Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2

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I bought this for 10 euro at Christmas and have been getting kind of addicted, mostly cos I am trying stubbornly to make my character turn into a Sith.

It has reams and reams and reams of boring dialogue about the socio-political history of the galaxy etc but it's weirdly compelling, a pretty good RPG, and it feels quite free in terms of choice.

I also like the way that as your character turns dark your cohorts all become snivelling annoying cranks aswell.

Anyone else played it? I'm not sure if I'll just stop playing this as soon as I manage to create my lightsabre but anyhow.

Ronan (Ronan), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 13:54 (fifteen years ago) link

This game is outstanding!

Dan (Final Battle Kind Of Sucks, Though) Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 13:59 (fifteen years ago) link

The game is great. It's ultimately unfinished, but great.

kingfish kuribo's shoe (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 15:39 (fifteen years ago) link

It's ridiculously easy to make your guy a Sith! I just finished the first set of missions, and my character (a female PHWOAR) has already pissed off the Han Solo stand-in, the blind Jedi, AND a robot! I'm about a third of the way towards EVIL - no pale skin & veins yet, tho. (I'm taking a break from the game - I finished the Light Side campaign a few weeks ago, and it's too soon for me to return & do most of the same stuff again.)

Yeah, the sociopolitical stuff seems boring @ first, but I loved listening to it. The balance between & timing of Stuff Happening and Expositional Cooldowns was impeccible.

And it's all about dual lightsabre action. Also lightsabre THROWING action.

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 16:25 (fifteen years ago) link

it's easy to get to the dark side but it keeps stubbornly giving me light side points for times where I just think the darkside guy deserves to die too, for being an asshole.

I've pissed off all the characters too, mostly by killing the innocent.

how do you actually create a lightsabre? or when do you first get one? I have just finished the mission in the caves on Dantooine and got my force crystal and stuff, I just want to make sure if I can have a sabre right now I am not missing out.

Ronan (Ronan), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 16:52 (fifteen years ago) link

This game locks up my PC every 10 minutes, but I still managed to play through it twice.

Stuh-du-du-du-du-du-du-denka (jingleberries), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 17:55 (fifteen years ago) link

I think once you get the force crystals & stuff, that softspoken handiman guy w/ the floating orb will say he can help you construct a lightsabre once you collect (or make) a few more components.

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 18:13 (fifteen years ago) link

This game locks up my PC every 10 minutes, but I still managed to play through it twice.

i had this same problem, but updated my drivers(video, audio, mobo) and it worked itself out.

kingfish kuribo's shoe (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 18:17 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah he said that to me, but he hasn't come good yet. I hate him.

Ronan (Ronan), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 19:35 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, wait - I think you need to go to another planet, finish stuff up there & THEN you'll get your lightsabre (bwah hah hah).

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 19:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh wait I got it! A nice double sided light sabre. I got it after helping that planet defend itself against the mercenaries. It's odd, for the first part of the game, fighting was hard and I would regularly get killed, but now it's like I've hit a point where all my characters are too good. And I just electrocute people to death constantly, and win every battle in 10 seconds.

Ronan (Ronan), Tuesday, 17 January 2006 21:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I bought this cheap for the pc last week. It's having to take a distant third to Civ 4 and San Andreas at the minute. It seems good but it doesn't have the pulling power of those two.

Greig (treefell), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 10:11 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm disappointed that I was never able to take on all the handmaidens at once. I played thru it 1.5x, getting distracted away the second time while goign thru the game as Sith(same thing happened with #1).

If nothing else, I always thought that the games proved that they could do a KOTOR tv series if they chose. It seems like you could put out a compelling SW narrative that doesn't necessarily involve Darth Vader.

kingfish kuribo's shoe (kingfish 2.0), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 15:57 (fifteen years ago) link

I've totally gone back to being good again, but without trying to be good, I'm right in the middle, grrr. time to kill some civilians.

Ronan (Ronan), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

How'd you manage that? Yeah, just terrorize random folks, make snide comments to goodie-goody party members, and always always kill when the opportunity presents itself.

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 21:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh yeah I love the killing.

See the problem is sometimes I actually dislike the evil person and want to rail against them. I think I should have helped the mercenaries to take over Dantooine.

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 19 January 2006 18:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Totally! Dude, you're EVIL! Even if your allies are total douchewits, you have to stay the course! Good (or bad) intentions aren't enough to turn your character portrait red & smoky.

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 19 January 2006 19:07 (fifteen years ago) link

(I don't know if I have the stomach to be a Sith, Ronan, so I'm rooting you on.)

David R. (popshots75`), Thursday, 19 January 2006 19:14 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Just got a copy of KOTOR for my 360. So, am I in for the greatest experience ever?

Mordy, Thursday, 14 May 2009 15:23 (eleven years ago) link

No, but you're in for a very very good experience.

