ok before anyone reads farther this will have huge spoilers for Kotor 1 and 2, read no farther if you havent played them and dont want it spoiled
this will eventually lead into a rant about kotor 2 and its LOOOOOOOOOOONG, read at your own risk
Kotor 1 part:
I played Kotor 1 way back when it 1st came out and loved it, so when I saw it on steam last week for $2.50 I bought it... And I played through it again and again, I loved it. Graphics of course are dated but the story is one of, if not the best stories in an RPG ive ever played. The game seemed to get everything right, the characters were great (Bastila being my favorite with Jolee a close 2nd). It had a great twist, 1st time I played through I was shockedto find out the pc was Revan the second time through I noticed all the hints and im sure many of you figured it out, but to me it was masterful story telling. From the very beginning you felt like you were on a mission and there was an important goal!
And the romance well... Im not a fan of romances in games for the most part... getting my character to nail some pixels doesent really interest me, except for when the romance seems to be able to change or enhance the main story. Kotor pulled this off I think as the Bastila romance seemed (to me at least) to greatly enhance the game for my lightside playthrough as you get to redeem your "love interest" and makes the last boss fight even more personal, adding to the "epicness". Not to mention your "link" with bastila was important and well established through out the game.
THe games so good I just wish they would make another one with a great story like the 1st and perhaps the party interaction you see i DA or ME...
Kotor 2 part:
So after loving Kotor even more the second time around I asked myself "why did I never finish the second one?" I had bought the 2nd kotor way back when it was new and never gotten past pegarus station or whatever it was called. And I actually couldnt remember why.
so after finding out it strangely wasnt on steam I obtained a copy and gave it a go. 1st off... I dont think ive ever played an RPG that started off with an area as boring as pegarus station... It felt like I spent freaking hours (not sure how long) fighting some mining droids... I know starting areas are supposed to be boring but I felt like I was stuck on that stupid station for FAR FAR too long. Kotor 1 I wake up and the sith are boarding my republic cruiser and I have to try and get to our jedi commander( whom we are told is very important) to protect her, failing that we evacuate the ship and I meet my 1st permanent party member, an at least semi interesting soldier/pilot/war hero. The game started off exciting and made me interested, it let me know bastila was important and I felt I was fighting a real enemy.
In kotor 2 I just wake up on a mining asteroid... with a bunch of droids im told arent built for combat and arent that dangerous... I meet an unpleasent old woman and im pretty much told that shes gonna be a party member... Ok old people in my party are fine! Hell I thought Jolee was awesome in kotor 1 but... kreia... I kinda hoped she would die off like Trask in kotor 1 but... nope...
this was the 1st big difference in the game to me... in kotor 1 it starts off exciting and your given an important mission right away... in kotor 2 I found the beginning to just be brutally boring... fighting enemies you dont care about and not really knowing whats going on.
The next thing that bugged me is it felt like there was almost no continuity from kotor 1-2.
even after telling atton that Revan was a hero etc and that you were lightside Im informed that im supposed to be the "last jedi"? How does that even make sense? After kotor 1 as lightside the Sith are smashed and there are clearly plenty of jedi left... council on coruscant, the bunch actually AT the battle we saw survive etc...
It just didnt make sense to me from the stories pov that there are suddenly no jedi despite the Republic crushing the Sith at the star forge... I just dont feel the start of the story made sense.
Now im not too far into the game... Ive only visited one planet after Telos (dantoonine) but I seriously feel theres something horribly wrong with the story line... usually at this point in an RPG im enraptured but im having issues caring... like supposedly my characters past is important but I dont feel the games filled me in enough... Like in Kotor 1 your lack of a past is explained away by the amnesia and latewr you find out mind wipe... in kotor 2 they just flat out dont tell me... I just feel that if my past is supposed to be relevant they should let me know early on or give a reason for WHY I dont know...
also... Im finding who or what the villain is to be too vague so far... in DA im informed early on its the blight or Loghain, in ME I find out early its SAren... in Kotor its quite clear its Malak... but in kotor 2 I feel im fighting but I dont care as my enemy isnt really clear... if that makes any sense.
Also... I feel some of the companions are just forced on you in a sloppy manner... I mean the blind chick? I get 1 cut scene with her then suddenly shes on my ship and then I fight her and just say "herp derp welcome to the crew!"
see at least Juhani or whatever from kotor 1 I send back to the council after I beat her and some time passes before she joins me... this blind chick is bad, then suddenly on my team... I just dont think it really made sense.
So my question to any of you who have played it... does it get better? Will I fall in love with the story? Or is this just nowhere near the quality of kotor 1 story wise.
As im still playing it could we avoid being too specfic on anything past dantoonie?
Id just really like to know if others felt that kotor 2 ... really failed after the greatness of kotor 1...
as I finish up the game im sure ill have more complaints