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Light Side/Dark Side points, do they matter?

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Light Side/Dark Side points, do they matter?

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Wolfhat
01.08.2012 , 08:39 AM | #1
Hey there, hope this isn't a repeat but I can't seem to find the search function and I'm curious. I know that your Light or Dark Side points can affect what sort of equipment you can purchase at some points, but overall how do they affect the game?

If I'm on the Republic, and a Jedi, but I decide to be bad sort of guy and always choose the Dark Side option, will this affect the overall game? Will I go over to the dark side and become a Sith? Will I not get some quests or have NPC's turn up their noses at me? Does it really make a difference?

Same goes for the Empire side, what if you decided to be a Nice Inquisitor?

Any ideas?

Thanks!

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TheSwamper
01.08.2012 , 08:42 AM | #2
Not really.

IMO, the whole 'dark jedi' or 'light sith' is a cliche that is done to death. If you wanna play dark, roll empire, and if you wanna play light, roll republic. I think this is particularly true in this game where, outside of some gear, your light/dark rating doesn't seem to matter.

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Haasth
01.08.2012 , 08:44 AM | #3
A fully Dark side Jedi will simply be a Dark Jedi. You're still part of the Republic. Think of it as a cultural choice (Republic/Empire). You don't know or follow the Sith traditions thus you are not Sith. You are still a member of the Republic, regardless of your alignment.

Yes, certain NPCs will react differently to you. Your whole story will play out differently if you pick certain dark side choices. Storywise it has a major impact.

Gameplay wise the only real different is the gear you can use and that going dark side will have a visual effect on your character (Typical dark side look)

Same goes for a light side Sith. They are still Sith, but they prefer to improve the situation for the Empire as a whole instead of just slaughtering their way through everything and only improving the situation for themselves.


Quote: Originally Posted by TheSwamper View Post
Not really.

IMO, the whole 'dark jedi' or 'light sith' is a cliche that is done to death. If you wanna play dark, roll empire, and if you wanna play light, roll republic. I think this is particularly true in this game where, outside of some gear, your light/dark rating doesn't seem to matter.
Cliche that is done to death? That seems pretty ironic, considering most people still follow the stereotypical "SITH IS EBUL" deal.
Personally I think Light Sith has some of the best writing and story moments in the entire game and is a blast to play as. It's also refreshing with everyone else on the Empire being yet another evil guy with some sinister plan. I definitely recommend anyone to try out a light side Sith because it creates some of the most interesting situations.

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PjPablo
01.08.2012 , 08:44 AM | #4
Edit: Missed part of what you said. Nvm lol

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Proto
01.08.2012 , 08:44 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Wolfhat View Post
Hey there, hope this isn't a repeat but I can't seem to find the search function and I'm curious. I know that your Light or Dark Side points can affect what sort of equipment you can purchase at some points, but overall how do they affect the game?

If I'm on the Republic, and a Jedi, but I decide to be bad sort of guy and always choose the Dark Side option, will this affect the overall game? Will I go over to the dark side and become a Sith? Will I not get some quests or have NPC's turn up their noses at me? Does it really make a difference?

Same goes for the Empire side, what if you decided to be a Nice Inquisitor?

Any ideas?

Thanks!
Actually, the worst part about the light/dark side choices is that the game's gear forces you to choose 1 way or the other. So eventually you stop looking at the actual choices in dialogue as you go through your quests and simply hit the dark or light button according to what you know you "must" click in order to progress your character through gear choices.

Its pretty poorly thought out.
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Jedi_molbani
01.08.2012 , 08:46 AM | #6
well, i dont know, but as a LS SW when getting my jedi companion jaeasa she looked into my "soul" or some crap and said i was good stuff about me, im guessing it happens different for DS SW.

There is also a quest where you see a reflection of your self, and the reflection says "turn away from your mercifull ways and embrace the darkside, otherwise you will be destroyed by baras"

but thats about it.
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snooggums
01.08.2012 , 08:47 AM | #7
It has no effect on story at all, so there are no actual consequences except arbitrary gear and crystal restrictions. Since you can grind light and dark points late in the game, your decisions don't even matter in the long term.

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Haasth
01.08.2012 , 08:47 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Jedi_molbani View Post
well, i dont know, but as a LS SW when getting my jedi companion jaeasa she looked into my "soul" or some crap and said i was good stuff about me, im guessing it happens diffrent for DS SW.

There is also a quest wher you see a reflection of your self, and the reflection says "turn away from your mercifull ways and embrace the darkside, otherwise you will be destroyed by baras"

but thats about it.
Those things play out very differently if you are Dark side, yes.
Story moments like that are very much based on previous light side or dark side choices, like I said before your story plays out quite differently depending on those.


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It has no effect on story at all,
Except that it does?
I suppose companions reacting entirely differently to you is not a story consequence? Jaesa for example reacts completely differently if you go a light side route. Heck, certain points not happening because you opted to spare someone who later comes around to kill you is not a story effect?

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meminemall
01.08.2012 , 08:48 AM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by TheSwamper View Post
Not really.

IMO, the whole 'dark jedi' or 'light sith' is a cliche that is done to death. If you wanna play dark, roll empire, and if you wanna play light, roll republic. I think this is particularly true in this game where, outside of some gear, your light/dark rating doesn't seem to matter.
You couldn't be more wrong dude. This game is about the journey not about the destination. If you wanna become a sith who has learned the true meaning of The Force and has become neither light or dark like Revan or has turned to the Light side. You should be able to venture as one. Not because oh I wanna use red light sabers when im maxed level -_-.

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Karkais
01.08.2012 , 08:49 AM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by snooggums View Post
It has no effect on story at all, so there are no actual consequences except arbitrary gear and crystal restrictions. Since you can grind light and dark points late in the game, your decisions don't even matter in the long term.
It should have in my opinion, I hope Bioware adds bit more depth to the storylines in the future. Currently the dialog options can affect mainly your companions affection gains/losses, and then theres the gear alignment requirements. Thats mostly it so far.

Of course the choices can affect the storyline, but its not only dependant on whether the choice is light/dark, but rather what the choice is actually about (killing/sparing/helping someone etc).

But of course then there are people who immerse themselves in the game and choose the options according to what their character is like.
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