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'Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic II: The Sith Lords' Comes To Mac And Linux

A few weeks ago, we learned that Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition was getting an upgrade by way of an entirely new expansion. Even though the whole game is just an updated version of the classic title, it's still played by fans of the original game. In a similar way, another game from the early 2000s -- Star Wars Knight of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords -- is also getting a big update. The beloved title didn't get an expansion, but rather a slew of new features to modernize it in addition to making its debut on Mac and Linux platforms.

One of the new features is achievements, and it now has 37 of them for you to show off to your Steam friends. If you want a console-like experience, the game now includes support for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 controllers, as well as other third-party controllers.

In terms of graphics, you can only do so much to a game that came out in 2004. However, that doesn't mean there aren't ways to make it appealing to today's gamers. For example, it now comes with widescreen support, so you don't have to continuously deal with that 4:3 screen ratio with the black bars on the sides of the screen. If that's not enough for you and you really want to make sure you're getting your money's worth with your brand new monitor, the game also supports 4K and 5K resolutions.

Other updates include integration with Steam Cloud saves and support for Steam Workshop. This means that players can now go into the game and make new characters, quests, or items to expand their favorite game as they see fit. Finally, the developers at Aspyr also added a "Force Speed Effects" option in the game to add a little more flair to your Jedi powers.

It's unclear as to why these upgrades were made. If anything, it's to show that the game is still popular, almost 11 years after its release. The facelifts, achievements, and controller support make it appealing to today's gamers, but it's still the classic RPG gameplay that lured in fans of the series years ago.

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  • redgarl
    Honestly... just why...?
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  • James Mason
    Honestly... just why...?
    Because honestly, I love the game and will likely buy it again.
    Especially if they make it easier to mod.
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  • gggplaya
    mac simply needs more games. This one's still popular enough and doesn't need a beefy machine.
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  • weilin
    The article forgot to mention a huge benefit of this update - The Sith Lords Restored Content Modification (TSLRCM)

    It can now be found in Steam Workshop!

    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=485537937

    play the game like it was intended!
    Reply
  • ragenalien
    So far it does not have 4k support and 2k really doesn't work either. 1080 works find though, which is still an improvement.
    Reply
  • antilycus
    If you don't understand the power Linux and Android hold, you are behind the tech times. Linux generally just works. MS doesnt. Shield TV is the future. Windows gaming, console gaming, is all moving to Linux and the cloud streaming. A hundred dollar device with the power of a super computer you never have to upgrade of pay for.... Yes please
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  • rodbowler
    The more quality games available on Linux, the better. Even the most rabid fanboy should realise that competition is good; it leads to better products for all.
    Reply
  • photonboy
    No Windows version update?

    (FYI, there is a way to get widescreen support for KOTOR 1 and II but it's a hassle and also not easy for those with limited PC knowledge... the WSGF site has more info.)
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