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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, often abbreviated by fans as KOTOR, is an RPG video game series set in the Star Wars universe thousands of years before the events of the Star Wars films. The game was created by the company BioWare, which is also known for creating Baldur's Gate as well as Mass Effect and the Dragon Age series. KOTOR is often regarded by fans as one of the best Star Wars games ever made, and in 2021, it was announced that a remastered version would release for PS5 exclusively.


BioWare announced on July 2000[1] that they would be collaborating with LucasArts to create a Star Wars game set 4,000 years before The Phantom Menace.[2] The first game, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was released on July 15th, 2003, for the Xbox console.

In the game, the player controls a custom character enlisted by the Republic Army to protect Bastila Shan, a Jedi who possesses the unique force power called "Battle Meditation." After being ambushed by the Sith Army and rescuing Bastila, it was discovered that the player character is force sensitive. With special permission, the player character is trained to learn the ways of the Force in order to backtrack the footsteps of the fallen Jedi Revan and Malak and locate the Star Forge. The trailer shown at E3 2003 was uploaded to the YouTube[18] channel NateLogan on March 15th, 2008, where it has gained 63,000 views in 13 years (shown below).

A sequel titled Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords was released for Xbox on December 6th, 2004.[3] This game was instead developed by Obsidian Entertainment. KOTOR 2 is infamous for its short development cycle due to LucasArts pressuring Obsidian to have the game ready for that year’s Christmas. As a result, a lot of content was cut from the final game.[4]

In the sequel, the player controls Meetra Surik (who the game refers to as simply "the Exile"), a veteran of the Mandalorian Wars who was exiled by the Jedi Order for her involvement in the war. After drifting through the galaxy, Surik is suddenly hunted down by Sith assassins and bounty hunters. Under the guidance of a mysterious woman called Kreia, Surik must travel across the galaxy and find the lost Jedi Masters to battle the new Sith threat. On November 15th, 2007, the YouTube[19] channel Reldur4 uploaded the trailer for the sequel, earning 250,000 views in 14 years (shown below).

On October 21st, 2008, BioWare announced that they would be developing an MMORPG called Star Wars: The Old Republic.[5] The game is set 300 years after the events of KOTOR 2 and released for PC on December 21st, 2011.[7] A cinematic trailer of The Old Republic, titled "Deceived," was released at E3 2009.[6] On September 24th, 2011, the trailer was uploaded to YouTube[20] by the official swtheoldrepublic channel, where it earned 6.1 million views in 10 years (shown below).

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Remake

On September 9th, 2021, during the PlayStation Showcase, a remake of KOTOR was announced. It was announced to launch as a timed exclusive for the Playstation 5, but it will also release on PC. It is being developed by Lucasfilm Games and Aspyr.[8] The trailer for the remastered game was later posted to IGN's official YouTube[21] channel, where it gained 1.6 million views in 10 days (shown below).


The original Xbox release of KOTOR has a 94/100 rating on Metacritic.[9] In 2003, KOTOR won the "Game of the Year" award across 17 different media outlets.[10] The Xbox release of KOTOR 2 has a lower Metacritic rating at 86/100, which is often attributed to the rocky development cycle.[11] The Old Republic has an 85/100 Metacritic rating and has its eighth expansion planned to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the game.[12]

Online Presence

Since their release, the KOTOR games are fondly remembered by fans. On Reddit, the games have two dedicated subreddits /r/Kotor and /r/KOTORmemes. Memes of the KOTOR games are occasionally posted on the /r/PrequelMemes subreddit due to the fact that because the games take place 4,000 years before A New Hope, they technically qualify as a Prequel Meme. An example of a KOTOR meme being posted to the /r/prequelmemes subreddit can be seen with the post by the Redditor[22] NoybNoob on August 9th, 2019, which received 380 upvotes in two years (shown below).

rey rey @reganslatic 12/21/14 why can't I find a guy like A Republic Soldier, like you @Carthsfriend Hello there ta63 37 91 rey rey @reganslatic 9/6/16 no t68 5 44 BastillaShan @BastilleDayShan He's literally the guy in the pic A Republic Soldier, like you @Carthsfriend HE'S WHAT 63 91 37

The Sith Lords Restored Content Modification

The Sith Lords Restored Content Modification, or TSLRCM for short, is a mod for KOTOR 2 that aims to restore most of the content that was cut and fix the game-breaking bugs that were present in the final game. The project was initially started by Zbly2 and DarthStoney after a previous group called Team Gizka, who at the time was working on a similar restoration project, had dissolved.[13] The first version of the mod was released on September 24th, 2009. In later versions of the mod, the team was expanded to include Hassat Hunter and Varsity Puppet.[14]

On July 21st, 2015, Aspyr announced on Steam that KOTOR 2 would be available on Mac and Linux and that they and Windows would receive an update. Among what was included is support from the Steam Workshop. Aspyr stated that they collaborated with the TSLRCM team to have the mod be available on the Steam Workshop.[15] As of September 13th, 2021, The TSLRCM was downloaded over 310k times on ModDB, over 128k times on DeadlyStream[16] and has over 466k current subscribers on Steam.[17]

Various Meme Examples

They can't get mad at you for past atrocities against the Republic if you turn to the Light Side pen ur aSS δΉƒ@ honn Who needs to be made canon? Revan looking for the sith lord responsibletor everything WANTED MANIAG Carth: we can't kill this woman, she did nothing wrong! Player: I don't care, I just want the credits Carth, two seconds later: Edarth.bane.gfficial DOWN YOU GO! MY PARENTS AT THE AGE OF 20: ME AT THE AGE OF 20: @CODY.FETT 2E STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC REMAKEΠ• Daniel The cooler Daniel Judi

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If you're concerned about the KOTOR remake, don't be. They're using the word "reimagining" already, and openly state they wish to suit the story for a modern audience. Expect bullshit.
It's a timed PS5 exlusive as well, which means it has to abide by Sony's standards first and foremost, which if you've been paying attention the last few years, has become increasingly California'd.
You can grab the original for a steal, mod it using the stickied threads on the subreddit and enjoy it.

I can't repeat this enough: save for a few titles (e.g. DOOM Eternal, Titanfall 2) modern games are not worth your time or money. Have some goddamn patience, wait for sales to slash that price in half and get yourself some classics and/or indies. You'll pay less and have a better time. If you still wish to check out AAAs, wait a year for the inevitable GOTY edition and buy that on sale, or just buy older ones.

Look at the most widespread vidya among children, what used to be a respectable version of Minecraft is now a classist collection of skinner boxes with horrendous gameplay mechanics, it even pretends to be a metaverse! Such an audience won't engender quality, it only shepherds cancer.


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