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.
User reviews: Mixed (493 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 9, 1997

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Buy Lucasarts Jedi Knight Bundle

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™

 

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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
14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Lively & nostalgic // Recommended for fans of Star Wars & retro gaming

+ Well-applied combination of first- and third-person elements; both are well-designed and practical in their implementation
+ Plethora of story-advancing cinematics; all include live action with actors, as well as some basic CGI work
+ Great soundtrack that is well-utilized
+ Excellent and franchise-friendly plot, helped along by competent writing; much improved from Dark Forces
+ Massively improved visuals compared to first installment
+ Level design, though still a bit convoluted at times, is nevertheless much improved; feels considerably more modern and refined than its predecessor
+ Unlockable force abilities, as well as an adequate weapon selection makes for slight variations in gameplay
+ Midway through the narrative, there is an option to persue either Light or Dark side; both affect playstyle and the nature of the narrative's conclusion

- Lightsaber combat and some decidedly overpowered force abilities make combat much too easy in many areas
- Some mission objectives and level designs prove a bit counterintuitive
- There were some hiccups when trying to set the game up to run on a modern machine; all were overcome, but it felt an unnecessary hastle

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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
I loved Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II many years ago when I first received it as a birthday gift. I think to date this game and Starcraft are the most heavily played PC games that I have played. Unfortunately, the steam release has some problems, which actually forced me to buy the GOG version (and Mysteries of the Sith as well). The game has too many graphical glitches to really be enjoyed plus the soundtrack is absent (of course any die-hard Star Wars fans probably have all that music stuck in their heads anyway). Steam should pay attention and fix these versions up like GOG did with their versions of Jedi Knight and Mysteries of the Sith. I hate to say it but I cannot recommend this version of the game with all it's compatibility issues.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
This is the first 3D game that allowed players to use the mythical lightsaber and in an engine that has decent sword fighting mechanics. It also has the first official full motion video scenes involving lightsabers since "Return of the Jedi", predating "The Phantom Menace". Fans of First Person Shooters such as Quake II as well as Star Wars fans alike will appreciate Jedi Knight as one of the best games from 1997, as well as the fact that this game is one of the most highly modded and easy to edit for easy to download, freely prodided user content adding hours upon hours of extra immersion and multiplayer fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I first played Dark Forces II as a child and it has always been one of my favorite games of all time. For its time, it is a great game that possesses a terrific storyline. I've always loved the ability to explore the levels above and beyond a pretedermined path, as well as to discover secret areas. The game also allows the player to choose the side of the Force they want to follow, and features game endings to suit. The Jedi Knight/Dark Forces series is my favorite of the Star Wars gaming world!

Steam did a wonderful job fixing bugs and making it compatible for higher operating systems. I can run it on Windows 7 without any problems, but if issues exist, it is possible to launch the game in compatibility mode. My only complaint is their negligence with the soundtrack because the game features an absolutely incredible soundtrack. However, it is a very easy fix. The soundtrack can be patched; it is found here:

https://steamcommunity.com/app/32380/discussions/0/540740501398048712/

Follow the instructions to restore the soundtrack and enjoy the game!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
It has lots of technical difficulties like terrible set of keybindings, necessity of watching cutscenes in small window because game always goes to little window when were at menus or on loading screens/cutscenes. Besides that I cant tell bad thing about it. Shooting is fun, game isnt as frustrating as first one where you had to struggle with some horribly designed levels. Graphics are okay but Half-Life released only one year after looks way better than this. Overall, if youre Star Wars fan and dont mind playing old games that arent supported by current gpus you should definitely grab it. Now with refunds on board you cant really go bad on this deal.
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