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Modders Make Star Wars: KOTOR 2 Complete

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

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Many regard the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic as the best game based on the George Lucas-created universe to date. Some also regard KOTOR as one of the best PC RPGs of all time, crafted by genre-masters BioWare in Edmonton, Canada.

While a KOTOR sequel was inevitable (and much demanded) thanks to the superlative original game, the development duties fell to Obsidian. Although Obsidian was a capable of delivering a great KOTOR follow-up, deadlines and other pressures marred the product. The end result was a rushed an unfinished game, and it showed.

In fact, it showed so well that the unfinished bits were sitting on the final gold master disc that was duplicated for retail sale. Despite all that, KOTOR II was still one of the best RPGs of the year, but we couldn't help but wonder how much better it could have been if there was simply more time.

Now passionate PC modders have taken those unfinished files and have pieced together the unused files (and created some new content to fill in the holes) for a more "complete" Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords experience.

This is the first release of the open beta, but if you have a hankering to go back to the Old Republic, check it out here. (You'll need a full copy of the game too.)

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    Pei-chen , September 30, 2009 6:16 PM
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    The end result was a rushed an unfinished game, and it showed.

    This report was also rushed and it showed.
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    skykaptain , September 30, 2009 6:10 PM
    I'm excited! Must be star wars day today eh tom's?
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    timaahhh , September 30, 2009 6:14 PM
    I really need to give KOTOR another go. I was a Jedi Knights Fan and couldn't stand how slow KOTOR is. The only RPG i truly love is FF Tactics.

    The modding community is a major reason I find PC gaming appealing. While it slashes the player base at times in multiplayer games. Mods like the JA+ mod and movie battles mod in JK3 really brought the game new life.
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    Pei-chen , September 30, 2009 6:16 PM
    Quote:
    The end result was a rushed an unfinished game, and it showed.

    This report was also rushed and it showed.
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    alvine , September 30, 2009 6:18 PM
    im so excited i remember playing first one...SOOO good
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    prince_david , September 30, 2009 6:19 PM
    I will have to try this. I am working my way through the original KOTOR right now and it has blown me away!
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    jellico , September 30, 2009 6:22 PM
    alvineim so excited i remember playing first one...SOOO good

    Yeah, I know what you mean. You feel almost a sense of sadness and loss when you get to the end of the game because you know there is nothing more. I can't wait to check this out!
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    Major7up , September 30, 2009 7:14 PM
    I played it but was not impressed. It just didn't scratch the right itch I suppose. It was a fin game and all, just not my thing. I am personally awaiting Mass Effect 2 instead.
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    ssalim , September 30, 2009 7:33 PM
    Nice job but I couldn't even get myself to play KoToR2 past 5 minutes. I finished KoToR1 twice though.
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 30, 2009 7:53 PM
    Yeah, storyline-wise the first one was way better. The no lightsabers thing in the second was annoying, cause as soon as you finally were able to make yours you find like another five around the next corner.

    I played the first one for like 5 days solid till I beat it and eventually played it again. I played through the second in like a month...

    I hope this makes it better...
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    nonxcarbonx , September 30, 2009 8:05 PM
    THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!! This is my favorite game of all time! If I had to buy a 1000 console just to play this,i would.
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    blevsta , September 30, 2009 8:58 PM
    Hopefully someone just makes a video of this unlocked content. This way people with the Xbox version can see it too.
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    Maxor127 , September 30, 2009 10:30 PM
    KOTOR2 had the best story. It looked at the force in a different way that I haven't seen before, and tackled the Jedi faith in an objective, unbiased way. The ending was definitely rushed, though. Bioware or Obsidian (I'd prefer Obsidian) need to make a KOTOR3 instead of a lame MMO. By the very nature of MMOs, The Old Republic MMO is going to ruin everything that made the KOTOR games great. No deep character interaction with intricate characters, no turn-based combat, no sense that YOU'RE the hero of the universe. Instead you'll just be some nobody acting low-level monsters for a year with stunted progression and minimal excitement because Bioware will want you to be addicted and shell out more money month after month.
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    timaahhh , September 30, 2009 11:30 PM
    Maxor127and tackled the Jedi faith in an objective, unbiased way.
    Ummm wat?????
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    Regulas , September 30, 2009 11:40 PM
    Thanks for the link, I may have to load up KOTOR 2 again. I thought both were good and still own them. The ending of KOTOR2 was empty but other than that it was good and I did not think it was rushed.
    KOTOR one was more buggy and crashed much more than 2 did. I played them on 2 different machines too.
    I agree they were great RPGs but I also think FF XII was really good too, same style game play, three characters but you could customize the characters (auto-fight) in FF XII much more than in either KOTOR. I still have Baldur's Gate 1&2 that are aged but still good.
    Looking forward to Dragon Age, big time, I just hope they don't try and milk us on this new game with mini expansion packs, kinda like what Fallout 3 did.
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    spidy , September 30, 2009 11:57 PM
    You should also mention the RSL:RP by team gizka!
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    spidy , September 30, 2009 11:58 PM
    drr that's TSL:RP...
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    anamaniac , October 1, 2009 5:53 AM
    Now this is news!
    I loved #1, but I couldn't get the feel for #2.
    I just may go and buy #2 and get the finished content.

    It seems like it would be a lot of grueling work, and likely all unpaid also. Hopefully these guys all landed a high paying job within Obsibian or BioWare.
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    jgiron , October 1, 2009 4:31 PM
    i only have the first 1 and I'm still trying to get through to but there are too many good games out there and too little time.