REVIEW SUMMARY: Fabulous immersion into an early period of Star Wars, great depth of play, amazing graphics. This may well be the best PC game ever.
BREIF SYNOPSIS: This Star Wars game is set many years before the action of the films so don’t expect to see C-3PO – but the universe proves to be rich and engaging none the less. It is part role playing game, part adventure game, and part interactive movie. Normally this is a recipe for disaster as games rarely do them all well – but this game gets it all right. Your a Republic soldier caught up in galactic intrigue on a grand scale – and the game really brings you into this. You have multiple associates that have depth and act/behave like real people. You get to make all the critical decisions (rather than seeing them acted out in cut scenes) including whether to follow the Jedi and be on the Light side of the Force, or follow the villianous Sith and give in to your darker nature (a fact that will have me playing it again to try the other side!)
PROS: Everything about it – gameplay, graphics, sound, story, voice-acting – it has it all.
CONS: Controls can be a bit wonky – while Bioware claims it isn’t a port of the XBox version it is clear that consessions were made to the ‘lowest common denominator’ between the platforms.
BOTTOM LINE: Game of the Year, perhaps best PC game of all time.