Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (315 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 9, 1997

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Includes 5 items: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith

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

 

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.
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
No joke - the best in the series, and the best Star Wars game... ever! You get full motion cutscenes, which contribute a true Star Wars feeling, and the giant levels are designed really well and are never TOO challenging yet rarely easy. Even before you get the lighsaber you become addicted because you are looking for secret areas and taking out jerks with guns like a badass! The graphics don't hold up quite as well as the latter entries in the series, but they are still good enough to keep you interested; which is something I cannot say of the Dark Forces. The final thing that makes this game great is the story; you can choose the light side or dark side and both stories are pretty awesome. Your actions can change the story and the 7 Dark Jedi you have to fight don't take it easy on you! Out of the countless Star Wars games I have played over the years, I think this one is the most fun. (The Super Star Wars series, Battlefront games, and KOTOR are very close) But seriously, any Star Wars fan needs to get this game!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I spent months and months playing this game over and over again when I was younger. This steam version is very good, everything is as I remember and plays well. A great FPS, with lots of good nods to the Star Wats universe, Excellent weaponry and a good story, with some great acted cutscenes that are a treat to watch. SPOILER: Dark versus Light side options near the end of the game give you a great reason to replay the game at least twice.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
If you can get over the graphics then you'll likely enjoy this game if you're a Star Wars fan.
The gameplay and story holds up pretty well for such an old game.
After the first few levels you can start earning points to skill up force powers that can be neutral, light or dark. Which side you choose will determine the outcome of the story (Light side is canon in the series of games). You get 10 different weapons ranging from fists to rail gun to lightsaber.
There are a number of boss fights versus Dark Jedi which can be pretty challenging if you don't know how to beat them (for example the neutral Force Seeing ability will make the second boss fight a lot easier).
You also travel to different planets starting with Nar Shaddaa.
Beware of the scary squid on level 4. That experience scarred me the first time I played the game over 10 years ago.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
No problems running this game here (Win 7, Oct 2014). Classic first person shooter, featuring level design to rival Half-life and a Star Wars theme, what's not to love? Played this on release and it blew me away. Graphics have obviously aged, but still a lot here to recommend. Wish they still made them like this!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
This game is so cool, like seriously, it's one of the most satisfying games i've played in a long time. While the graphics aren't aged well and people who can't tolerate pixels won't appriciate it for that, it's story is amazing( the cutscenes are so good, almost like a real Star Wars movie) and the combat is just awesome. I've played only 4 hours on this so far, but holy ♥♥♥♥, i see myself completeing this game multiple times since you can either be Evil or Good. Now I hear that it's a mess to make it work on Windows 7 and Windows 8, but I'm using linux, and It works without any problems, just install the windows version of steam on linux and it should work. Crashes are somewhat rare, but thankfully you can quicksave in this game, so a crash once a couple of hours don't affect me. haven't tested the multiplayer yet, but I doubt anyone is still playing this. Too bad, because it's an amazing game. First Person Shooter fans and Star Wars fans should get it asap.


TL;DR - Get it, now. Especially if you're not using Windows 7 and 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
high school was a good time for me
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Great game!


(If you can get it to run.)
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I can't even get this game to run. It's incredibly outdated and Valve didn't do anything to fix it, at least as far as I'm aware.
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38 of 49 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Cut peoples limbs off, pull a weapon from their hands, and kill the hell out of 7 evil Jedi ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s. What's not to like?

Full video review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98mlLHEer8w
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
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 Windows 7 and 8 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 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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38 of 55 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Doesn't work properly on new machines. Pretty much no effort has been made to make this port works on modern machine. Even Dark Force 1 run better than this. I couldn't get any resolution other than the lowest one running without crashing, graphics is full of artifacts and just a muddy mess. It's a shame since this is an awesome game.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, the first to be labelled "Jedi Knight" in the series that started it all. Playing this game in the year 2014 gave me more respect for this title than disgust. Besides what most would call outdated graphics, I found Dark Forces 2 to still look beautiful with very well done levels that you could see the people who made them were passionate about what they were creating. This is reinforced by the live action cutscenes, which at first you think would look quite weird. But they look perfectly, which helps you get immersed into the story. I think live action cutscenes are also great cause you can see their passion for the game as it takes more reasources to make movie like scenes for a game. Anyway, the game is enjoyable, features a great story, and still has great gameplay. Each enemy type feels unique and presents their own challenge, each boss fight feels rewarding and different. The story is flawless and is a great introduction to the Expanded Universe of Star Wars for hardcore fans to fans of the movies. I strongly recommend this title as I could see no faults with this game. It's sad to see most people I see own this game and never play it. I also strongly recommend those people to give it a try.

