Review by Emmit22Rules
"The best Star Wars game that doesn't have the words "Rogue Leader" in it."
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is another installment in the popular Jedi Knight series. Up until this game all the other ones had been on PC. But Lucasarts and Activision were to kind as to bring it to all three next gen consoles. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast combines FPS, 3rd person lightsaber action and Force powers into one package. The FPS action is quite stale, but the lightsaber action and Force powers are EXTREMELY fun and very polished.
From here on out I'm going to refer to the game as Jedi Outcast. As typing out Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast can get old very fast.
Jedi Outcast has solid graphics that are characterized best by your lightsaber and Lightning Force power. The lightsaber looks tremendous. The developers implemented some very cool effects. One of which is when your lightsaber touches the wall it will cut into it. When it is raining you can see some specks of steam when a raindrop hits it. When you’re locked up lightsaber to lightsaber with a foe, it shines brilliantly. Then there is the Lightning Force power, which looks great and is very convincing. Other than that there is nothing worth mentioning.
The FPS mechanics are the same as ever game out there. The lightsaber mechanics are very smooth, but take a little practice. How you swing your saber is determined by how your character is moving. You assign a Force power much like a weapon, and then you press in the right thumbstick to use it. Your Force powers are limited; you need to let your meter fill up before you can use them again. A serious problem in this game, is how easy it is to die. Throughout the game there are countless bottomless pits, puddles of killer acid, electric wires, furnace rooms and other areas that will kill you instantly if you come in contact with them. This is incredible annoying. And since you have to move in order to swing your lightsaber different ways, it’s very easy to fall off ledges. My advice is to save very often with this game, as you never know then you will run into a wall that kills you instantly.
Classic Star Wars soundtrack, if there is one thing that you can bank on in a Star Wars game, its that that sound will be great and Jedi Outcast is no exception.
You play as Kyle Katarn, a mercenary who has turned away from the Jedi ways. The game takes place after Star Wars Return of the Jedi. The basic premise is that the New Republic is trying to wipe out the Imperial Remnant. You are sent in to investigate and a series of events leads you to seek out your lightsaber and Force powers once again. That is all I will tell you.
Multiplayer and a solid story mode give you enough to keep on playing the game after you've beaten it several times. I should mention that the multiplayer mode has computer bots, you even if you have no friends to play with you can still play against the computer in the multiplayer matches.
Buy or Rent?
If you’re a Star Wars fan than this game is a no brainer. If you’re looking for a great FPS, Jedi Outcast is not what you’re looking for. The 3rd person lightsaber action is what this game is all about. For everyone else, I think you should rent the game, but don't formulate an opinion until you've gotten your lightsaber and some Force powers as this is where the game gets interesting.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 06/23/03, Updated 06/23/03
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