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Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II (1997)

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You play as Kyle Katarn, a mercenary whose skills progress into becoming a Jedi knight, to stop a team of dark Jedis from taking the valley of the Jedi's power.

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Scott Ewers

Writers:

Justin Chin, Garry M. Gaber (additional story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jason Court Jason Court ... Kyle Katarn
Angela Harry ... Jan Ors
Christopher Neame ... Jerec
Bennet Guillory ... Qu Rahn (as Bennett Gilory)
Valerie Wildman ... Sariss
Time Winters ... Boc
Morgan Hunter Morgan Hunter ... Maw
Denny Delk Denny Delk ... Pic / 8t88 (voice)
Rafer Weigel Rafer Weigel ... Yun
Jacob Witkin Jacob Witkin ... Morgan Katarn
Daniel Bloom Daniel Bloom ... Bounty Hunter 1
Dylan Haggerty Dylan Haggerty ... Bounty Hunter 2
Roger Jackson ... Rodian / Computer (voice) (as Roger L. Jackson)
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You play as Kyle Katarn, a mercenary whose skills progress into becoming a Jedi knight, to stop a team of dark Jedis from taking the valley of the Jedi's power.

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Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Official Sites:

Steam Store

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Trivia

The player can determine which side of the Force that Kyle Katarn will eventually join by whether he kills innocent bystanders and harmless droids and how much of the light and dark side Force powers he uses. A "Morality scale" on the Force powers screen shows which side of the Force Kyle is resting on and he will automatically join that side at the end of the 14th level (where he fights Maw), after which he will only be able to use the Force powers of that side (Healing, Persuasion, Blinding, Absorb and Protection for the light side, Throw, Grip, Lightening, Destruction and Deadly Sight for the dark side). Regardless of which side Kyle joins, the player must still go through the same levels and defeat Jerec in the end. The only difference is, if he joins the dark side, Kyle fights Yun again instead of Sariss. Also, when Kyle joins the dark side, his mentor Rahn (a ghost) disowns him and stops giving introductory speeches at the beginning of the levels where Kyle fights Jerec's Dark Jedi henchmen (and ultimately Jerec himself). See more »

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After the player confronts Gorc and Pic, the droid 8t88 is standing in a different position with the right arm removed (shot off by Katarn early on, but was shown that it had been replaced). See more »

Quotes

[after Kyle kills Maw in anger, Jerec and his gang appear with Jan, who they've taken prisoner]
Jerec: Excellent, Katarn. You've started your journey to the dark side. But that is not enough!
[he throws Jan to the ground]
Jan Ors: Looks like I can't bail you out of trouble this time.
Jerec: Strike her down, and realize your true destiny as a Dark Jedi, your true power!
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Adventure.... excitement....
20 October 2010 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

A Jedi "knight" may not crave those things, but many young computer gamers do.

So, am I going to review a computer game? Not precisely. Rather the culmination of visual media that was injected into this particular title, and how it resonates with people.

The cut scenes for this computer title were interesting. The were in the spirit of the films, but also were dumbed down a shade for a teen to twenty-something audience. Which is odd, since a lot of the players were also in their thirties and forties when this title was released. So, was there another marketing agenda operating here? Quite probably.

The game itself regards gun for hire Kyle Katarn who stared in the previous title "Dark Forces". There you essentially played a DOOM clone with Star Wars trappings. The experience was a very fun one, if somewhat vanilla flavored due to the limits of PC technology at the time. Dark Forces 2; Jedi Knight, as can be expected, continues mister Katarn's tale into the days of when the Alliance is doing some house cleaning with the remnants of the Galactic Empire.

The cutscenes are geared to bring to life some of the spirit of adventure from which the films this game is based on draw. But they falter some with some over the top acting, and of course the production values are regrettably low for a Star Wars title. Actors are costumed, then shot against Blue Screen with computer generated sets to make up the rest.

I remember the loads of debates going on about the title, and specifically why it was that the cut scenes weren't living up to cinematic expectations of the Dark Forces gaming community. Well, simply put, they are films aimed at older children, but children nonetheless. Ergo the acting and everything else is what it is. This being the case, and the unreasonable demographic analysis of the computer game market at the time, the mass hard core audience that has supported the title faithfully were let down some by unnatural and low age thesping.

All in all the staging for the small video vignettes were quite spartan. Whether this was meant to offset the gaming experience or it was due to technological limitations of encoding video at the time, I'm not certain. But the video sequences, in my not so humble opinion, could have been a bit more. The title itself was, for a time, PCGamers all time best game ever out of a list of top 100 games. DF2 was given the best finishing coat at the time, but a little more would not have hurt.

As for the game itself, it was very robust and playable. It told another Star Wars saga with some interesting twists, and carried with it a very spiritual theme. The big rival at the time was ID softwares Quake-2 (which I also bought and played), but at the time I preferred the Star Wars setting to some over the top gore-filled game whose pedigree included titles like DOOM and Quake.

Jedi Knight was a watershed moment. It took gaming seriously, and added a character whose force-felt allegiances and leanings were pretty ambiguous. Me? I loved the game for the pure size and scope of the single player game. And spent more than my unhealthy share of hours in various multiplayer games on the old dialup MS Gaming Zone.

Jedi Knight didn't spearhead video and film scenes included with games, but the title and company showed how they can better accentuate and highlight salient and important dramatic points in a gaming like context.

The graphics are a little dated, but if you're a die hard SW fan, then maybe give this a whirl on your CD drive.


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