International Star Wars Day is one of our favorite holidays, and a big reason for that is the dozens of ways to celebrate it. One option is to play through the catalog of outstanding video games set in the galaxy far, far away. Of all the games to choose from, two stand out – Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 – a classic RPG duo from Bioware and Obsidian that redefined the genre in 2003 and 2004. Both of these classics received mobile ports in the last years. However, one thing sets them apart from other mobile games – mods. These Android ports use the same file system as their PC counterparts, opening up the world of modding to mobile gamers.
Why would you want to install mods? While many would say these games have aged like fine wine, there’s no denying that they look and feel their age. Mods won’t make the game look like anything from the last five years, but improved textures and character models will go a long way in making games look fresher. Many fans have created new weapons and armor, questlines, and even planets to explore. In the case of Knights of the Old Republic 2 (KOTOR 2), there is an important reason to modify the game – it will allow you to play everything.
KOTOR 2 underwent infamously rushed development, resulting in the removal of a massive portion of the game in order to release it on time. This happened late enough in development that the cut content files were hidden on disc when the game was released, and these superfluous elements included a lot of dialogue from the voice actors. Fans of the modding community quickly got to work. Several years later, The Sith Lords Salvaged Content Mod came out, restoring missing story beats to the game, enhancing something already revered as one of the greatest games of all time. This mod is fully compatible with the Android version of the game, and we strongly recommend that you install it.
How to install mods for KOTOR 1 and 2
The first thing you will need is a Files app. Our app of choice is Solid Explorer, but alternatives like ES File Explorer will work fine. Google and Samsung’s built-in file apps won’t suffice because they don’t provide access to the folders we need. Once you have your files app, you will need to grant it certain permissions before you can install mods:
Navigate to the android folder in your files app.
A pop-up window will appear explaining that you need to allow access to this directory. Press grant.
At the bottom of the screen, tap use this folder.
You will be asked if you want to grant the app access to the files in the data. Tap allow.
Fear not if you’d rather not let third-party apps access these folders. You can connect your device to a PC via USB and use File Explorer to install your mods.
With that out of the way, it’s time to download some mods. They are available in many different places, but we recommend Nexus Mods. It has been around for a long time and has become the default platform for modding. It’s safe, easy to use, and whatever mod you’re looking for, it’s almost guaranteed to be there.
Each mod will provide instructions on how to install it and whether or not other mods are needed to run them. Just note that if it offers automatic installation, you should ignore it and use the manual method. Each mod’s installation instructions will differ depending on what it does, so you’ll need to sort through several folders within the game directory. I recommend backing up your savegames before you start installing anything to be safe . We’ll be using the “com.aspyr.swkotor” file directory, which is the first game in this tutorial. For the second game, find the “com.aspyr.swkotorii” directory. The instructions for backing up your saves are the same for both games.
Move towards Android > Data > com.aspyr.swkotor > files
Once in the directory, navigate to Safe case.
Here you will see a folder for each backup you have.
Where you save them is your choice. If you’re connected to a PC, you can copy and paste them to its hard drive or use the app’s file sharing feature to upload them to Google Drive. Whichever you choose, your current progress is safe in case something goes wrong and you need to reinstall the game.
As we said before, the method of installing each mod will vary depending on what it does. Some will require pasting files into existing folders, and others will have you creating entirely new folders in the game directory. Just be sure to read the mod’s instructions, and you’ll be fine. For this demonstration, we will be installing the scavenged content mod for Kotor 2. Although we prefer Nexus mods, the version needed here is only available on Death Flow because it had to be modified to work on mobile. Note that unlike most mods, this one will require you to restart the game to use it.
- Go to the Downloads folder on your phone.
- Long press the .zip file of the mod and press the three-point button at the bottom right.
- Press Extract.
Once the extraction is complete, you will see a folder with the same name as the mod but without the .zip at the end. Open this folder.
Inside is a folder called DCL. Long press dcl.
- Press the copy button (second from the left on the bottom bar).
- Press INTERNAL MEMORY at the top of the screen.
- Go to Android > data > com.aspyr.swkotorii > files.
Now press paste.
This is a big mod, so it may take a few minutes to copy everything.
Once you’ve completed these steps and everything is copied, launch Knights of the Old Republic 2. You should see “Editing Content Restored by Sith Lords” in the main menu under the title. This means that the mod has been installed correctly and you can enjoy the game as it was always intended.
As long as you follow the instructions that come with each mod and place the files exactly where they’re supposed to go, you should have no problems modding Knights of the Old Republic 1 or 2. These mods breathe new life into those old games. . and bear witness to the community that continues to love them after all these years.
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