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I have finally completed KOTOR 2 with the Restored Content mod installed. I completed it as a male, light-side Jedi. The ending is completely different with the restored content.
To be honest, not much changes throughout most of the game. The beginning and the adventures you have traveling to the five planets (Telos, Onderon, Korriban, Nar Shaddaa, and Dantooine) have only subtle differences between the original and restored versions. The most noticeable is the HK-50 sub-story. There is also a sub-plot with the Handmaiden and Atris.
However, once you have completed all quests on those four planets is where glaring differences become apparent. Starting with your return to Telos. The Handmaiden gets there before you and her “sisters” attack her for deserting Atris. She defeats them and then she battles Atris, who whoops her ass. You then come in at the end and whoop Atris’ ass.
Then HK-47 goes to the HK-50 factory and destroys it. This little side mission, which was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to play the restored content, was somewhat of a let down. You go in there, blow away a bunch of HK-50 droids (and HK-51 droids), and that’s pretty much it. HK-47 inquires as to who built the facility and who the master is that the droids keep talking about, but these questions are never answered. So even after completing this mission you have no idea who commissioned the factory and who programmed them to destroy the Republic. Lame.
You then board the Raveger as you do in the original, but after you defeat Darth Nihilus, Visas (if you let her live – yes, she can be killed in the restored content version of the game) and Mandalore have a very candid discussion about Revan and where he went and why.
You then take off and head to Malachor V where there are some major changes, too. Mira faces Hanharr like she does in the original, but in the light-side ending she tells Hanharr to take her to Kreia, which he does. Then Mira, the Handmaiden, Visas, and Atton attack Kreia…and fail miserably. All are captured and imprisoned except for Atton, who escapes and then has to face Sion. Atton then beats up Sion enough to get away. You then have to go find the other three and rescue them from prison cells.
From there it’s much the same. You face and defeat Darth Sion and then Kreia. Although with the restored content, Kreia reveals to you where Revan went and why he disappeared. She urges you to go help him now that you have completed her “training” because you are now ready to face what he is facing. You then have the choice of helping Revan, going back into exile, and…..crap, I forgot the third one. Oh, well. I choose to help Revan. I left the Handmaiden in charge of the Trayu Academy on Malachor V so she could help train more people for the war to come. Atton seems to tag along when you leave. In the original, when you choose the light side ending you destroy the planet so no one else can learn at this academy.
To be honest, now that I know where Revan went I’m even more pissed that there has been no KOTOR 3. The original version of KOTOR 2 left enough of a cliffhanger that you wanted to know where Revan went and what happened to him, but now that I know all the details of his disappearance it makes it all the more maddening. Considerably more in light of the fact that they decided to make an MMORPG based only a couple hundred years after the events of KOTOR (The Old Republic).
Why has this story been left uncompleted? I’ve read accounts online that say Bioware and Lucasarts had started to build a project to make KOTOR 3, but it was cancelled for reasons unknown.
If anyone at Lucasarts or Bioware reads this (hahahahahahahaha – yeah, right) get this thing going. A third Knights of the Old Republic game would definitely be profitable for you and you please a lot of disappointed fans. Like me.
Sooooooo, I’m going back to playing KOTOR 2 now, and see what other things I can find in the restored content.
And for your viewing pleasure, here is the best of HK-47 from KOTOR 2: