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Star Wars: Dark Forces (DOS)

89
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A gem of its time, recreating the original Star Wars fun and adventure. RussS (781) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The first First Person Shooter I ever liked enough to finish Alan Chan (3655) unrated
A rich and immersive Star Wars shooter, and a gaming classic jTrippy (63) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
The first game that stood away from Id's FPS crap MAT (66268) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
One of the longest-lasting games that I know of Casey Neumiller (5) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
A long time ago... Chris Martin (1112) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Blaster bolts and hydro-spanners! Clinton Webb (21) unrated
Stop, Rebel scum! Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated
The first and best experience in FPS action. Jason Musgrave (75) unrated
Doom-clones hyped up... not because of Doom Boston Low (92) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (102 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
Techtite
The 3D game engine was made by LucasArts and includes several tweaks not seen in Doom, including the ability to jump, duck, tread water, and perform other amusing real-life maneuvers. There was also far more searching and thinking involved, as opposed to just running around and shooting everything. Sound effects from the movie series itself helped, and battle scenes were played for PG-rated action and suspense, not R-rated blood and gore. In truth, this was so much more fun than Doom, I give it the same rating. However, it was, to be fair, not an original concept, so I can only call it a "tie"...
100
High Score
För den som gillar snabba actionspel kan vi bara ge ett enda råd - spring ut och köp Dark Forces direkt!
97
Secret Service / New S Service
Zapewne zastanawiasz się czytelniku dlaczego ta gra ma być lepsza od wpaniałego, morderczego, krwistego i genialnego DOOM. DARK FORCES jest opracowane staranniej - od razu widać, że grafika jest dokładniejsza, ostrzejsza, przyjemniejsza i bardziej płynna. Oprawa dźwiękowa też jest super. DARK FORCES to coś więcej niż DOOM - to po prostu nowy styl.
95
Electric Playground
Now that the world is fully enraptured by Star Wars Mania again, it is time to remember one of the seminal LucasArts games. Dark Forces unleashed its innovative gameplay two years ago. The hype was huge and the deliverance was near perfect. LucasArts grabbed hold of the burgeoning first person shooter genre and took it to another level. Kyle Katarn's journey through sewers, Imperial strongholds and Starships brought the Star Wars universe to life like no other game, at least beyond the cockpit of a Tie Fighter or X-Wing, had done before. It marked the first time a player could truly explore a 3D environment. The ability to look up or down, crouch and jump foreshadowed the emergence of the 3D platform game that is now the genre du jour. Dark Forces was more than an extension of Doom, it was an achievement all on its own; but beyond that it was simply a blast to play.
95
Joystick (French)
Servi par un scénario béton, Dark Forces allie qualité technique et originalité. Il n'est pas seulement un kill'em up mais un vrai jeu d'aventure. A ne rater sous aucun prétexte.
94
Coming Soon Magazine
As for myself and many others, you will love Dark Forces not only because it is magnificently produced, but also because it brings you into the heart of the action with a goal. This objective, however, is not easy to reach, but I guarantee you hours of exciting moments in what will probably be the game of the year!
94
PC Games (Germany)
Den Entwicklern von der Skywalker-Ranch ist es zu verdanken, daß in den kommenden Monaten 3D-Actionspiele weiterhin einen großen Teil des Marktes beherrschen werden. Auch wenn unverbesserliche Nörgler nur schwer zu überzeugen sind: Dark Forces ist alles andere als ein billiges Plagiat, es ist die neue Referenz.
93
PC Team
Grande durée de vie et ambiance unique garanties.
92
PC Gamer
Terrific Star Wars atmosphere; tons of weapons; and true 3D action. No multi-player support, and some of the levels are a little too busy. It's easily the best first-person shooter since Doom, and a must for Star Wars fans everywhere.
90
Jeuxvideo.com
Si de notre point de vue actuel, le jeu ne semble pas très beau et est très "classique", il ne faut pas oublier qu'en son temps, Dark Forces réussissait l'exploit de surpasser Doom et toutes les productions de l'époque. Ses forces ? Une réalisation et un gameplay supérieurs, un scénario travaillé et pour la première fois, des buts spécifiques pour vos missions. Pour tout fan de Star Wars ou de FPS, Dark Forces est une perle qui a beaucoup apporté à son genre et qu'il ne faut louper pour rien au monde.
