Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The  Sith Lords Game Poster Image
Choose to be a good or evil Jedi knight.
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age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Can be positive or negative based on players decisions--the game presents both as viable options

Violence

Fighting is a frequent option--the cruelty and frequency of battles can vary if the player is "light" or "dark"

Sex

You can gamble for a woman's freedom, choosing to set her free or keep her as a slave.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol use, plus players can purchase or find "implants" that are used to increase a variety of attributes--from strength to intelligence.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the complex moral themes and decisions presented here may be challenging for younger players. It is possible for kids to take on either good or evil roles; the game presents both as possible options. Also, most problems are resolved by violence, regardless of whether or not the player decides to be good or evil.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWill K September 3, 2016

Since there's a lack of contextual adult reviews...

Knight of the Old Republic II, much like it's predecessor, doesn't fail to impress yet again. As usual commonsensemedia gave this game, like it's... Continue reading
Adult Written byevil waffle April 2, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written byclyde1888 August 6, 2011

Canon

For the canon ending be a girl and for the first for a canon ending be a boy
Teen, 14 years old Written byTyphlosionBlaze1 September 12, 2012

Great game, but parents cautioned

Great RPG, but not for younger children. The game is much darker than its predecessor, and has some potentially disturbing imagery, but is just as enjoyable as... Continue reading

What's it about?

As with the original version of the game, STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC II: THE SITH LORDS thrusts players into a plotline thick with twists and turns and many choices. Some of these choices lead to the "light," or good side of the force, whereas others lead down the dark path -- toward anger and ultimately evil. As the last of the Jedi knights, the player is hunted by the evil Sith, who wish to turn the player to their side or, if that fails, kill him. Along the way, the player will meet many computer-controlled characters, some who will become allies, and others who will become enemies.

The player frequently makes decisions through a text-based dialog system: Computer characters will "speak" to the player, and the player then chooses from a list of pre-determined options to reply. Based on the reply, the player can become either more "light" or "dark" -- help people or kill them, rescue or enslave, fight for those less powerful or dominate the weak, and so on.

Is it any good?

This type of gameplay has advantages and disadvantages. While it is commendable that the game stresses how actions and decisions have consequences, there is no real guidance -- it is equally possible to play a "light" or "dark" character. Parents may wish to be active participants if they let their children play this game, stepping in to discuss decisions and the implications. The game has a considerable amount of non-violent resolutions and puzzle-based challenges to test the player's skill, but there are still plenty of combat sequences. For the most part they are not overtly gory, but there is some blood.

Some parts of the plot are rather mature for young players. In one scenario, you can gamble for a woman's freedom. If you win and set her free, you gain light side points; on the dark side, you can keep her as a slave, later extorting money from her. Alcohol and gambling are mentioned. Finally, on a technical level, the game can be buggy, locking up on occasion.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about decisions and their consequences. How do you feel about the equal value placed on the light and dark sides in this game?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Release date: December 7, 2004
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • ESRB rating: T

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