Unclench, y'all, unclench (HI DERE), Thursday, 14 May 2009 15:46 (eleven years ago) link

if i were to invest in some KOTOR for the 360, should i get the first or second game?

someone went oddjob in yer goldeneye (stevie), Sunday, 17 May 2009 14:16 (eleven years ago) link

this game was so amazing. are there KOTOR on the 360? new ones?

at the end of KOTOR2 I was so evil and so fucking stubborn that the game ending was the entire universe imploding...it was the best end to a game ever, it gave me about 12 chances not to let that happen.

Local Garda, Thursday, 21 May 2009 03:12 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

ok, I'm playing KOTOR1 right now - didnt read the thread cuz i dont want either of the games spoiled for me, but this is AMAZING. i'm going darkside for my first playthrough (which i'm realizing may have been a mistake), and i just got to the part where i actually switched sides. i forced the Wookiee to murder Mission - easily the sickest (as in most grotesque) gaming moment i've ever experienced. this game is bananas!!!!!!!!!

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Saturday, 25 July 2009 23:27 (eleven years ago) link

this is like fukkin roman polanski's star wars

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Saturday, 25 July 2009 23:28 (eleven years ago) link

i wish i de-equipped everyone who fled/was murdered beforehand tho

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Saturday, 25 July 2009 23:36 (eleven years ago) link

yeah kotor is classick

EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK THERE'S SOME DIFFERENT SHIT POPPIN OFF (latebloomer), Monday, 27 July 2009 00:39 (eleven years ago) link

my enthusiasm was pretty tempered after trudging thru the final boss last night - this game has serious design flaws, especially when it comes to build viability (ie. wasted points will really cost u down the line) - but i still liked it enough to start a new game, this time a light side play thru~

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Monday, 27 July 2009 01:25 (eleven years ago) link

lol why is ed asner in this game

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Monday, 27 July 2009 05:10 (eleven years ago) link

b/c dude started doing v/o work over the last decade

kingfish, Monday, 27 July 2009 05:36 (eleven years ago) link

i know i know, but it's still weird that he's voicing the fukkin head of the jedi council

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:38 (eleven years ago) link

MASTER VROOK btw

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:38 (eleven years ago) link

have just ordered this 2nd hand for my 360, its the good stuff yes?

can-i-jus (stevie), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:40 (eleven years ago) link

which one, 1 or 2?

either way i'm going w/yes

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:41 (eleven years ago) link

I loved KOTOR and own 2 also, but enough people told me 2 was badly broken that I've never played it. Is that nonsense? I've no shortage of games to play, so if 2 kinda sucks then I'll continue to stay away.

Sugar Slam (Euler), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:42 (eleven years ago) link

starting with 1, will move onto 2 if i love it

can-i-jus (stevie), Monday, 27 July 2009 14:48 (eleven years ago) link

How is 2 badly broken? guh

I love these games a lot even though I never even scratched the surface re: companion influence; none of my characters ever became Jedi.

Lisa Simpson = a fictional bitch (HI DERE), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:04 (eleven years ago) link

I've heard from a friend that the ending is so badly executed that the entire game is not worth playing. I hope that's wrong, b/c I'd love to try it some time.

Sugar Slam (Euler), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:06 (eleven years ago) link

1 owns pretty hard, it's a pretty smart game, reminds me a lil of deus ex... not so much in the gameplay unfortunately, but writing-wise (deus ex is infinitely superior just as an RPG, nevermind the whole host of other things it does amazingly well). i like the way the star wars galaxy is basically depicted as a giant third world shithole filled with brutality and exploitation. it's very obviously meant to parallel real world environments like, say, colombia where violence scars the lives of everyday ppl, and in a way that seems much more specific and intentional than in most games featuring generic corrupt/wartorn shithole [x]

things that make u say ~*~*hmmmm*~*~

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:08 (eleven years ago) link

fuck the swoop races though; I wasted a bunch of time trying to beat the last one of them, and when I finally did, my reward was an RL trip to an eye doctor for eye strain.

Sugar Slam (Euler), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:12 (eleven years ago) link

congratulations!

Lisa Simpson = a fictional bitch (HI DERE), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:12 (eleven years ago) link

yeah yeah yeah

Sugar Slam (Euler), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:13 (eleven years ago) link

heh the swoop races are easy, sorry to break it 2 u

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:13 (eleven years ago) link

the last boss is a real son of a bitch if you dont have exactly the right build though... i had like the worst possible combination of skills and feats for that fight (low treat wounds, low force resistance, completely wrong set of force powers, etc)

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:16 (eleven years ago) link

maybe it was my shitty tv + xbox controller but the swoop races were a serious bitch

Sugar Slam (Euler), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:17 (eleven years ago) link

playin KOTOR 2 now - boy do i hate how this starts! the characters are horrible and right off the bat you have to slog through this gigantic dungeon that's bigger than any from the first game. the influence system seems interesting tho...

