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Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II (1997)

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You play as Kyle Katarn, a mercenary whose skills progress into becoming a Jedi knight, to stop a team of dark Jedis from taking the valley of the Jedi's power.

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Scott Ewers

Writers:

Justin Chin, Garry M. Gaber (additional story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jason Court Jason Court ... Kyle Katarn
Angela Harry Angela Harry ... Jan Ors
Christopher Neame ... Jerec
Bennet Guillory ... Qu Rahn (as Bennett Gilory)
Valerie Wildman ... Sariss
Time Winters ... Boc
Morgan Hunter Morgan Hunter ... Maw
Denny Delk Denny Delk ... Pic / 8t88 (voice)
Rafer Weigel Rafer Weigel ... Yun
Jacob Witkin Jacob Witkin ... Morgan Katarn
Daniel Bloom Daniel Bloom ... Bounty Hunter 1
Dylan Haggerty Dylan Haggerty ... Bounty Hunter 2
Roger Jackson ... Rodian / Computer (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)
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Storyline

You play as Kyle Katarn, a mercenary whose skills progress into becoming a Jedi knight, to stop a team of dark Jedis from taking the valley of the Jedi's power.

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Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Trivia

The first Star Wars game to feature a fully functional lightsaber, one that could be used as much for attack as for defense. (Blocking lasers and such.) See more »

Goofs

After the player confronts Gorc and Pic, the droid 8t88 is standing in a different position with the right arm removed (shot off by Katarn early on, but was shown that it had been replaced). See more »

Quotes

Maw: Finally I get to wipe your putrid taste from the force.
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Crazy Credits

"Gorc - As Himself'". Gorc is an entirely computer generated character and doesn't speak. See more »

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Will you fight honorably and stay on the Light Side... or will you succumb to the lures of the Dark Side?
30 January 2008 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

I first played this when it came out. It has aged quite well(searching for Star Wars on this very site, this came up before its sequel... which is not to say that the sequel isn't good, but this is the better of the two), and, quite honestly, it can be downright *criminally* entertaining. For extended periods of time. It's addictive, fun, and what it introduced when it came out is commendable. The game has you taking on the role of Kyle Katarn, known from the first Dark Forces game(which I, unfortunately, have yet to be able to play more than the demo of, and due to it being made for older systems, it's not as easily accessible, partially due to compatibility), a mercenary who finds himself the only real threat to the plans of a band of Dark Jedi, who seek the mystical and mythical Valley of the Jedi, a place of immense power. Jedi Knight can essentially be played as a First Person Shooter set in the Star Wars universe... you do, indeed, start out in a fashion similar to such. However, you will acquire a Lightsaber, and as you become more and more experienced in the ways of the Force, Force Powers will become available to you, making for what I can assure you is a *really* fun time. As the Trivia page truthfully puts forth, this features, and was the first game to feature, a *fully* functioning Lightsaber... you can not only use it as an offensive weapon, but you can also use it to deflect enemy laser fire(and block enemy sabers... hint hint). As if that, alone, wasn't enough(and didn't do enough by itself to place this at a level above and beyond the standard FPS, with respect to such)... the Force Powers... what can I say? It's like the people behind the game managed to somehow extract all the cool-ness of the Force use in the films, and injected so much into this that everyone playing gets a generous portion(without it taking over, or removing challenge from the game). They include the Neutral Powers of Force Jump, Force Pull(steal the Stormtroopers' rifles right from their hands, telekinetically!), the Light Side Powers of Force Heal, Force Persuasion(think the Mind Tricks of the movies), and, last but not least, the Dark Side powers of Force Throw(a more aggressive telekinetic ability... throw debris at your opponents(it could perhaps be argued that the debris could be more subtly integrated) and Force Grip("I find your lack of faith... disturbing."). At first, as they gradually become available to you, you will be able to choose powers from either side of the Force, as your path has yet to be completely decided(you're always able to choose Neutral Powers, and they are also the first ones you can get), but your actions(for example towards bystanders... do you make special efforts to keep them safe, or do you downright strike them down?) will ultimately decide your fate in the game... the Light Side or the Dark Side of the Force. There are regular FPS weapons, as well...the basic types of such are all there... and they're certainly also cool(Rail Detonator, anyone? And you get to use Chewie's Bowcaster, as well as the Stormtrooper Rifle). The freedom in the game, though not absolute, is impressive and helps(do you want to saber through the next room of enemies, use your Force Powers to either confuse or even destroy them, use your main arsenal... or a mix of the three?) the playing to be a worthwhile and memorable experience. The story is well-written and interesting, and it develops nicely throughout. The cut-scenes in-between levels are marvelously done. They're all live-action(not bad resolution, either), with CGI, and while the acting is perhaps not Oscar material, they are another high point of the game. They help tell aforementioned story, and really take you into it. The effects are nicely done, and I definitely applaud the different Lightsaber colors. Characters and such are well-done. The game plays like being in a Star Wars movie. The game-play is enormously entertaining, and has you running, jumping, fighting(by guns and/or Lightsaber) and, of course, puzzle-solving your way through the level. That begs a mention... the level design is great, and some of the areas are utterly *vast*. Whether you find them too big for your liking or not, it is impressive that they could muster that much(and some of the visuals, in the levels... *wow*, and not just for back then), and it fits with the Star Wars universe being massive. The AI is rather good. The multi-player is well-done, and the levels another portion of high quality(and the traps are gnarly), if there could perhaps have been more(but some of them are some of the coolest single player levels, which helps make up for it). Multiplayer only has two playing modes, standard Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. The personal customization for multi-player is a character creation system, which I'm not sure can be accessed inside a game... so you may have to disconnect from a game you're in if you want to change, but enabling you to make characters ensures that you don't have to spend time customizing in the heat of battle. The music is well-done, and never sounds out of place or takes away from the experience. The voice acting is good, and sound design is in general another area I can't complain about. Complain, I shall, unfortunately... the control of the Lightsaber could be better. The blows and slashes sometimes miss, even if you're so close to your opponent that your *breath* would hit him. Also, some of the Force Powers could be activated better, and both could be smoother(which is not to say they're downright bad). Still, these are minor shortcomings. This is definitely worth playing for fans of Star Wars, FPSs and Third Person action games. I recommend it to anyone who fits into one or more of those groups. And may the Force be with you. 8/10


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