Knights of the Old Republic

The Grit And Gore Of ‘KOTOR’ Shows How Star Wars Games Should Be Made

We love KOTOR and we’ve made that pretty clear in our posts over the years. KOTOR has seemed to take on a life of its own in the fandom that grew around it. And you just don’t see that anymore today. The Star Wars games that are being made aren’t hitting those same tones and creating the same feelings in the fans. What was it that made KOTOR so special? Sara Elsam has written a really great piece for LAD Bible that basically expresses everything I feel about KOTOR, and how it shows us the model for what Star Wars games should be like today. They basically say everything I would say already, so rather than repeat, here’s a snippet from Sara: “And in Knights of the Old Republic, you get to pick your destiny. You can be bad – like, really bad. Sith bad. Want to force someone to kill their best…

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Tales of the Jedi Inspires SWTOR

How Star Wars: The Old Republic owes it all to Tales Of The Jedi, from double lightsabers to Sith Lords, Korriban, and the family tree of Bastilla and Satele Shan – James Hoare of Sci Fi Now tells us about Tales of the Jedi and how the Dark Horse Comics had an impact on SWTOR as we know it today. They have a great interview to help pay homage to the origin of SWTOR as we know it today. The idea behind Tales of the Jedi was really a new concept. It branched out from the views and storyline of the original Trilogy and did something new and bold. “18 years later, to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic – which like Bioware’s Knights Of The Old Republic before it owes Tales Of The Jedi a tremendous debt – we got in touch with Veitch to find…

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KOTOR 1 and 2 Mod Builds

Playing KOTOR 1 and 2? Check out Guaranteed Compatibility Mod Compilations. Spoiler-Free First-Time Builds Listed! Here’s a master thread about KOTOR 1 and 2 Mod Builds and it’s good stuff. I recommend bookmarking it because you’re pretty much guaranteed to want to come back to it later. If you’re playing the games and you want to mod them, but you’re not sure which mods are good, or safe, or should work for your needs, this thread is for you. The thread has full instructions on what it contains and how to use them so even if you’re a complete newbie with mods, you’ll be able to understand it. Mod Builds KOTOR 1 Spoiler-Free Build KOTOR 1 Full Build KOTOR 2 Spoiler-Free Build KOTOR 2 Full Build Check it out and do the mod builds that work for you. It’s highly recommended that you read the Builds’ FAQ if you have any questions…

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Knights Of The Old Republic And Another Voice-Acting Win

If you’re not familiar with one of the most popular Star Wars games of all time, you may not know that Knights of the Old Republic, fondly known as KOTOR, was very well-known for its voice-acting. Here’s something you might not have known: IL HK-47 was not written to be a comedic character. So, if you’ve played the game, you might be going “what?” right now. Kotaku has a piece that explains how this happened. It’s from the Boss Fight Books series, written by journalist Alex Kane. Here’s the full story on how he became a funny character: Darragh O’Farrell was the go-to voice-over (VO) director for Star Wars video game projects, in the LucasArts era and beyond. It was O’Farrell who had the idea to do the full voice-acted recording for the whole game. “It was one of the most ambitious projects that LucasArts or BioWare had ever attempted,”…

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Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Remake Could Be in Development

There are few Star Wars games that fans across the board love as much as Knights of the Old Republic. KOTOR is also one of the most requested remakes from fans. In short, we loved KOTOR and we want to see more of it. The latest rumor mill on the Star Wars scene says that might even be possible for us. A new project is underway at EA and it looks to, “integrate elements from the first two games in order to bring certain things into the current Star Wars canon.” Cinelinx reports two sources that claim to have knowledge of the rumored return of this beloved franchise. The first source says a remake of the 2003 classic is in development, while the second expands and says it “wasn’t so much a remake, but a ‘sequel’ of sorts.” The new project says it will take elements from the first KOTOR and…

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The Amazing Voice Acting of KOTOR

We can sing the praises of KOTOR all day long. Seriously, it’s been said here before and will likely be said here again – Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best Star Wars games of all time. One thing that made this game so unique and loved by so many was the amazing voice acting talent that covered the entire, vast script of the game. When Bioware made the decision to hire voice actors for the entire script, it was a big one. That story is told in the latest entry in the Boss Fight Books series, written by journalist Alex Kane and available if you want to follow it all. It is absolutely an interesting story for anyone who loves KOTOR, Star Wars, and video game history. In it, we learn all about what made the casting and sound departments of LucasArts unique, and how the process…

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A Fan-Made KOTOR II Mobile Port is on the Way

Who wants to play some KOTOR II? I know a lot of our readers are big KOTOR fans like myself and I am excited to tell you about this really cool project that’s on the way soon – a mobile KOTOR II port, fan-made, already in Alpha and releasing soon. How does it work? Here are details from the project summary: This project is meant to attempt to port all content from Star Wars: KOTOR II TSL into Star Wars KOTOR 1 Mobile (for Android / IOS), resulting into a partially / fully playable mobile version of KOTOR II TSL for IOS / Android. The game will be installed and ran as a Total Conversion Mod over the mobile KOTOR 1 version. The mod development will consist in the following stages: – 1. Converting all files from the PC version of KOTOR II, to work with the older KOTOR 1…

