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- Kotor I - A massive conflict between Jedi & Sith has left the Republic weakened where the young Jedi's mission will determine the outcome of this colossal galactic war - and your destiny as a Jedi
- Kotor I - Lead your group of freedom fighters across the galaxy -- you can choose from humans, droids, Twi'leks, Wookies and more and recruit others to your cause & train them in exciting mini-games like racing swoop bikes or manning turret guns
- Kotor I - Travel to ten unique worlds; Customizable and evolving characters
- Kotor II - Sequel to the award-winning role-playing game; All-new Force powers, weapons, locations, characters and classes
- Kotor II - Choose the light or the dark side of the Force based on your characters actions as you progress through the story
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Where It Begins - The Kotor Collection includes both Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic with over 40 Game of the Year Awards and the follow-up chapter, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: THE SITH LORDS. Kotor - For a thousand generations the Jedi Knights have been guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. In the war between Jedi and Sith, you are charged with leading a group of freedom fighters on an epic journey across the stars. KotorII - The Sith Lords have hunted the Jedi to the edge of extinction and are on the verge of crushing the Old Republic. With the Jedi Order in ruins, you, a lone Jedi, are the galaxies only hope.
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Happily, I found a way to get the games running without needing to run as an administrator or as another operating system. I've testing these settings on two separate systems - one with an Intel i7 and nVidia graphics card, and one with an AMD A10 processor and a Radeon graphics card. First of all, both games are patched to the last official patch available from Lucasarts. To help prevent the game from crashing when playing the videos, just go into the properties for each game's executable file and click on these two settings in the Compatibility tab - Disable Visual Themes and Disable desktop composition. As long as your graphics card supports 640 x 480 (the game's default resolution), you should now be able to run both games without too many crashes.
As for the games themselves, there is a reason these are called two of the best Star Wars games made. BioWare did an excellent job of setting up the story and making it feel like part of the Star Wars universe. Then Obsidian did a great job of continuing the story. If there was a nitpick I have with the game, I would have preferred a little more active combat system and (maybe) controller support. Otherwise, great games and great storytelling.
In my opinion, the first game has the better story/plot and gives you that "epic" feel and immersion that you get from watching a film like A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back. The second game has better gameplay mechanics, options (like new upgradable weapons and armor, prestige classes, and the ability to influence party members), and slighty improved graphics but the story/plot is not the same level as the first. The feel and immersion of the second game can be grim and dark (and predictable) due to taking place during the aftermath of the war in the first game's. It takes away the mystery and intrigue the first game had. Also, KotOR II suffers from being incomplete, as LucasArts wanted the game out for the holidays in order to make money rather than let Obsidian take its time and finish. So far, LucasArts will not let Obsidian at the very least release a patch or even downloadable content to correct all the bugs and missing files for KotOR II. Luckily, there is a large online community dedicated to modding that updates or completes both games. I highly recommend seeking out mods for both games. (especially for the second game) However, I would still recommend saving your game often in case one of the thousands of bugs affects your game (not all of them have been addressed by patches/mods).
As Dark Forces, Jedi Knight, and Battlefront are to the action/shooter genre, Knights of the Old Republic is to RPGs. It is not like the RPGS you see from Japan where you enter a battle screen and both sides take turns. The combat tries to be as real time as possible (you can still pause). Also, the progression is not linear. You do not have to take the path of the hero that saves the day. The good thing about Western RPGs is the ability to mold your character's moral standing and take similar action. So with a game like Star Wars, you can instead play to conquer the galaxy and kill/enslave all opposition or take a middle/neutral path. (Light Side, Dark Side, etc.) This is important to the outcome of your game and what happens to your party members. As expected, Jedi (and Sith) gameplay is crucial. They are all good Star Wars games but I would have to put the KotOR series as my favorite of them all; and I am not even a big player of role-playing games. In fact, KotOR is my first RPG that I have ever played. I am more of a shooter guy but these games got me because of my love of Star Wars. Even if you are not a Star Wars fan, these are 2 good games of the RPG genre. Keep in mind, these games came out in 2003 and 2004 respectively so do not expect the graphics, animation, and physics engine to be on par with later Bioware and Obsidian games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Neverwinter Nights 2, or Fallout: New Vegas. Thankfully, that is what mods are for (I felt the need to mention them again) to keep the game fresh and new.
+Good Star Wars Games
+Good story/plot (first game at least)
+Gameplay Improvements from First Game to Second
+Hard Copy Disks
-Bugs (most can be fixed with patches/mods)
-Story/Plot of Second Game not as satisfying as First
-Incompleteness of Second Game (and even some parts of First Game) *Again, MODS!
-Need Disks to Play Games
One Last Thing: If you are new to the game but remember the cover art for both games (mixed together for this collection), the Selkath (that fish-looking alien standing next to Bastila, the female Jedi in the foreground) is not really a main character in the game. I do not know why it was added there but the Selkath are only seen on one planet and only for quests. The original cover art for KotOR II focused a lot on Darth Nihilus (the guy with the black robe and bone mask) and Atris (white-haired, white-robed female Jedi), both of which are not major players in the game until the very end. Another case of very misleading video game box art.