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  • Summary: Long before the Galactic Civil War, an epic drama begins. Engage in this saga set in the Golden Age of the Republic--over 4,000 years before the first Star Wars film, when both Jedi and Sith number in the thousands. With the Galaxy reeling from a recent conflict with the Dark Lords, theLong before the Galactic Civil War, an epic drama begins. Engage in this saga set in the Golden Age of the Republic--over 4,000 years before the first Star Wars film, when both Jedi and Sith number in the thousands. With the Galaxy reeling from a recent conflict with the Dark Lords, the ongoing battle between the Jedi and the Sith rages on. It's up to guide your customizable and evolving characters through ten different worlds, fast-paced minigames, and locations including a Sith world, the Wookie homeworld, and the Jedi Academy. Your actions determine the outcome of this colossal galactic war--and your destiny as a Jedi. Expand
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  1. GMR Magazine
    100
    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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. There's the usual John Williamsesque score, but what makes Knights Of The Old Republic stands out is the sheer quality and quantity of spoken dialogue.
  5. At last, a true RPG found a home in the rich Star Wars universe. Its amazing depth makes today's Star Wars movies look like a sitcom.
  6. There were too many times in the game where there wasn't a whole lot of fun. And personally the combat system could have allowed you to have more control of the character without having to give up the RPG elements.
  7. Play Magazine
    75
    The game shows high points of inspiration and technical achievement, but there is a pallor of inelegance and flat artistry that too often leaves the work in the hands of the gameplay. [Sept 2003, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 168
  1. BrentP
    Jul 18, 2003
    10
    Fantastic game. The flexibility and gameplay dynamics are key. Combat is as fluid or as pause-tactical as you want it to be. Animations are Fantastic game. The flexibility and gameplay dynamics are key. Combat is as fluid or as pause-tactical as you want it to be. Animations are excellent, graphics are between solid and excellent. I'm anxious to beat it so I can try out new character templates and alignments! Expand
  2. Nov 26, 2010
    10
    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 Expand
  3. MattZ.
    Aug 12, 2003
    10
    Better than halo...maybe even better than madden... this is a must buy game!!! the gameplay will have you playing for hours whether your aBetter than halo...maybe even better than madden... this is a must buy game!!! the gameplay will have you playing for hours whether your a star wars fan or not. the graphics can sometimes be choppy but it really doesnt matter becuase the fun factor is way over a ten. i'm really close to ranking this game as the best game ever but i'm only half way through it. scratch that...now that i think of it, this is the best game ever! enjoy! Expand
  4. PaulA
    Jan 5, 2009
    10
    My favorite game of all time. A masterpiece. The visuals aren't that good. But the entire experience is unparalleled, and the few flaws My favorite game of all time. A masterpiece. The visuals aren't that good. But the entire experience is unparalleled, and the few flaws this game has can't hold this game back. The story is one of the best and a major twist unfolds toward the end. This is the high point for star wars and bioware. Expand
  5. Jul 24, 2012
    10
    Tied as my favorite game of the previous generation of consoles, this game was awesome on so many levels. The characters were incredible, theTied as my favorite game of the previous generation of consoles, this game was awesome on so many levels. The characters were incredible, the story was awesome, and graphics and environments that made you feel like you were in the Star Wars universe. I was not a huge Star Wars fan until I played this game. I have beaten it probably half a dozen times. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2022
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Warning: Spoilers
    This review contains spoilers.

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a 2003 role-playing game developed by Bioware. The video game's setting is thousands of years before the Star Wars movie prequels, the Old Republic comes into conflict with a Sith Empire. A secret Jedi mission is created to investigate how the Sith Empire became so powerful.

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is an excellent game. The first and foremost advantage that this game has is its story. The story is presented masterfully over the course of a roughly 16 hour adventure. The characters that the player encounters are all memorable. In addition, the game feels like a Star Wars story. Despite being thousands of years in the past before the events of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, the video game has that distinct Star Wars feeling. The conflict between the Sith and the Jedi is palpable and easily understood.

    The gameplay of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic can be found lacking. This gameplay is relatively simplistic. It is based off of D20 role-playing games. The actual combat that the player will do is a matter of using attacks or special attacks until the enemy is defeated. There is not much strategy to this game's combat. The combat is the worst part of this game. The dialogue options in this game are a welcome change and is where more of the gameplay went to. The dialogue is all voiced and voice acted well. I do not think there is any flaw in the game's sound from voices to effects. The graphics are dated but serviceable.

    The story is the centerpiece of this game and there are many side quests that the players can embark on. The side quests have had a lot of effort put into them that some of them are similar to the main quest in quality. There are many options for how each of the quests can go that it makes replaying this game with different choices more appealing.

    The main story is one of the best Star Wars stories. This story with the introduction continuing until the end held my interest. The story is one of the best paced stories that paced out its reveals and exposition. There are moments where the story slows down but this is more of the player's choice to explore rather than the main story being slow.

    I highly recommend "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic".

    Grade: A.
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  7. DavidS.
    Jul 15, 2003
    1
    This game blew big time mostly because of the big hype that is leading up to its release and the lack of gameplay that the actual game delivers.

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#1 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#1 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003