I have come to the conclusion that the first KOTOR is not good. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not good.
Part of the problem comes from adapting the existing tabletop game systems (JUST MAKE PERSUASION CHECKS A HARD NUMBER OH MY GOD), but that doesn’t explain everything. The story isn’t very good, and most of the side quests feel wildly out of place with the franchise. A Romeo and Juliet rip, really? The choices are way too limited, either ranging from being a boring saint to comically dickish war criminal, and the balancing …yesh. Half of the skills you can invest in at the beginning of the game are basically redundant or have no actual use in game (security is a literal junk skill that serves absolutely no purpose), and god help you trying to figure out statistics and what they do early on. I had to restart my entire game after playing for about TWELVE HOURS because I found out I actually need the repair skill to upgrade one of my party members, and I came to the unfortunate discovery that anything but a melee combat build is effectively worthless because of your eventual class change.
Also, I only have six out of nine party members so far, but the vast majority of them kind of suck or lack personality. Bastila is a walking pile of misogynist tropes, the wookie is just The Wookie and also tosses in that racist life debt trope, and Carth is just so boring. I mean, I get where he’s coming from, but his two modes are either “easily agitated jerk” or “boring.” Mission is okay and the droid is automatically good because droid, but the only one I actually like so far is Canderous, the Murder Man from the Murder Race. Oh, and I have the cat girl jedi but she’s also very boring. I hope HK-47 and Jolee save this party of annoyances and sad sacks.