Forge your weapon and follow the path of the Jedi Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is the latest installment of the highly acclaimed Jedi Knight series. Take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,058 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 16, 2003

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Forge your weapon and follow the path of the Jedi
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is the latest installment of the highly acclaimed Jedi Knight series. Take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. Interact with famous Star Wars characters in many classic Star Wars locations as you face the ultimate choice: fight for good and freedom on the light side or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side.
  • Customize your character by defining both look and gender before entering the Academy to learn the power-and dangers- of the Force.
  • Construct your own Lightsaber from handle to blade. As you progress, discover the power of wiedling two Lightsabers or the ultimate double-bladed Lightsaber made famous by Darth Maul.
  • New vehicles, weapons, force powers and Star Wars locations.
  • Unique level selection system allows you to choose your own missions and adventures.
  • Six multiplayer modes including team based siege mode and two-on-one power duel. Fight in 23 multiplayer arenas!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 2000, XP or Vista
    • Processor: Pentium II or Athlon 450 MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB
    • Graphics: 32 MB OpenGL compatible
    • DirectX®: 9.0a
    • Hard Drive: 1.3 GB
    • Sound: 16 bit Direct x 9.0a
    • Multiplayer Requirements: Pentium II or Athlon 450MHz
    • OS: 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core), 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Graphics: 256 MB, (NVidia): Geforce 8800, (ATI): Radeon HD 2600
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB
    • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard
      Supported Video Cards:

      NVIDIA GeForce® 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, 320M, 330M, 640M, 650M, 660MX, 675MX, 680MX

      ATI Radeon HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6490, HD 6630, HD 6750, HD 6770, HD 6970

      Intel HD Graphics 3000,4000
      NOTICE: The following video chipsets are unsupported by Jedi Academy
      • Intel Integrated GMA 950
      • Intel Integrated x3100
      • ATI RADEON HD 2400
      NOTICE:This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
Helpful customer reviews
173 of 184 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Released in 2003, and it still has the best Lightsaber combat of any game that came out since then.
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87 of 87 people (100%) found this review helpful
2,657.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
What is there to say.... *Looks directly at his hours on record* I've finished playing through this game in single player LONNNNNNNNNNG ago. I dont play it for that. I play it for the player driven community. Be it on moviebattles 2, or my roleplaying clan, the people are why I havent left this game yet. The game is fun to play with a good saber system and it doesnt really get boreing with all the mods to play.
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43 of 43 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Remember Jedi Outcast? With Kyle Katarn we needed to struggle through a couple of levels until we could, finally, get our hands on a lightsaber. Now, Jedi Academy completely skips these few levels. You are, already, a Jedi and in possession of a lightsaber. Make no mistake: the same array of shooting weapons are available, personally, however, I never used any.

I liked this concept. In fact, at the beginning a few customisations are available: you can pick your race, the colour of your clothing and - most importantly - the colour of your lightsaber. Many missions can now be completed in the desired order but once you continue the main storyline it is, of course, the same old linear storytelling.

The game runs on the same Quake 3 engine and - as already mentioned - has the same assortment of weapons available at your disposal. However, since it is soooooooo cool to wield lightsabers we now have the option to 1) have two lightsabers at the same time or 2) use the lightsaber staff Darth Maul had in Phantom Menace. Of course, the single lightsaber option is still available with the 3 stances already offered in Jedi Outcast.

There is not much else to say about Jedi Academy. Fighting with lightsabers has never been cooler and the game heavily emphasizes this concept. The game gives us a long-lasting experience and I heard multiplayer is even better! Do note that enabling the widescreen option requires some tweaking - do head over to wsgf.org for the solution.
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Battlefront, KOTOR and Jedi Knight are most certainly some of the best Star Wars games (as I'm typing i'm remembering all the others that were just so good as well). The best parts of this game are the very impressive missions that are all totally unique and the crazy good 'sword' combat that has unusally never been applied properly in another game since.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
An absolute classic with an engaging single player and a multiplayer that still has people playing it every single day, even after eleven years. This game is probably the closest you'll ever get to being a Jedi and definitely one of the best Star Wars games to ever exist, full stop.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Even all these years later, I stll adore this game and wish it was as popular today as it was in its heyday.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This game is a must have for any starwars enthusiast. The gameplay is good and the story line is more than enjoyable. This is a game for people who value skilled timed attacks and learning moves over button mashing and hoping for the best. I have played a few of the other starwars games but this is the best in my opinion. I much prefer the aproach of the force powers and move sets over that of say force unleashed. The movement is fluid, for a game of this time, and the story put you right in the middle of the starwarts universe. Definately recommend it.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,404.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Howdy, folks! So, JKA.. This game is absolutely amazing. As you can tell by my recorded hours on Steam alone (add about another 1400 or so), I've played this game for a little bit. The lightsaber combat is, hands down, only matched (maybe slightly bested) by its predecessor Jedi Outcast. The gunplay, is okay, but come on, this game is called JEDI ACADEMY for a reason! The Force powers add a ridiculous angle to the gameplay in both Single and Multiplayer to keep things from getting too stale. The community for JKA is one of the most resilient communities I have encountered, they have stuck by this game for the 10+ years that this game has been around, and doesn't show too many signs of fizzling out. If you happen to be a fan of Star Wars, I would recommend buying this game, as well as Jedi Outcast, and playing the hell out of them!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
An excellent multiplayer game with a forgettable singleplayer campaign

I'll go more in-depth with the campaign below, but I'll summarize my overall impression of the game first. Buy it for the multiplayer. The campaign provides a short but fun couple of hours, though you probably won't remember it in a year. The multiplayer, however, provides a much more memorable experience. The dedicated, albeit small, playerbase is testament to that.

