Okay guys, I've bitched and moaned about this game for the longest time because Lucasfilm decided that, rather than give us a single player RPG of Knights of the Old Republic 3, it would be much better to release a MMO that takes place 300 years later, and write a really crappy bridge novel to cover what KOTOR 3 ought to have covered. I wasn't even sure I was going to want to buy it.
Then the opportunity happened that I was able to get a free copy (basically, I was a costumed volunteer at EA Los Angeles' release day employee party wearing my KOTOR costume, and we were paid in free video games). For the price of free, I had to at least try it, right?
I can't help it. I am downright giddy playing this game. I only logged off because I am hungry and need to make dinner. It's not KOTOR 3, and never will be, but I'm not even off the first planet yet and I'm having a blast. I don't have to play with other people if I don't want to (and unless I know who they are, I won't- sorry, random guy who tried three times to add me to his group, with not so much as a 'hello' in the chat window). The chat channel isn't filled with crap, not yet anyway. I'm on a PvE server, so high level Sith can't just jump up behind me and kill me! It's weird having other random people running around doing the same things I am, but on the other hand, it's pretty damn close to being a single player RPG. I appreciate that. And, at least one of my coworkers is playing with me, which is fun. Even though I'm a shiny light side Jedi Knight, and he's an evil Trooper.
Speaking of things which are shiny- the game is gorgeous. I'd like to live on Tython, minus the Flesh Raider infestation. The graphics are beautiful, with the minor exception of some weird texture popping on the leaves any time I enter dialogue with another character. I've probably not made the most efficient use of my wandering in the quests, but hey, it's a pretty world.
And the main quest is fun so far. I don't know what to expect of the story, but it has one, and it does a good job of telling it. All the character dialogue is fully voiced, so you get to hear what your character sounds like! There are lots of voice cameos from voice actors from the original game, though I have yet to run into a Carth voice anyway (yeah, yeah, I am a gigantic Carth Onasi fangirl, SO SUE ME). I'm thoroughly enjoying myself.
Basically, I waited eight years from this game, and it is absolutely not what I wanted, and it is fantastic anyway. Go figure.
Now, to do some useful and productive things so I can log back on and do some more quests before bed. *shifty eyes*