I've started this game something like four times yet never made it off Citadel Station. I actually quite enjoy the opening, but the early NPCs weren't doing much for me, and the combat is as rubbish as it was in KOTOR. This time though, this time I'm going to finish the game. Installed the restored content mode 1.8.1, cranked the difficulty to difficult and I'm a good 30 hours in and currently just landed on the last planet currently on my map which I have to visit. This is a really rough product. I heard a lot about how this plays with the idea of the dark side being just another side of powers you use, rather than inherently evil. I'm not seeing that though, even Keira hasn't really touched on this concept much. Almost every dark side option is still douche mode, with the odd slightly more subtle douche mode. Generally it's murdering folks though and my face changing to murderous evil. I mean, rail-roading me into killing the jedi master I saw simply because I was on the dark side is not really convincing me that there's much to this idea of the force not being about good and evil. I like the idea behind the NPCs, but there are all sorts of problems. Their dialogue was front-loaded so I had lots to chat with them about when they arrived, but little thereafter. Conversational dead-ends never disappear so I have to wade through it all again to try and find where the influence gateways are, and wouldn't it just be better if they came and spoke to me when we hit those points? In a Bioware game I know people will have new things to say, but in this game I keep randomly chatting to them after influence changes and level gains to see if there's something new buried in the dialogue tree. Keira has grown on me though, I enjoy the way she challenges whatever I do to make me think about my reasoning and the consequences of my actions. It does feel at times though that all the NPC development went into her, leaving little for many of the others to do. The little cutscenes between NPCs on the ship are great, it's nice to see them have lives of their own. But again. Front-loaded. I did a lot of hopping on and off the ship on the first planet, and these scenes are tied to ship visits, so I saw almost all of them at the beginning of the game and it's been one hell of a dry spell since. The cut scenes don't flow very well either, here or in other parts of the game, it all feels a little janky. Even the dialogue has this feel occasionally. The combat is easy, even easier than KOTOR if that's possible. Same terrible combat system though. They somehow made the UI worse. No way to see what the modifiers on you are. No way to check companion stats on the ship. Defence values only calculate for companions off the ship. etc. I'm being overloaded with loot, money became no issue almost immediately. The biggest issue though is the alignment bug. I decided early on to draw people over to the dark side. It's going well. Except some of my companions reset their status and stick at their default level until I kick them out and have them rejoin, assuming I'm in an area that let's me, which on the ship I can't do. It's sucking my will to continue because I've no idea how much this might be ruining my play-through. Are there things I should be seeing or conversations I should be able to have which I can't because of this? No idea. But considering alignment shifts was one of the big bullet points for the sequel this is annoying. And no, I haven't used any cheats or the console. I'm pushing on because really I just need to spam Force Lightning in combats and I win, but I'm not really feeling it. My companions feel silent and dull with few interjections and little to talk to me about. My primary goal feels vague and unsatisfying, mostly because I feel so rail-roaded in my dialogue with my targets. The game has also made my past a factor but only slowly reveals it to me, the person who should damn well know it. I really, really hate that because it makes dialogue about me such a bear. You're never quite sure what answer you're giving because you don't know if you're in possession of all the facts. Facts you should have. To sum up, this game strikes me as incredibly over-hyped.