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Friday, 7 August 2009 16:20 (eleven years ago) link

no neeshka no credibility

#/.'#/'@ilikecats (g-kit), Friday, 7 August 2009 16:28 (eleven years ago) link

are there new versions of this or anything similar? fucking loved this game

I for one welcome this new Nazi ILX (Local Garda), Sunday, 9 August 2009 16:50 (eleven years ago) link

it was easy as hell too, once you learned the lightning you could just bolt the holy mother mary out of everyone all the live long day

I for one welcome this new Nazi ILX (Local Garda), Sunday, 9 August 2009 16:50 (eleven years ago) link

mass effect maybe?

cozwn (webinar), Sunday, 9 August 2009 17:04 (eleven years ago) link

mass effect blew chunks according to everyone i know

not really diggin KOTOR 2 btw - it just feels kinda cheap and crappy compared to the first game

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Sunday, 9 August 2009 17:11 (eleven years ago) link

-the level design is awful - all samey cramped corridors no matter what the locale (except dantooine thusfar, and it's literally just the same environment from the first game with a lil gussying up)
-the characters are borrrring and unlikeable (so far none of them own as hard as Jolee or Canderous)
-it's pretty buggy and incomplete

the whole thing feels like half-a-game, like something the publishers rushed out the door to meet an arbitrary deadline (which is probably exactly what happened)

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Sunday, 9 August 2009 23:21 (eleven years ago) link

KOTOR 2 is totally a rush job - publisher wanted it out regardless. Just wait until you get to the end! However, I think the character interaction is better, though the character's themselves aren't as interesting.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 9 August 2009 23:24 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, the influence stuff is neat. if the first game had this system, it would've owned

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Sunday, 9 August 2009 23:46 (eleven years ago) link

Very true.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 10 August 2009 00:22 (eleven years ago) link

kotor 2 has more dangling plot points than like any narrative thing i've ever encountered. so frustrating. wish they could have gone back and fixed that game up.

Clay, Monday, 10 August 2009 00:24 (eleven years ago) link

wow, i ran into a bug on nar shadaa that won't let me progress. what a piece of shit fagfest of a game.

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Wednesday, 12 August 2009 18:44 (eleven years ago) link

I fired up kotor1 in honor of this thread. I just realized this morning that I cant go back and finish some of the quests on Taris because it done blowed up. Ohwell.

mayor jingleberries, Wednesday, 12 August 2009 19:32 (eleven years ago) link

five years pass...

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-07-21-star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-2-gets-a-surprise-huge-patch

I'm super excited about this, never got round to starting it (despite owning it for years and LOVING the first game) just because talk of bugginess and unfinishedness always put me off. So I'm set to jump right into it fresh.

JimD, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 21:10 (five years ago) link

Same here - I think I did finish it, but I can always do so again, and they aren't kidding about how desultory a lot of the ending is.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 22:58 (five years ago) link

that's awesome. i've had it in my library too, and haven't played it. nice that the fan patch is a Steam Workshop addition

Nhex, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 01:32 (five years ago) link

Haha I can't get past the first menu screen because some resolution issue means I can only see the top left corner of the screen. Hopefully the patch will get a patch eh.

JimD, Thursday, 23 July 2015 16:48 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Hey, looks like this was just stealth released as an app (Apple and Android) like a week ago.

Wet Pretzels and Other Soggy Snacks (Old Lunch), Saturday, 26 December 2020 14:12 (three months ago) link

kreia is an all-time villain, if that's what she is

difficult listening hour, Saturday, 26 December 2020 14:20 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

but i think this game is a failure tbh and can only really be appreciated as an autopsy. it's not, or not just, that it's unfinished-- the Restored Content Mod renders the plot and most of the character arcs complete if still obscure; and these days it runs much stabler than kotor1. (haven't played the recent rerelease but presumably that works too.) but the more you understand what it's trying to do-- link the story's themes of teachers/students/choices to the practice of a padawan-rearing CYOA-- the more you feel compelled to plan the narrative development of your character far in advance, exactly as if it were a mechanical "build".

the game wants you to stumble naturally across triggers in the plot and environments that develop, not just your character, but the (many!) characters in your party. this is normal enough and now in fact an obsidian cliche, but unlike fallout new vegas or the pillars games or the (not good) the outer worlds, your relationship w your companions is the primary theme of the game's plot and the source of most of its content; the triggers that shape them are unevenly scattered and easy to miss or lock; and reaching the end of the main plot without having properly developed your companions leaves you w a very strange feeling that you have been told a story that had a point which has been removed. so you play it again and this time you know what you're doing, and suddenly the game is about cycling people in and out of your party in order to get the game to tell you the version of its story you have decided you want to hear. instead of being a kind of narrative space you freely explore while listening to lectures about freely exploring narrative space, the game is at first almost impossible to appreciate and then on replay responds to appreciation by becoming a game where you are always taking arbitrary actions in the service of picking plot components like feats. meanwhile you are listening to lectures. (stand by my spoilery assessment of kreia above-- an extremely cleverly designed NPC-- but the circuitous bull-session avellone dialogue style where everyone says "perhaps" 9000 times a conversation is tested to its v limits w her.)

a noble failure tho, which would be still be better than kotor1 if its environments weren't so denuded and hasty. as it is they're both huge wastes of time lol

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 31 January 2021 04:40 (two months ago) link

anyway just checking if pom's still up

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 31 January 2021 04:42 (two months ago) link


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