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 (329 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 9, 1997

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

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Includes 14 items: Star Wars Battlefront® II, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith, Star Wars Republic Commando™, Star Wars Starfighter™, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, STAR WARS® THE FORCE UNLEASHED II, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars® Empire at War™: Gold Pack, STAR WARS®: Knights of the Old Republic™ 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.
Helpful customer reviews
40 of 51 people (78%) 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 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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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
If you're going to charge money for an older game, at least make an effort to make it work on modern PCs or give a warning if it does not.
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13 of 17 people (76%) 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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9 of 11 people (82%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.0 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
One of the best FPS of all time. The gameplay and level design are incredible.

HOWEVER, it is very old and unpatched so you may not be able to get it to work on your system. And that's really a shame because this game is 10x better than most modern FPS.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Still my ALL TIME favorite star wars game! The Live-action cutscenes make it feel so cinematic, and while the graphics may feel a little dated at times, the controls and game play is all spot on! Dark Jedi boss fights, GREAT Star Wars cutscenes and fun weapons/force powers make this the difinitive star wars FPS action game!
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 26
NO MUSIC... and VERY BUGGY (as in the fact a second screen always pops up in top corner)
DFo i recommend this game? YES
Do i recommend buying it on Steam? NO
if possible try and buy a copy on ebay or something... at least then you will have a full game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
28.0 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.8 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
high school was a good time for me
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Good game, bit hard to get it to work on newer systems but if you are willing to fix it then go for it!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
I loved this game back in the day, it is one of my all time favourites. That just means it pains me all the more to not recommend purchasing this game if you are running Windows 7 or 8, it simply will not run for me on either OS. Maybe Linux users will have better luck I'm not sure. Maybe pickup Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, as tha games is just as awesome (possibly more so) as this game used to be.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
A good game, but it's way too difficult to run properly on modern machines to recommend.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
I'm sure this is a good fun game, but it's compatibility with modern systems makes the game unplayable. If there's ever a source port that makes this game playable, that would be great. However, for now, I'm gonna have to say don't get this game, unless you're using a Windows 2000 PC.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I love how it crashes every time you save and then try to resume game. Save. A Lot.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
No music. Hardware rendering is unusable on modern systems. Very disappointed in both LucasArts and Steam.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
This game has not aged well at all, whenever I've played it either the textures would be messed up, or the player character's head would practically have a seizure at the slightest touch of the mouse, plus the controls are extremely awkward and will almost certainly require lots of changes to work right, or alot of time to get used to them for most people.

Even worse, this game came out the same year that Half Life did and from my experience is worse than it. Half Life runs fine on my computer (which is a Windows 7) and plays pretty smoothly for a game that's 16 years old with minimal control tweaks needed to play it, but this is terrible...

If you are going to play this game, DO NOT get it on Steam because this game hates computers that are newer than Windows XPs.

I can't say I can recommend this game until Valve figures out how to fix these problems. 2/10
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