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Obsidian’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3

Knights of the Old Republic, KOTOR, is one of the most popular Star Wars games to date. Fans of the series have been waiting for a KOTOR 3 that sadly, will never be. Once KOTOR 2 was wrapped up, Obsidian was all set to make a third game in the franchise, but it never came to pass. Speaking to Chris Avellone at Reboot Develop, Kirk McKeand from vg247.com asked if Obsidian ever had a story planned for Knights of The Old Republic 3, and it did. Here’s the basic premise, in Avellone’s words: “When we finished the second one we were all trying to restore our lives back to sanity,” Avellone remembers. “We did start working on the third game pitch, because we always imagined the trilogy. Even when working on the second game, we [tried] to foreshadow what Darth Revan was doing in the second game, and he wasn’t…

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Knights Of The Old Republic Is STILL The Best Star Wars Game

Are you a fellow fan of Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)? If you’ve been around our blog for a while, you know that we have regularly posted about this game and I’ve said myself how it is one of the best, if not THE best Star Wars game to date. Well, I’m not alone in this opinion. The Star Wars franchise is not putting out as many games these days as they once were, and there is a higher quality demand being placed on the games that do come out. But how do they measure up against a classic like KOTOR? This is a question that ScreenRant takes head-on in this piece that says KOTOR is STILL the best Star Wars game. The author, Derek Stauffer says: “Knights of the Old Republic was one of the first Star Wars stories of its kind. It ignored all mention of the Skywalker family…

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The Lord Of Pain Darth Sion: A Star Wars Story

Here’s another Star Wars story from The Scoundrel’s Cantina. It was first published back in Dec of 2016, but if you missed it back then, you can still give it a watch. We highly recommend any of these videos from the Scoundrel’s Cantina. They really know their Star Wars stuff, and the videos are well made. They’re entertaining, and very informative as you are sure to learn something new in every one you watch, even if you’re already a super fan. This one is all about another famous Darth – the Lord of Pain Darth Sion. He’s not as well known to your layperson as far as Darths go, but he has an interesting and deep history that is explored fully in this video. They use a mix of both the Expanded Universe and the “Official” Star Wars Canon. He was a human who became a Sith Maurader in the war. Rather than…

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KOTOR Apeiron Gameplay

Remember when we told you about KOTOR Apeiron? It’s the fanmade remake of KOTOR that allows you to enjoy the game still today, like you did back in its heydey. Well, the gang from Apeiron have a Twitch account here where you can see some videos of their gameplay. The game really looks like it’s come along nicely and whether you were a fan of the original KOTOR, or a younger Star Wars game fan just getting in on the action now, this is one you may want to check out. If you’re not sure if the game is for you, take a look at the gameplay videos below to see it for yourself. This will give you a better idea of whether or not this is something you want to try out. You can also follow them on Twitch and then you’ll be alerted each time they stream so you…

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The Lord Of Hunger Darth Nihilus: A Star Wars Story

Here’s another Star Wars Story video from The Scoundrel’s Cantina. This one is from late 2016 so you may have seen it before. If not, you’re in for a treat and we’re happy we’ve dug it up for you. These guys make some of the greatest videos and if you love Star Wars and ever wanted to learn more about it, or more about specific characters from Star Wars, this is for you. In this video, they talk about the Lord of Hunger himself, Darth Nihilus. Again, these videos are all about the story of the person named. If you want to learn more about this Darth Lord and his timeline in the Star Wars universe, then this video is for you. Check it out for yourself below: In this video we are mixing both the Expanded Universe and the “Official” Star Wars Canon. This is the way we look at…

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Bastila Shan: A Star Wars Story

Here’s another great Star Wars Story video from The Scoundrel’s Cantina. I’m a huge fan of Bastila Shan so I was actually really excited to see what they were going to do with this one. It was a pleasant watch, like all of their Star Wars Story videos. It’s about five minutes long, so really a short watch but they pack a lot of info in that five minutes. Grab a snack and give it a watch! Not familiar with Bastila? Bastila Shan was a Human female who served as a Jedi Padawan during the Jedi Civil War. Born on the planet Talravin to Helena Shan and a treasure hunter, her mother gave her up to the Jedi Order, believing that their lifestyle of travel and exertions was not suitable for her daughter. Bastila Shan: A Star Wars Story!  From The Scoundrel’s Cantina: “In this video we are mixing both the Expanded Universe and the “Official” Star Wars Canon. This is the way we look…

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Indie Developer Remaking KOTOR, the Best Star Wars Game Ever

