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  • Summary: As a new student of Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy, follow an ancient tradition and learn the powers - and dangers - of the Force. The Force is a powerful ally; use it wisely. Immerse yourself in the classic Star Wars universe as you take on the role of a student eager to learn the ways ofAs a new student of Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy, follow an ancient tradition and learn the powers - and dangers - of the Force. The Force is a powerful ally; use it wisely. Immerse yourself in the classic Star Wars universe as you take on the role of a student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Master Luke Skywalker. Interact with famous classic Star Wars locations and characters while facing the ultimate choice: fight for good and freedom in the light side or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side. Create your own characters by defining various characteristics, such as species, gender, clothing and physical attributes allowing for a more personal experience before entering the academy to learn the powers - and dangers - of the Force. Construct your own lightsaber from handle to blade color. Utilize two if you prefer or try the ultimate dual-bladed lightsaber made famous by Darth Maul. Unique tiered level selection allows you to choose you adventure and the missions you take based on the skills you need to become the ultimate Jedi Knight. [LucasArts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. The largest improvement in the game, the one that I’m sure without even checking that all the forums are buzzing about, is that halfway or so through the game you get to customize your light saber.
  2. As a first person shooter, Jedi Academy excels. It is a Star Wars action title with an engrossing single player experience, even holding true to the expanded Star Wars universe.
  3. While this in-game training certainly gets the action moving in a hurry, more of the actual Force-progression elements should have been set in the Academy. [Dec 2003, p.112]
  4. 80
    A "Jedi Outcast" follow-up that feels more like an expansion pack than a whole new game... [It] won't bake your noodle or drop your jaw, but it's certainly a fine answer for those of you looking for more Jedi Knight.
  5. Despite the graphical flaws, poor mission design, and lack of a compelling story I still have to admit I had "fun" playing this game. Sure it was easy, sure I finished it in record time, and no, I probably won’t be going back and playing it again anytime soon.
  6. Taking out several Stormtroopers with one sweeping flash of neon is a gratifying sight, but the fun really starts as more and more Saber-wielding Dark Jedi are introduced into the fray and the scene becomes awash with multiple blades. [Nov 2003, p.116]
  7. 67
    The levels often feel flat and uninspired. [Nov 2003, p.62]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Aug 9, 2011
    10
    This is a great game you can play for hours if you simply love light sabres. I passed on the sp part and went right for multiplayer and wasThis is a great game you can play for hours if you simply love light sabres. I passed on the sp part and went right for multiplayer and was happily slicing and slashing in free for all deathmatch servers. Use one lightsabre or two, customize your character and saber all you want and spend hours figuring out new moves and combos. I never bothered learning the game but it was by far the best non-restrictive free for all fps game I had played in a long time. Expand
  2. May 28, 2014
    10
    This and JKII are the only Jedi Knight games. Lightsaber combat could have had more depth, but I still deeply love this game.

    NOTHING will
    This and JKII are the only Jedi Knight games. Lightsaber combat could have had more depth, but I still deeply love this game.

    NOTHING will ever come close to being as cool as completing it and then going to multiplayer with all the duelists. Loading up the young emperor palpatine clone model from the last game (robed and disrobed versions!) and DESTROYING them.

    I couldn't even believe it, I was pretty bad at the last game but I distinctly remember typing "you're all reborn to me.." referring to the basic lightsaber enemy.

    But being malicious to stormtroopers was pretty fun too. Loved the singleplayer.
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  3. Jackie
    Feb 12, 2004
    10
    This game is one of the best I've played in a long time, it's twice as good if your a star wars fan.
  4. MarcusB.
    Oct 8, 2003
    9
    It's funny, but I actually liked this game much, much more than Jedi Outcast, namely because the level design isn't so It's funny, but I actually liked this game much, much more than Jedi Outcast, namely because the level design isn't so mind-numbingly frustrating. This game isn't perfect and could use a few more levels, but for the most part it's a blast. Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2013
    9
    Awesome Star Wars game that has a storyline, but alot of variables in how to play throughout. Definitely has a Jedi feeling and playability.Awesome Star Wars game that has a storyline, but alot of variables in how to play throughout. Definitely has a Jedi feeling and playability. It is to Jedi emulation what X-Wing was to Space Combat. At this point the graphics are a bit dated, but it still holds up as a solid gaming experience.
    The only thing missing is the open sandbox like playability that is common in the best games today.
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  6. Mar 12, 2011
    8
    Great game, has great RPG elements with a kick-ass lightsaber fight mechanics. Multiplayer was incredibly fun too, only criticism is that itGreat game, has great RPG elements with a kick-ass lightsaber fight mechanics. Multiplayer was incredibly fun too, only criticism is that it lacked special features say for example if you beat the game in hard mode etc... Expand
  7. Dec 27, 2013
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I appreciate Lucasart's attempt to make a legitimate Star Wars FPS/TPS, but they just missed it with this game. At first this game is OK, having you go on a lazily planned set path, killing a few bugs, and then spying on some sith. Most of the levels have no clear objective markers making the levels frustrating and leaving you wandering around trying to find your way. The graphics look cheesy and the voices aren't nearly as good as they should be. The multiplayer is the real reason this game managed a 2/10, the maps are decently sized and there are a variety of enemies to face and guns to use for pleasure. We don't know how long it will take Lucasart's to make a good Star Wars game, but when it does happen, it better be much better than this. Expand

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