STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Mysteries of the Sith™
It is five years after Kyle's victory over the seven dark Jedi. Invading Imperial forces advance upon a quiet Rebel outpost, interrupting Kyle's training of a brave new Jedi, Mara Jade. First introduced in Timothy Zahn's award-winning Star Wars novel, Heir to the Empire, Mara Jade blends her past experiences as a one time smuggler and...
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Release Date: Jan 31, 1998

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"I have chosen my destiny, and it lies here..." - Kyle Katarn
It is five years after Kyle's victory over the seven dark Jedi. Invading Imperial forces advance upon a quiet Rebel outpost, interrupting Kyle's training of a brave new Jedi, Mara Jade. First introduced in Timothy Zahn's award-winning Star Wars novel, Heir to the Empire, Mara Jade blends her past experiences as a one time smuggler and Emperor's Hand with her apprenticeship as a Jedi Knight. Armed with four new weapons and five new Force powers, Mara must secure supplies desperately needed by the New Republic while Kyle, believing it a part of his destiny, pursues the secret treasures shrouded in an ancient Sith temple.
Can the New Republic's boldest female Jedi protect the Rebel base, negotiate with Ka'Pa the Hutt, then ward off a phalanx of enemies?
Will the ancient secrets of the Sith unleash new powers?
Are Kyle and Mara strong enough to resist the temptations of the dark side, or will new entanglements seduce them?
  • Bring a Whole new game experience to Jedi Knight. Jam-packed features make Mysteries of the Sith a must-have for Jedi Knight fans
  • New playable character, Mara Jade, introduced first in Timothy Zahn's award-winning Star Wars novel, Heir to the Empire
  • 14 new levels, 13 total locations, including wampa-infested swamps, the foreboding fortress of Ka'Pa the Hutt, and the subterranean catacombs of a temple deep within the planet Drommund Kaas
  • 4 new weapons, including a carbonite gun, repeating blaster cannon, and sniper scope
  • 5 new Force powers, featuring Force Push, Saber Throw, and Force Projection
  • Over 2 dozen new enemies - gladiator, assassin and torture droids, pirate raiders, creatures of the Sith, and a menacing rancor
  • 3 new multiplayer personalities, with distinct characteristics, weapons and inventory
Plus these new game advances:
  • Cameras that let you monitor where you are in the heat of battle
  • Enhanced lighting features, including colored lighting support
  • A new multiplayer game, Kill the Fool with the Ysalamiri
Choose wisely and May the Force Be With You.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000, XP or Vista
    • Processor: Pentium 90
    • Memory: 16MB
    • Graphics: DirectX
    • DirectX®: DirectX 5.2
    • Hard Drive: 400MB
    • Sound: 16-bit sound card

    • 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Star Wars Jedi Knight - Mysteries of the Sith is a great quality expansion pack and a worthy addition to the Jedi Knight series whit a new charismatic protagonist and a great duration for a expansion pack . Despite some shortcomings , there's more than enough here to keep you satisfied if you enjoyed Jedi Knight .

Score : 8 / 10 ( Great )

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
"Application Error" cannot run. Cannot recommend, Steam should make sure games are compatible on modern systems before selling. GOG at least does that. Win 7
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148 of 166 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2015
As with my review for Jedi Knight, Steam's version of Mysteries of the Sith has the same graphical/compatibility issues that JK does. If you want a decent, modern, updated version of this game download the GOG version. I don't mean to sound like I'm trash talking Steam, but if a competing company can take the same games, fix the compatibility issues and sell them for about the same price then something is wrong here.
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98 of 108 people (91%) found this review helpful
229 people found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2015
I used to play this game a lot when I was 8. As a kid who loved Star Wars and loved Doom, when this thing came out it was so hot. I only had the demo back then (which featured level 1) but I played that badboy about 200 times. I knew every secret and tactic there was for that level.

Fuelled entirely by nostalgia, over 15 years later, I saw this for sale for 89c and pounced on it. I fired her up... It appeared stuck in windowed mode and I started to panic. When the opening cutscene finished, it went into fullscreen. Relief washed over me in an awesome wave.