We talk about a lot of Star Wars games here – the good, the bad, and the in between. There are so many Star Wars games that have been released since the very first one in 1982. If you love gaming and you love Star Wars, it can be hard to pick a favorite. For many of us, however, there is one game to rule them all. There is one Star Wars game that consistently reigns supreme as one of the best Star Wars games of all time. Knights of the Old Republic Now, we might see this game return. As Lucasfilm plans the future of Star Wars, there is an indie development studio based in Atlanta, called Poem Games, that is looking to rebuild KOTOR. It is a labor of love that is already ten years in the making. It’s called Apeiron and you can learn more about it…

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KOTOR 1 vs KOTOR 2

KOTOR 1 or KOTOR 2: which is better? This is no easy question to answer, since both have developed very loyal followings. YouTuber nerdSlayer has attempted to answer this question in his video, simply titled “KOTOR 1 vs KOTOR 2.” He breaks down his analysis along the lines of four different criteria: graphics (how the games look), ambience (the feel and immersion of the game), story (strength of the plot and the characters), and gameplay (the mechanics of how the game works). In terms of graphics, nerdSlayer considers how KOTOR 1 ( Download it free with Amazon Underground here) for  has a neutral color scheme. The planets all have a different look but no scenes are overbearing to the eye. KOTOR 2 is much darker by comparison and its colors are muted. That same darkness present in KOTOR 2 heavily influences its ambience, which is all around darker. KOTOR 1…

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Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Netflix TV Series Movement

What’s better than Star Wars on Netflix? What about The Old Republic era Star Wars on Netflix ? If you’re thinking that’s as awesome as we are, then you will want to watch this video because there’s a chance it might be happening. There’s a petition going around (find it here) and see why over 100,000 other people have already signed up to make this happen. From the petition: “Why Netflix was chosen was because of the wealth of great content they have produced over the years, such as Narcos, House of Cards, and especially everything that Marvel has done and is still currently working on.  Not only that, but Netflix can serve as a platform to tell these stories as they were meant to be portrayed: dark, foreboding, and a touch on the mature side.  This can also give us fans our healthy dose of Star Wars while we’re waiting on the new…

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What about Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 3?

Here is a great video from GVMERS, you don’t see videos of this quality scale about a specific game often, especially for games as old as Knights of the Old Republic. I don’t think we’ll get Kotor 3, but we will likely get a game (or series hopefully) that is a spiritual successor/love letter to fans, and that is very similar to Kotor, perhaps still in the Old Republic era, or a different one. Thanks for joining us on another episode of GVMERS. Today we’ll be taking a look at the beloved Knights of the Old Republic series of role-playing games from LucasArts. While the first two RPGs in the acclaimed franchise provided memorable, dynamic storylines for players to enjoy, LucasArts canned the third single-player release in favor of other projects. Since then, BioWare’s massively multiplayer online spin-off “The Old Republic” seems to have eclipsed the Knights of the Old…

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Fan Made KOTOR Remake is Making Progress

Remember when we told you about the remake of Knights of the Old Republic by a group of fans? Well, there is good news that the project is still going and we can see updates as indicated by their Twitter. Apeiron Game is working hard to make this dream a reality for fans just like themselves and it’s coming along nicely. They even have openings for volunteers if you want to help out. You can contact volunteer@apeirongame.com with “Volunteer” in the subject line. They’re not accepting anymore voice actors or writers at this time, however. You can see for yourself here in this Twitter update: Working on the 3rd person cam angle, with our derpy placeholder model. #Kotor #Apeiron. pic.twitter.com/jwjVwAp9z2 — Apeiron Game (@apeiron_kotor) May 28, 2016 And if you follow them on Twitter, you’ll never miss any notices or updates so you’ll always know where they are at in the process. Of course,…

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Gameplay Footage of Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic Unreal Engine 4 Mod

If you have not seen it already, here is the first ever gameplay footage of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Unreal Engine 4 remake by Apeiron. One thing I really like that he also points out in the video is that it’s from a first person view. I love first person in games like this and I’m very glad they went in that direction with it. They did say it will also be 3rd person so for those who don’t like the first-person view, you’re good too.  They do a great job at staying true to the original and it looks like a solid game so far, while of course it’s still in a very alpha development stage. I think from the looks of this very first gameplay footage, it looks very promising. Upper City Taris and Tatooine look great. In the footage, you can even see the…

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KOTOR is Getting a Fan Made HD Unreal Engine 4 Reboot

Attention fans of KOTOR: you are going to love this! For how long have fans been saying they want KOTOR back or a KOTOR 2? Well, you’re getting something along those lines with this KOTOR reboot. Wait, can they even do that? Actually, they can and here they explain why and how: “Engine refresh of games has been around since the 80’s and some have become very sucessful. Games like Black Mesa did it with Half Life and Renegade X rebuilt Command and Conquer in the Unreal Engine 3. This is a full conversion refresh, that being said you will have to own a copy of the orginal game in order to play Apeiron since we are using the orginal audio and music. At it’s core Apeiron is the most instense KotOR modification ever.” Apeiron is a reboot of the Knights of the old Republic that was released in 2003. Apeiron…

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