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.
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Release Date: Sep 16, 2003

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

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About This Game

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
558 of 659 people (85%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
3,245.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
It's ok.
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99 of 106 people (93%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Have you ever wanted to be a Jedi? The Force isn’t strong enough in real life for you to be one? Well then, this game is good enough to satisfy that need. If you never wanted to be one, then this game will show you its charm anyway and afterward, you’ll fall in the former category. Despite its outdated look, the gameplay is engaging and the story has the SW charm to it. This game has the original trilogy’s atmosphere, but it has more action. Despite its predecessor, the level design won’t get you lost and there is less linearity, as you can select your gender, race, lightsaber fighting style and its shape and choice you make in the (near)end, whether to stay in the light or give into the dark and the consequences feel strongly(the protagonists attitude changes, some die, some get hurt, everything is awesome). There are some great moments for a Star Wars fan, such as fighting alongside Chewbacca, force choking Boba Fett, or taking a station down with Wedge Antilles.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=388457539
The gameplay involves lightsaber fighting(this is what made the Jedi Knight series famous) that inspired the combat of Blade Symphony, as there are many duels. Aside from those instances, chopping arms and heads of stormtroopers that actually can aim is really entertaining. Jumping on walls, then on your adversaries is a good example of how fluid the combat can be. There are three types of force powers: light sided ones, which involve sustaining health by healing and protection, and turning your enemies into allies, the universal ones like force push, pull, speed, sense and lightsaber throw and there are the dark sided ones, which are damaging and risky, as you’ll enter modes that strengthen you while draining your health, exposing yourself with force choke or force lightning, though the latter, when upgraded to its zenith, means pushing everyone out of the room while having bolts all over them. You also have an arsenal of weapons to your disposal, that have primary and secondary types of firing.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=392988676
The story has its charm, as you start up as a student and end up being a Jedi Knight, there are many iconic characters and there is Kyle Katarn, the hero of the other Jedi Knight games. The plot isn’t really intriguing, but it has its mystery. 80% of the game you’ll be doing missions that don’t seem to be related to the plot, but more to being a Jedi, that is keeping the peace in the Galaxy.
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The game last for about 8 hours, provided you tend to be alive most of the time. For Star Wars fans it’s a treat and some don’t exaggerate when they call it the best Star Wars game; while it’s a matter of taste, this game ends up on being on the favorites list. For newcomers, it’s enough to make them understand why people go crazy over Star Wars. The game isn’t complex, but is good enough to spend time with it and enjoy doing so.
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48 of 53 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
172.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Sliced Jawas, slammed tuskan raiders against walls. Not the droid you're looking for. 11/10.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
TL;DR
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
+ Soundtrack
+ MULTIPLAYER
+ Tons of player-created content
- Plot isn't an A+ material (but it's not bad by any means)

REVIEW

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/
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is just awesome!

The story is straight forward without getting dulll. The lightsaber combat system is great and well-conceived, beside from your lightsaber you gonna be able to use a huge arsenal of weapons every single one of them is different and has their own advantage and disadvantage in the battle situations. It's gets even better you can use all kind of cool force powers you have seen in star wars movies on your journey through the mission you can increase those and become even more powerful until you become a jedi knight. The game provide a high amount of different enemy types all of them are differently to defeat. One thing I like the most about Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is the level design there is literally not one mission that feels repetitive. I played the game from the beginning on the highest difficult which was a good choice because of that I had many intense and challenging lightsaber battles especially against siths who also get stronger from mission to mission. It took me almost 15 hours to playthrough so a must buy for star wars fans and definitely worth a try for everyone who simple likes good games.

Next step checking out the multyplayer!!!
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Pros about this game:

+Force lightning
+Then Jan punches the Weequay right in the...
+Killing Rosh
+Force lightning
+Speeders
+Force lightning
+Rancors (Especially the mutant ones)

Negatives about this game:

-Cost
-Force lightning
-Not getting to kill Rosh more than once
-Not getting to kill Rosh at the start of the game
-Not getting to kill Rosh with force lightning

This game is great! Things to implement in the future: Long-range force lightning that can target across Korriban maybe?
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
72.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
This is the best game ever made.There is no similar game out there.Perfect for practicing aim.I recently got it on Steam but i have like 6k hours on it.Everyone should have this game in Steam Library(especially Star Wars fans).
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
476.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I've been playing this game on multiplayer for ~9 years with smaller-bigger breaks. This game is truly fantastic. The whole battle is system is great. The saber vs saber fights are awesome. It is easy to learn the basics, then you can build your strategy. I recommend this game to everyone :) Check videos on youtube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmmTb1hyW2M
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
68.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Starwars Jedi Knight : Jedi Academy was one of the very first online games I played. I've spent years of my young life playing this game endlessly. I could tell you many great moments I've had in this game it almost brings a tear to my eye.
This game is my most beloved game out of all games I've owned/will own.

