Finally decided to play KotoR2 with the TSLCMThere are still many known cut contents to be restored, but after finishing the game, I dont think all those unrealized materials will make the game any better (still applaud to the mod community).
The overall gaming experience isreally mixed~
for the narrative, I feel that Obsidian tried too hard to emulate that of Planescape Torment, and its impossible not for me to compare the two; KotoR2 is inevitably pale. The dev teams does tell a nice story of light/dark knights of force, but is nowhere near as sophisticated and inspiring than Nameless Ones journey.
My biggest issue with the game is the emphasis of solo gameplay. KotoR2 is a cLassic party adventure CPRG (with DC and saving throw in a galaxy far far away); of course player can decide to solo such games (a popular practice for some Baldurs Gate veterans), but the games are designed for party gameplay.
With cut contents, some missions or segments (HK factory, fighting handmaiden sisters and such) require us not only to solo PC, but also NPC companions.
The whole end game section is the worst: its a long and tedious solo dungeon clawing (no party battle whatsoever), featuring four boss fights (two of them fought by lone companions). At that stage of the game, my PC literally is able to force wave through all the goons without losing any HP; only the finale battle poses some challenge. I was wondering why any game developer would think this kind endgame is good for a party RPG?
Then, after some thinking, I come to the conclusion that Obsidian simply put story over gameplay when they made the game. Many cut contents are addressing narrative events or character relationships. This is a story about a Jedi exile who by himself and upset or restore the balance of galaxyits good for a comic, novel, or even a movie, but definitely not a good one for a party RPG.
NWN2->MotB, F:NV, and AP are all excellent RPGs, and I consider Obsidian as the best current RPG developer because of them. Even Dungeon Siege 3 manages to bring something new to ARPG. KotOR2 is the least impressive (downright disappointing at times) effort from them~