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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is probably not a full-price purchase, but once the price drops to $30 or $40 it’s definitely worth picking up. I’m not entirely happy with the direction Raven has taken with the design on this series and please let the Quake engine die a graceful death. Stop flogging us with a four-year old game engine that has had more bodywork than Demi Moore. We're already seeing much better games on the Xbox, and discriminating gamers won't have the patience for rehashed gameplay and last year's graphics the next time Jaden wants to save the galaxy..
The Force is somewhat strong with this one but Jedi Academy lacks a few things that could have made this really good game an amazing one instead. The game does, however, possess all the things we love about the Star Wars franchise and interacting with this universe as a Jedi apprentice makes this a unique experience. I recommend this game for its great story, wonderfully intense battles and a killer multiplayer mode that takes the action online. If you’re a true fan of everything Star Wars, go ahead and buy this one.
Fixing the framerate should be paramount. The AI could really use some brains inside of those Storm Trooper helmets as well. Give the graphics the once-over that KOTOR proved a Star Wars themed game could handle. And a more in-depth story might better satiate nerds like myself. Altogether though you'll have a fun time with Jedi Academy. . ..and may The Force be with you.
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On a story level, Jedi Academy won’t win any awards. It doesn’t help that a much more expansive Star Wars world was presented around the same time in Knights of the Old Republic. It lacks the depth to engross and absorb but the action will prove to be satisfying to most fans of the genre. The piece de resistance of the whole package has to go to the comprehensive multiplayer component. It gives the good but not great single player part a memorable finish. The Siege game, in particular, will keep people coming back to Jedi Academy long after they have graduated.
Between the multiplayer and different character paths, you'll find plenty of replay value in Jedi Academy. Those who wished Jedi Knight II had picked up the pace earlier on in the game should particularly enjoy it. Jedi Academy is a nonstop action ride that starts out on a high point and manages to remain there for the entire game. Gameplay elements that can be tedious, like jumping puzzles, are limited, while the use of Force powers is accentuated. The game may not look great, but it translates well to the Xbox--for those who would prefer to play it on a console. It even caters to those who aren't familiar with the Star Wars universe and just want pure action. In general, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is highly recommendable.
Issues aside, Jedi Academy stands out as a very solid Star Wars action title. The saber play is great fun, particularly in multiplayer, and the variety in the single-player game keeps it entertaining as well. Next time we'll hope for a new graphics engine, but for now, the Force is definitely with the Academy.
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is a very decent port that suffers from a few problems. The controls are a bit unusual and take a bit of getting used to, the storyline is a bit on the dull side and the graphics are really, really dated and should be reconsidered at this point. However, the gameplay is still rock solid and the single player experience is quite fun. Add a truly entertaining multiplayer mode and Jedi Academy truly provides gamers with an experience that will last quite some time. Fans of the series will be enamored with the familiar locations and faces (those of you who like Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett, don't be offended by the fact that I said they are lame-asses... I mean, they are still lame-asses in my book, I just don't want you to be offended by my opinion) and gamers altogether will find a gameplay feel that is quite good. I just hope they drop the Quake III engine for the next installment...
Though the A.I. is still on the ropes, improvements have been made to the controls?now you can map weapons and/or Force powers to face buttons, cutting down on some of the frustrating directional pad jockeying that made toggling in the middle of fights in Outcast so difficult. Star Wars geeks will dig the full-on Force battles between Chewbacca and Boba Fett in Multiplayer mode, others may tire of the game's pseudo-spiritual Light Side/Dark Side mumbo jumbo, but all will find the countless ways to slay imperial soldiers and crazed members of a Sith cult heavy. Damned heavy.
The simple version is this: if you like Star Wars and think flipping around chopping up Stormtroopers and flinging Dark Jedi off of conveniently placed precipices is fun, then this game will satisfy. Just don't expect your battles with your inner demons to be as compelling. If you're looking for a better experience, the PC version or the Xbox version of Jedi Outcast are better choices.
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A lot has changed since Jedi Knight, and I feel that time has caught up to the series and exposed some flaws. The thrills aren’t as large in Jedi Academy, but it still stands as an exciting way to step into the boots of a saber-wielding bad ass. Many of this game’s problems lie in the fundamentals. I’m not a fan of the pacing here. Since you get Force powers and a lightsaber right away, you lack the appreciation for how powerful you are, and it skews the gameplay balance. You have to get two-thirds of the way through to meet a worthy adversary. Furthermore, compared to Kyle’s journey in Jedi Knight, you never feel connected to the story. All of these faults are also exposed in the boring mission structure – including not one, but two abysmal levels. Compare Academy to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic in these departments, and you fully appreciate the storytelling/pacing glue that KOTOR offers.
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Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy has a very solid online component with a fair single-player experience, which makes it a great buy for online gamers and Star Wars fans. Even though you’ll rip through the story, Jedi Academy still has enough fun to label it “Recommended”.
As for playing this game again, its really according to what your into. If you're a big Star Wars buff you will have tons of fun with this game, and if you are not, then its at least good for a playthrough or a rental. It also has a pretty decent multiplayer and XBOX Live capabilities to keep the fun going. The thing is that its just not really a sequel as much as it an expansion pack. My final thought would be if you have the previous game, just play it some more and if you don't this one is worth a shot. I just wish George would stop flooding us with mediocrity and take a break from scheduled new releases to take some times and give us a helping of something really worthwhile.
In the end, the sequel in the highly popular "Jedi Knight" series is a slight disappointment. While it continues on the storyline, and brings back some familiar characters, it just fails to improve on an existing idea. All of the new ideas which were created specifically for this game just don't really cut it. They don't really make this game stand out, and will definitely contribute in making this a quickly forgotten game. If you're a fan of the series, I would suggest renting this game just so you can continue on the story. If you've never played the Jedi Knight series however, I would suggest just skipping this one. In the end, this game just isn't worth taking the trip to a galaxy far far away.
Video Game Talk
Jedi Academy based solely upon the single player modes is a great game. While only a portion of the game in its entirety, one can only imagine how exciting dueling fellow Jedi wannabes in massive online combat.
Voilà un portage bien mal mené. La réalisation de Jedi academy laisse vraiment à désirer, les bugs d'affichages s'étalent, les problèmes de collisions dérangent lors des sauts et un frame-rate complètement à la ramasse finit de saper le gameplay tant il peut être gênant et fatiguant. C'est regrettable car même si Jedi Academy n'offre pas de révolution, les innovations qu'il proposent sont de bonne facture. Mais là, on le réservera plutôt aux fans.
It seems odd to come back to a game and find it much less enjoyable the second time around when it's quite obviously a decent port. But several months on we've not only played much better games, but we're even less inclined to accept the messy control system, the often dreadful AI, the questionable animation, the less than stellar visuals, the fact that following the dark side makes no real difference to the game, and the overall feeling that it's just not that exciting. It's good to see Live make the package this time around, but we're disappointed that after all these years LucasArts is still scratching around abusing the Star Wars brand in this way. There are some good ideas here that haven't been realised, and we're once again left waiting for the definitive Star Wars FPS to appear.