Modders Make Star Wars: KOTOR 2 Complete

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.)

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • skykaptain
    I'm excited! Must be star wars day today eh tom's?
  • timaahhh
    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.
  • Pei-chen
    The end result was a rushed an unfinished game, and it showed.
    This report was also rushed and it showed.
  • alvine
    im so excited i remember playing first one...SOOO good
  • prince_david
    I will have to try this. I am working my way through the original KOTOR right now and it has blown me away!
  • jellico
    alvineim so excited i remember playing first one...SOOO goodYeah, 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!
  • Major7up
    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.
  • ssalim
    Nice job but I couldn't even get myself to play KoToR2 past 5 minutes. I finished KoToR1 twice though.
  • False_Dmitry_II
    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...
  • nonxcarbonx
    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.