Monday, December 26, 2005
ActionTrip's Best of 2005
Morning everyone. ActionTrip has posted their Best of 2005 right here. This is a combination of PC and Console awards, and includes both staff and reader's choice.
Notable mentions (that I care about) include runner up for Game of the Year and runner up for Best Action Game for Call of Duty 2 (PC), Best RPG for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (PC), and runner up for Best RPG for Jade Empire.
I completely forgot that though the Xbox version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords was released in December 2004, the PC version followed up in Februrary 2005. Between it and Jade Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords is the clear victor. My first play-through took me 79 hours, and my next two were around the 60 to 70 hour mark.
While the game's story certainly faulters a bit towards the end and you can tell the developer's were rushed by the publisher to make a Christmas release (The PC version is a port of the Xbox one), the game has such a rich universe to explore, excellently developed and voice-acted charaters, and great gameplay improvements over the original to make it a worthy sequal.
The game has a suitably dark theme to it, and your mentor, Kreia, has some very, very interesting life philosophies.
Overall, I'd say Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords is the best RPG on the Xbox (though probably not the PC), and its too bad Lucas couldn't write his prequal trilogy with the style and complexity of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series.