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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Release Date: Oct 9, 1997

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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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Jackal Frost
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
After several years of this game being completely broken on Steam, Disney Interactive has stepped up and released a patch.

Despite the fact that it predates their acquisition, despite the fact that it probably isn't a huge money maker, they did this. For that, they've earned my respect.

Before the patch, the game didn't work in fullscreen properly, the music was entirely missing, and was highly prone to crashing. The update has fixed all of these issues. There are still issues with 3D Acceleration mode, limiting you on the color depth, but I'm hoping those will be fixed as well.

Beyond the technical aspects, my review of the game follows:

This is an old game. It is not a pretty game, and it is not a polished game. It is a very good game for the time, and if you either grew up with it, or can go back and appreciate classic titles, it is well worth full asking price, let alone sale price. I grew up with the Jedi Knight series, so I'm applying a heavy helping of rose-tint nostalgia paste to my goggles.

That said, it is still a fun, though at times puzzling and confusing game. It's from that era of shooters where we were just starting to experiment with platforming elements and puzzles, and as a result, it can get very frustrating on both.

Quicksave is your friend, you will need it. The Medium and Hard difficulties are brutal, par for the course at the time. Those of you who grew up with 90s-early 2000s PC shooters know what to expect, and the game is a blast if you enjoy that kind of run-and-gun gameplay.

The story is fairly cheesy, read the accompanying novels, if you can find and stomach them, as they shed light on a lot of details the game glosses over.

Overall, before the update, I probably would only recommend this to hardcore fans of the series, but now that it works out of the box, I think I can recommend it for anyone who's interested in the history of the series or PC gaming in general.
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TilionDC
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
The game is great however the latest update contains a trojan. ♥♥♥♥ you steam. I hope support sees this since I cant login and create a ticket. Here are some more offensive words so don't scroll down...











Baby♥♥♥♥ing taliban with nuclear missiles loving that gay babysex.
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Johny LaRue
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Back in the hay day of Lucas Arts, a majority of their games for PC were cutting edge, wether it be first person shooter, space flight sim, or real time strategy. One has to admit, modern day gaming in the year 2016 ows a heck of a lot to Lucas arts. This particular title brings back memories. I thought to myself, dang this is cool, the dramatic music and the suspence of the Dark Jedi looming. This game actualy had a 6 year old kid crying in fear after playing, mind you it was 1997 and he was just a child. Times have changed, software and hardware have improved by leeps and bounds, yet old games still exist. There lies the conundrum...will it work on my modern PC? Will Steam rip me off again?...perhaps, but contrary to the negative reviews about the game not running, I dissagree. This game, much to my shagrin, runs great even in high res. Go figure, considering Rogue Squadron won't run for ♥♥♥♥♥. If any one vould help me to get Rogue Squadron running, much appreciation.
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Raziel7891
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Cant get it too run without numerous compatability issues. Please dont sell it in May 4th bundles if its not gonna work. Very disappointing for such a great game.
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gabrielgamer99
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This Game is very good if you can make it work
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overwatch is dog
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Really excellent game, if you can get it to work. I recommend getting hold of the GOG version and then copying the files over the top of your steam version, works almost perfectly for me now, aside from 3D acceleration leaves me with a black screen.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
(Had this in my Libaray, the Date today gives me the excuse to create this "Review)
The Game doesn't work at-all!
Please, for christ sake, buy it on GOG.
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Cal
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I struggled whether to give this game a positive or negative review.
Tl;dr: Game is great if you can get it to work.

I love the game itself. Partly due to nostalgia for a game that I grew up with, but despite somewhat out-dated graphics there is still great gameplay. The levels aren't all boring straightforward run and shoot, and it still contains the best lightsabre use of any starwars game I've played to date.

However. This version of the game takes so much work to actually run that i'm amazed that steam has released it as is (and have not even attempted to fix). I needed to install old graphics drivers, run in compatibility mode, download the music separately (outside of steam) and insert into the files manually. Thankfully the steam community has a couple of walkthroughs on how to get the game to run. But - desptie this it will still regularly crash when exiting a menu, or after saving the game.

I would not reccommend you buy the steam version of it only due to these horrible compatibility problems (apparently the GOG version works much better).
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SuperFireFight
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Good game, great graphics for its age. If you got a little bit of money and some time to kill, this is you game.
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Worlds Sluttiest Pheasant
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Do NOT, but either the Steam or GOG versions of this game. Reason is because these versions wern't optimized for 64bit OS's. My advice is to go down to a guide which I will paste here so you can install and play this properly. Other than that this is an amazing game but after some configuration you can make this game look even better than it is shown in the screenshots.

