Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Xbox


Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. A slight disappointment. While it continues on the storyline, and brings back some familiar characters, it just fails to improve on an existing idea. All of the new ideas which were created specifically for this game just don't really cut it.
  2. We're even less inclined to accept the messy control system, the often dreadful AI, the questionable animation, the less than stellar visuals, the fact that following the dark side makes no real difference to the game, and the overall feeling that it's just not that exciting.
  3. 70
    Decent enough while it lasts, but not exceptional in any way. It's the sort of game you play through once and never pick up again -- in fact, the default difficulty is easy enough that this cycle can complete itself in a weekend if you give it some effort.
  4. Official Xbox Magazine
    Jedi Academy was a solid game on PC, but sadly, the Xbox version falls far short in nearly every regard. [Holiday 2003, p.85]
  5. Play Magazine
    This game experiences such highs and lows, it's as if three separate teams worked on it. [Dec 2003, p.60]
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    These visuals are mediocre at best and not up to par with today's Xbox standards. [Jan 2004, p.156]
  7. I get the feeling that Raven Software rested a bit too much on their laurels instead of giving gamers a refreshing new Jedi Knight experience.
  8. Does a great job recreating the epic lightsaber duels that most of us have come to love, but the big question is will gamers be willing to play through the first few mundane missions in order to get to that point? Initially I would have said no, but I was drawn to keep playing regardless of how bad I felt the visuals were, and even as the framerate chugged along at a snail's pace.
  9. netjak
    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.
  10. Xbox Nation Magazine
    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]
  11. Jedi Academy is exactly what it claims to be at bare minimum; the latest installment of the Jedi Knight series; nothing more.
  12. Translation problems occur in the flight from PC to Xbox, and the smooth style that made Jedi Academy irresistible fun on the PC is now clumsy and awkward.

Awards & Rankings

#31 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
#23 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Apr 22, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This is an awesome game, I played it for hours, and hours, and hours, and I still believing that it is awesome, i recommend it to everyone who's watching this. Full Review »
  2. 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 asWhat 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. Full Review »
  3. Nov 26, 2010
    This game was very very fun. I find it funny user reviews are far far higher than critic:D This game has many missions available which allThis game was very very fun. I find it funny user reviews are far far higher than critic:D This game has many missions available which all were very enjoyable and it lets you make game changing decisions which makes the experience all in all more memorable. The customization is probably my favorite part of the game you can customize your jedi however you like. While it's no Knights of the Old Republic this game game is extremely enjoyable that any true Star Wars fan should have. Full Review »