Parents' Guide to

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

By Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun game lets players explore the dark side.

Game Windows 2002
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+


So this is less of a review, and more of a response. ...3 Stars? Really? Knight of the Old Republic is one of the best, most classic games out there and is far more deserving that 5 stars. It's a masterpiece to behold that can and should be enjoyed by really any age. Don't be mislead by commonsensemedia's lowly 3 stars, it's so much better than that. I highly encourage anybody looking for a great game to try this one out.
age 10+

One of the best RPGs of all time

If you let your kids watch the star wars movies, this game is a little bit worse but not too bad and one of the greatest role playing games ever, if your kids want to play it, you should but you should know this first: there is some violence but there's no blood and gore, combat is a pretty big part of the game but it's mostly about the story you create by making good or bad decisions. The violence is about as bad as the star wars movies. There is not any sexual content I remember but there was some mild language like hell and damn.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (23 ):

The overall play of the game harkens back to earlier years of video games, with a style somewhat similar to old text adventure games or Pick-a-Path books. The game is almost literary in its depth. In fact, reading is reinforced, as players respond to computer-controlled characters by reading through several dialogue options on the screen, and then choosing the one that best fits their goal. Through these choices, players can influence the path of the story to a degree.

Nonetheless, the overall game is still quite linear, with major choices that are unalterable. Violence isn't portrayed in a particularly bloody or gruesome way; victims simply fall to the ground when defeated, and eventually fade away. Not to be conquered quickly, the game weaves missions, character storylines and overall Star Wars themes into an interesting story that is fun to play, but will take a long time to conquer.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Release date: August 12, 2002
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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