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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.1
Overall User Score (22 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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NowGamer (Mar 01, 1997)
Dark Forces is undoubtedly a disappointment. It’s staid graphics just don’t do the PlayStation any justice, whatsoever. Standards in graphical development have obviously moved on in leaps and bounds since the sprite-driven days of Doom et al, so it comes as no surprise that what we are left with is a faithful, yet elderly-looking product. A crying shame, because I can’t imagine a better setting for a killer game than the Star Wars universe. Competent, but nothing special. Thank goodness the N64 game isn’t much cope either.
Gamezilla (1997)
If you are a fan of the Star Wars series, you will have a good time with this game. If not, you may still enjoy it but not any more than any other first-person game on the market. Outstanding audio really pulled me into the game, but the "bug" also pushed me away. All in all, this is a decent game that could have been better, but could have been a lot worse.
Dark Forces is undoubtedly a disappointment. It's staid graphics just don't do the PlayStation any justice, whatsoever. Standards in graphical development have obviously moved on in leaps and bounds since the sprite-driven days of Doom et al, so it comes as no surprise that what we are left with is a faithful, yet elderly-looking product.
Look, I don't want it to appear that I am just slagging off Dark Forces because the visuals did not reach the standard of Tomb Raider, or the controls never feel as intuitive as Doom, or even the animated scenes are so simplistic. It's just that I was so disappointed with the overall presentation, especially when the gameplay was so good and the storyline gripped your attention from the opening level to the thrilling climax. I expected so much more from a Lucas Arts product. Let's hope this is corrected when Dark Forces 2 appears and the frustrations of this game are left in a Galaxy far, far away.
GamePro (US) (Feb, 1997)
The dark forces here are the choppy gameplay and slow-down that plague most of the game - especially when things start to get intense. Your timing also slows down along with the game, which is very annoying in situations when precise actions are required. There are some great elements in Dark Forces, but it's too bad the game's dark side appears frequently.
Mega Fun (May, 1997)
Der Name LucasArts stand in der Vergangenheit eigentlich immer für hochwertige Games, ob nun von spielerischer oder technischer Seite her. Doch bei Dark Forces scheint es, als hätte man sich zu sehr auf den Namen Star Wars als Zugpferd verlassen. Die Grafik bietet nämlich höchstens Durchschnittsniveau. Bei mehr als drei Gegnern im Sichtfeld stellt sich bereits merkliches Ruckeln ein. Gerade in diesem Genre lockt man damit keinen Hund mehr hinter dem Ofen hervor. Der Grund, weshalb bei Dark Forces doch etwas Atmosphäre aufkommt, ist die stimmige Musik, die dem Filmscore nachempfunden ist und sich je nach Situation anpaßt. Weiterhin positiv fällt das Leveldesign auf, das die Schauplätze authentisch erscheinen läßt. Dennoch, zur vollen Begeisterung fehlt Dark Forces doch einiges. Nur für absolute Star Wars- oder Ego Shooter-Fans zu empfehlen, denen gar nichts durch die Lappen gehen darf.
If you have a PC that can still play it, that's the version of Dark Forces to dig up and play. The PS One has obvious problems with the engine. Still, if this is your only option, it's an adequate conversion, just not much else.
GameSpot (Dec 23, 1996)
To its credit, Dark Forces is a good game that doesn't "play itself" like the Rebel Assault games do. What action the game has is fast, and the puzzles aren't bad. Suffice to say that the Star Wars universe alone is what will draw many people to this game - despite the poor gameplay, corny dialogue, and misplaced feel-good critters that ironically make George Lucas' space opera so appealing.
IGN (Dec 13, 1996)
To their credit, Dark Forces should've been a really fun game. All of the elements that could make any game successful - solid control, first-person perspective, Star Wars - can't override the pitiful graphics and frame rate.
Uh oh, this is going to hurt. As a fan of the PC title, I had great expectations of the PS version. What I got was a choppy, slow, graphically challenged game with a high score on the frustration meter. I loved the problem-solving and intricate field designs, but the texture mapping was substandard. Maybe it's the Playstation's fault? Maybe it can't handle the detail required to really render this game in its full glory? Maybe this was hastily done...especially when you take a look at other accomplishments in the 3-D genre for Playstation? At any rate, this is a sad addition to the Star Wars saga. Give me a clean sequel!!!!
Game Revolution (Apr, 1997)
After playing Dark Forces, I must say that this game is the very definition of average. There's nothing about it that dazzles. I wish that I could at least say "Oh wow, cool!" at some point... but I didn't. This type of first person shooter has really begun to wear thin, not to mention the entire Star Wars hype. It could be more bearable if the levels didn't take so long to finish. In general, the game didn't have much appeal and I think that the only thing that pushed it all the way through production was the Star Wars label. The popular PC version was superior, and came out more than a year ago. Lucas Arts usually creates better quality games than this and I'm sorry to say that Dark Forces just didn't excite.
The Video Game Critic (May 18, 2005)
The stormtroopers and Imperial Officers appear short and squat, but I do like how they fall back as you mow them down. Dark Forces is strong on the audio tip. The musical score is intense, and its familiar sound effects are lifted straight from the films. But that's a small consolation. Technically deficient and devoid of fun, I can't even recommend Dark Forces to Star Wars fans.