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This review is from: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - Sith Lords (PC) (Video Game)I've played the original, and I am a great fan of it. It was a great game. However, I try to treat games as if they were original, so my expectations don't affect my review.
Anyway, I think that this game is an excellent one. The voice acting is great, the plot is deep, and the mysteries of your past are extremely driving, possibly because the original would fill in the gaps. Anyway, you see the return of some of the old characters from the original, which is a nice touch. The combat system is fine, not perfect, although there is the tendency that characters take a while to execute the moves, and a bit of standing there doing nothing between the moves (like in the original), but that's fine.
The game forces you to not only make choices about your skills and attributes, but your relationship with others and the force. Your skills and attributes can affect what happens in the game (possibly bypassing a bunch of enemies by handily opening a low security door), or maybe you can use these to discover a merchant is lying to you about a droid's price, and you can save med packs and also credits with these skills! Also your relationship with others can affect whether you can train them as Jedi and they will become more inclined to your side of the force, and your actions will also affect some people. The bonuses given by your increased influence is huge. Also, your actions will affect your alignment with the force and therefore affect your companions and the outcome of the game.
The graphics are on par and the lightsabre fights are always a joy to watch. I mean, who can resist some nice flashy lightsabre combat? Also the sparking swords are fun. The AI is fine, and the music is good. The juice lies not in the combat, but your relationships.
The game includes lightsabre stances, all with their advantages and some without disadvantages. However, they simply didn't make it obvious enough what is the best against what by making it really terrible against it, so you CAN leave it on one, but I find it just makes my life a tiny bit easier.
Possibly, the most tedious, but for me the most fun bit is upgrading your weapons. The possibilities are huge, with your skills affecting the upgrades you can create, and the amount you can breakdown and then recreate items. The items make your weapons more effective and you can feel proud when your weapons deal in excess of fifty damage: you've come a long way.
I feel, however, that too much time had been spent on side-quests rather than the juicier main plot which is unfortunately too short for a game this long. The ratio just isn't right.
The original is great, but I've played it waaaay too much.
Warning: There might be a complaint form the game when it says you don't have a graphics card capable of handling OpenGL 1.4 or higher, or you simply don't have it. I solved the problem when I downloaded the latest update from NVIDIA.