Link to the guide: http://jkdf2.com/
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BlackLegoNinja
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This is one of those classic games I played as a kid. Although the graphics are bad compared to today's standards, the story mode and multiplayer were very enjoyable.
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Kachinjsh
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Some time ago a friend bought me both JK and MotS. Unfortunately people from Valve have done nothing to make them run on modern systems. On Win10 and 8 the games won't launch at all, and on Win 7 I got a multitude of display problems.
However, I bought the GOG versions and on Win7 they run flawlessly. If you're nostalgic like me, love Star Wars or want to experience a classic 90ies FPS, buy the GOG versions!

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mitch_comstein
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Awesome, buy it.
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The Death of Shakespeare
( 34.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Besides the cheesy FMVs and the absolutely abhorrent graphics quality, Dark Forces 2 is a very well made game for its time. Although it hasn't aged well at all, it is an instant classic along with its predecessor Dark Forces. Featuring very fast paced and fun FPS action, and very well made lightsaber combat for a game of its type once you first get your Lightsaber, it can be very fun to play. Though it can be very hard at times, and the force powers are, in my opinion, a wasted oppertunity, it serves a very good SW game.
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Hdv8765
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Since it dosen't work, I wanted to right a bad review for this game. Steam said I had to play it for at least 5 minutes to review it. I WENT THROUGH 5 MINUTES OF A CRASHING GAME TO SPREAD THE WORD OF THIS NONSENSE. REMEMBER MY SACRIFICE..............................................*dead*
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d1mebag_pedro
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Was looking forward to a bit of nostalgia when I bought this, only to be bitterly disappointed. Hardware acceleration/D3D not working in Windows 10, have tried XP SP3 compatibility, and the workarounds floating around in the community to no avail.

The Force is not strong with this one. Shame.
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itmejlee
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Quick and fun classic. Requires a bit of homework to get running on modern systems but is worth the effort. Feels a bit clunky at times but you get used to it. Weapon choices are cool but many go unused. Lightsabre fighting seemed novel, though duels, while interestingly breaking up gameplay, felt a bit slapdash. Force powers were similarly cool, sometimes clunky. The FMV cinematics between every level were a combination of awesome and cheesy, much like the story itself. Sadly the music seems to have been gutted from this version, and little bits of lore are lost on the loading screens because the game loads so fast. Worth a play if you like Star Wars.
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Verakum
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
For a very old game, this was very fun to play, the only down side was the issues to make it work on current gen computers, still I was able to make it work :D with a few patches.

Thinking of back in the day this is a 6.5 or so game :)
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fjk1138
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
My favorite Star Wars game of all time, and it was way ahead of its time when it came out. Saber combat doesn't really hold up these days, but the amount of exploring in the other missions is some of the best ever.
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crash_happy3214
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
The cutscenes make it sssoooooooooooooooo much better.

cutscene/10
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I struggled whether to give this game a positive or negative review.
Tl;dr: Game is great if you can get it to work.

I love the game itself. Partly due to nostalgia for a game that I grew up with, but despite somewhat out-dated graphics there is still great gameplay. The levels aren't all boring straightforward run and shoot, and it still contains the best lightsabre use of any starwars game I've played to date.

However. This version of the game takes so much work to actually run that i'm amazed that steam has released it as is (and have not even attempted to fix). I needed to install old graphics drivers, run in compatibility mode, download the music separately (outside of steam) and insert into the files manually. Thankfully the steam community has a couple of walkthroughs on how to get the game to run. But - desptie this it will still regularly crash when exiting a menu, or after saving the game.

I would not reccommend you buy the steam version of it only due to these horrible compatibility problems (apparently the GOG version works much better).
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Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Since it dosen't work, I wanted to right a bad review for this game. Steam said I had to play it for at least 5 minutes to review it. I WENT THROUGH 5 MINUTES OF A CRASHING GAME TO SPREAD THE WORD OF THIS NONSENSE. REMEMBER MY SACRIFICE..............................................*dead*
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Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Do NOT, but either the Steam or GOG versions of this game. Reason is because these versions wern't optimized for 64bit OS's. My advice is to go down to a guide which I will paste here so you can install and play this properly. Other than that this is an amazing game but after some configuration you can make this game look even better than it is shown in the screenshots.

