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Is Knights Of The Old Republic The Best Star Wars Game? | The Best Star Wars Video Games Ever #10

Check out the next entry in our series, where we take a look at the best Star Wars video games ever!


Welcome to the next episode in our series where we take a look at the best Star Wars video games ever. This time we take a look at Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, widely regarded as one of the best Star Wars games of all time. We take a look at whether this legendary title is still worth checking out in 2020.

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Hello everyone, long time no speak! Welcome to the admittedly really late next installment in our rundown of the best Star Wars games ever. We run down a brand new game every week, and we’ve already covered the likes of Republic Commando, The Force Unleashed and The Phantom Menace. So if this sounds like something you’d be interested in then hit the subscribe and the notification bell for more videos like this. And don’t forget to tell us what your favourite Star Wars game is in the comments below.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is widely regarded as the best Star Wars game for very good reason, and there was no way I was going to finish this series without talking about it. 

Developed by BioWare, one of the titans of modern RPG titles, Knights of the Old Republic takes place 4,000 years before the events of the Star Wars films, a time in which the Sith plague the galaxy in great numbers. One such Sith, Darth Malak has launched an armada against the Republic, and it’s not long before your create-a-character is caught in the middle of it all. 

This game single-handedly fleshes out the Star Wars universe more than anything that has come before or since. You can explore the galaxy, learn about the ancient Sith and discover why Tusken Raiders hate outsiders so much. It’s no surprise that several novels and comics expanded upon some of the characters introduced in Knights of the Old Republic. And as you can expect with any BioWare RPG, each character has a deep, fully fleshed out backstory. Bastila Shan, Jolee Bindo and the Assassin Droid HK-47 might not be names that mean anything to you if you haven’t played the game, but if you have you’ll know them just as well as all the main cast of the films, and I wouldn’t blame you if you preferred them – they’re just that endearing. 

Gameplaywise, all the RPG mechanics are there; you choose your class, level up your stats and make your character your own. Combat is round-based and you can have up to two companions at a time, all of whom are fantastic and memorable. This might all sound fairly standard when it comes to roleplaying games, but as is often the way, it’s the characters and dialogue options that offer the most lasting moments. Knights of the Old Republic boasts over 300 speaking characters and 15,000 lines of dialogue in total, a ridiculous level of detail, given it’s nearly 17 years old. This makes it the most organic, lived in Star Wars world committed to video game, and necessitates multiple playthroughs to experience everything – something that is definitely worth your time.

Then there’s the plot twist near the end. I’m not sure how much spoiler protection I should give to a game that’s almost old enough to drink, but suffice it to say your character isn’t who you think it is, and when your true identity is finally revealed, it’s one of the few genuinely jaw-dropping moments in gaming history – up there with Aerith’s death in Final Fantasy VII and Bioshock’s ‘Would you kindly…’ payoff. If you’re lucky enough not to know the plot of Knights of the Old Republic, do yourself a favour and play it immediately, and prepare to lose several wonderful hours to not just the best Star Wars game ever, but one of the best video games of all time. 

And that’s a wrap on this edition of the best Star Wars video games ever. What did you think of Knights of the Old Republic? Please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your thoughts. In the meantime, if you enjoyed this video, please hit subscribe as there’ll be plenty more all about the best Star Wars games coming very soon. 

My name has been Tom, and may the force be with you!


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<strong>Tom Baker</strong>
Tom Baker

I like Star Wars, heavy metal and BBQ Pringles.

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