So I know we already have a KOTOR thread, but I thought KOTOR 2 deserved its own thread. I purchased it last week, and I've faithfully been playing through it. TFU has taken a backseat, because, in my opinion, KOTOR 2 is better. I enjoy TFU, but it's just a little too much slash-slash (or as Orlando Bloom would say, "Swash-swash, buckle-buckle ), and rather difficult to play on the computer. So while I enjoy it, KOTOR and Allies come first. Galen will just have to wait.
Anyway, I'm enjoying this so much! The only thing that can get annoying, though I've recently come to regard it as a plus instead of a minus, is how freaking long it is! I've been playing it steadily for a week now (for hours each day), and I don't feel any closer to the end! However, I find this to be a good thing now. There's soooo much to this game, that I already want to start over and revisit what I feel like I've missed, and I haven't even finished yet!
Also, the storyline is not as good as the first (or perhaps I'm just partial), but I find the gameplay is better, much better. As well as the exploration. Dxun? My most favorite planet ever! Or moon, to be precise. I'm not really sure why, but I love that place. Perhaps it's the rain and the thunder and the jungle and the Mandalorians...I couldn't really say. But I just adore it. Nar Shaddaa is also pretty darn awesome.
The swoop tracks? Awesome! Not to mention that you get paid a lot more for the one on Onderon than any in KOTOR 1. There's a little too much talking at the beginning of the game, but it balances out nicely later in the game.
Some excellent changes from KOTOR 1: Things you can get items from now say "Empty" if you've already retrieved items from them. Amazingly ingenious! Also, you can break up everything into characters: "Ranged", "Melee", "Armor", etc. If you've played the game, you'll know what I'm talking about.
The characters are pretty cool, though seem a little less in-depth than those in KOTOR 1. If you're a female character, you grow to love Atton just like you did Carth, obviously. Personally, I really like Mira. Mayba it's the fact that she looks like Mara, her name is only one letter different from Mara, she has red hair like Mara, and her personality is exactly like Mara. *shrugs* Hmmm...that may have something to do with it.
You seem to have more freedom in this game to run around and hop back and forth to planets and such. It doesn't seem quite as a guided as the first one, which I like. I also don't really know what I'm doing, which I like. In the last game I was running around looking specifically for different Star Maps. In this game, I'm not really sure what I'm looking for. Supposedly it's missing Jedi Masters, but it's more vague/open than that.
Also, everything is less straightfoward. You're left more on your own for various quests, which I find both more realistic and more difficult. But in a good way.
And last, but not least, the little cameos (and more major appearances in some cases) of characters from the last game. Pretty cool.
Anyway, I can't completely review the game, since I haven't finished yet, but I'm definitely enjoying it. I say it's a total winner as far as sequels are concerned.
"It's not about the legacy you leave, it's about the life you live." ~Mara Jade Skywalker