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

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Written by  :  No No (2)
Written on  :  Apr 21, 2008
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Summary

A fantastic Star Wars title.

The Good

The gameplay, while unrealistic, even beyond the star wars norm, (think quake 2 running speed), is very satisfying and fun, shooting stormtroopers and imperial officers never gets old. The AI is much better than other games of the time as well, although it doesn't really do much, it follows you around corners to attack you, but that's about it. The graphics have aged a lot since the game's release, but the art style is very Star Wars, which helps the game's atmosphere, although it is not good at portraying organic environments. The strongest point of the entire game, however, is the levels. The levels are truly massive in scope. In one level, you infiltrate an enormous imperial tower. In another level you run along the top of that same tower, dodging Tie-Bombers trying to bomb you (seriously), while looking for a way to escape. In yet another level, you have to explore a giant tanker ship, while it is falling to the bottom of a Canyon, with low gravity effects, malfunctioning machinery, and everything, to find your ship, and escape before the tanker hits the valley floor and explodes. In a word; Awesome. The boss fights are also very well done, with imaginative and inspired bosses, with some unexpected abilities. Finding out how to kill these bosses can be a pain though, as the difficulty is pretty high as well.

The Bad

The force powers. This was the first time force powers were introduced into a first-person perspective game, although they weren't introduced as well as I had hoped. I personally was hoping for a hotkey system, similar to Jedi Knight 2. Switching between powers one at a time is too cumbersome. The level design can get confusing, and finding out where to go can take a while, and having several types of items to find doesn't help, three types of keys, and wrenches etc.

The Bottom Line

A great Star Wars shooter with a great story (to game standards), fun Jedi combat, and epic level design.