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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. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy allows you to 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. The game features customizable characters, all-new weapons, vehicles, and environments, and multiplayer modes. You'll interact with famous classic Star Wars locations and characters while facing the ultimate choice: Fight for good and freedom on the light side or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side. Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
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  1. 92
    There are some things that are a bit rough around the edges, like the lip synching and the bland terrain, but the game succeeds where it counts the most and effectively negates the problem areas of the game when you are in the heat of battle.
  2. Unlike its predecessor, Jedi Academy is action-packed from the very beginning where Jedi Outcast was a little sluggish to start. You don't need to worry about waiting to earn a lightsaber because you've built one from the beginning.
  3. I recommend this game for its great story, wonderfully intense battles and a killer multiplayer mode that takes the action online.
  4. It lacks the smooth edges and convincing action sequences of its Star Wars predecessors; KOTOR is still in a different galaxy.
  5. 72
    I just wish George would stop flooding us with mediocrity and take a break from new releases to give us a helping of something special.
  6. Jedi Academy was a solid game on PC, but sadly, the Xbox version falls far short in nearly every regard. [Holiday 2003, p.85]
  7. Academy isn't so much a first-person shooter (although there are nifty rayguns) as it is a third-person lightsaber hack-em-up, and the laser sword combat here is about as graceful as that tubby Star Wars kid (Google hime for a preview). [Mar 2004, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
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  1. ZackW.
    Dec 17, 2003
    Must buy this game. Better than JKII. Lightsaber move best ever. Buy this game if a Star Wars fan!
  2. EthanS.
    Nov 14, 2003
    I haven't played this game yet but it looks like a great game it is coming out for xbox in like four days i cant wait.
  3. CamR.
    Nov 19, 2003
    Thoroughly enjoyable. I've read several reviews panning the graphic and, while they are not up to current Xbox standards, they are definately not poor. Gameplay is a little tricky at first (only the lightsaber moves really), but you get the hang of it pretty quickly. The story (so far as I have played) seems to be a little weak and somewhat slow, but definately entertaining enough to keep you in for the ride. Worth my money in every way so far; something I cannot say about the most recent crop of games to come out. Expand
  4. MattZ.
    Jan 26, 2004
    The online play is as fun as it gets. Once you really learn how to swing your lightsaber with alot of force the game get very addicting and very fun. Expand
  5. Feb 14, 2013
    What a fun this game was. I played this game for hours and hours on end without getting bored. I think the game is not as difficult and not as challenging as Jedi Outcast, but still manages to be a great game. You can create your own characters, choose the color of your lightsaber, and many more. The gameplay is extremely fun. When you start your story, there are many different missions you can choose from and doesn't have to be in order. You face some old Star Wars enemies like the stormtroopers, and the dreaded ATAT walkers. Then you go up against some new Reborn Sith with some new abilities. Probably the major improvement in the game is you get your lightsaber at the start of the game and you can choose what force powers you want first and can upgrade. If you get mostly Jedi force powers like the Mind Trick, Jedi shielding of some sort, etc Luke Skywalker, or Kyle Katarn will be happy that you learn the ways of the Jedi. However, if you get mostly Sith powers like, Grip, Lightning, Drain, etc Luke or Kyle will scold you for getting mostly Sith powers and you are luring more towards the dark side. Its tough choosing what powers you want because if your a person like me who want to fight Sith and go on the attack, you want the darker force powers, however you need some good force powers to keep your character on the light side of the force. Its a conflict between good and evil and its done exceptionally well. The final boss will bring back some old memories of Jedi Outcast and will be a thrill to finish the game. If there is some place that sells this game, I highly recommend you buy this game. Expand
  6. JR
    Feb 21, 2007
    I...LOVE...THIS...GAME! As a lifelong Star Wars fan and a recent Xbox purchaser, I've tried to get my hands on everything single game related to Star Wars. This is by far the best of all that I have played (Episode III, Battlefront I & II). The game is a little buggy at times, but the action-packed play and your ability to save from absolutely any point in the game mack up for it. I love that you can create your own character and when the time is right, decide whether you want to follow the Light of Dark Side of the Force. Just awesome game. Wish they would come out with Episode IV, V & VI in this way. If you can find it on eBay, get it. Expand
  7. ScottG.
    Feb 21, 2004
    The Lightsaber action in this game is awesome. Combined with a great multiplayer mode, I would recommend this game to anyone. However there needs to be improvements in the boring story line and poor graphics. Expand

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