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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About This Game

"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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JD Herrera
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Misteries Of The Sith * 6/10

"Kyle Katarn and his apprentice Mara Jade are..." Wait, what??? XD

Five Years have passed after Kyle defeated Jerec and his Six Disciples and now He's training a new Apprentice, Mara Jade, in a New Republic outpost. Imperial Forces will attack the place and Kyle will save the situation on his own. Later he will entrust the Republic assignments to Mara, while he will leave to investigate an abandoned Sith Temple.
In this Stand-Alone expansion You will control Kyle first during the Imperial assault, then You will Switch to Mara Jade. And this was a great surprise as Mara Jade is a very known and important character (the Future Wife of Luke Skywalker in what now is no more canonical expanded universe... Thank you Disney...).
If you already know Dark Forces II there's not much to say as it presents the same gameplay and issues. You can control a Jedi Knight with Force powers... Actually two of them. Anyways, The engine is the same, so the same bad-aged look made of low polygons characters and low textures maps, animations are the same coarse movements as seen in the previous game and the force powers control system is the same. Unfortunately there are no cinematics with real actors so everything is made with a pre-rendered version of the game engine. Unfortunately they've changed Kyle's voice as well. Anyways the most important aspect of this game are its maps. they're 14 against the 21 maps in Dark Forces II, but they're bigger, longer, more complicated with more puzzles, some of them very lethal, and a very difficult maze-like pattern, so it's quite easy to get lost without finding a way out, especially in the latest maps. And this is the aspect that makes this chapter quite frustrating, not to mention the puzzles with non-linear solutions (just like the final fight as well). Even though the story is quite important it's a bit superficial and a bit predictable, but still I consider this chapter important for the consequences in the saga.
Obviusly the original amazing soundtrack from John Williams will still accompany our adventures. Unfortunately, as in Dark Forces II, they're no longer dynamic tracks as in Dark Forces and the music doesn't loop immediately so there wil be moments of silence which kind of ruin the atmosphere.
Since this chapter uses the same engine as in Dark Forces II you might run into the same issues, considering the age and the very low compatibility. Luckily the solutions are almost the same as in DFII, and you can find anything from the Steam Discussion Forum.

+++PROs+++
  • JEDI! We get to move and control not just a Jedi, but two of them with a lightsaber and force powers... And one of them is Mara Jade!
  • SOUNDTRACK. Of course there's always the amazing music from the Original Star Wars soundtrack.
---CONs---
  • SOUNDTRACK. ...But unlike its predecessor and successor it isn't a dynamic soundtrack that alternates calm tracks in exploring situations and more active music during fights. Besides the music won't loop immediately leaving moments of silence.
  • STORY. Even though this chapter holds an important passage it's a bit predictable, and despite the title it doesn't explain much.
  • LOW-COMPATIBILITY ISSUES. This game is very old and of course issues and glitch were expected. My first attempt resulted in a black screen ingame with all sounds and events running, or completely inverted/pixel-blasted textures. Luckily, after GTA IV I've gained enough patience to read deeply the Steam Community to find different solutions and patches, and I've made it work eventually... Too bad that seems like the GOG release is already patched and fully working... -.-
  • LEVELS STRUCTURE. This Expansion is way more tough than the predecessor, it's easy to get lost, some puzzles are quite difficult to solve and the latest maps are really REALLY tough. It requires very good observation and attention to details.
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SpaceLordMoFu
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
What a walk down memory lane. For the price you cant go wrong. Awesome old school starwars shooter right here. seems dated if you never played it in your youth, but if you did than its a nastalga filled classic!
10/10 GAME ON!!!
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thundergun661
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 18
This is the only game in the Jedi Knight series that I never played as a kid. I have it here and haven't been able to get it to run, crashes in the first two minutes. In fact, I'd say it runs worse than Dark Forces II. Most unfortunate.
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Super Roxxapo
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
I love the game and all, but when it started playing Metallica I ♥♥♥♥ a brick. I then quickly realised it was actually playing music from the CD I had in my drive.

10/10 would rock out to Lepper Messiah on lvl 2.

In all seriousness. The game is buggy as all hell. It's understandable that it is an old game, but this would cause utter outrage on any respectable release so I see no difference here.

I would say buy the game to support the developers... but at this point I'm not sure where the money is going.

I'm still reccomending the game as there are fixes for the people who stillwant to experience this game in a propper manner. I didn't use any fixes to get the game running which is why I ran into this mildly satisfying bug.

Seriously tho, get ur ♥♥♥♥ together Disney.

