Behind a veil of secrecy the evil Empire is creating a doomsday army - one that, if finished, will become the final cog in the Empire's arsenal of terror and domination. Your Mission? Join the Rebel Alliance's covert operations division, infiltrate the Empire.
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Release Date: Feb 15, 1995

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Includes 5 items: STAR WARS™ - Dark Forces, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy™, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Mysteries of the Sith™, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast™, STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

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About This Game

Behind a veil of secrecy the evil Empire is creating a doomsday army - one that, if finished, will become the final cog in the Empire's arsenal of terror and domination.
Your Mission? Join the Rebel Alliance's covert operations division, infiltrate the Empire, then battle every man and machine the Imperial Forces can muster. Search a vast galaxy for clues, attack enemy bases-all in a desperate attempt to stop the activation of this fearsome new weapon.
  • Fully interactive environments - morphing walls and floors, moving platforms, and conveyors, realistic lighting and atmospheric effects.
  • First-person ground combat. Call on 10 weapons to fight twenty types of enemies.
  • Explore the virtual Star Wars universe up close and personal.
  • Climb catwalks, look and shoot up and down, jump off ledges, wade through garbage.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000, XP or Vista
    • Processor: 486 or higher
    • Memory: 16 MB
    • Graphics: DirectX
    • DirectX®: DirectX 5.2
    • Hard Drive: 80 MB
    • 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
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
It's a relaxing game to play, especially if you're returning to play it after 10+ years for a nostalgic trip. Even though this is considered non-canon now, Kyle Katarn's journey begins in this game.
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208 of 219 people (95%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
DISCLAMER: At the time of writing this review, I have 2 hours on the game. In reality I have much more, but I played it in offline mode because of traveling.

At first, I was gonna make this a stupid "Hurrr durrr this Star Wars and Doom 420/69" type of review. However, I really do believe a great game like this deserves an actual Pro/Con review. That being said, be prepared for lots of Pros.

+ The environments of this game are some of the best I've ever seen in an FPS. They are all unique and encourage exploration, which makes every level memorable.
+ Lots of different enemies, all faithful to the Star Wars lore. You've got your Stormtroopers, Commanders, Probe Droids, Dark Troopers and many more.
+ Lots of memorable characters from the Star Wars universe. Mon Mothma, Boba Fett, and even Jabba the Hutt are all there.
+ The guns are also all faithful to the Star Wars lore (You might even find a few in other SW games), and are really fun to use as well. Thermal Detonators, Repeaters, Fusion Cutters, and even the Imperial blaster rifle are all super cool and fun.
+ Puzzles are thought out well, and are at that just right difficulty that you wont find too hard or easy.
+ Every mission has its own briefing, which tells you exactly what you need to know, no bullcrap.
+ Story takes place just before and after the Episode IV, so a big plus for me and many others. And its also super cool because YOU ARE THE ONE WHO GETS THE DEATH STAR PLANS.
+ This is an FPS done well. Its so fun to blast the hell out of everyone. The gunplay is VERY fun.
+ Creative obstacles. No, really. There was one room that was pitch black, with 4 Stormtroopers. The only thing that created light were all the lasers flying around, sorta like flying flashlights.
+ You can use you fists to kill everyone. HOW BADASS IS THAT?

- The story. I mean there has to be a story, right? Except it feels so rushed and there's no point to it, because you only objective (except the level with the death star plans) is to stop the creation of Dark Troopers. Boring.
- The game is super short with less than a dozen missions, and lack of replayability makes it all the shorter.
- The ground feels like its ice, you keep slipping and sliding everywhere which makes it kinda hard to focus on a shot and do a bit of platforming.
- Lack of a manual. Thank Lord Vader for Steam guides, because it doesn't, ever, tell you the controls in the game.
- Obviously, everyone's con, the graphics. The game came out in 1995, and it has not aged well at all. If a younger gamer, or really any graphics fan picked this up, they might get turned off by the graphics. BUT THATS WHY I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST. There is a mod for this game called DarkXL. It introduces lots of things like 1920x1080 resolution, rebindable controls, more options, being able to look up and down, a reticle, and it makes the game look fantastic.
If you're picking this game up, download this mod, its worth it.

This game gets a 9/10. If it had just been a bit longer, and if the story had been A BIT better, this would've been a solid 10/10.
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210 of 256 people (82%) found this review helpful
334 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2015
Runs like an absolute dog.
Can't look up and down.
Barely any options.
Resolution so low it's hard to tell what's what.

