1. Knights of the Old Republic
Back in 2003, BioWare delivered one of the most compelling Star Wars storylines since the original movies with its RPG, Knights of the Old Republic. Undoubtedly, its huge plot twist was a big part of what put KOTOR on everyone’s best-game-ever list, but that wasn’t the only thing that made the game so great.
KOTOR fleshed out the Star Wars Universe in ways we never expected. Places and things that are only mentioned in the movies could be explored in the game – during a completely different time period, thousands of years before the events of the movies. It was the first time we got to delve into the tombs of the ancient Sith Lords on Korriban, explore the surface of Kashyyyk, and see first-hand what planet Princess Leia was talking about when she said the Rebel Base was on Dantooine. There was even more Star Wars fanservice to uncover if players dug deep enough. We used to think Tusken Raiders were all murdering savages, for example, until we discovered that they were just pissed that Tatooine’s visitors weren’t very eco-friendly.
The entirely new set of characters really made KOTOR unforgettable. Players could discover their deep backstories, often revealing details about the overall story as they did so, and could even influence them toward good or evil. The Assassin Droid HK-47, in particular, holds a special place in our hearts for his degrading and threatening comments towards organic meatbags, but steadfast loyalty to his master. The varied cast of characters affecting the outcomes in the story made playing through the game multiple times required to get KOTOR’s full experience, and each time, we were happy to oblige.
Knights of the Old Republic is the definitive Star Wars game for Star Wars fanatics. It has everything: witty characters, good versus evil, bucket-of-bolts starships and a plot twist that will blow your reverse power flux coupling. Out of all of the fantastic games in the Star Wars license, Knights of the Old Republic definitely stands out as one of the best.