on Sep 16, 2015
I’ve never betrayed the Hidden Beks, but I assume that even if you do, you still end up having to participate in the Swoop Bike race.
So the Beks have this unstable engine that might kill the driver. It’s so dangerous that Gadon doesn’t want any of his people to use it. Then the Black Vulkars steal it, and THEY don’t want to use it either. So the two sides are fighting over an engine that neither of them want to use. And even though you’re demonstrably stronger than either gang, they somehow strong-arm you into driving this thing, which even if it doesn’t kill you is still probably cheating. You do this in order to win the swoop bike race, even though you don’t care who wins, because it’s supposedly the only way to reach Bastila.
The game doesn’t explain why you couldn’t simply attend the race as a spectator / interloper. I get that Bastila was in an undisclosed location, but I imagine everyone knows where the race itself is held. Seeing as how you’ve just wiped out one of the major gangs in this city, it’s reasonable to assume you could simply free her via direct assault. And even if that’s not possible, it seems like it would be easier to free her after the race. One gang or another is going to win her, at which point you can recover her without needing to pilot a rocket bomb through a rigged race.
Maybe you’re doing it this way simply because it’s less violent? But then you end up having to kill people anyway.
And then Bastila frees herself. And then she mocks you for your trouble.
So you have to fight a war to recover an engine nobody wants, to win a race you don’t care about, to free a woman who doesn’t need your help.
This entire quest is a stupid, irritating, horribly contrived slog that clogs up the story right when things need to get moving. For the purposes of the plot, the writers ought to get us to Dantooine as fast as possible so we can introduce the actual main elements of this story. There’s lots of time later for arena fights, swoop-bike racing, and gang politics. But of course you can’t come back to this place once you leave.