Link to the guide: http://jkdf2.com/
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Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Back in the hay day of Lucas Arts, a majority of their games for PC were cutting edge, wether it be first person shooter, space flight sim, or real time strategy. One has to admit, modern day gaming in the year 2016 ows a heck of a lot to Lucas arts. This particular title brings back memories. I thought to myself, dang this is cool, the dramatic music and the suspence of the Dark Jedi looming. This game actualy had a 6 year old kid crying in fear after playing, mind you it was 1997 and he was just a child. Times have changed, software and hardware have improved by leeps and bounds, yet old games still exist. There lies the conundrum...will it work on my modern PC? Will Steam rip me off again?...perhaps, but contrary to the negative reviews about the game not running, I dissagree. This game, much to my shagrin, runs great even in high res. Go figure, considering Rogue Squadron won't run for ♥♥♥♥♥. If any one vould help me to get Rogue Squadron running, much appreciation.
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Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
(Had this in my Libaray, the Date today gives me the excuse to create this "Review)
The Game doesn't work at-all!
Please, for christ sake, buy it on GOG.
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Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Quick and fun classic. Requires a bit of homework to get running on modern systems but is worth the effort. Feels a bit clunky at times but you get used to it. Weapon choices are cool but many go unused. Lightsabre fighting seemed novel, though duels, while interestingly breaking up gameplay, felt a bit slapdash. Force powers were similarly cool, sometimes clunky. The FMV cinematics between every level were a combination of awesome and cheesy, much like the story itself. Sadly the music seems to have been gutted from this version, and little bits of lore are lost on the loading screens because the game loads so fast. Worth a play if you like Star Wars.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
I`ve played this game for my whole childhood and today it is still a great game. In my opinion is One Of the bests of Star Wars franchise.
Only thing that really disapoints me is the fact that ain`t no PT-BR audio/translation as it was on the original from 1997.
Beside that, it is indeed the same game and is a great experience and story if you don`t mind the old graphics and playability.
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58 of 69 people (84%) 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
Dated graphics, but to be honest, they were dated when the game was new.
The level design and story made up for that. When all we had was run-and-gun FPSes Jedi Knight gave us a rich story driven single player mode with complex vertigo-inducing level design.

It's well past it's sell by date now, but it still deserves to be remembered fondly for the great game it was. That there was something unique and worthy that filled in the gap between Quake and Half-Life. Another in-house classic from LucasArts.
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Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Played this game ages ago at release, never quite got to grips with it back then (remember those kids that played shooters with PgUp and PgDn for looking around = basically me at the time). It caught my attention a couple of nights ago, sitting there in my Steam "pile of shame" and all - and well, what can I say, didn't have this much fun with a shooter in a LONG time.

Not exaggerating, I am pretty much impressed by the quality this game still offers. Sure, it doesn't look too hot and the Steam release is kinda busted with no ingame music (which would be kind of a dealbreaker (as the audio is AMAZING), if I hadn't played the original back then without CD Audio too - because you had to add some extra cable between your CD drive and your soundcard for CD Audio and the family computer at home didn't have that) and menus as well as cutscenes displaying in a window with SVGA resolution (which is less than 15% of my current screen setup).

But even with these flaws, the game itself felt quite refreshing compared to more recent shooters I have played. One part is of course the license attached, you cannot beat classic Star Wars. This is before the Prequel-Trilogy turned everything to ♥♥♥♥ and Star Wars was awesome without a doubt. Luckily, the cutscenes are done with real actors and as such aren't nearly half as bad as old ♥♥♥ CGI stuff usually is - this was actually pretty well done and the story quite entertaining / engaging even though it's certainly neither original nor clever.

The main reason this game is blast is certainly the level design, you can easily tell that a bit of that old John Romero-magic has inspired the people behind Jedi Knight. The levels are both maze-like and complex but have a lot of landmarks and offer a certain flow once you get into the groove. I remember being completely lost back in the day, but this time around all these areas just clicked with me and I made a lot of progress and even enjoyed checking out a few odd ends uncovering secret areas. Due to technical limitations, it's still kinda abstract - but in that Doom Episode 1-kinda way were everything feels like it kind of makes sense though your imagination fills in a few of the blanks that the technology just couldn't handle in '97. And there is a LOT of memorable situations crammed into these levels - dramatic battles hundreds of meters above the ground on various platforms hovering in mid air, crawling over fuel pipes between space crafts and space ports, venturing deep into the bowels of imperial battlestations by way of ventilation systems and tunnels. Some maps are also impressively expansive, without chopping the areas up into several smaller maps like certain other "classics" (*cough* Half-Life *cough*).

This enjoyment of exploring these levels gets amplified when the force powers are introduced - force jump and force speed open up a lot of possibilities to reach places that you couldn't reach otherwise - also allowing to shortcut here and there and of course uncover many of the hidden secrets (which actually serve a purpose and allow you to get more force stars to spend on various abilities) - it is a kind of liberating freedom and more often than not you get rewarded for checking out that weird ledge that seems kinda out of place but reachable or the suspicious platform that just might be the right way to go.