Suddenly, it all came rushing back to me. My hands guided me and I started moving like I knew exactly what to do... Then I realised the mouse aim was inverted and all the control bindings were odd. I fixed that up and then I was back on my feet. Even without the conscious appreciation of what I was doing, my hands and subconscious knew what to do:

There is an enemy around that corner. A secret weapon can be found down there. Look up and slash that vent with your lightsaber.

I was on fire. I finished the level on hard with 100% completion and no retries. Now I was in new territory. Despite the 8yo me playing level one ad nauseum, the demo had not allowed me to progress further....

Help guys. I'm stuck on level 2 now and it's hard.
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77 of 83 people (93%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
1) Browse game files
2) Rename Sith.EXE (eg: Sith.exe.old)
3) Select JKM.EXE > Properties > Compatibility > enable Reduced color mode > 16-bit (65536) color > OK
4) Profit.
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99 of 126 people (79%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2015
It's a fantastic game, but this shameless release has some huge compatability issues. Don't expect to play without installing a battery of unofficial patches. If it's not going to run on a modern computer, they shouldn't sell it.
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65 of 80 people (81%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith some say a classic in the Jedi Knight series, while others may have forgotten it as just a expansion for Dark Forces 2. (Played between 2013 and Early 2014) I may have not played this game during its release but even playing it recently I had respected the old visuals, in order to enjoy the fun experiences of each level. The levels in this game are very diverse, you never spend two missions in the same location with the same playstyle. This game was also unique the the franchise other than Jedi Knight: Academy in the fact you don't play as Kyle Katarn the whole time. Switching between characters was a nice and I really enjoyed the different gameplay from each character. Mara Jade's missions gave something new to the series, as you play in very different settings against foes who normally only appear for a short time in the other games. This game is rather short, being only 14 levels but with each of these levels not playing like the next. I would definitely recommend this game if you have played the other Jedi Knight's and enjoyed them, and don't mind playing with an older generation's graphics. A few closing statements are beware the cutscenes are only in one resolution, while the rest of the game can handle any resolution. Also you must be open to a more challenging game where fighting may be less advanced in terms of keys, but is way harder then the newer games. (Played on Jedi Master)

If anyone has any other questions or concerns don't hesistate to add me i'll be happy to answer them!
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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
+Excellent level design
+Lengthy for an expansion pack

-Compatibility issues
-Storyline and voice acting

Starting out Mysteries of the Sith, I really wasn't sure I was going to finish it. I had completed Jedi Knight back in its day, and decided it would be fun to revisit the gameplay via this expansion pack. (On a personal note, I feel it's deeply frustrating to play through a 1998 expansion pack with the length of the average full-priced game of today, since nowadays the best we can hope for is a 3-hour story DLC for $15. Oh how the times change.)

The game's age was the first thing I noticed - blocky, pixelated character models and textures, complete lack of AI, the strange inability to change the inverted mouse look - and it's admittedly offputting. Spending hours configuring the game to be playable on my system didn't help either (see the Notes below).

Despite all of this, Sith is a deeply engaging experience. This is based on a few key factors.

One is its level design, which not only holds up well despite its age, but is actually smarter and far more interesting than the majority of shooters released today. For one thing, the levels are enormous. Sith is the antithesis of the corridor shooter that was so popular back in the 90's. Every level has you exploring what feels like a real place – a Hutt palace, a mining facility, a spaceport – whatever the case may be, the level design feels congruent throughout, like a fully realized location instead of a series of shooting galleries. It is a linear game, true, but the way forward often loops back on itself and isn't always apparent, even very frequently hidden, requiring the use of a HUD map to find it. In fact, since I'm used to never having any problems figuring out where to go in a linear shooter, I forgot about the map feature and got stuck a few times – this is the effect of being spoon fed by modern gaming design. Since you play as a Jedi with the ability to use the Force to jump very high and very fast, there is also a truly remarkable verticality to the maps, requiring the player to look carefully up and down for the next area, using a combination of Force powers to access it. By today's standards, I often found myself thinking I had found a secret, when in fact I had just found the correct way to advance. I actually missed most of the actual secrets in the game, which is a testament to its brilliance in design.