I've explored the many user created maps and watched great clans rise to fall. I've sat in a space bar drinking a Beer as a Jawa talking about what ever have you, I've watched epic light saber battles go on were the best of the clans fought. I seen G4 host the game in it's own tournaments and laugh at how they sucked at using force grip. This game isn't just a game it's a story for many starwars fans and a look back into the good days of earley pre modern internet gaming.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Fan of StarWars and lightsabers it´s you game
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
55.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
This is a game I will continue to hold dear to my heart. Star Wars was my childhood and so was this game. Graphics aren't everything, and may Lucas Arts rest in peace!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
78.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
If you play Jedi Academy Multiplayer with friends, it's like being in a virtual playground. It might be old now, but just imagine a new updated version for today's market. This game is incredible and I for one want to lend a hand in the creation of a new Jedi Academy experience. Think of it. It could be simply called "Jedi Academy", with updated graphics, tweaked controls, and more attention given to multiplayer. If it was done right, it would be the greatest Star Wars lightsaber combat game around. Contact me if you share this dream!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
This game was created to demonstrate how mentally challenged siths are.

There are several ways to deal with siths, the least efficient being actually fighting them in a lightsaber duel:
-Stand on a platform in lava and watch as they try to walk through lava to get to you
-Fire grenades at them and watch as they jump into an abyss to avoid said grenade
-Convert a stormtrooper with your wololo mind tricks and watch as they completely ignore you cutting up their back as they fight said stormtrooper
-Jump on a tall object, wait until they follow, then jump off and watch as they fall to their death jumping after you
-Have them get stuck in some corner (which happens all the time)
-Blowing them up with a rocket launcher
-Luring them on top of an electric conduit
-Running past them and completely ignore them
-Lure them under an elevator and watch as they get squished
-Lure them on a conveyor belt and watch as they get squished or killed by hot steam
-Lure them to poison godzilla and watch as poison godzilla grabs them through a wall

You have plenty of opportunities to try all of these as the developers think game difficulty can be measured in siths per minute (SPM), expect SPM to increase the further you progress in the game.

Oh and you can draw lines on walls using your lightsaber which is fun.


Also tasteless Boba Fett retcon.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
It's kinda like Force Unleashed where you become your own fantasy Jedi, but it's actually fun.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Oh my god... Not only was this game on sale for $3.00 for the legendary day known as May 5th, but wow am I impressed with this game. How did I miss out on an all time classic? Well let me tell you about this beauty. If you are looking for some nostalgia this is the game to play. Just a classic FFA game with a great background. This game has a great community of servers and is easy to configure and adjust things to your liking. I give this game a thumbs up and suggest you buy this all time classic!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Ah, the nostalgia...
I must have spent hours in the multiplayer and the single player over and over simply because of the fun you could have; and no game since has been able to capture the dynamic of running around with a lightsaber and scoring walls and other bits and pieces with energy based swords of horrific destruction. Seriously. Force Unleashed had some lovely effects, but ultimately it had nothing on this.
Albeit that this game is dated the game play, graphics, replayability and decisions on powers / light vs. dark side is quintessential to the ethos.
The multiplayer is its own dynamic and for that I am glad: plenty of hidden moves and cool finishers can make what is an entertaining team vs. team a lot of fun and the deathmatch quite unpredicatble: one of the many reasons why I can go back to this game while more modern engines have left me wanting a lot more than they a prepared to deliver.

Oh, the good old days... (ergh... I hate saying that, but there you go... ) :D
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Very good game! Even though it came out a very long time ago, it still is a fantastic game and one of my favourite star wars games! 10/10 recommend this game to everyone and it's got quite the fantastic story!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Brings back memories, is really fun to play multiplayer and even singleplayer campaign.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
77.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Add about 200 hours playtime to my steam playtime, I played the crap out of a retail DRM-free version.
I loved this game when I was a small teenage boy. Now, I'm a big teenage boy and - dayum, this is (still!) some good stuff.
If you're looking for an engaging single player story, better play "Jedi Outcast". "Jedi Outcast" has a terrible level design, in my opinion (playable and enjoyable, non the less), but the story is so much, much, MUCH better (Katarn > Jaden).
"Jedi Academy" lives from its Multiplayer. Easy to learn, hard to master.
There are still people playing it. Played it for about three hours and made two new friends.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Most lightsaber-fun you can have with your friends in a galaxy far far away....
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