The Knights of the Old Republic (Kotor) series holds a very special place for me. I have loved Star Wars and video games since I was a kid. I never could find the right Star Wars game though. Star Wars: Tie Fighter was fun but it wasn’t that interesting to me. I wanted to be a Jedi, I wanted to use the force, and I wanted to use a lightsaber.
It was the end of my second year of college and a friend told me about this Star Wars Kotor game. I knew I had to play it as soon as he described it; RPG, jedi, force powers, light or dark path, this was everything I ever wanted in a video game. My friend told me I could borrow it, but then he told me it was an Xbox exclusive, and I only had a PlayStation 2. I couldn’t let that stop me so I got on ebay and bought an Xbox. The only two games I wanted to play on Xbox were Kotor and The Sith Lords(Kotor 2), but I didn’t care.
Everything arrived at the beginning of the summer. I had a rough year, starting with the death of a close friend of mine at the end of my freshman year, so I needed this. Kotor did not disappoint. I was working at Rite Aid that summer and when I wasn’t there, I was playing Kotor. I went for every sidequest, had every conversation, and loved every minute of it.
The Kotor series introduced the morality system to me. I had never seen anything like that before. I have experienced it in games since then, but it never hit me as hard as it did then. Kotor was also the first game that I enjoyed using spells, or in this case, the force. I had always been the brute warrior, but with the force, it was very different. Kotor also introduced some of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe, such as Revan. I won’t go into detail about the story because of spoilers, but it was terrific.
I’ll never forget that summer. I was depressed and didn’t know what to do with my life, but that didn’t matter. I found something special that helped me get through it. To this day I actually look back at that summer with fondness and I owe it all to Kotor.