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02/09/2020 00:48:34 •••

The biggest example of Hype Backlash in all of gaming.

Most reviews call this the best Star Wars, video game ever made. Some even call it one of the best video games of all time. This is not one of those reviews.

1. The story was cliche even by the standards of the time. The evil overlord wants to use his evil empire to take over the universe, and the protagonist has to stop him. That's it. That's the whole plot. As if that wasn't enough, we get cliches that are specific to Star Wars like a giant evil space station that must be destroyed for the good guys to win, a planet being destroyed, and the Big Bad being a Dark Side practitioner. At least the good guys aren't rebels this time.

2. Darth Malak is a Saturday morning cartoon villain. Evil Laugh, generic motivation, Stupid Evil, You Have Failed Me—he checks off pretty much every generic villain box, and with the exception of the Revan twist, he embodies everything bad about the game's writing in one word: LAZY!

3. Every weapon in this game that's not a lightsaber sucks because it's not a lightsaber, and every character in the game that's not a Jedi sucks because they're not a Jedi.

4. The prologue goes on for way too long, which somehow got even worse in the sequel.

5. With the exceptions of Korriban and Lehon, every planet is either tedious to play through, or relies on the movies to be memorable.

6. The workbench feels like an afterthought; upgradeable weapons that aren't lightsabers are few and far between, just like the upgrades for those weapons, especially when compared to the sequel.

There are more issues, but I've listed enough. Aside from the Slow-Paced Beginning, every major problem with this game was fixed in the sequel, which is why it's the better game overall, even without the restored content mod. The best part about this game is that it paved the way for Obsidian's sequel, which actually is one of the greatest games of all time.

02/09/2020 00:00:00

...Well, as someone who still really likes this game when he comes back to it, and who burns out every time he tries the sequel, with its miserably hard opening and Chris Avelone forcefully pinning the player down and beating their head with how much he hates Star Wars via his mouthpiece Kreia until their skull cracks, I feel the need to be all defensive? But it might be better to write my own review in that case.

At the very least, though, I\'ll point out that your first point is deeply flawed simply because, well... it can\'t very well be the whole plot if you\'re leaving out the major twist.

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