Genuinely still a better game than Call of Duty.
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91 of 103 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
Timeless and nostalgic // Recommended for those who grew up in the nineties, who 'remember the days'

+ Auto-aim works consistently (though it has some issues with enemies at higher/lower elevations that must be compensated for)
+ Level design is mostly excellent; encourages exploration and isn't needlessly restrictive
+ Voiceovers are excellent for the year of release, particularly that of Darth Vader (I'm fairly certain it's the original voice actor from the films)
+ Story is nothing spectacular, but it works well as a Star Wars game and stays fiercely loyal to the spirit of the franchise
+ Great variety of weapons, some of them refreshingly original
+ Audio design (weapon & enemy, etc.) is taken directly from the films
+ In stark contrast to the expectedly lackluster detail in the walls and floor, the character and enemy sprites are as detailed as can be possible given the limitations of the day
+ Switch and level puzzles are a great throwback to simpler mechanics from a simpler age; they are (mostly) not particularly frustrating, and most levels flow competently as a result

- Uses DOS Box; cannot use Steam overlay, and minimization of the client tends to alter the Windows color scheme
- Controller support is virtually nonexistant
- The antagonist has no character depth or development
- Despite generally excellent level design, there are exceptions that stand out as being quite frustrating to navigate and proceed through (eg. Sewers)

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78 of 88 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Exceptionally well made for its time. I'd take this game over DOOM any day. Obviously, though, its age makes it good for nostalgia and not much else.

The main premise is a bit off beat for Star Wars, but the universe is generally represented in a wonderfully dark, gritty and accurate perspective of a rebel-aligned bounty hunter.

As an extra note, I'd like to say there is nothing cheap or fake about this game, other than the limitations that were common for its time. From start to finish, each mission feels like a well-organized challenge situated in a real, factual location of the Star Wars universe - without feeling like a repeat of any of the three original movies.
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67 of 74 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2013
The year is 1995. You're an eleven year old Star Wars nerd and your dad just bought a sweet new DOS' with, like, a whole MEGABYTE of RAM! What do you do? You get Dark Forces.

In retrospect, you may think its just a DOOM-clone. But it isn't. And when it was first released, the Jedi engine was hardly thought of as anything but a massive leap gaming. With Dark Forces, you can look up and down, crouch, and even swim! There's multiple floor levels - and many of those levels feature atmospheric effects and all of them have animated textures!

We're spoiled in this day and age. I recommend Dark Forces because not only is it actually fun to play, and the storyline is pretty engrossing, but its a blast from the past from when games were actually more than layers upon layers of quicktime events.
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62 of 69 people (90%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Star Wars: Dark Forces was one of the first video game entries to incorporate elements of the expanded universe. Built on an enhanced version of the DOOM engine, Dark Forces reset the bar for first person shooters. It introduces the lasting character of Kyle Katarn into the universe and proved that you don't have to be a Jedi or a starfighter pilot to make a successful Star Wars game. An epic storyline, combined with memorable characters and impressive level design makes this game a must have for any Star Wars fan, or those looking for a sense of nostalga about how far gaming has come.

The graphics were top notch at the time of release (1995) with smooth animation and distinct sprites and textures. Digital voice work is crisp and helps to give the characters a sense of personality. From the filtered 'halt!' of stormtroopers to the anamalistic groan of the Diagnosa as you wade through raw sewage, you will always know exactly what is hunting you.

Gameplay is standard fare for shooters of the time. you have a wide variety of weapons - pistols, blaster rifles, thermal detonators, along with more exotic weapons such as the fusion cutter or the assault plasma cannon. Health is non-regenerating and must be restored from medkits, along with shields.

Sound direction is excellent. The music features remixes of well known Star Wars tunes along with new music. Each tune fits the level it is attached to. Weapon sounds are unique, giving every gun its own feel.

Overall, this is a geat game for retro lovers. Solid gameplay, a memorable story that has influenced many other games in the franchise, and characters with actual personality makes this a good choice.

On the technical side, this game comes bundled with its own auto-loading version of DOSBox, meaning that it will work on modern systems. Confirmed functional on all systems up to Windows 7 64-bit, with reports of it working properly on Windows 8 systems.

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77 of 93 people (83%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Just think of it this way,

Doom + Star Wars = Dark Forces

Nuff said.
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49 of 54 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
STORY: 10/10
The story is very well written for its time and draws you into the game unlike a lot of its contemporary games. It offers for a ton of memorable moments from the game.

The lack of a quicksave function really is the main downgrade for me in this game. Otherwise the game is pretty solid.

No support for high res modes means you are pretty much forced to play in a low-res 320x240 mode. Otherwise the atmosphere is spot on and the levels are very well designed.
The spritework feels very authentic and detailed.

SOUND: 10/10
Excellent music and authentic sound design. No real complaints here.


All in all, Star Wars: Dark Forces is a true classic FPS that you should definitely play if you're a fan of Star Wars or just oldschool shooters in general. Some of its features are well ahead of its time, while in some other ways it does feel a bit obsolete. But as a whole I had a blast playing this game. The force is strong with this one...
Now... on to tackle the sequel, Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II!
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41 of 44 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
One of the best Star Wars games ever made. Run it with DarkXL though, don't waste your time with Dosbox.

