The NZA Posted September 9, 2009 Share Posted September 9, 2009 a while back, newt was purging his home of MS products (thanks again man, you really gave me some greats here) and amongst his biioware collection, i got this & part 2. At the behest of bish & advice of like half the internets, i finally gave it a go. My first go was rather short - i felt it wasnt aging well, having come off Mass Effect (my first real W-RPG experience, truth be told) the battle engine in particular felt clunky. However, ive said numerous times in the past that i'm willing to work with less than inspired engines if the story/character holds, and this one was on too many "top 5 best written RPG" lists to not give it a fair shake - i mean, fuck, I adore Xenogears but it really doesnt play well. Also, the engine - particularly with stat-building and talk of d20 rolls and such - its not trying to be very approachable - an easy comparison for me is modern day Persona, which takes a somewhat complicated system and tries to hold your hand a bit more than say, Shin Megami Tensei, which is quite content to throw you into a demon world and not even wish you well. This isnt to say Mass Effect wasnt without complications early on, but i think the generational gap - and the stress on making such titles for console, rather than PC first as was prior - is still a bit evident. This isnt to say KOTOR's unforgivably esoteric, but between this and Planescape, ive been trying a few things that really needed a bit of spoiler-free FAQ reading to get going. Once you're past that, the game's pretty good. The varying worlds are really cool (especially Wookie planet!), the pacing is pretty good as long as you dont bury yourself in sidequests like i did, and the morality system of jedi/sith is somewhat forgiving...there's enough options to bring yourself back up (if that's how you're playing) while still being a dick once in a while when it's clearly called for. and that fucking twist...shit man, i almost switched sides over that shit. WTF. The characters are pretty interesting...some feel flat at fist, but ongoing (optional) dialogue as you progress really fleshes them out. I took a liking to meatbag-hating HK-47 and cranky old middle-of-the-road Jolee, though the whiny emo jedi cat chick was so boring i dont recall her freaking name. I personally defaulted with the most Han-like guy and a Wookie for my party. on the negatives....game's buggy as shit. I cant imagine this was entirely the case originally, but its 360 emulation is not great, and if anyone's looking to give it a go, id recommend the PC version completely. Death from laggy fights, loss of background/ambient sound etc are common but thankfully the game-breaking freezes arent as much. I'm taking a break from the series to a) find out if the BC of KOTOR II is better, and b) see if its worth my time to wait till the fan project of patching all the left-out shit in 2 together is still moving along, cause at this point, it might not make sense to play through a game ive been assured is better on many levels and has a vastly more awesome story, that rushes itself towards a crap ending to've met a release date. Fortunately, a quick glance shows it's coming along nicely. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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