Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. The Force is strong with this one!
  2. The difficult AI (thankfully adjustable with the difficulty levels) helps to keep things challenging (and at times frustrating) while the story keeps the player hooked and coming back for more.
  3. It can fill your mind with some of the sweetest combat you've ever had the pleasure of playing. [Dec 2002, p.137]
  4. Mastering the saber and the associated Force powers is a Herculean task, but when you do, this game turns from great to truly fantastic. [Dec 2002, p.151]
  5. 90
    Occasionally the platform-leaping gets tedious and some of the levels needed more work, but nevertheless Outcast dominates.
  6. This game is so good it can even give some of the PC games a run for its money.
  7. And besides all the above, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is fun. No matter how many times I died, either by my own misstep or some surprise awaiting my entry into a room, I kept on playing even when I was stumped on a puzzle or figuring out how to get out of a room alive.
  8. 88
    The best Star Wars experience on the Xbox to date because of an excellent porting job of an already outstanding PC game.
  9. The lack of Xbox Live support is a major drawback to what was an amazing online experience in the PC version, but the bottom line is that this is the most complete Star Wars experience on the Xbox yet.
  10. While Outcast is not perfect, what it does right it does damn well. It's a well-organized and planned platformer with the best elements of the Star Wars universe rolled in.
  11. Certainly becomes tough later on, but once you learn to master all your force powers and get a good grip on your lightsaber, you'll feel unstoppable.
  12. It's got great lightsaber battles and enough Star Wars action to satisfy even the biggest George Lucas junkie.
  13. If Jedi Outcast was on Xbox Live it would be among the best games of the year.
  14. 83
    Next to "Halo," there's no Xbox FPS that tells a better story or offers more play time for the solo gamer. [Jan 2003, p.58]
  15. If you've got a top end PC I'd still say the PC version is the best choice, but the Xbox version is still well worth owning.
  16. Far deeper than most first-person shooters...A game that makes great use of its license. [Dec 2002, p.270]
  17. Unlike many other movie based tie-ins Jk2 does capitalise extremely well on the Star Wars franchise and has been well executed.
  18. Controlling Kyle in the lightsaber mode (which is in the third-person, not first like the rest of the game) is somewhat of a pain with the clunky Xbox pad. [Winter 2002, p.106]
  19. My only gripe is the less-than-perfect lightsaber controls. [Feb 2003, p.72]
  20. Especially cool is the ability to use a light sabre for some classic combat, but this is a shooter first and foremost, and in this regard, it's pretty good. [Dec 2002, p.88]
  21. Hopefully, future versions in the series will focus less on the trappings of the first-person genre and instead concentrate on what makes a Jedi so unique: lightsaber battles and the use of Force in more meaningful ways than pushing buttons.
  22. An entertaining package when it gets things right, but it's also riddled with design flaws, technical flaws and various minor irritations that conspire to detract from your overall enjoyment.
  23. Little more than your average shooter - collect the weapons, shoot the bad guys, hit a few switches and, well, that's about it. We wouldn't object to this if it was done well, but it's not.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 29, 2013
    One word to describe Jedi Knight, Jedi Outcast would be fantastic! The story, the gameplay, challenges, everything that make Star Wars games great is all put into one game! This honestly the best Star Wars game I have ever played, and probably my favorite game out of over 100 Xbox and Xbox 360 games. That's saying a lot. So what makes this game great? Lets start off with the story. You play as the main protagonist Kyle Katarn and his partner Jan were on a mission on a planet called Kejim. While on Kejim, Jan is kidnapped by the main antagonists Tavion and Desaan who make Kyle think that Jan is dead. Kyle seeks revenge and he relearned how to use the force and his lightsaber skills from the first game. Kyle must travel through some planets like Bespin and Nar shadda to find clues about Desaan and his rising reborn army of Sith. Second the gameplay is great. There are so many things you can explore and every level you play is like an adventure. You can usually find Easter eggs of old Star Wars games and movies. You will play the game over and over again without being bored once. There are some problems with the game like the datapad doesn't really help you in what your suppose to go or what to do. Another problem is the game at certain points can get really dark and you cannot see a platform or anything to jump on. Looking past those 2 major flauds, this game is great and is one of the first games I give a perfect rating. Final verdict for this game is 10/10! Full Review »