Dark Forces™ set the industry standard for first person action in the Star Wars® universe. Now Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II picks up where the award-winning game left off...with even more features and firepower in dazzling 3D graphics. As Kyle Katarn, you must acquire the lightsaber and learn the ways of the Force to become a Jedi Knight.
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Mixed (15 reviews) - 53% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (718 reviews) - 65% of the 718 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 9, 1997

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Includes 5 items: STAR WARS™ - Dark Forces, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy™, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Mysteries of the Sith™, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast™

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Includes 14 items: STAR WARS™ - Dark Forces, STAR WARS™ - Knights of the Old Republic™, STAR WARS™ - The Force Unleashed™ II, STAR WARS™ - The Force Unleashed™ Ultimate Sith Edition, STAR WARS™ Battlefront™ II, STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy™, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Mysteries of the Sith™, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast™, STAR WARS™ Knights of the Old Republic™ II - The Sith Lords™, STAR WARS™ Republic Commando™, STAR WARS™ Starfighter™, STAR WARS™ The Clone Wars™ - Republic Heroes™

 

About This Game

Dark Forces™ set the industry standard for first person action in the Star Wars® universe. Now Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II picks up where the award-winning game left off...with even more features and firepower in dazzling 3D graphics. As Kyle Katarn, you must acquire the lightsaber and learn the ways of the Force to become a Jedi Knight. Confront old foes... Greedo, Boosk, stormtroopers. And new enemies... seven dark Jedi who plan to harness the power of an ancient burial ground for unsurpassed evil. But take heart, your 10 weapon arsenal and over 12 Force powers make you a force to be reckoned with.
  • Single or multiplayer gameplay over modem, network or Internet. 9 multiplayer levels
  • All new realistic 3D environments with animated 3D characters in 21 heart-stopping levels
  • Encounter seven dark jedi, each possessing unique powers
  • Compatible with many 3D graphics cards
  • Intense Star Wars action in an all-new story fraught with danger and adventure - do you take the quick and easy path as Darth Vader did or do you take the patient route to Jedi Knighthood?
If you choose the light side:
  • Train to become a Jedi Knight - master the elegant Lightsaber and learn four special apprentice abilities
  • Use exclusive light side powers: healing, persuasion (for the weak-minded), blinding and absorption
Or be tempted by the dark side:
  • Use your Jedi Knight training and apprentice abilities to become an agent of evil
  • Use exclusive dark side powers: the grip (used if there's a disturbing lack of faith), Force throw, energy bolts and destruction

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000, XP or Vista
    • Processor: Pentium 90
    • Memory: 16 MB
    • Graphics: DirectX
    • DirectX®: DirectX 5.2 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB
    • Sound: 16-bit sound card
    • Multiplayer: 8 players IPX or TCP/IP. Pentium 133

    • Note: Due to the age of the title, users may run into a few compatibility issues from use of current hardware. Please see the forums for more information.
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thimetySW
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
The game fast forwards you a few years into the future from the previous game (Dark Forces), and it now takes place after the events of Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi.
The game puts you right back into the shoes of Kyle Katarn, but this time, with a twist.
After the death of the Emperor, a new threat is trying to take throne.
A Dark Jedi named Jerec is not only trying to become the Emperor, but he has also killed your father, and because of this, you are out for revenge.
After receiving your first lightsaber, you get a choice: Do you follow the path of the Light Side of the force, like your father always wanted you to, or do you subcumb to the Dark Side?    (You also get a different ending depending on which side you take)
The game also features some small RPG elements with features like Skill-trees.

This is where some problems arise however.....

The game has many flaws: A lot of resolution issues, frequent crashes, corrupted save games and much more make for a very buggy experience.
Yet, the game still does feel very rewarding at times, and if you (frequently) turn a blind eye to these issues, the game can be very enjoyable.
The game has some very memorable characters and the live-action cutscenes do give these characters some more.... character!
Nonetheless, this to me does not completely make up for the fact that the game runs very poorly on a Windows 10 PC.
Besides this however, I do think that you should give this game a try, especially if you have already played Dark Forces.

All in all, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II is a very memorable game, allbeit in some good and bad way,
Nonetheless, this game is a classic and any fan of the Jedi Knight series should definitely pick this game up.
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SajBear
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
One of the best games ever made.
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Suicidal Minnie Mouse!
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Crashed when paused. I figured i'd just not pause. But then i beat the first mission and it crashed. So now i'm trying the jkdf2.com site and trying it out there.
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Huntero7298
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
A game where you're just guy with a lightsaber and a few questions.
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ASAP
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
One of my most favourite games of all time!!! Must have if you are a Star Wars fan!!!
If your having trouble with it go here--https://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/f9rh1/modding_guide_star_wars_jedi_knight_dark_forces/
Contact me if need help 😁
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fuzmeister
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
This was an amazing game when released almost 20 years ago. Unfortunately, this release on Steam will not run on modern PCs without third party patches.

Either this game should be officially patched, include a disclaimer on the store page, or not be sold on Steam.

