Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Eternal Throne

Game review by
Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media
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Story-rich expansion adds challenge, consequence to actions.

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Positive Messages

Choices have direct impact on direction of your story through influence on non-playable characters (NPCs). Choices have good, bad aspects, shows effect on light, dark sides of Force. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some strong characters through game that show many aspects of strength, power, intelligence, drive.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn. Difficulty with numerous overlapping systems, mechanics.


Combat is a core feature with many stories driven by outcome of combat involving ranged weapons, magic (the Force), lightsabers.


Outfits can be skimpy; lots of innuendos in conversations, cut scenes. Flirting, suggestive actions can occur among any sexes.


Mild explicit language in cut scenes, NPC dialogue, with some being suggestive, flirtatious.


In-game market heavy with real-cash purchasable items especially for non-subscribers; many features locked behind a pay wall.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cantinas prevalent throughout; drinking present there. Drinking also shown in selected cut scenes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Eternal Throne is the sixth downloadable expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Star Wars: The Old Republic can be played for free up to Level 50, letting you enjoy the original Class and planetary storylines, but to access the post-50 content, a subscription is required. Gameplay consists of questing against non-player characters in story-based missions as well as competing in player-vs.-player combat in war zones and ship-vs.-ship combat in space battles. Text chat between players can be uncensored but does have a built-in filter system to minimize explicit language. Players can find and buy costumes, some of which may be revealing. There's also a Cartel Marketplace, where real money is turned into cartel coins and used to buy items that can appear in the game. Drinking can be seen in cantinas and in cut scenes.

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What's it about?

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC: KNIGHTS OF THE ETERNAL THRONE is set six to eight months after the Battle of Odessen, which was a key conflict from Knights of the Fallen Empire. Players take on the role of the Outlander, a veteran of the Great Galactic War, who must embark on the mission to take control of the Eternal Throne. Empress Vaylin stands in the way of the Outlander as she sets out to conquer the galaxy. With the Alliance at your side, you will face threats, discover new worlds, and undertake dangerous undercover missions. This expansion includes nine chapters and is free to monthly subscribers.

Is it any good?

Storytelling is the bedrock of the SWTOR universe and continues to be presented very well in this expansion to a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne delivers a rich role-playing adventure to control the galaxy through gorgeous cut scenes and dynamic, thought-provoking quests. As you progress through the chapters with a team of hand-picked allies (Companions) to confront one of the most dangerous families in the galaxy, your decisions have the potential to cause interesting and distressing consequences. As you decide who will live and die and who will eventually rule the galaxy, your every action drives the galaxy closer to the light or dark side of the Force. Returning players will appreciate the additional worlds in the expansion, as they're beautiful to explore and expand on the depth of the Star Wars universe you know and love. Additionally, three modes have been added to chapter and combat missions. The Story mode continues the tradition of wrenching your emotions with each plot-driven moment, while Veteran mode ramps up the story and challenges your use of tactical skills in combat. For the ultimate challenge, you can repeat a chapter or mission on Master level alone or with friends to experience heart-pounding, large-scale battles that will seriously test you. These various challenge levels are great additions to the already numerous ways to play.

For the new players, the expansion adds tons to the storyline, allowing you to develop and grow so much further than before. The number of betrayals, unexpected twists, and opportunities to exert control and to gain personal power are taken to a whole new level. Earlier expansions broadened the universe and told wider stories but didn't really tap into how you directly affected the outcomes of the universe. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Eternal Throne brings the story back around to you and your choices. Eternal Throne isn't without problems, because the consequences don't feel as severe as they could have been, which takes the edge off an otherwise gripping story. Plus, the Galactic Command system (the end-game mechanic that raises a character's command rank instead of their levels) seems a bit bizarre and definitely a grind. It also shifts the focus away from a character-centric game to an ending plot presentation, which is counter to all previous expansions. Despite these minor issues, Star Wars fans and any sci-fi MMO enthusiasts should launch into hyperspace with Knights of the Eternal Throne. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the consumerism in Star Wars-related games. Are these games attempts to cash in on a popular series, or do they expand the universe in a significant way?

  • Talk about screen time. How do you cut down on playing this MMO for hours without taking breaks?

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