A very rewarding and immersive experience which changed my view of RPGs for life → ♫ Duh Duh Duh Duhh D'Duh,
There, I've said it. Now I'm sorry if your life revolves around them but I just find them to be too slow and often too long. I would rather have a fairly fast paced action game that could be clocked within or around 20 hours.
Then comes Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
The first real RPG I played on my PC which I did not actually finish until almost a year later. After upwards of 60 hours gameplay I can safely say that it has changed my view of the role-playing game for life.
The gameplay is really simple after you've discovered all there is to it. I found the most enjoyable part of this to be the lightsaber battles. Choosing the attacks and then letting my character pull them off still gives me a ßuzz. Other than that, there is the HUGE amount of character interaction and conversations which are great, although can drag on sometimes. Nevertheless, they are well written as is the story and everything else.
Graphics are admittedly the low point of the game but are still very good, especially the special effects used in battles. There is a wide range of characters, each unique in their own way. You can find aliens, humans, Wookies, etc.. A down side is that there are only a few models of people used in the game which are duplicated for the less important NPCs.
Voiceover for characters is excellent which must've taken God knows how long to record. Some alien races have their own language as well, adding to the authenticity of the game's universe. All the classic Ben Burtt sound effects can be heard such as gun fire and lightsaber swooshes. Although John Williams' score is in the game, most of the music is original and quite good.
Value can be determined by how long you would spend on an RPG doing all of the optional side quests and collecting every piece of equipment. As I did this, my finished game was about 60 hours - a long time playing a game in my books. I did enjoy it though, so there was a great sense of accomplishment once the credits began to roll.
Overall, a very immersive and highly rewarding experience. Not a lot of people outside Star Wars' most devoted audience would give this the chance it deserves, but those who do will be utterly satisfied if they are willing to put in the time.