Kyle Katarn's legacy deserves better than this...
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MMG Man
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Runs poorly crashes on ay decent resoultion. Gameplay is relatviely unvaried and repetative.
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swordsmith08
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Has to be one of the best Star wars games of all time... PERIOD. Remember installation took forever on the disk way back when obviously not now. Surprisingly works with a Xbox one controller
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toiletham
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Game is broken on windows 10. Cannot play with hardware acceleration at 1080p. Even when playing without hardware acceleration at a lower resolution, the game will crash 50% of the time when returning from the menu. You can try and struggle through it if you wish, but the game isn't worth it.
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XD3l
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
It took a couple years to after the game had released till I was able to afford and build a PC that could play it as 3D Cards such as the VooDoo were still new to the industry and not exactly cheap for a kid who was just barely out of high school.
That being said, once I did get the chance to play the game I was addicted. After DOOM, I had yet to find another FPS that caught my attention quite like this one did. That's not to say that Dark Forces was bad, it's just that I didn't adapt to it's odd control scheme as well as I do now a days, so I wasn't able to appreciate it's full glory at the time.
Dark Forces II on the other hand I picked right up on! I loved the ease of controls and the ability to look all around and jump, which contrary to many FPS's of today, was HIGHLY utilized in this title as it did not just have you running around horizontal land scapes, merely scaling a flight of stairs here and there, but it also had you carefully travelling across cat walks, being carried by a stream of water, scaling and decending sky scrapers and other large structures that seem go on forever (as Star Wars structures should), and on and on and on.
On top of this you not only get to run and gun and eventually pick up new weapons, but you also acquire force powers as the game goes on, and more than that, you can alter the outcome of the game based upon the the choices that you make within it. And if that's not enough... cut scenes, lots and lots of cut scenes to help push the story and your cuiosity foward as you progress from one unique level to the next.

What this lacks though is hi-def textures, the hi-def model pack, and the ability to run this under Wine. Also it may not be clear that you have to reverse the Y Axis in order to un-reverse look, and you also need to set it to use your 3D GFX card else the graphics will look like a gay pride parade.

That being said, it's worth the download, just don't expect it to be free of configuration needs, and don't expect it to look like a modern game, though map wise, it's got most of the modern ones beet, and the story ain't half bad either, I even read the book!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
The game would be fun if it was compatible with newer OS version. There's a lot wrong with it & it is so bad I won't play it. Maybe an XP emulator would help...assuming Steam would work with XP now. Not worth the trouble. These games should not be sold unless tested with newer operating systems.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Steam version is way too buggy. As of writing this, it hasn't been fixed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
The game fast forwards you a few years into the future from the previous game (Dark Forces), and it now takes place after the events of Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi.
The game puts you right back into the shoes of Kyle Katarn, but this time, with a twist.
After the death of the Emperor, a new threat is trying to take throne.
A Dark Jedi named Jerec is not only trying to become the Emperor, but he has also killed your father, and because of this, you are out for revenge.
After receiving your first lightsaber, you get a choice: Do you follow the path of the Light Side of the force, like your father always wanted you to, or do you subcumb to the Dark Side?    (You also get a different ending depending on which side you take)
The game also features some small RPG elements with features like Skill-trees.

This is where some problems arise however.....

The game has many flaws: A lot of resolution issues, frequent crashes, corrupted save games and much more make for a very buggy experience.
Yet, the game still does feel very rewarding at times, and if you (frequently) turn a blind eye to these issues, the game can be very enjoyable.
The game has some very memorable characters and the live-action cutscenes do give these characters some more.... character!
Nonetheless, this to me does not completely make up for the fact that the game runs very poorly on a Windows 10 PC.
Besides this however, I do think that you should give this game a try, especially if you have already played Dark Forces.

All in all, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II is a very memorable game, allbeit in some good and bad way,
Nonetheless, this game is a classic and any fan of the Jedi Knight series should definitely pick this game up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
One of the best games ever made.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Runs poorly crashes on ay decent resoultion. Gameplay is relatviely unvaried and repetative.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
This was an amazing game when released almost 20 years ago. Unfortunately, this release on Steam will not run on modern PCs without third party patches.

Either this game should be officially patched, include a disclaimer on the store page, or not be sold on Steam.

Kyle Katarn's legacy deserves better than this...
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156 of 177 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
I love the game itself, but the Steam version is not optimized to run on modern computers and is a real headache to get working, if indeed it will work at all. Seek out alternative purchasing options. I hear the GOG version works well on modern hardware.
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134 of 161 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2015
Honestly steam should be ashamed of themselves for offering this title and the rest of its series without win7/8 support or even at the very least a warning that they don't work.. all you get now is a worthless game less money and no way to ask for a refund.. avoid like the plague!

That said this is possibly the best star wars FPS ever made.


edit*
It appears we have been heard, now it actually lets you know that there is a chance it wont work on modern systems.. of course its hidden pretty well but at least its there.. a drastic improvement from over 2 years ago.

Still a massive case of Buyer Beware.. seriously just get the game on GoG.. they at least make sure their stuff works or refund you if it doesnt.
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105 of 128 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
EDIT (JANUARY 29th 2015): Dark Forces 2 is now on GoG. And the version there is vastly superior to the Steam release. The background music works and it finally lets you run the game properly. I HIGHLY suggest you get it there.

http://www.gog.com/game/star_wars_jedi_knight_dark_forces_ii

Original review:

Dark Forces 2 is a game I grew up with. It's an amazing game that I think has aged extremely well and is as enjoyable today as it was back in the 90's.

However as good as Dark Forces 2 is. It is completely ruined by how shoddily the game runs on modern operating systems. It's to the point where if you try and run it in a 64 bit OS you have to trade between getting the game to render with proper colors vs a playable framerate.

This is a major case of buyer beware. It's near impossible to run on Windows 7 and 8 64bit properly, and the only way I got this game to work was by installing a Virtual Machine. Only purchase if you're willing to put up with how badly this game runs.
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88 of 112 people (79%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
Serious, and I mean SERIOUS compatability issues.

I'm sure this is a great Star Wars game given people's commentary on it, but do not let nostalgia or curiosity persuade you to buy this if you use any PC with Windows 7, 8, or 10. Compatability absolutely sucks; In my case, to the point where the game is close to unplayable. I can see a good game trying to shine through, but I can't bear to play it through the colossal issues and crashing.

I'm sure if this game actually worked, I would be able to reccommend it to high heaven.
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