If anyone has any other questions or concerns don't hesistate to add me i'll be happy to answer them!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II was the first video game I've ever played back when I used the classic Windows 98. To this day I still have my copy of the game in working condition.

**Story Info|Possible Spoilers**
The game is set one year after the events of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Former mercenary Kyle Katarn meets an info broker droid named 8t88 who informs Katarn that is father, Morgan, was killed by Jerec, a Dark Jedi with plans of rebuilding the Empire. Kyle is given a disk from 8t88 that only a droid in his father's home can read. Kyle Katarn sets out to find this droid and put an end to Jerec's plans to keep the galaxy at peace.

**Gameplay**
Dark Forces II much like its predecessor is a First Person Shooter, but now you are given the option to use a 3rd person camera if you so desire. The main game is divided into 21 levels, each with an objective and are completed in order.
Given at your disposal are various weapons, explosives, and various force powers categorized as Light Side or Dark. later on you'll get a lightsaber after finding Morgan Katarn's droid.
The lightsaber combat in Dark Forces II is very primitive and therefore feels dated. You can swing the saber diagonally left and right standing in place, swing in the direction you are moving, do a "fury" attack when moving forward, and a power attack using right-click on the mouse.
The gameplay overall is slightly dated, but I think still holds up to today.

**Graphics**
Do not expect the graphics to be outstanding! Since this is a game from 1997, the graphics are blocky, pixelated, and at times messy. However, for 1997 standards, it's good for its time... Assuming you are not playing it with the 3D Hardware Acceleration disabled, then it just looks bad.

**Verdict**
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II is still a blast to play 17 years later, but don't be surprised by its dated feeling. I consider it to be up there with my personal top 5 Star Wars games. As a guy who has been playing it all his life, I definitely recommend you get this game. This is not one you should pass up!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game kicks ♥♥♥.

I have tons of hours on this game from before I owned it on Steam, this game probably ruined my life. Recommend it to anyone who likes FPS shooters, platforming, adventure games, or Star Wars. Multiplayer and singleplayer are GREAT. Great story, cutscenes, level design... Overall amazing game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
It's a wonderful game if you can get it running, sadly steam doesnt offer a version that has been updated to run on newer systems.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Freezes my computer within literally 2 minutes of playing. Glad I got this on sale so I am not upset over the loss of money just that I paid for something that doesn't work.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Very hard to recommend this game as it is massively buggy, and has proven to be buggy on numerous systems for myself, and other friends too. The game itself is okay, but hardly an essential play. Don't buy this thing unless you are still using dial-up modems and AOL for your email; in that case, there is a chance your system may be archaic enough to run this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Don't get me wrong - Dark Forces II is an amazing game, it's great fun and the best Star Wars game I've ever played...
But, unfortunately I cannot whole heartedly reccomend it to users on modern systems. If you have an older system that can run it, than go for your life, I'm sure you'll love it. but to those who do not, there's nothing I can really say for you. This game rules, but lacks support on modern systems, It truly is a tradgedy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Jedi Knight is not working with the recent Version of Windows 8.1 - I tried the fix and patch and the alternative directdraw.dll but the game doesn't even start up at - in no compatibility mode. If anyone can help me solve this ... please add/write me a message.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Took a bit of time to get this running on my Windows 8 laptop, but once I got it working it was as much of a blast as I remember it was. One of the best games from my childhood, and also one of the better games I've had the pleasure of playing recently.

(I'm not an expert in these things, but I was told you need to delete Jedi.exe from
_:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Star Wars Jedi Knight
and then set JK.exe to compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 3 and run it as an administrator. I couldn't begin to tell you why that .exe is there, or why removing it apparently makes the game work, but hey. I got it running, and thats all I care about.)
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