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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
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  • Developer: Raven Software
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi, Arcade
  • # of players: Online Multiplayer
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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. PC Gamer
    86
    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. GameNow
    67
    The levels often feel flat and uninspired. [Nov 2003, p.62]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 60
  2. Negative: 2 out of 60
  1. 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.
  2. Jan 1, 2016
    10
    The best PVP lightsaber game there is. If only it had a sequel. Great single player too.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The best PVP lightsaber game there is. If only it had a sequel. Great single player too.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. May 28, 2016
    8
    Great followup to Jedi Outcast. The story isn't much to brag about, but the gameplay is much improved from its predecessors. Specifically, theGreat followup to Jedi Outcast. The story isn't much to brag about, but the gameplay is much improved from its predecessors. Specifically, the lightsaber battles are fantastic. Duels with other lightsaber wielding force users can be challenging and exciting, as well as fun to watch (brief 360 slow mo scenes of finishing moves are not uncommon). The force powers as well as the various lightsaber styles and movesets are a lot of fun to explore. A great game for any Star Wars fan. Expand
  6. May 22, 2020
    8
    Jedi Academy is like Jedi Outcast but even better.

    The main flaw of Jedi Outcast, in my opinion, was that sometimes, the player would be
    Jedi Academy is like Jedi Outcast but even better.

    The main flaw of Jedi Outcast, in my opinion, was that sometimes, the player would be stuck desperately looking for the next part of the level. With overall shorter, but more numerous levels in Jedi Academy, I didn't face this problem once, and each and every level could be played with fluidity.
    Another welcome change is the shift from an arsenal of a dozen of weapons to the limitation to 5 weapons per mission. This allows to put more emphasis on what the vast majority of players like: being a Jedi using mainly the lightsaber and the Force.

    Jedi Academy includes a (very minor) RPG component with the possibility to spend skill points in different skills, each belonging to a single side of the Force. I've not done the game a second time with a different combination but I assume your choice has consequences on the scenario. There is even a point in the game when you're explicitly asked to choose between the light and the dark side of the Force.

    For the rest, the game is still everything you'll like if you've ever dreamt of being a Jedi, with even more lightsaber fights against Siths, and even various missions a bit out of the ordinary, like speeder levels or hide-and-seek with giant monsters. You can even customise your lightsaber (appearance, colour of the laser, and style: single, double or two lightsabers) and that's thrilling.
    The scenario is quite useless and the game can feel a little repetitive for some players, but if you like lightsaber fights like I do, this is a real blast.

    Finally, Jedi Academy includes a brand new multiplayer mode where players can gather in arenas and engage into huge lightsaber fights. As a casual player, the multiplayer mode feels like a huge mess to me (as my skill is limited to a constant clickfest) but it feels great anyway. At the moment the multiplayer can even be played cross-platform with the Switch at least, but this is more of an accident that developers are trying to correct.

    Anyway, this game is cult, and an absolute must-have for every Jedi out there.
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  7. Apr 24, 2019
    2
    This game in its time passed by me, so I got acquainted with it relatively recently on the basis of many positive reviews. Well, the result isThis game in its time passed by me, so I got acquainted with it relatively recently on the basis of many positive reviews. Well, the result is disappointing. Apparently nostalgia is strong in people, because today it’s decidedly impossible to play, the game is terrible in all its components.

    So what's wrong with that?

    I'll start with the most important thing: the combat system. At first, it seems difficult and beautiful, but soon it becomes clear that there are only a few animations in the arsenal, and battles with all the characters, except those who do not have a laser sword, turn into an easy walk, which gets boring after a few hours of play. Those opponents who can fight back can kill with one strike, or vice versa also fall, with one player’s strike, against the background of such a random, any tactics fade into the background, any battle with them turns into a rudimentary shouting.

    Graphics without any exaggeration is disgusting, I just do not believe that a game with so bad graphics could come out in one year with projects like GTA: vice city, KOTOR or Max Payne 2. In terms of graphics, this is 2000-2001 year.

    The protracted gameplay. At first, the game is fascinating and even tries to bring in a certain moment of diversity in the gameplay, for example, by entering a level with races (which, by the way, is so bad that it would not have been better). But after 2-3 hours this monotonous cutting of the dummy starts to bother, and after 5-6 hours you need to force yourself to continue to play it.

    And most importantly, for me personally, that dropped the assessment almost to the bottom. Disgusting, terrible, vile, wrong game design. Locations are monotonous, and many times you will be in a situation where it is unclear whether you are in a new location or you have been in this location in the past, due to the fact that the developers have stuck the same objects and copied them many times. The situation is aggravated by the fact that you constantly have to look for cards and pull different levers many times for each level, which, together with the above, makes you wander absolutely in every location. It's horrible. It is for this reason that I deleted this game, and did not pass it to the end, although it was almost 90%. Game design in the beginning and mid-2000s massively suffered this problem, but I have never seen such a poor performance, although I was an active player at that time. I am really amazed at how bad it is in this game.

    Bottom line: 2 out of 10. Score for the wonderful musical accompaniment from George Lucas' s paintings of the same name.
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