90
MikroBitti
Infrapunalasit ja otsalamppu päässä antavat tälle toimintapelille omaleimaisuutta ja hahmo voi myös ryömiä ja hyppiä 3D-ympäristössä. Dark Forcesin ylös-alas-katseleminen toimii Hereticiä paremmin, koska eri tasoilla olevia kohteita on enemmän. Valitettavasti verkkopelimahdollisuutta Dark Forces ei tarjoa, mutta se on hyvin pieni puute. Älä missaa tätä peliä!
87
Just Games Retro
It had to happen eventually. The only thing LucasArts loved more than pimping out its Star Wars franchise, was staying on the cutting edge of technology. So when Doom became the new buzzword, you could have bet dollars to doughnuts that you'd be seeing an first-person-shooter Star Wars game. This is that game.
84
PC Player (Germany)
Von diesen Kritikpunkten abgesehen, präsentiert sich Dark Forces als intelligentes Actionspiel, das Star-Wars-Fans und Doom-Liebhaber gleichermaßen fesseln wird.
83
The DOS Spirit
Dark Forces satt Star Wars sitt rykte på spill, med å komme med seriens første førstepersonsskytespill. Det er tidligere kommet spill i serien som er fantastiske, blant annet Tie Fighter, og Dark Forces styrker denne rekken. Det er lite å ta spillet på, atmosfære som er glimrende, ett lydspor og effekter som får de fleste til å trekke på smilebåndet. Dark Forces er og blir en godbit under juletreet i år.
83
Power Play
Doch so groß die Freude auch sein mag, „Dark Forces“ ist leider kein Innovationshammer. Zwar entdecken wir viele kleine Neuheiten, dürfen dieses Mal richtig rätseln und erfreuen uns an der perfekten Technik, doch vom Hocker haut uns das Storm-Trooper-Schießen nicht. Das Spiel ist schön designt, die Level sind hübsch groß, wenn auch manchmal etwas unübersichtlich und der Schwierigkeitsgrad steigt bedächtig. Die Grafik ist unerwarteterweise recht abwechslungsreich, der Sound gewohnt gut. Doch zwei Macken verschließen „Dark Forces“ den Durchbruch in die absolute Oberliga: Zum einen das Dilemma mit der fehlenden Savegame-Funktion. Dies wäre annehmbar, wenn man nicht schon durch die kleinste falsche Bewegung im nächsten Abgrund verschwinden würde, aber so wird das Spiel nur unnötig erschwert. Des weiteren nervt der eingebaute Mini-Cheat, das Superschild.
82
Shooterplanet
Dieses Spiel hat die weitere Entwicklung des Genres vielleicht mehr beeinflusst als DOOM selbst. Es scheint als ob die Entwickler von Half-Life, welches bekanntermaßen von Valve Software entwickelt wurde, ein paar mal zu oft Dark Forces gespielt hätten. Dark Forces ist eine Perle unter den Shootern und gehört unzweifelhaft in die Halle der All-Star-Hits...
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Which brings us to the topic of mortality, and to the game's biggest flaw. You will die, a lot, in DARK FORCES, even on normal or easy game settings. Now you might thing, no problem, I'll just save and restore a lot; only you won't, because there is no save-game system. It ain't there. It's annoying, but not fatally so. Think of it as incentive to boot Imperial posteriors without a wimpy save-game net. Be a man. Oh yes, there's the multiplayer option. This, too, is nonexistent. DARK FORCES' long-term potential is hard to guess at. I don't now how long one could go on playing these same 14 levels (a while, I suspect – Hard'' difficulty level is pretty murderous), but I do know that if LucasArts gets on the ball with sequels and expansions, or if enterprising hackers code a level-building program, productive life on the planet is in serious danger. Even if you don't know or care who the asthmatic guy in the black armor is, DARK FORCES is a one-player action experience with few rivals.
80
Power Unlimited
Doom rip-off of niet? De nieuwe mogelijkheden die de Jedi-engine biedt zijn interessant genoeg om die vraag onbelangrijk te maken. LucasArts heeft er weer een succesnummer bij, en gamers overal hebben er weer een tof spel bij.
76
GameSpot
One of the first titles to actually improve upon the Doom formula, Dark Forces managed to rise above “me-too” status and become a great game in its own right.