I consider KOTOR2 to be one of the greatest tragedies in modern gaming. I still love it for its improved mechanics (blasters don't suck anymore, yay!) and for what it attempted to do with the story and characters, but it never lived up to its own potential, and because Obsidian cocked it up so badly we'll never get KOTOR3. Bioware's TOR mmo might be an interesting distraction, but I doubt it'll ever rise to the level of the original KOTOR.
I see the Exile being mirrored this generation by the hero in Fable 3.
You're thrown into a life with no reason to care about anything, people will follow you no matter what your actions, and a pointless story.
If I remember correctly charisma was important in KoToR 1 for the highest level persuasions like making Zaalbar kill Mission.
I had never disliked anything Star Wars until KoToR 2, it was just bad.
Nihilus (Darth Mumbles) the guy on the damned cover, a Sith so scary his scariness was never revealed cause he was the easiest bad guy to kill ever.
Sion (Darth Emo) he couldn't be killed, until he got a hug
Kreia (Darth Obvious) was anyone not expecting her turn after the first minute of the damn game?
I had to read in a book that it was possible for you to make your companions jedi, I had no idea apparently I talked to them too much and the option was locked out.
Every party member was just so horrible I missed Carth, that shouldn't be possible.
This was the first lightside / darkside choice game where I only finished once, because it was so bad.
I'm still traumatized, and it's been years.
Yeah its not as good as the first but how the f*** is it a bad game?
If you really wanna see a bad sequel i suggest playing Deus Ex and then playing Invisible war, then we can talk about God awful sequels.
A year or less simply isn't long enough to design, code, and test an RPG fully. It may seem like an excuse, but the publishers that favour the one-year sequel to cash in on name recognition are as much responsible for a game's quality, or lack of it, as the developer. It doesn't help that RPGs are the most time-consuming to program and bug-test, which means it's increasingly even less likely RPGs will be properly funded, or developed at all. I would be more inclined to blame Obsidian if they had all the time and money in the world to produce a good game (like say Ion Storm with Daikatana). So, in short, a game and a genre are subject to structural economic constraints that even the most well-meaning of developers can't do anything about - Dragon Age 2, anyone?
It's been too long since I played Knights of the Old Republic 2, but my time with the first made it clear that the class balance and viability is irredeemably fucked. Using a blaster was so frustrating that I gave up, and I think I just can't be fucked replaying either game if they don't offer any playstyle other than the Jedi warrior.
KOTOR 2 was my very first RPG where you were allowed such morality dictations and full chosen dialogue, so admittedly my love for this game is more for its symbolism than the game itself. That said, I really did love this game a great deal when playing it, and played it I did.. A-lot. Like maybe 12 or something playthroughs? Again, though, that addiction was born through this being such a new concept to me who's main RPG experience was with JRPG's prior on consoles.
I haven't played either game in ages, but I seem to remember having more fun playing KOTOR2, despite it being lesser in quality. I liked having more customizable options...I think. It's been too long.
Never played KOTOR 2. That's about the extent of my contribution for this blog entry.
The only Star Wars game I was ever stoked for was the first Jedi Knight, way back when, after watching a friend play his copy. For such a dorky game, it sure ended up being influential.
I have KOTOR II for the PC. I've tried to play it twice, but I just couldn't get into it. I'm not even sure some restored mod will help, so I guess it will continue to sit in my desk.
I still enjoyed KOTOR II a lot but yeah its not as good as the first.
Edit: I've never heard that conversation with HK-47 before. His impression of Bastila is spot on XD
I wasn't a huge KOTOR fan. Mostly, I had watched my husband play the hell out of the series. There's just something about Star Wars bandwagons that make me go in the other direction.