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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 22
I've only played this for like 10 minutes but I can't go on longer so I'm just gonna leave a review so I have it done. It's a fun game, really brings you back to the good old days. But I can't play it without getting dizzy. It's really sad because I really would like to play it. If you think you could handle it go for it. And if it's on sale you're golden.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
For those that haven't seen much of the old school style of gaming this is a great way to expose yourself to early FPS titles. Plus it's a good Star Wars game in its own right.
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20.2 hrs
Posted: October 11
Ya like Star Wars? Do ya also like Doom? Well how 'bout Doom with Star Wars in it? Sounds good? Ok, have fun.

That's basically all there is to the game, and yet it still pulls it off so well. This game follows the adventures of fan-favorite Kyle Katarn, former Imperial Officer turned Rebel mercenary after learning his father was murdered by the Empire and who, in the expanded universe, was the actual person who stole the Death Star plans. That's what the first mission is about, taking place between Episodes III and IV, just before the takeover of the Tantive IV in A New Hope. The subsequent levels deal with a new threat to the Rebel Alliance and the Galaxy: The Dark Trooper Initiative. Kyle is tasked with finding out what it is and putting a stop to it.

Along the way you'll find familar and not-so-familiar Star Wars weapons, like blaster rifles, thermal detonators, and a big-♥♥♥ Dark Trooper weapon that is suposedly too heavy for a human to lift, but, oh well, I guess you can lift it after all.

The sound and graphics are really good for a 1995 DOS game, and the graphics shine in the cutscenes and look pretty fluid. In game it might be a little harder to see enemies from a distance as they dissolve into a mess of pixels, but the game still distinctively looks and sounds like a Star Wars game, as you will hear the familiar sounds of blasers being fired and hear the cries of dying Stormtroopers and Imperial Officers.

In terms of difficulty, this game can be played on easy with a challenge. Not in the form of combat, but in knowing where the hell you're supposed to be going. And the enemies aren't pushovers like in the movies. Stormtroopers will regularly hit you before you can hit them, but there's so much freaking health and shield supplies lying around that the threat of death is rare, and you can pick up extra lives in common enough spaces, so getting a Game Over is pretty rare (and disappointing, because you must suck at this game to get a Game Over.)

Overall, Star Wars Dark Forces is a pretty cool game, but I can't see myself playing this very often. It's not a bad game, far from it, but I can't see myself choosing to play this over Doom very often. I'd still recommend picking this game up though, you won't have a bad time, I swear on my life or may God strike me down.
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10.6 hrs
Posted: October 10
This is a solidly build game. They incorporated a real story into the game, cut scenes, mission briefings, dialog, something most 90's FPS games just couldn't manage. And it's done well. Your charater's a bit overpowered, but it's an FPS, what do you expect? The level design really shines in a lot of areas, with some fendish puzzles in places. That may be a negative as some areas of the game will take you a while to figure out how to advance. There's also not a whole lot of variety in the enemies or weapons, most are just different versions of the same thing. But what is there is quite fun, graphics are good, story's good, level design is good. For a 90's FPS, this is almost as good as it gets!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 9
Seems like a game I want to play, sadly dosbox lags too bad. Can't play.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 9
Now, I know what you're thinking. You see the red thumbs down and you think I'm going to complain about how this game is old.

No. This is an enjoyable game. It is not a bad game by any means. However, it is true that it is old. It has aged, pretty badly in some parts. The reason I am not recommending this game is because there are much better games out there on Steam that can be bought for $6. Hell, you can buy the original Deus Ex for just $7, and that's one of the best games ever made, hands down.

It really depends on how much you're going to enjoy the game. If you have played this game back in the day, and you have nostalgia for it, it might be worth the price. However, for me, who hasn't played this game until 2014, it wouldn't have been worth it. I got this game in the Jedi Knight Bundle, so I don't feel like I've wasted any money. Overall, I would only reccomend this game to the nostalgic, and even then, they probably own it already. To everyone else, I would say no, due to the abundance of better alternatives for the same cost. Even then, I recommend saving up to get some of the better games on Steam, like GTA V, MGS V, or Deus Ex.

EDIT: It says that I have less than an hour into the game, but that's because I mostly played the game through the XL engine. I have about 1 or 2 hours into this game, I believe.
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10.6 hrs
Posted: October 8
I used to love this game years ago and was glad to pick up the Star Wars pack on sale. I am pleased it was not all just nostalgia. This is still a fun FPS, albeit simple in the post Half-Life gamescape. Many levels are a bit of a maze, but the story, action, and weapons are all enjoyable. Graphics are better than Doom 2, but still in a pre 3d rendered era. While Kyle Katarn and his story of stealing Death Star Plans and destroying the dark troopers is no longer canon, this is a fun adventure in the Star Wars universe.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 6
Doom meets Star Wars. It's easy to play so play it if you wanna relax a bit.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 4
Can tell its a doom engine Starwars, and it works pretty well on modern systems. Dated graphically, but at least works as intended. My memories are too vague of this game, so not much nostaliga, but I can appreciate its historical importance in the Starwars franchise.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 29
Didn't play it much when it came out but this version still holds up. Still a great game from a great time to be a nerd.
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