Monday Star Wars Talk

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Easter. For me, I enjoyed having a nice day with my family and relaxing. I think that’s important now more than ever.

Now, onto the topic for the day. I think everyone knows Star Wars. It’s something that is deeply ingrained in pop culture and a worldwide phenomenon. What I don’t think everyone knows is how expansive the galaxy far far away really is. The movies only make up some of that story, and there’s so many more characters than those connected to the Skywalker Saga. The mediums those characters appear in range from comic books to novels to, of course, video games.

Today, the thing I would like to talk about is the first Knights of the Old Republic, which is my favorite Star Wars video game period. It would rank pretty high on anyone’s list of best Star Wars games, and there’s a good reason for that. It tells the story of heroes and villains, betrayal and redemption. If you choose, that is.

Set thousands of years before the Skywalker Saga, the story presented is that you control a character on a mission with a Jedi knight known as Bastila. Your goal is to end the tyranny of the Sith, led by Darth Malak. Darth Malak rose to power when he betrayed his former master, Revan. The game takes you on a journey of becoming a Jedi knight. You train, build a lightsaber, visit multiple worlds, and are left with a choice on whether to continue fighting for the light or descend into the darkness. Cap that off with an all time great twist and you have a perfect Star Wars adventure that doesn’t rely on the Skywalkers.

The game is amazing. I find it enjoyable to this day. Building my own lightsaber is always fun, and I love how I get to choose to be good or bad. I can use the force for personal gain or for only righteous reasons. I can help the Jedi end the conflict or I can become their enemy. The choice is mine and mine alone. And that twist. Man. Talk about an all time twist. I know the game is 17 years old, but I still don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t had a chance to play it. There’s rumors that they might be remastering this game for Xbox One or even the next generation of consoles. If they do, I will pick that right up. It’s worth the investment.

Well, that’s my opinion for the day. I hope you all get a chance to check it out if you haven’t. And if you have, give it another run through. There are a couple of sequels to this, but I believe the first remains the best. Anyway, thanks for reading and have a nice week. Until next time.

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