Okay, so the singleplayer. In terms of customization, Academy succeeds. You get to pick your species/gender/lightsaber from the start. Also, aside from the main narrative driving levels, you're free to pick or ignore missions at your leisure.

Unfortunately, no amount of visual flair breathes life into the main cast. Kyle Katarn and Luke Skywalker make their returns, but only sporadically. Instead, you plays as one of many new students at the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4. As interesting as that sounds, there just isn't a real spark to this game. The story plays out as another macguffin hunt and foiled attempt at resurrecting an ancient evil. The dialog is about as strong as the prequel trilogy's, in terms of tropes.

I could critique the narrative structure forever, but you get the point. So ignore it, and just have fun wielding a lightsaber and throwing force powers around. The spontaneous, awesome moments of fighting squads of stormtroopers, or groups of sith-wannabe's make up for any faults.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This is easily one of the best star wars games i have ever touched even without mods. It Has Kyle Katarn in it
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
this game is awesome
speeders,
machines,
guns,
explosions,
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Jedi Academy is an instant star wars game classic and is probably one of my favorites. It feels awesome going through the game as a student of Luke Skywalker and Kyle Katarn, who was the guy you played as in a couple of the previous installments. This game SWAMPS its predecessors in terms of game feel, combat, and customability. Getting your own personal lightsaber was really cool, but later in the game you get to change your fighting style (dual wield, double-bladed, etc.) when you become a jedi knight. Combat is really smooth and using your force powers feels nice. The story, as i should mention, is a great experience and has multiple endings which is a nice touch. I also feel as though i would be at fault if i did not mention the wonderous multiplayer which is really balanced, fun to play, and I have never felt that i had been cheated. This game deserves a 9/10 despite its graphics but there is no harm there considering it is a bit of an outdated game.

Totally worth the buy! :)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
85.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Following the story of former Imperial and prestigious Kyle Katarn, another great evil threatens to engulf the galaxy.
Play through very well made levels, gain interesting, iconic and powerful weapons as you battle through the forces of evil to unravel a plot that could very well turn the tables in the favor of the Empire!

I recommend this game with a 10/10, give it a try!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Don't let this game's lackluster first act fool you: this game can be quite a bit of fun once it gets going, with most missions managing to mix up the formula to avoid too much repetition and provide some memorable scenes. My personal favorite is probably cutting down cultists with a lightsaber during a speeder chase.

The saber duels are some of the most stylish you'll ever see in a game, but sadly the enjoyability of them is extremely hampered by how luck-based they can get when you fight an enemy on even footing with you. I had to resort to save-spamming before and after every single encounter (and there are many, many such fights), and going so far as to abuse range limits and pitfalls to win half of them.

Other than that, the only real downside to the game is that so much hack-and-slash, especially with the exhaustingly difficult Sith fights, can wear on the patience. And try not to let your customized character fool you: this isn't really an RPG. You choose your force powers and your saber style, but you only make one story choice in the entire game - right before the climax.

All told I recommend trying it out. Just get used to saving your progress every two minutes.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
While Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is the better shooter, this game has better lightsaber fighting mechanics. It has a good story and makes excellent use of the Star Wars license. Also, the multiplayer is superb. Unfortunately nobody seems to play the game online anymore. All in all a very enjoyable game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
This game is different than it's predecessor. You are not playing Kyle Katarn but, like in "Mysteries of the Sith", an apprentice of Kyle, which you can customize at the beginning as well as the lightsaber color.
Also the skill system is implemented again and you can decide whether you skill the light or the dark side of the force.

The gameplay is quite the same as in all Jedi Knights. A very cool feature is that you can later choose between a single saber, two sabers and a double-bladed lightsaber.
Maybe some levels might be too short but that didn't really bother me. In this game you can choose missions beside the story but the story doesn't suffer.

I want to say that this is a worthy part of the Jedi Knight Saga. It's a bit different but for me as a real fan this is a nice game. If you like Jedi Knights or lightsabers you shouldn't miss this game!

Additional information: There are cool mods like "Movie Dules" too.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
If you are going to buy this game for the campaign, make sure you've played Jedi Outcast (Jedi Knight 2) first! If you're buying it for the multiplayer go right ahead. This game is a really good sequel and is just as good as the previous game. It's really worth buying JK2 first though!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Not only is this game nostalgic, it also held the test of time Buy it!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
427.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
One of the absolute best games ever made. The first open world of multiplayer to just be slashing and killing people with a lightsaber besides Jedi Outcast - another amazing game. By far my favorite Star Wars game. I wish they'd remake this game in new graphics. Seriously worth the buy and play. Check out my hours played. This game means buisness. ;)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,174.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Why don't you own this game yet, have you taken a look at the hours I've played? That's since I bought it on steam, prior I played it on the retail edition for atleast 6000 hours... Buy it if not for the amazing singleplayer campaign alone. If you get tired of that, play multiplayer and join us in a thriving community of young padawans and senile jedi masters over at www.moviebattles.com
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