Another very important positive for Sith is its combat. While I initially thought the first level a bit bland, I was suddenly low on health, trying to scrape by each conflict with lots of quicksaving. Soon after, I found myself facing a giant rotating fan I had to pass through in order to proceed, and since the player has to take damage to get through, I was forced to backtrack to find a health pack. This was the first in a series of lessons that taught me that careless combat, even on the normal difficulty, gets quickly punished. This is still an FPS of the run-and-gun variety, similar to Quake II, but a player still needs to be careful when moving through - ambushes abound, and especially considering the verticality of the maps, you'll have dudes shooting missles into your face from out of sight high above. The AI isn't too sharp, but the enemies are quick, very aggressive, and all deal high damage, which means you can lose half or more of your health within seconds if one of them gets the jump on you. Frequent quicksaving alleviates some of the difficulty, though the curve isn't balanced – the second level in particular is by far the hardest in at least the first two-thirds of the game (not only in combat, but also navigation and puzzle solving), while the last few levels see another spike in toughness. Still, that's the 90's for you.

Other aspects of the game are less successful – the lightsaber is next to useless for blocking shots, which is disappointing, but does force you to play the game like a shooter instead of just standing there deflecting blaster bolts like the sequel allowed you to do. The force powers are underpowered, clumsy to use, and not really necessary, save for the jump. The storyline feels less epic than the other games in the series, and as a whole, falls pretty flat. The voice acting is weak and the cutscenes are rendered in game, and are clearly not the focus of the developer's time, inserted minimally to advance the plot and the player to the next (awesome) location.

I reviewed Mysteries of the Sith since it's the one I played recently, but honestly, the things I have said could almost certainly be applied word-for-word to Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, and thus I would still recommend both today. I am not particularly a fan of 90's shooters, but this is a game that really did get it right.

Anyone born after 1995 will still probably think it's a piece of crap though.


Compatibility issues:

This is not a Windows 7 or 8-friendly game. The .exe should be run in Compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 3 to even get it to start. Running it through Steam's Play button for whatever reason puts the entire game in a windowed mode, but clicking the .exe file itself to start gets rid of the problem. 3D acceleration to make the game look and run smoothly can only be used by downloading a .dll file available online (check the Steam forums for its location), but even then, this is only apparently fully compatible with Windows 7. Windows 8 users such as myself do not get the luxury of having a HUD when using 3D acceleration, and selecting force powers also makes the screen go black and thus the game unplayable. So the only option available for Windows 8 is disabling hardware acceleration as well as the Backbuffer in System Memory – this latter option improves frame rate for a short time until it crashes the game. In any case on any system, higher resolutions will immediately crash the game. I had to run at 1024x768 in software rendering mode to get 25-30fps, while remaining clear enough that distant objects don't overpixelate. It's not ideal, but I found it very playable and still a good amount of fun. At any rate, whatever your setup may be, this game's graphics will not impress you, so who cares.
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45 of 51 people (88%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2015
Acid trip simulator 2015

Got it working properly after looking up a very easy solution to all these weirdly coloured textures being dragged across the screen. This was a rather great game, a timeless classic. I remember playing it for quite a while on my old computer back when Windows XP was quite a popular OS (RIP Windows XP, may you rest in peace sweet prince)

I'll just put the link here for anyone who would like their game to run properly. Same solution works for Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight:
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
This is one of the best games in the Lucasarts catalogue. Mysteries of the Sith is park of the Dark Forces series, which usually starred Kyle Katarn but in this you play as Mara Jade later on which is a nice change.

One of the main reasons I enjoy this a bit more than the previous standalone Kyle Katarn installments is because it feels different, not a copy paste entry. Mara is on a mission to find Kyle and it seems that he has fallen to a less than light path. The latter levels add an eerie element, as you traverse through Sith laced catacombs, which is a welcome change and it's always intresting when the lore of the Sith is included in a game. I've not personally played a game that's really focused on that and gave off a slightly spooky feeling, since the first time you land on Korriban in the amazing Knights of the Old Republic I.

