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Questions
General Questions
  1. What is Knights of the Old Republic?
  2. Who developped the game?
  3. Who is the publisher of the game?
  4. When can I get my hands on the game?
  5. Are there modding tools for this game? I got plenty of ideas!
Gameplay
  1. Is this game singleplayer or multiplayer?
  2. Since RPGs are about rules, what will this game use?
  3. Why is the game not set during the movies?
  4. Due to the size of the SW Universe, where does the game take place?
  5. This being titled Knights of the Old Republic, can I use the force?
  6. Is this a 2D or 3D game?
  7. Is the combat real-time or turn-based?
  8. Can I customize the hotkeys and controls?
  9. How can I communicate with NPCs during the game?
Character & Party
  1. Do I control a character or a party?
  2. Wait, MY ship?
  3. What options are there for my character?
  4. But I wanted to be a [insert favourite, absolutely obscure alien race]!
  5. What NPCs are there?
  6. What weapons can I wreak havoc with?
  7. Face the truth: the Dark Side is stronger! Can I be evil?
  8. What are the options for my character's look?
Technical Questions
  1. Those shots look great, will my computer be able to run it?
  2. What engine is being used in the game?
  3. What screen resolutions can I run the game in?


Answers
General Questions
  1. What is Knights of the Old Republic?
    Knights of the Old Republic (or KotOR) is a cinematic role-playing game set in George Lucas' famous Star Wars universe. It's set 4000 years prior to the movies, in the aftermath of the famous Sith War, which was depicted in several successful comic series from Dark Horse Comics. It's available both for the XBox and the PC.
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  2. Who developped the game?
    Knights has been developed by canadian BioWare Corporation, that earned itself lots of awards with the famous Baldur's Gate series, and Neverwinter Nights.
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  3. Who is the publisher of the game?
    As all Star Wars games, Knights has been published by LucasArts Entertaiment Company of Monkey Island and X-Wing fame. LECalso provided help on the sound. Publishing may be handled by other companies in other territories.
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  4. When can I get my hands on the game?
    The game is now available on the XBox and PC.
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  5. Are there modding tools for this game? I got plenty of ideas!
    Visit Holowan Laboratories,our modding forum: you should find what you are looking for. However, both Bioware and Lucasarts do not condone or support modifications.
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Gameplay
  1. Is this game singleplayer or multiplayer?
    This game is focused on delivering a immersive singleplayer experience. Thus, there is unfortunately no multiplayer support.
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  2. Since RPGs are about rules, what is this game using?
    KotOR uses the D20 rules system also found in the Star Wars pen&paper roleplaying game from Wizards of the Coast. D20 is the same system being used for the new Dungeons&Dragons rules.
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  3. Why is the game not set during the movies?
    The decision to use this timeframe was made by BioWare to give their developers more artistic freedom with the story and look of the game.
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  4. Due to the size of the SW Universe, where does the game take place?
    You'll travel to 7 different planets during the course of the game. Among them are locales such as Dantoine, Tatooine, the wookie's homeworld Kashyyyk and Korriban, the Sith World. There are also several other locations like starships for you to explore.
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  5. This being titled Knights of the Old Republic, can I use the force?
    Yes, there are around 40 force powers at your disposal. These are divided in light side (Healing for example), dark side (powers like Lightning) and neutral powers. Your ability to use them efficiently depends on your alignment.
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  6. Is this a 2D or 3D game?
    3D. For more info, look at the technical section of this FAQ or at our screen shots.
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  7. Is the combat real-time or turn-based?
    The game utilises a hybrid real-time/turn-based system which allows you to pause at any time during combat to issue new orders to your party members. You can line up to four combat actions.
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  8. Can I customize the hotkeys and controls?
    It is possible to map the keyboard for the PC however, you can't customize the controls on the Xbox.
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  9. How will do I communicate with NPCs during the game?
    You can communicate with NPCs through a system of pre-defined responses (similar to the system used in the Baldur's Gate series.) All the NPCs dialogue has voice over.
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Character & Party
  1. Do I control a character or a party?
    You create a character at the beginning. During the course of the game, you will find around 9 guys who offer to join you. Two of them will be on the road with you, while the others wait back in your ship.
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  2. Wait, MY ship?
    Yes, you have your own space transport, the Ebon Hawk. It will be pretty similar to Han Solo's Millenium Falcon.
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  3. What options are there for my character?
    Quite a few. While he/she can only be of the human species, you still have the choice between 6 character classes, like Jedi Guardian or Soldier. For more info on those, visit our Classes section. There are also 8 skills and special feats to customize your character even further.
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  4. But I wanted to be a [insert favourite, absolutely obscure alien race]!
    Sorry, but it looks like the developers need a human for their story...however, you can always have a look at Holowan Laboratories, our modding forums, to find some extra characters or even learn to make your own.
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  5. What NPCs are there?
    9 different, among them Wookiees, Twi'leks and Droids. Look at the NPC section for more info.
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  6. What weapons can I wreak havoc with?
    There is a wide range of weapons at your disposal, among them blaster pistols, rifles, various types of grenades, swords and all the known kinds of lightsabers.
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  7. Face the truth: the Dark Side is stronger! Can I be evil?
    Whatever floats your boat.
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  8. What are the options for my character's look?
    You can chose among 15 male and 15 female portraits and three clases....that makes 90 options.
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Technical Questions
  1. Those shots look great, will my computer be able to run it?
    You can view the System Requirements here.
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  2. What engine is being used in the game?
    It's called Odissey and advances on Neverwinter Night's Aurora engine. It was enhanced to use all of the latest GeForce series features, like pixel and vertex shaders.
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  3. What screen resolutions can I run the game in?
    The maximum resolution for the PC version is 1600x1200.
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