Full disclosure: Obtained my copy for 28¢ while on sale.
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Stevemansteve
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Once you get this up and running on your modern PC, I think this old game is great fun with all the immediate shooting thrills of Doom plus some extra Jedi powers and and a bit of a plot.
Sometimes I just like to play a game without masses of complexity and enjoy the old school charm. Graphics don't matter with this type of game. The action is blisteringly fast and you get to use a light saber!
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CM Punk
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Product received for free
Good game
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obbymac101
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Why, why, why would you sell a game that doesn't work... CD, Colors, and other problems to figure out before I can play... boooo. Steam I would like some money back or a fix from you in a patch for this game, thanks... a paying player!
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ozzyoscy
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
This is a puzzler, 100%.

It may look like an FPS (though you can play in third person), but it's a labyrinthian puzzler. Not just that, but a ridiculously hard one. The aim of the game is to find little nooks and crannys, do specific things in specific places to reach certain unseen spots, find certain keys and open locks in a certain order etc. to progress.

If you go into this as an action or FPS game, you might get through the nice opening level, but that's it. Most kids (heck most adults) who played this didn't get past the second level, which as well as being full of hidden passageways is incredibly dark. This is repeated throughout the rest of the game. No Dark Forces II gameplay here.

To sum it up perfectly, there are even YouTube video guides where the uploaders get confused as to where to go for several minutes. The rest of the time they look like they're breaking the game or cheating but are indeed following the route they're suppoed to.

Even ignoring the gameplay and awful level design, the plot and characters are more unlikeable.

Kyle Katarn returns, though no longer in his handsome FMV form, but via in in-game cutscenes and now rocking a terrible goatee. In fact his whole character has changed. He now speaks nasally and says cheesy things ("gravity is a harsh mistress" *snort*). The force has turned him into an internet forum mod.

The plot itself is lazy. You initially play as Kyle and go on a bit of a Rambo errand. You would think this serves as a tutorial, but as mentioned above it turns pretty unfriendly after the first level. So Kyle does his shtick for a few levels, then he goes off to investigate a Sith temple he's found. You can guess what happens. You then take control of Mara Jade, who just does a couple more Rambo errands as filler before she eventually goes straight to the temple to find Kyle and finish the plot that had been abandoned.

The temple is very creepy, and the finale is nicely thought out, it's just a shame you won't see any of it without cheats and a guide and a LOT of time, patience and repetition.
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sixarmedchris
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Worst of its series.
I can't get it out of windowed mode.
Controls feel wrong.
Crashes constantly.
Generally quite poor.
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TIE Phantom
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Dont buy this game, even for "May the Fourth be with you!" the controls are terrible, the graphics are sub-par for a game in the mid-90s and the game is boring as watching a speed contest between a snail and paint drying!
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Merek
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Product received for free
Mysteries of the Sith is a pretty terrific game. I played the demo years ago and forgot about it until now. Here's my breakdown of MotS:

PROS
+ Awesome Storyline
+ Challenging Enemies
+ Smooth Gameplay
+ Can be run on a potato
+ There are Graphical Improvement mods available!

CONS
- Weird (possibly bugged) saber system
- Outdated Graphics
- Steam Overlay doesn't work
- Mods are needed to play Online
- Full Screen only works in-game. Shrinks to window for cutscenes, menus, etc.
- Poorly-excuted cutscenes
- Contains some of the worst voice acting imaginable

My Rating: 7/10 (Recommended)
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LuckyCassette
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
The game itself, I enjoy. Cool level designs that encourage exploration, good weapons, fun story, etc. If you've played any of the other Jedi Knight games you know what you're getting into. From what I've seen this definitely the weakest link in the Jedi Knight series but not by much.

This particular release, however, I can not recommend.
To be honest the release is trash. Music is missing, thing won't even run properly or at all without having to find a bunch of fixes. Literally asks for a CD if you don't have a CD drive so you'll at least need a virtual drive. The epitome of lazyness. I've heard people defend it because it's "old", but if it's old, the proper thing to do is not re-release it at all or provide fixes (which obviously exist if you search the forums here) to make it playable on modern hardware that purchasers are going to play on. In short, that fine print in the system requirements is there for a reason and you would do wise to take it seriously.

