Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
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  1. Computer Gaming World
    It's just beautifully designed: fast-paced, challenging, and awesome to look at. [June 2002, p.78]
  2. 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.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    The force is strong with this one. [24 May 2002, p.98]
  4. 100
    The seamless controls and extensive levels can only be matched by the spectacular graphics and superior sound.
  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. Game Informer
    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. As pleasurable to gaze on as Leia, as cheekily charming as Solo, and as ingenious as Lando's moustache. [PC Gamer UK]
  12. 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.
  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. 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.
  15. PC Gamer
    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. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 90
    The real star of this game is the gameplay, which alternates between great and brilliant.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 90
    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.
  24. 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.
  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.
  26. 86
    I really wasn't enjoying it much at first, but once I got to the later levels, the lightsaber combat and Force powers made it a ton of fun.
  27. JO is a fun game with plenty of action and unique areas but I just had a feeling that I had done all this before.
  28. The force powers were definitely more enjoyable than in Jedi Knight; it's clear that a lot of thought was put into them.
  29. netjak
    The game is great... once you make it past the first three levels. Those who like to jump in a game, and make their decision within minutes will be highly disappointed.
  30. The Force is strong with this polished first-person shooter.
  31. It’s got 26 levels of outstanding Star Wars continuity, awesome gameplay, a fricken sweet multiplayer mode, and above all else you’re a Jedi (obviously) and you get to use and learn the force throughout the game, not to mention wield a lightsaber.
  32. Chances are the majority of players will try some of the single-player game, become frustrated or bored, and then move on to the outstanding multiplayer modes.
  33. Nowhere near the classic status of the original. It tries hard, though.
  34. 70
    It pains me to give Jedi Knight II such a low rating but I don’t think I’ve ever been this bored with a game in my entire life.
  35. 40
    The game is flawed on so many levels (and in so many ways), that its occasional glimpses of greatness almost get lost in the Bespin Clouds.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 468 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 468
  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..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. 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 aThis 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 »
  3. Apr 16, 2013
    Jedi Outcast is a special kind of bad: it frustrates in a multitude of ways. Gun mechanics are unwieldy with the crosshair changing positionJedi Outcast is a special kind of bad: it frustrates in a multitude of ways. Gun mechanics are unwieldy with the crosshair changing position on the screen, lightsaber combat is incomprehensible and generally ends with the good ol' Kyle dying a horrible and sudden death after a long spectacle, the levels are as unintuitive as if they had been designed by the Zodiac killer, there is a mandatory stealth section that activates an arbitrary death cutscene when spotted, the lightsaber consistently failed to protect me from explosive weapons- -I'll cut this short: WORST GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED. Full Review »