A classic game set in the classic universe. This is a must play not only for the Star Wars fans.
+ Magnificent and balanced combat system
+ Choose your style: single, dual, or a sabrestaff
+ Variety of guns
+ Use the Force, Jaden!
+ The protagonist doesn't have to be a human :)
+ Option of choosing between the light and the dark side
+ Tons of player-created content
- Plot isn't an A+ material (but it's not bad by any means)
It's a blast from the past – still fun after all these years. The game tells us the story of the Jedi struggling to prevent the Cultists from resurrecting Marka Ragnos – an ancient Dark Lord of the Sith.
The protagonist, unlike in most of the games in the Jedi Knight series, is one of the Luke Skywalker's students named Jaden. One can choose race, gender, and appearance of the main character. What is more, the hero's lightsabre can be customised as well. Later on, there is also a possibility to choose either a single blade, dual blade, or a sabrestaff. Each of the weapons feature a different playstyle, animations, and moves. In addition to the elegant weapon(s) for a more civilised age, there are a few guns and explosives available.
The lightsabre combat system is truly unique and works like charm. It is easy to learn and hard to master. It punishes the weak and empowers the strong, so to speak: it rewards well-timed blows and dodges as opposed to mindless mashing the buttons as fast as possible. Moreover, it is well-balanced: every playstyle is viable. Apart from fencing, a player can use a variety of Force powers which are divided into three categories: Neutral (e.g. Push), Light (e.g. Heal), and Dark (e.g. Lightning). In single player, a player can assign points to the Light and the Dark side powers (the Neutral ones grow as the story progresses).
While single player is decent, the clue of the game is its multiplayer. I have put around 200 hours in the multiplayer alone and I definitely am looking forward for more. Despite the game being past its prime, it still has a small but devoted community. There also are myriads of mods, characters, maps, and other types of player-created content which further improve longevity of the game.
Concluding, Jedi Academy still is the top dog when it comes to Third Person Slashers and one of the best Star Wars games in my opinion. I have yet to play a game with a more enjoyable and balanced combat system. I strongly recommend trying it out even today: it may look dated, but the core mechanics are timeless. A 10/10.
P.S. Please check out my other reviews here: http://steamcommunity.com/id/FinnVArthur/recommended/