If you're willing to jump through hoops in order to play this game, get it, but get it on sale. If you want a game you can just install and play, look for something else.
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JohRot0304
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Doesn't work..
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duffed110
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
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) Play
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SuperFireFight
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Good game, i admit this one has a few plot issues, just a couple really, graphics are good for its age, definitely worth 3 bucks, but i got it on sale so i still win. :)
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Verakum
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Compared to the previous games the old versions this one didnt catch up my eye that much. is all I can say the story is not that appealing compared to the other ones.
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Alessio1989
( 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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Snupholuphagus
( 27.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
A real expansion to the classic Dark Forces 2, Mysteries of the Sith is a very fun and dynamic game, with a short little story to keep your SW love up for a while. Although using much of the same mechanics from Dark Forces 2 and not adding anything that different to the table, its short, sweet, and as hard as its predecessor. And although the story could use a little better writing, it can be a fun game to play.
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itmejlee
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Just as fun as Dark Forces 2, with similar shortcomings. A few additional weapons and secondary fire abilities seem cool, but many go unused. New force powers now have more applications but are still clumsy to use. There are more enemy types but still very little variety. The story seems interesting, especially early on, but the conclusion is unfulfilling...apparently the mysteries of the sith are meant to stay a mystery. Overall I'd say the level design and pace was good but at a few points throughout the game I found myself snagged for a few minutes wondering where to go next. Worth playing if you're into Dark Forces 2 gameplay, but you're not missing out on any meaningful lore if you don't.
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Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
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) Play
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Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Product received for free
Mysteries of the Sith is a pretty terrific game. I played the demo years ago and forgot about it until now. Here's my breakdown of MotS:

PROS
+ Awesome Storyline
+ Challenging Enemies
+ Smooth Gameplay
+ Can be run on a potato
+ There are Graphical Improvement mods available!

CONS
- Weird (possibly bugged) saber system
- Outdated Graphics
- Steam Overlay doesn't work
- Mods are needed to play Online
- Full Screen only works in-game. Shrinks to window for cutscenes, menus, etc.
- Poorly-excuted cutscenes
- Contains some of the worst voice acting imaginable

My Rating: 7/10 (Recommended)
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
The game itself, I enjoy. Cool level designs that encourage exploration, good weapons, fun story, etc. If you've played any of the other Jedi Knight games you know what you're getting into. From what I've seen this definitely the weakest link in the Jedi Knight series but not by much.

This particular release, however, I can not recommend.
To be honest the release is trash. Music is missing, thing won't even run properly or at all without having to find a bunch of fixes. Literally asks for a CD if you don't have a CD drive so you'll at least need a virtual drive. The epitome of lazyness. I've heard people defend it because it's "old", but if it's old, the proper thing to do is not re-release it at all or provide fixes (which obviously exist if you search the forums here) to make it playable on modern hardware that purchasers are going to play on. In short, that fine print in the system requirements is there for a reason and you would do wise to take it seriously.

If you're willing to jump through hoops in order to play this game, get it, but get it on sale. If you want a game you can just install and play, look for something else.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Good game, i admit this one has a few plot issues, just a couple really, graphics are good for its age, definitely worth 3 bucks, but i got it on sale so i still win. :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Misteries Of The Sith * 6/10

"Kyle Katarn and his apprentice Mara Jade are..." Wait, what??? XD

Five Years have passed after Kyle defeated Jerec and his Six Disciples and now He's training a new Apprentice, Mara Jade, in a New Republic outpost. Imperial Forces will attack the place and Kyle will save the situation on his own. Later he will entrust the Republic assignments to Mara, while he will leave to investigate an abandoned Sith Temple.
In this Stand-Alone expansion You will control Kyle first during the Imperial assault, then You will Switch to Mara Jade. And this was a great surprise as Mara Jade is a very known and important character (the Future Wife of Luke Skywalker in what now is no more canonical expanded universe... Thank you Disney...).
If you already know Dark Forces II there's not much to say as it presents the same gameplay and issues. You can control a Jedi Knight with Force powers... Actually two of them. Anyways, The engine is the same, so the same bad-aged look made of low polygons characters and low textures maps, animations are the same coarse movements as seen in the previous game and the force powers control system is the same. Unfortunately there are no cinematics with real actors so everything is made with a pre-rendered version of the game engine. Unfortunately they've changed Kyle's voice as well. Anyways the most important aspect of this game are its maps. they're 14 against the 21 maps in Dark Forces II, but they're bigger, longer, more complicated with more puzzles, some of them very lethal, and a very difficult maze-like pattern, so it's quite easy to get lost without finding a way out, especially in the latest maps. And this is the aspect that makes this chapter quite frustrating, not to mention the puzzles with non-linear solutions (just like the final fight as well). Even though the story is quite important it's a bit superficial and a bit predictable, but still I consider this chapter important for the consequences in the saga.
Obviusly the original amazing soundtrack from John Williams will still accompany our adventures. Unfortunately, as in Dark Forces II, they're no longer dynamic tracks as in Dark Forces and the music doesn't loop immediately so there wil be moments of silence which kind of ruin the atmosphere.
Since this chapter uses the same engine as in Dark Forces II you might run into the same issues, considering the age and the very low compatibility. Luckily the solutions are almost the same as in DFII, and you can find anything from the Steam Discussion Forum.

