Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic iOS - opinions and ramblings
Being the geek that I am, rapid technological advancement doesn't very often surprise me. I'm normally pretty up to date with the latest gadgets and gizmos. Every once and a while though something comes along that really takes me by surprise. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on iOS is one of those things.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is arguably one of the best Star Wars games ever developed and if you’re a fan of the franchise and missed out on this game when it was released back in 2003 I would strongly recommend it to anyone with an up to date iOS device. The latest version of this classic game has been updated with better graphics, redesigned UI for smaller screens, intuitive touch controls and, as a bonus, the Yavin Station area, which was previously available as DLC, is included in the standard game.
Yes I had two pink lightsabers...
Logically it shouldn't really surprise me at all, I know the specs of the latest iOS devices are greater than what was available for most PCs 10 years ago when this game was originally released however that's not what surprised me.
Almost ironically, shortly before this game was released on iPhones I had begun replaying the original on my Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 claims to be backwards compatible for a limited number of games including Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2, however attempting to play the game turned out to be an unpleasant experience.
I was plagued by slow loading screens, lag, bugs, glitches and even a few complete crashes to the point where the game had become almost unplayable. The worst of which was a known glitch in which Tatooine became completely inaccessible due to a game freezing bug when visiting the area after learning a specific force power.
It was around the time I began to lose patience with the game that I discovered that it had been released on the iPhone. With my progress all but halted on the Xbox I decided to purchase the iPhone version and give it the benefit of the doubt, I'm glad I did.
The latest version of the game is easier to play, bug free (at least as far as I can tell), prettier and all round a much better gaming experience. The changes they have made to make it easier to play on a mobile device have made a huge game easy to pick up and put down when the mood takes you. For a mobile game costing less than £10 (which I know is pretty expensive for a mobile game) it is well worth the money. I have sunk more than 15 hours into this game already.
So what really surprised me; Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic works better on my iPhone than it does on my Xbox 360... even though it was released on the Original Xbox and Microsoft have had since 2005 to fix it.
Sorry Microsoft that’s a point to Apple in my book.