Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. While Jedi Outcast is firmly entrenched in the action genre, that shouldn't frighten away adventure gamers. If you've ever played an action/adventure game and have an interest in Star Wars, it's imperative to play this game.
  2. 100
    The seamless controls and extensive levels can only be matched by the spectacular graphics and superior sound.
  3. It's just beautifully designed: fast-paced, challenging, and awesome to look at. [June 2002, p.78]
  4. The force is strong with this one. [24 May 2002, p.98]
  5. Each character model is so well done and I even found the cut scenes interesting.
  6. Jedi Knight II ranks up there with the giants like "X-Wing Alliance" and the original "Jedi Knight." It's just that good.
  7. Without question, Jedi Outcast is the most enjoyable and accomplished Star Wars game yet. [May 2002, p.90]
  8. Great story, puzzles, adventure, Force powers – you know, it is difficult to find any weak spots in Jedi Outcast. One could say that it is a bit too linear – there is almost always only one way of progressing.
  9. Raven Software has taken a big chance, trying to cover all the bases with Jedi Knight 2. Luckily, it has paid off, as this is an excellent game. It's got tons of stuff that players have been wanting since the first Jedi Knight, includes an engaging and fun multiplayer game, and delivers it all on the very stable and solid Quake 3 engine.
  10. An intriguing juxtaposition of pieces of incredibly intense FPS action that had me on the edge of my seat combined with puzzle-like sections of such opacity that they made me want to kill myself.
  11. The movement and the animation of the lead hero in third person is by far the best I've seen in a video game to date...Raven managed to pull off something a few game companies ever managed, and that is to take a classic to the next level.
  12. As pleasurable to gaze on as Leia, as cheekily charming as Solo, and as ingenious as Lando's moustache. [PC Gamer UK]
  13. The game is simply perfectly balanced in every way, and Raven have performed miracles achieving this. Whether you want to use grip to bash your opponent senselessly against the surroundings, or just go unnoticed for a while by using the mind trick, just about everything you would expect has been incorporated, and we love it to death.
  14. Raven has done a fantastic job bringing Star Wars to life, especially with the small touches like the familiar war room from A New Hope.
  15. If you can make it through the uninspired first third, you'll be treated to one of the prettiest, coolest, most compelling shooters released in the past year. [June 2002, p.65]
  16. It's got great action from two perspectives, mind-bending puzzles, and enough Force-powered Star Wars action to keep you up 'til the banthas come home.
  17. It links with Dark Forces and Jedi Knight very well, blending the Valley of the Jedi and the Dark Force together in a way that is cool and evil.
  18. 90
    Not only is this one of the greatest Star Wars games I've ever played, it's one of the best action games period.
  19. Combine excellent level design, a compelling storyline and amazing presentation and you’ve got a game that will keep fans hooked until you’ve completed very last little bit.
  20. An exceptional Star Wars action game that contains some of the best combat sequences since "Half-Life," the most distinctive control mechanics since "Max Payne," and the most involving plot in a Star Wars game since Jedi Knight.
  21. A game that provides a lot of fast-paced and exciting action, and does a great job of conveying the feel of the Star Wars universe.
  22. 90
    The real star of this game is the gameplay, which alternates between great and brilliant.
  23. An immensely playable and entertaining game that easily overpowers its few niggling flaws with its style, its spirit, and most importantly, its unswerving dedication to fun.
  24. It takes the best of "Jedi Knight" and superpowers it with well thought out Force powers, excellent level design, fiendish and boggling puzzles and simply magnificent lightsaber fights.
  25. It might not go down as one of the classics of our time, but with a great story and fantastic multiplayer, it will spend a good deal of time on many hard drives.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 232 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Mar 19, 2011
    An FPS with the story and voice acting of an RPG. If you played and liked Dark Forces 2, you'll love this game. If you played Jedi Academy.. meh, not so sure you will like it. In my opinion, It's a game that achieves in every way excepted. The fights never get old. The thrills some cutscene can bring matches with Dark Forces 2 and the films. Level design and puzzles are milestones. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jun 6, 2002
    40? TechTV, you should be ashamed...
  3. May 9, 2013
    This game is just one heck of a fun game. I especially love the lightsaber fights. If you love Star Wars, I believe this is definitely a must-buy. But just remember, old games take patience with some of the puzzles, quite difficult at times. Full Review »