+++PROs+++
  • JEDI! We get to move and control not just a Jedi, but two of them with a lightsaber and force powers... And one of them is Mara Jade!
  • SOUNDTRACK. Of course there's always the amazing music from the Original Star Wars soundtrack.
---CONs---
  • SOUNDTRACK. ...But unlike its predecessor and successor it isn't a dynamic soundtrack that alternates calm tracks in exploring situations and more active music during fights. Besides the music won't loop immediately leaving moments of silence.
  • STORY. Even though this chapter holds an important passage it's a bit predictable, and despite the title it doesn't explain much.
  • LOW-COMPATIBILITY ISSUES. This game is very old and of course issues and glitch were expected. My first attempt resulted in a black screen ingame with all sounds and events running, or completely inverted/pixel-blasted textures. Luckily, after GTA IV I've gained enough patience to read deeply the Steam Community to find different solutions and patches, and I've made it work eventually... Too bad that seems like the GOG release is already patched and fully working... -.-
  • LEVELS STRUCTURE. This Expansion is way more tough than the predecessor, it's easy to get lost, some puzzles are quite difficult to solve and the latest maps are really REALLY tough. It requires very good observation and attention to details.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Once you get this up and running on your modern PC, I think this old game is great fun with all the immediate shooting thrills of Doom plus some extra Jedi powers and and a bit of a plot.
Sometimes I just like to play a game without masses of complexity and enjoy the old school charm. Graphics don't matter with this type of game. The action is blisteringly fast and you get to use a light saber!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
I love the game and all, but when it started playing Metallica I ♥♥♥♥ a brick. I then quickly realised it was actually playing music from the CD I had in my drive.

10/10 would rock out to Lepper Messiah on lvl 2.

In all seriousness. The game is buggy as all hell. It's understandable that it is an old game, but this would cause utter outrage on any respectable release so I see no difference here.

I would say buy the game to support the developers... but at this point I'm not sure where the money is going.

I'm still reccomending the game as there are fixes for the people who stillwant to experience this game in a propper manner. I didn't use any fixes to get the game running which is why I ran into this mildly satisfying bug.

Seriously tho, get ur ♥♥♥♥ together Disney.

Full disclosure: Obtained my copy for 28¢ while on sale.
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Recommended
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Abosloute pille of crap bought it and turns out you need a disk and steam will not charge me a refund
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Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Never has slicing up white pixelated men that slightly resemble Stormtroopers been so good. 10/10 would Kyle Katarn again

Side note- I have 0.5 hours on rcord because ive played this before and never really bothered again, got into jedi acadamy modded.
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34 of 49 people (69%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
"Insert the Mysteries of the Sith CD and press Enter"

...Wait, Isn't this supposed to be a Steam copy?
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Devo's dropping the mike...AGAIN!

Disclaimer: I am a huge Star Wars fan, and have played this game a lot as a child/teenager, so as my foot note points out (see the bottom of my review pages), this review may be biased.

Title Information
Review Title Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
Review Date 23rd of February 2016
PC Release Date 24th of February 1998
Developer LucasArts
Publisher LucasArts
Genre 1st & 3rd Person Shooter/Action Adventure
Series Dark Forces (Expansion to 2nd title in the series)
Single Player Yes
Multiplayer Yes

Ratings
Category Score
Story 7/10
Single Player Gameplay 9/10
Multiplayer Gameplay 9/10
Graphics & Art Style 7/10
Replayability 6/10
Overal Rating
7/10
(See bottom of the page for ranking descriptions)


Devo's Seal of Approval?:
Yes, but only by association. If you enjoyed Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight, don't miss this expansion, however, be warned that the the level design (which in my opinion is one of the aspects of this series which pass the test of time) is not quite as epic, with the majority of locales taking place in settings which don't resemble those from the original trilogy quite as much. Additionally, cut-scenes are rendered in-engine and draw attention to how out-dated the graphics are.


