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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (2022)

By Joey Thurmond, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sequel has stellar story with odd glitches and dated design.

Game Nintendo Switch 2022
The cover art of Knights of the Old Republic depicts Darth Nihilus looming in the backdrop as a Jedi fights a Sith in a desert.

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This role playing game has wit, humor, and weight that define the constant conversation you'll have with countless characters. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II -- The Sith Lords deeply explores the history and universe of the Star Wars universe, using it as a foundation for exploring the complex realities of when causes, ideologies, and cultures clash. Amid those challenging yet compelling scenarios, you'll not only influence the fates of the people and worlds you visit with your words and deeds, but also affect the characters in your party, who will turn to the Light or Dark side depending on your decisions. You have total control over who to bring on your adventures, along with what kinds of gear, stats, and abilities they have as you level up and build up your inventory. You can get up close with lightsabers or fire blaster bolts at a distance in combat, which requires more strategy later on to efficiently take down enemies, but commonly frustrating moments include your characters ignoring your inputs. Managing them in (and outside) fights can prove overwhelming, but the game has convenient features like automatically leveling up characters. The sequel has nice tweaks that improve on the original game with mechanics like switching weapons mid-combat, setting specific behaviors for each character in combat, adopting various lightsaber forms against blaster fire, groups, and more.

Performance on the Switch is adequate, but moving the camera makes the game look choppy. There are significant glitches as well like characters' weapons disappearing, pop-ins with environmental objects, and enemies not loading into a scripted encounter. There's currently one major glitch that makes progress impossible for some players, so this re-release involves reloading save files to fix problems or reaching dead ends more frequently than should be acceptable. Dated design also holds the game back with mission structures that involve tedious back-and-forth walks between areas with long, empty areas. Combat can also drag on with repetitive encounters with hordes of weak enemies that are best skipped where possible. But despite some antiquated game design elements and unusual glitches in need of remedies, Knights of the Old Republic II, at its core, holds up with incredible characters and storytelling that build on the original game's events in meaningful and fascinating ways.

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