As I said, the maps really impressed me and certainly have that classic style to them that got lost over time, just to be replaced by the boring and straightforward map designs of today - pretty much my number one reason to check Jedi Knight out. The rest of the game is sort of outdated and/or requires you to adjust to it's quirks like the somewhat floaty movement or the less than optimal lightsaber action. It is still playable and all (and I certainly enjoyed the rather simplistic shooting (not hitzones as far as I can tell) with barely any enemy taking more than 2 or 3 hits and most of them being struck down easily with a single lightsaber attack) but it doesn't control as amazing/precisely as Quake 3 or Unreal Tournament. And I can't quite say anything good about the lightsaber duels, those can be a right pain - I like that they are in the game and they certainly add to the uniqueness of Jedi Knight but they are frankly put not the strongest point of it (to be fair though, even in 2015 nobody got first person melee right in my opinion).

All in all, I think Jedi Knight is an incredible game (considering it's age) - in my book it is the far better alternative to Half-Life, which was released just a year later - funny how it took me almost 20 years to figure that out. Highly recommended to check this one out the next time it's in a sale or something, if you can stomach it's visuals and the somewhat poor performance of the Steam release that is. Impressive piece of code.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
BEAT - 14 hours

# Running 64 bit WIN 10

Actual Game
- The game is a great throwback game and still is fun to play. Fun weapons, good level design, sense of overall progression, varied environments, and those CG cutscense. Regarding the game itself, it is still a lot of fun in 2015.

Performance
The main reason people will ding this. I have experienced:
- Regular crashing. 30-40% of the time I save my game or it is loading into a new level. Or even coming out of the menu. Hard crash to desktop.
- CG scenes are in a tiny window(ed mode). The rest of the game doesnt do this. This is just a sign of the tech at the time.
- My main game runs in a full screen windowed mode for some reason. I have gotten used to it, but it is weird.

Ill give it a thumbs up for actual gameplay, but keep in mind compatibility issues.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II was one of my favourite games as a kid and while it's great to see that it's available for puchase on Steam and wouldn't really recommend it, unless you don't mind doing some modding before actually playing the game, because this version is missing the music and it tends to crash quite often (even just for checking out the Options in-game).

I mean, for crying out loud, I had to delete one of the executables in the game's folder to launch the game.

I highly recommend the game, since it's considered by many to be a classic (even if Outcast and Jedi Academy play WAY better), but the Steam version?

Wait for a discount, I say. Or get it from GOG, if you really want to play the game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
(Download the soundtrack before playing, don't miss out on the awesome soundtrack that the Steam version doesn't have! http://steamcommunity.com/app/32380/discussions/0/540740501398048712/)
(A really great guide for running on newer systems: http://jkdf2.com/)

It's a pity, really, that Jedi Knight tends to run badly on modern OSs. I don't recommend it for WIndows 8/10 PCs as it usually runs pretty badly. My WIndows 7 rig ran it without a lot of issues.

It's a pity, because the game is just absolutely fantastic. Levels are huge, but not empty, and make great use of verticality. The automap is great at showing you where you're supposed to go, and really gives you a much better idea of how big levels are.) There are a lot of nooks and crannies to explore throughout. The guns are satisfying, not great (Dark Forces I had better looking and feeling weapons IMO) , and the movement is really great, kinda like Quake's movement but with less momentum, handy, as JK tends to have more platforming and tight passages of which you don't want to fall out of. Force Powers are nothing special (This was before the prequel Trilogy, though), but some of them are well used in levels (especially Force Jump, but also Speed.) There are Dark Side (mostly damage-dealing) and Light Side (buffs/healing) It also has a lot of battles with Dark Jedi, but they're quite lackluster, since the lightsaber combat is pretty clunky.

The story consists mostly of live action cutscenes with some pretty cheesy acting, but pretty good overall (sadly, they run on what seems to be a 640x480 window on my PC, same as the menus.) The cool thing is that on about the last third of the game, you get locked into either Dark Side or Light Side. This will depend on how many innocents you've killed, and whether you invested in dark or light side force powers. Keeping mostly loyal to a side gives you a special force power (Protection/Deadly Sight.) I should probably play the game again to Force Lightning the hell of out everyone :)

If you run on Windows 7 or older you might be fine. 8 or 10, give it a try! It's too great a game to pass on just because if "might" not run well on your rig.
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Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Do not buy this game, you are paying for a broken product that does not work.

It's been issue after issue with this, and hour or two spent trying to get it to fix and it still crashes after the first cutscene, despite several 'fixes'

Do not pay for this no matter how cheap Steam is selling it for, they are selling a product that doesn't work.
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Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Well mine mostly seems to work OK anyway. Better to get this on GOG though to be sure it runs out of the box on any system.
Still had to add the missing music back, and used a few mods to make it better.
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Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
completely broken on modern computers at the same level as miley cyrus

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156 of 177 people (88%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
9.8 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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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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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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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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