PROS
  • Has interesting gameplay elements and story progression points which pay homage to Return of the Jedi,
  • More great gameplay identical to the main title,
  • A meaty single player experience which lasts as long as the main title,
  • New enemies, some of which are truly superb (cough...RANCOR...cough),
  • New weapons,
  • New Force powers,

CONS
  • Poorly executed cut-scenes make it hard to become engaged in the story,
  • The level design is not as aesthetically pleasing as the main title,
  • There aren't as many encounters with Imperials as I would have preffered,
  • Steam overlay didn't work,
  • Issues with resolution and full-screen settings are still present in the expansion (as they were in the main title - see my Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II review for more details) and the game can be unstable at times,


CONCLUSIONS...

The same great single player experience is still there with additional characters, weapons and Force powers, however, this expansion didn't feel as polished as the main title, with somewhat uninspired level aesthetics and poorly executed cut-scenes.

With that being said, if you enjoyed Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight, you shouldn't miss this expansion...and what a sizeable expansion it is - the single player experience included is just as long as the main title! Beware of difficulties getting this running at 1080p however (more so than the main title), and at times it can be a little unstable.


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RANKING DESCRIPTIONS

Score Description
1 This pile of c%$p made me want to take a break from gaming!
2 Avoid this title like a fat man on a diet avoids cake.
3 Why did they even bother? Oh wait...they didn't, so niether should you.
4 I wouldn't play this unless I was really, really desperate, or the biggest fan alive.
5 While there are some interesting aspects of this title, there are just too many faults to recommend it to anyone.
6 An "average" title which has some redeeming qualities, however, be warned that it also has its fair share of flaws...
7 A good game and it probably shouldn't be missed by fans of the series or genre, but be warned there are better games out there which are more deserving of your time and money.
8 An excellent title which shouldn't be missed if you can help it. I found it hard to put this game down, and I hope you do too.
9 A master piece! As close to perfect as any title can get. You are truly missing out on an unbelievable gaming experience if you do not play this game.
10
PERFECT. Nothing more needs to be said

  • All ratings and opinions expressed in this review are subjective, and therefore are effected in part by my own preferences & predisposiitons.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This game is pretty fun. The grapich is not that good but it is from 1998 so what do you expect? It has big problems on working with newer computers. I spend a day trying to fix it and I did it. And I felt it was worth it. I will recommend this game to a big Star Wars fan. I don`t think others will enjoy it that much, or finish it
+Really good level design
+ Story is okay

-Compatibility issues
-Voice acting
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Really hard to reccomend. Level design is bonkers, just like most Jedi Knight games, but the gameplay is really fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
I played these games heavily as a child and have fond memories of many of the events of JK and the Mysteries of the Sith. Upon revisting JK, I was filled with joy to find that it hadn't aged quite as poorly as I'd expected. The run and gun mechanics still work, the levels are well-designed and expansive, and even the puzzles can at least be reasoned out. I feel the bland story and characters are buoyed by the fun, campy FMV cutscenes, giving the game a B-movie feel. The lightsaber battles are a little janky and un-fun at this point, but few games are perfect.

In playing Mysteries of the Sith, I found all of the levels I rememberly fondly; however, the feeling with this expansion is completely different. Practically everything in this game feels an order of magnitude more frustrating. The story falls flat, meandering around a bunch of unrelated events until it fizzles out at the end. The characters are worse, Mara being painted as reckless, illogical, and sometimes downright distasteful. Kyle, for whatever your opinion of him was before this game, was at worst a bland, uninspired character. Suddenly, this game turns him into a paper-thin, boring villain for no reason other than need of a climax.

The puzzles have suddenly become several times more obtuse. If you thought Dark Forces was hard to figure out, buckle up. The level design feels like an afterthought. These feel like throw-away levels from JK, possibly explaining why the story feels like an afterthought. The worst part of their design is the constant hiding of the way forward behind grating in the dark corner of a hallway halfway to a dead end. All of this is pretty bad, but the last two levels take the cake. The game spends thirteen levels with scarcely a single use for the lightsaber other than a glorified wire cutter before immediately removing use of all weapons other than it. Two needlessly long levels filled with non-stop ambushes by enemies that can kill you in two hits on easy? Surely, this was top-shelf game design in its day. I merely squeaked through these levels by slowly spamming saber-throw for a lack of a better way to defeat most of the cheaper enemies.

I can understand that JK hasn't aged greatly, and my nostalgia for it certainly elevates my opinion of it. However, it stands as a solid, if forgettable, FPS game set in the Star Wars universe. Mysteries of the Sith is more akin to a steaming mess that reeks of horrific, likely rushed design choices resulting from a desire to cash in on the success of JK.
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169 of 181 people (93%) found this review helpful
210 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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135 of 154 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 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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93 of 121 people (77%) found this review helpful
7 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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49 of 54 people (91%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
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: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1346269
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65 of 80 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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