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  • Summary: In Dark Forces, Kyle Katarn, a young mercenary successfully infiltrated the Empire. Jedi Knight continues the story of Katarn as he embarks on a quest into his past and learns the mysterious ways of the Jedi. With this knowledge, he must stop seven Dark Jedi from unlocking the powers of aIn Dark Forces, Kyle Katarn, a young mercenary successfully infiltrated the Empire. Jedi Knight continues the story of Katarn as he embarks on a quest into his past and learns the mysterious ways of the Jedi. With this knowledge, he must stop seven Dark Jedi from unlocking the powers of a hidden Jedi burial ground. This task forces Katarn to decide his destiny. If he chooses the Dark side, he will come into enormous power. If he chooses the Light side, he faces seemingly insurmountable evil. Whatever path Katarn chooses will change the face of the galaxy forever. [LucasArts] Expand
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  1. Great value for money. As the majority of gaming is still a single player experience, I can say this game is better than "Quake," its nearest rival, and therefore has to be one of the best games on the PC.
  2. The story is interesting, the Force Powers and weapons available are incredibly cool to use, and the opportunity to cut an opponent to shreds with a Lightsaber is the secret dream of any Jedi aspiring to heed the call of the Dark Side.
  3. With innovative levels, a sparkling soundtrack, enhanced graphics, and near-perfect control, this is one game you won't want to pass up. Jedi Knight is easily the best game of its kind available.
  4. Jedi Knight combines all the good aspects that a game should have: good graphics, interesting story, innovative game-play and superb multiplayer support. Anyone who has a good system (fast w/ a 3D accelerator) will definitely be pleased with Jedi Knight.
  5. Extra marks to LucasArts for giving the game an impossibly large number of options... Ignore the story and immerse yourself in the incredible environments - you may never want to come back.
  6. The designers have done a commendable job of creating an immersive environment and have come up with what is arguably the best single-player first-person shooter since "Doom."
  7. In the end, I just couldn't get into Jedi Knight. Maybe it was because I'm not a big Star Wars fanatic that I found it quite boring and uninspired, but there was nothing here that grasped my interest.

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  1. RichK.
    Sep 24, 2007
    10
    One of my absolute favorites. Fantastic action, story, sound, music, controls, and one of the first FPS's that had a great character One of my absolute favorites. Fantastic action, story, sound, music, controls, and one of the first FPS's that had a great character development system as well. Jedi Knight is of the same ilk as other standout FPS/RPGs System Shock 2 and Deus Ex, and is probably just as enjoyable on many levels. It's a game that makes me disappointed more like it aren't being made these days. Expand
  2. GenaroP.
    Apr 8, 2004
    10
    The best game ever.
  3. JoshS
    Nov 30, 2009
    10
    Jedi Knight, while 12 years old at the time of this writing, brings back memories of the shooter that did it first. While Quake pushed the Jedi Knight, while 12 years old at the time of this writing, brings back memories of the shooter that did it first. While Quake pushed the limit to what shooters in 3d had been, Jedi Knight made the 3d shooter. It was the first game to make real use of 3d space, and bind it so lovingly to the dark, nitty-gritty, space epic of Star Wars novels from authors like Timothy Zhan. Jedi Knight was the first major FPS to expand the horizons of gameplay as well, with RPG like elements as you developed your force talents based on your style of gameplay. While the live-action cutscenes are a bit corny, they do a good job conveying the epic storyline that harkens back to the Seven Samurai, except this time the Samurai are evil, and Kyle Katarn must face everyone to get to the man who is responsible for his father's death. Will Kyle remain pure during his quest for justice? Or will the Dark Side corrupt him...the path is up to the player. While the graphics did not hold up well throughout the years, the gameplay still is fast, and the music and sound are spot on--perhaps moreso than even modern shooters. Even 12 years from its launch I would say the 5 dollars on Steam are well spent with this classic gem. Expand
  4. JavidP.
    Nov 30, 2007
    10
    1st game I ever purchased, and I'm glad I did. The game is great, and when you beat it, there are thousands of fan-created mods and 1st game I ever purchased, and I'm glad I did. The game is great, and when you beat it, there are thousands of fan-created mods and levels to enjoy. Playing this at a lan party is always a great way to get the competition boiling. Expand
  5. Maxwell
    Aug 15, 2007
    10
    If you don't think an FPS can have heart, well, you probably never played Jedi Knight. An engaging and lengthy single player campaign If you don't think an FPS can have heart, well, you probably never played Jedi Knight. An engaging and lengthy single player campaign along with the at-the-time groundbreaking multiplayer: the first time gamers got to duel with lightsabers; made DF2: JK a classic. Oh, and there was that little white rabbit-thingy, too. Expand
  6. M.H.
    Sep 16, 2009
    10
    My 7 year old son played and I watched. I agree with the critic's review completely. We encountered the exact same problem that the My 7 year old son played and I watched. I agree with the critic's review completely. We encountered the exact same problem that the reviewer encountered and we also could not complete the game. Very frustrating. I actually called activision support and they claimed it was due to not fully completing the "side missions" or not in the right order. Unfortunately, they could not be more specific. Also, it appears that if you do encounter this problem, the only option is the start the game over. Again, very frustrating especially for a 7 year old. As this game is really more oriented to the younger crowd, I would ask game makers (if they are reading these types of reviews) to try to build in better hints, etc. so the game can be completed. It could even be a setup option so that older, more experienced gamers can opt out. Aside from this BIG issue, my son loved playing the game very much and it suited his age/skill level quite well. Expand
  7. Mar 20, 2015
    5
    Playing this game in 2015, the game has some charm about it, some solid gameplay, but ultimately falls flat compared to its predecessor due toPlaying this game in 2015, the game has some charm about it, some solid gameplay, but ultimately falls flat compared to its predecessor due to its own inability to deliver on its promises.

    Pros: -Live action cutscenes? It's like I'm watching a never-before-seen Star Wars movie!
    -Graphics are way better than the first one!
    -They fixed the concussion rifle so that it behaves in a logical manner
    -The game is long enough that you enjoy it but not so long that you become bored of it
    -I loved when I had to use Force jump or Speed to explore the map to find out where to go. It felt liberating to use these powers.

    Cons: -The lightsaber battles are terrible. The controls are clunky, unpredictable, and you have to use them to fight other jedi. The boss battles are such a chore that this aspect alone pretty much ruined the game for me.
    -The only way to progress in your Force powers is to discover secrets. If you only discover a few secrets on each level, there's no guarantee you'll get Force powers.
    -The Dark Side Force powers are useless- I can choke a guy and he'll die in 3 seconds, or I can shoot him and he'll die in 2. And he generally doesn't shoot me back while I'm shooting him. Not true with Force powers.
    -As a Dark Jedi, a lot of the cutscenes that explain the story did not play for me. Must be a bug or something.
    -The story line, as best as I could follow it, seemed pretty hammed up and straight forward. Nothing interesting here at all, in spite of the awesome cutscenes.
    -The first and second levels seemed to drag on and on, as I continued to fight the same bad guys over and over again with the same weapons.
    -Thermal detonators are terrible- they do far too much damage, but they messed with the throwing system from the first one. I have to hold down the trigger for more than 3 seconds for it to throw far enough that I don't take damage from the darn thing, and that whole time I'm getting shot.
    -The crossbow gun is a great addition, except that since it can't one-shot storm troopers, you're pretty much guaranteed to get shot back, even if you sneak up on a guy.

    It seems I have a gripe for every good thing I find in the game- for every upside, there's a steep downside as well. I hope that some of these issues are fixed in the subsequent games. I'm pretty sure I will not be playing this one again.
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