Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II picks up where the award-winning Dark Forces™ game left off...with even more features and firepower in dazzling 3D graphics. As Kyle Katarn, you must acquire a lightsaber and learn the ways of the Force to become a Jedi Knight.
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Mixed (726 reviews) - 65% of the 726 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 - Jedi Academy™, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Mysteries of the Sith™, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast™, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

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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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Mixed (726 reviews)
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atoor
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Sequel to Dark Forces offers better story, better graphics and ability to use force and lightsaber battles. However, Steam version does not working properly without spending some time on patching it, yet it can just stop working and you have to go through entire patching process again.

PROS:

+ Good story, complex levels.
+ Nice weapon choice
+ Challenging lightsaber boss battles
+ Force powers (you can choose which you will use and develop them)
+ You can install some mods (following tutorials here on Steam) which change all textures in game to look much better than original

CONS:

- NOT WORKING OUT OF THE BOX!! (Windows 8.1) - not even close. You have to patch the game to run it with 3D acceleration, and I couldn't run it in fullscreen (there was a window border visible).
- It can crash out of nowhere and never run again untill reinstall
- Sometimes it's not clear where to go to advance further in level
- Low differentation of enemies (there are Stormtroopers and more Stormtroopers)
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Heran
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Pros:
-Pure run 'n gun
-Blasters are always set on full
-Awkward 90s acting on real life cutscenes

Cons:
-Sometimes graphics go on an acid trip
-Not enough moral choices or romances
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Yolashillinia
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
A vast improvement over Dark Forces 1 in that *you can now aim with the mouse* on all axes, although there is still auto-aim which is nice for sniping stormies miles away with my trusty basic pistol. I loved exploring the maps looking for secrets. Save-scummed like a casual because the bad guys can hit really hard. The lightsaber combat is kind of terrible, and especially against the final boss who was incredibly frustrating and boring. But I loved the live action cutscenes! Whoever did Jan Ors is perfect and Kyle is pretty great too.
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Struggler
( 38.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Good game.
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labachj
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This game is an epic early FPS. It stars Kyle Katarn on a mission to avenge his father at the hand of a Dark Jedi after finding out that he has force abilities. The audio novelization is pretty rad as well.
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NeoChaos
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
So a couple months ago, this game got patched with some of the fixes from the GOG.com version, including fullscreen menu support and restoring the music for those without optical drives or the original CDs. The gameplay's janky as heck compared to Jedi Outcast/Academy, but at least folks looking for a late 90's nostalgia fix won't require* a million and a half hacks any more to run it on a modern OS.

* -Though at most, I'd recommend at minimum dgVoodoo2 to enable 3D acceleration and the JK HUD mod to be able to see your health/armor/ammo at higher resolutions.
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Baccuss
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Its a classic game well worth playing..... if you can ever get it to work.
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thimetySW
( 10.8 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
( 6.5 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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161 of 182 people (88%) found this review helpful
7 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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137 of 165 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.


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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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110 of 133 people (83%) 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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89 of 113 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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58 of 67 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2013
The sequel to Dark Forces from '95, Dark Forces II improves everything from Dark Forces, with the most important factor being Lightsaber Combat.

Jedi Knight boosts lavish enviroments, detailed textures, and tight controls. This game is a classic and is a most own for any fan of Star Wars.

FMV cutscenes, while may come off as cheesy, are rather well done and Jason Court, who portrays Kyle Katarn, does a great job at bringing a third dimension to the character.

Gameplay style includes First and Third Person viewpoints, allowing for First Person saber duels for realism and Third person for most control. Overall, this game is a fun and challenging Star Wars game that should leave you fulfilled when you finish it.
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95 of 125 people (76%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2013
Gordon Freeman with force powers.
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49 of 55 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 21, 2014
WARNING: THIS STEAM VERSION HAS NO MUSIC. Others may have mentioned it but I feel the need to reiterate it for those who will undoubtedly feel cheated by Valve's very sneaky lack of a real explanation on the store page. Steam does not emulate Red Book audio, so this game's iconic soundtrack is just deleted. If you look very closely at the store page you'll see that "Full Audio" has been cleverly unchecked, which is their way of protecting themselves while selling a broken half-product. SHAME ON YOU, VALVE. These kinds of things demand a full disclaimer on the store page in big, bold letters. Looks like I'll be buying all of my classic games on GOG from now on.
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58 of 71 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
I wish I could recommend this. I've thought about buying this game many times, and have just now done so. It runs like absolute crap on modern systems, if you can get it to run at all. I spent more time troubleshooting fixes than playing. When it does work, it seems like a great game. I hear the GOG version runs pretty well on modern machines, and I intend to find out. If you do take a chance and get this, I hope it works for you.


Edit: I bought the GOG version. It works just fine. Great game, crappy Steam version. Won't be buying any older games on Steam anymore.
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44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2013
This game is a classic. Even though the cutscenes look dated, I just love the feel of them. This game feels better put together than the later installments of the Jedi Knight series. If you are going to play any of them I would suggest this one.

Note: You will have to look around on the net to figure out potential problems that may happen due to the fact that this game is so dated. If you think you can put up with that, they why haven't you bought it yet?!
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66 of 86 people (77%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2015
Dark Forces 2 is one of the best games ever made. It's a great second installment on the story of Kyle Katarn and his epic adventures throughout the galaxy.

Then why am I NOT recommending this? Simple: Steam and whoever else is involved do not support this game AT ALL. From the moment I have installed this game, nothing but compatibility issues have bubbled up, and after several hours of troubleshooting, I now have a game that crashes for no apparent reason. What's amazing is that each time you play, new bugs show up. I'm sure that there is no way I could ever finish this game as the bugs are thicker than welfare recipients at a detroit mcdonalds.

Steam: I highly recommend you fix this disaster. You know what you have done, and it's proabably not that hard to fix on your side. Just make it useable for OSs after XP and we are golden.
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