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 (473 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 9, 1997

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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
62 of 81 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Dark Forces 2 is one of the best games ever made. It's a great second installment on the story of Kyle Katarn and his epic adventures throughout the galaxy.

Then why am I NOT recommending this? Simple: Steam and whoever else is involved do not support this game AT ALL. From the moment I have installed this game, nothing but compatibility issues have bubbled up, and after several hours of troubleshooting, I now have a game that crashes for no apparent reason. What's amazing is that each time you play, new bugs show up. I'm sure that there is no way I could ever finish this game as the bugs are thicker than welfare recipients at a detroit mcdonalds.

Steam: I highly recommend you fix this disaster. You know what you have done, and it's proabably not that hard to fix on your side. Just make it useable for OSs after XP and we are golden.
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
I would stay away from this version of Dark Forces II. While the game itself is great and a lot of fun, the version steam has doesn't run well on modern computers. The issues with this game are pretty varied some examples are the coloring gets distorted, framerate issues, crashes when you go to change options, etc. After trying to fix the game for about an hour or so I eventually gave up.
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Sadly: this game hasn't been updated properly for modern hardware or OS; it was just dumped on steam.

However, if you can get through the hoops of getting it to run and install a few mods to update the visuals, it's great.

Pros

- Complex, huge levels that don't treat you like an idiot

- Great in game live action movies, a little dated but charming none the less

Cons

- Due to the age, the lightsaber animations and hit detection is very poor, it is difficult to sell if you will make contact

- The levels are almost large and open ended to the point, withput patience, you will be frustrated and possibly give up.


Overall: In my opinion, level design wise, this is the best of the Jedi Knight series and probably the best levels of any starwars title. As mentioned though, you may have a few hoops to jump through to get the game operating properly.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I DO RECOMMEND THIS GAME, HOWEVER YOU MUSTN'T PLAY IT ON STEAM, whether you're replaying it from your childhood or playing it for the first time. The Steam version has NO MUSIC, seriously. That famous Star Wars music is gone and you play the levels in silence bar the sound effects. This isn't even some licensing issue, it's a problem that's never been fixed.

Additionally, all cutscenes and menus are played in a small window - the game actually goes from fullscreen into a small window in the corner when you finish a level or pause it. There are graphical bugs some people have problems with which require tweaking, and many mods and patches don't work with the Steam version.

The real version of this Good Old Game dot com can be bought elsewhere, and this version I do recommend...
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Here, children, is how NOT to re-release a game. Note that I'm not judging the gameplay itself-- I haven't gotten to experience that, thanks to how they put no effort into making sure it was compatible before putting both games up for $11 total.

Yup, it's pretty well-known at this point that the Steam edition of both DFII and MotS are broken. I mean, I've fixed a lot of games myself for Windows 7. Guess what? I actually CAN'T! Even if I got past the framerate issues and color problems (which I was, by literally shutting down explorer.exe along with doing all this other ♥♥♥♥ just for a 90's Star Wars game), the soundtrack's gone. It was on the disc directly read, and the lazy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s who ported this to Steam didn't think it was necessary to bring over the soundtrack that makes a Star Wars game a freakin' Star Wars game.

Overall, 1/10. Broken PoS. Note that this is a score for the re-release. I was excited to play it, as it's supposedly the best Star Wars game ever made (arguably, of course there are some people who prefer Battlefront, KotOR, etc). However, I didn't get to play the game they were charging for because what's more of a joke than this game's compatibility is how much of an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Lucas happens to be.
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But don't worry, there IS a solution! Star Wars week(s) on GOG, came as a surprise and the games it brought was even more surprising, stuff we never thought we'd see again. If you aren't aware of what GOG is, sit down and I'll tell you what's up. Perhaps you've heard of The Witcher franchise... maybe? Okay, whatever. Well, they're a team based in Poland that also happens to have a site called GOG, where they legally sell games DRM-free and have excellent support teams for issues that come up. Perhaps what I like the most about the site, though, is how they do everything they can to FIX the game for modern platforms. This game works in widescreen 1080p without any of the bugs (it even has the soundtrack working properly, and the "No CD" error is gone) if you get the GOG Edition. Get it there, and thanks to GOG for saving yet another classic. $6 for not just a fully Windows 7/8-ified Dark Forces 2, but a similarly fixed Mysteries of the Sith comes with it at no extra cost. GOG is officially better than Steam when it comes to old games.

Want to play this game the way it was meant to be played? The link below takes you directly to GOG's $6 fully patched DF2+MotS bundle.
http://www.gog.com/game/star_wars_jedi_knight_dark_forces_ii
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