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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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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Includes 14 items: STAR WARS™ - Dark Forces, STAR WARS™ - Knights of the Old Republic™, STAR WARS™ - The Force Unleashed™ Ultimate Sith Edition, STAR WARS™ Battlefront™ II, STAR WARS™ Empire at War - Gold Pack, 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, 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™, STAR WARS™: The Force Unleashed™ 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.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
buy the GOG.com version instead of this unbearable glitchy garbage
that one actually works on machines made past 1995
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Sandman
23.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
Nice game.Interesting story and missions even the level we need to defeat Jerec.
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mrtellers
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 16
I have to say, this game works perfectly fine on my computer. I bought this game through Steam before the recent update and while it may or may not have the most optimised graphics this release is a massive improvement over the old one. There is no need to hunt down the fixes from external sites like I had to do with the original release. The music is fixed, the game is much more stable and less prone to crashes, the multicolor graphics glitches have been ironed out, and they even threw in full screen cutscenes and menus as a bonus!

I am using Win 7 with an AMD A6-3400M processor with integrated GPU.
If you have an initial Steam release copy and you applied the external fixes, I recommend uninstalling the game first, including all patch files, and then redownloading thru Steam to get the game running properly again.

Jedi Knight is a great game. Thankfully, its now much less of a hassle.
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SpaceMan
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 9
Can't see at all but I am a star wars fan so,
3/10
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Ness
8.8 hrs
Posted: August 9
Amazing game.

Let's get this out of the way: apparently this Steam version got fixed. It has music and it ran perfectly without having to install any mod or anything in Windows7. It only took me 5 minutes to confiure the graphics and controls properly.

Fantastic 3D engine for the time. The 3D models haven't 'aged' as well as Quake's though.

What really makes this game shine is the level design, they got a great 3D engine, which at the time was something relatively new for FPS, and they sure knew how to exploit it to the maximum. The main game has TONS of y-axis level design, it's just floors above floors above floors, with great effects to make it lively and often nice point of views to admire the whole thing.

The lightsaber and the force powers are a little barebones, but they're still tons of fun to play with. The lightsaber duels aren't too amazying if you ask, although I don't care too much because I've always been more about shooting in the JK series and there only about 5-6 duels in the entire game.

The story is great. It's exactly how I think stories should be in video games, if a game needs one. It really sets the tone for the gameplay and levels, making it lively, but while never getting in the way of gameplay. Also the cutscenes, mixing CGI and live action, are surpringsly lovely in spite of their apparent cheeziness.

Don't miss on the expansion pack, MotS, which is almost as long as the main game and which, despite having level design a bit below the main game, adds a lot of neat stuff.

Play this game.
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axhe0601
6.1 hrs
Posted: August 6
it is a verry frustrating game don t buy it
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You're Such A .NubCake
2.0 hrs
Posted: August 2
This game used to be confusing for me, but after all, it brought back a lot of childhood memories, I still remember when this game was a top-of-the-line game when you needed a better PC to play it but that was just years and years ago like around the age of windows 98.
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Incognito
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 1
Wish that my computer was old enough to play this...


Oh wait the GOG version https://www.gog.com/game/star_wars_knights_of_the_old_republic_ii_the_sith_lords works perfectly on this computer. Strange how a version on steam doesn't work but the GOG version does, Isn't it.
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Moss
2.2 hrs
Posted: July 31
Better re-release than before? Yes. Fixed? ... well, almost.

First of all, hats off to Disney Interactive for actually coming back to these broken Steam releases and patching them. X-Wing/TIE Fighter got their DOS CD-ROM versions, several games on Steam got game-fixing patches, and Dark Forces II got fixed! ...mostly.

On AMD graphics cards, 3D acceleration is still failing. On software rendering, not only does the game look dreadful, but the game has a very inconsistent framerate and feels off in its controls. While I respect both GOG and Disney Interactive for their work in finally bringing this game to Windows 7-10 as it always should have been, it's not quite there yet for AMD owners.

If you have Intel HD, try using that instead of your AMD Radeon card and you may still be good. If you have an ancient Intel CPU, an Intel Xeon, or any AMD CPU, you're still out of luck on 3D acceleration, unless Nvidia cards fare better (I haven't tested yet). I get that Sith Engine is a complete mess with its compatibility, but nonetheless I simply haven't enjoyed playing this game in the slightest with even its current mostly-fixed state. I hope it can be fixed eventually, so I can finally take the alleged best entry of the series for a spin.

At the end of the day, this game ALMOST works. I'd still recommend buying on GOG since that version comes with Mysteries of the Sith for free (and unlike the Steam version, GOG has it patched as well with the soundtrack included), but for Intel or Nvidia users, this may be a good purchase.
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Veskern
5.9 hrs
Posted: July 29
Extremely faithful to Original Trilogy vibe, this game looks, feels and indeed is as worthy as Thrawn Trilogy books or Shadows of the Empire - titles that just deserve to be considered worthwhile addition to movies.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Amazing game.

Let's get this out of the way: apparently this Steam version got fixed. It has music and it ran perfectly without having to install any mod or anything in Windows7. It only took me 5 minutes to confiure the graphics and controls properly.

Fantastic 3D engine for the time. The 3D models haven't 'aged' as well as Quake's though.

What really makes this game shine is the level design, they got a great 3D engine, which at the time was something relatively new for FPS, and they sure knew how to exploit it to the maximum. The main game has TONS of y-axis level design, it's just floors above floors above floors, with great effects to make it lively and often nice point of views to admire the whole thing.

The lightsaber and the force powers are a little barebones, but they're still tons of fun to play with. The lightsaber duels aren't too amazying if you ask, although I don't care too much because I've always been more about shooting in the JK series and there only about 5-6 duels in the entire game.

The story is great. It's exactly how I think stories should be in video games, if a game needs one. It really sets the tone for the gameplay and levels, making it lively, but while never getting in the way of gameplay. Also the cutscenes, mixing CGI and live action, are surpringsly lovely in spite of their apparent cheeziness.

Don't miss on the expansion pack, MotS, which is almost as long as the main game and which, despite having level design a bit below the main game, adds a lot of neat stuff.

Play this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
This game used to be confusing for me, but after all, it brought back a lot of childhood memories, I still remember when this game was a top-of-the-line game when you needed a better PC to play it but that was just years and years ago like around the age of windows 98.
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162 of 184 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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138 of 168 people (82%) 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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112 of 136 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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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 recommend it to high heaven.

EDIT: Apparently there's a GoG version according to other reviews that actually works. If you're itching to play this game then you should probably check that one out. As it stands the Steam version still appears to be unplayable for a large chunk if not the majority of people
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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 126 people (75%) 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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