
  30. When it comes to video games based on the Star Wars universe, gamers have often been disappointed by games that lack compelling stories, interesting characters and sub-plots, and truly enthralling gameplay. Not to fear, Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (KOTOR) finally delivers.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 281 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 160
  1. Dec 30, 2010
    this is with out a doubt the best star wars game ive ever played . it has a fantastic story with great charicters . the choice selection ofthis is with out a doubt the best star wars game ive ever played . it has a fantastic story with great charicters . the choice selection of things to say is pretty vast with some really funny comments to say. going good or evil is a real fun adventure as your decisions actaully feel like they are having a effect. the ability to wield duel light sabors is awsome . the combat system although not bad is alittle bit boring as all you do is hit attack and your charicter just starts beating down who ever he or she is fighting and you do little els outside of toss in a special attack hear and there and heal . the game is also abit buggy not terrable mind you but can get abit annoying at times. . the game is fairly long and will take you around 30 hours to beat which is pretty decent for RPG length . it also has a decent create a charicter section and the game feels like it adds more to the star wars lore . there is also 2 differnt endings which will give you another reason to run through this game. its a very solid RPG and should be looked into. Full Review »
  2. Nov 26, 2010
    Outstanding RPG!! This game defines perfection as an rpg. The gameplay is a fun strategic way to wield lightsabers and unleash the force onOutstanding RPG!! This game defines perfection as an rpg. The gameplay is a fun strategic way to wield lightsabers and unleash the force on your enemy's. The customization is near flawless, and the Story is the best part about the game. I recommend this game for any fan who truly appreciates RPG's you will not regret this experience Full Review »
  3. CameronK
    Jan 25, 2010
    You people that say this game sucks are just doing it cause you want people to scroll through and see the red and stop. This is the greatest You people that say this game sucks are just doing it cause you want people to scroll through and see the red and stop. This is the greatest game ever made. Full Review »