Knights of the Old Republic • 0.7 hrs on record
I’d be lying if I said this was the first time I’d played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, or ‘KOTOR’. I think I managed to get to the first planet – probably were I’ve currently ended up – before I kept getting killed and abandoning the game, somewhere around 2003 or 2004 when it first came out. I’ve had a long-standing on-again/off-again love affair with Bioware games, ever since they crafted the beauty that is Baldurs Gate and Dragon Age Origins, through to the death-by-dialogue titles like Mass Effect (which I will eventually get back to) – if it was on Facebook, our relationship would be listed as ‘being complicated.’
It was with some trepidation that I thought I’d give KOTOR a go. Perhaps it’s the Star Wars fever in the air as a result of The Last Jedi hitting movie screens last night, or perhaps it’s just because it a prominent game that actually works on an Apple Mac, but whatever the reason, I’ve kicked-off my journey and I’ll see where it lands (and how far I get through it).
I’m also in two-minds about how much attention to pay to the story. As I’ve reflected before, I’ve turned into a person that skips cutscenes, but for a Bioware game, this is also a recipe for story fatigue, so I’ll try and keep track of what’s happening – or at the very least, be vigilant about checking-in with Wikipedia to see where I’m placed in the overall narrative.
What this does give me an opportunity to work out though, is how to record games that don’t (gasp!) have achievements. This is probably going to be more relevant with Xbox’s effort to allow original Xbox games to work on the Xbox One with backward compatibility, so this might be a bit of a moving feast – but for now, I’ve decided that my intent with these posts is to record them as an evolving record – this is a blog after all – so with that, I’m going to use Steam’s activity recorder as my benchmark and list the hours played as my blog title.
We’ll cross the GOG or Ubisoft Club or EA Origin bridges as we come to them.