The weapon roster is fun, Mara's Jedi powers are enjoyable to play and we see parts of the SW universe not seen before. I have replayed this game so many times when I was younger and still come back to it. Also...purple lightsabre wooo!
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 8
Asks for a CD I don't have. ♥♥♥♥ this game.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: October 5
Errors...errors everywhere.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 17
so many problems you might as well call this the 2016 election but once you get through the problems you always crash
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10.4 hrs
Posted: September 14
This game suffers from the typical sequel dillema. I'm sure the developers either rushed this game or put very little effort into it, because the level design is terrible. You'll either find yourself in a linear map where it's painfully obvious where to go and the room textures and designs change at headache-inducing speeds, or the whole map will be a labryinth for you to get lost in for all of eternity.

There are sometimes roadblocks where the method to progress is not at all obvious. Vent gates you need to pass through to proceed down the map are hidden where only secret areas should be, and secret areas are placed either in obvious spots, or impossible to reach locations.

There are some redeeming factors, such as the new force powers (including the ever popular saber throw, albeit a little lack-luster in this game engine), the ability to mount turrets, and observe through security cameras, but they don't quite make up for the many shortcomings this game has to offer.

The last series of levels on Dromund Kaas in particular had me raging. Swampas (my nickname for Swamp Wampas) can 2-hit you, as can the dianogas, and something is up with the cat-like Vornskr because you seem to take damage just from coming into contact with them (I.E. they have no attack animation/cooldown)! So basically don't even collide with the Vornskr or you're dead. Oh yea, and you can't even use your guns at all on Dromund Kaas, and sometimes you'll walk into areas where you hear a chirping noise, which belongs to the Ysalamir lizards that repel your force powers, leaving you with just your lightsaber to use!

Once you make it into the temple, you'll have to deal with lots of sith statues (they look like walking statues of Jerec but they only fight with their lightsabers) which usually come in pairs and would be like fighting 2 mini-bosses at the same time on a regular basis. Eventually you have to fight these undead sith zombies that shoot lightning at you for ridiculous damage. Protect and Absorb don't even help you mitigate the damage from either of these types of guys! When you actually have a saber duel with an actual boss (which happens a total of 3 times throughout the entire game, and all in the last 2 levels), the bosses are seemingly invincible with how much health they must have.

And don't even get me started on the voice acting. Mara Jade's voice acting is decent, but Kyle Katarn's voice doesn't even sound like him (whether it's DFII: Jedi Knight or JKII: Jedi Outcast you're comparing it to). Worst of all are the secondary character voices. The stormtrooper voices sound like they were submitted by a 16 year old auditioning for the role (they could have just literally copy-pasted the DFII: Jedi Knight stormtrooper voices, couldn't they?).

Welp, that's my rant. I hope you found it enlightening.

Don't buy this game unless you need to complete your collection of Dark Forces / Jedi Knight games and/or if you're a hardcore Star Wars Nerd / Game Completionist.

4/10 I only wasted $3.00
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19.5 hrs
Posted: September 6
Play as Luke Skywalkers bad ♥♥♥ wife, Mara Jade, before she was Luke Skywalkers bad ♥♥♥ wife. Graphics are dated, and can be difficult to run on modern systems. Look for support in the forums to fix this.
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24.1 hrs
Posted: August 21
This game is interesting but have a problem with display.When l launch the game she is not in full screen and is hard even to click setup or exit.Please Steam fix this threat.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: August 18
I can hionostly say that this and Dark forces 2 are quite possibly what made me a gamer. i was always intrigued by star wars as a kid, and dark forces was my first game i played, followed by jei academy and then jedi outcast. Recently, i played this game. And wow, its terrible on windows 10. cant even run it. Put it on old laptop and BAM im reliving the childhood memorys. i strongly recommend this game to true gamers open to any options.
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Jatzhy Moss
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 11
First of all it is great and fun game to play.
But for the love of god, do not buy the Steam version if you don't want to:

-Download multiple mods and unofficial patches to make it work on modern computers with full screen instead of having 320x200 box in the corner of your screen

- Have at least 9 different saved games, since this version will crash often which leads to corrupted save files

Buy this from GOG
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