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Star Wars: Dark Forces / Jedi Knight series

Group Description

This series of first-person shooters developed by LucasArts and set in the Star Wars universe evolved from Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995); the sequels changed the main sub-title to Jedi Knight and gradually abandoned "Dark Forces" as part of their titles. These games have an overarching storyline, and most of them feature a common protagonist, the former Imperial officer Kyle Katarn, turned mercenary and then knight of the New Jedi Order.

The original Dark Forces was among the first story-driven first-person shooters, featuring cutscenes, mission objectives, and jumping as an important gameplay ability. The sequel, Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II (1997) added an optional third-person view, melee lightsaber combat, and the usage of Jedi Powers, all of which have since become recurrent gameplay elements in the series.

Trivia

Awards

  • PC Gamer magazine
    • October 2001 issue - 'Dark Forces', as a series, was named #5 of the Top 50 Games of all time
Trivia contributed by Entorphane

Selected Covers

Jedi Knight Bundle Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Jedi Knight Bundle
Star Wars: Dark Forces DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: Dark Forces

Selected Screenshots

Opening Titles
Screenshot from Star Wars: Dark Forces