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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

by Lucas Arts Entertainment
Windows 98 / Me / XP
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Platform:   Windows 98 / Me / XP
  • ESRB Rating: Teen Teen
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is a dynamic single and multiplayer action experience featuring an all-new epic story. Players are immersed in the role of apprentice at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy where they learn the power - and danger - of the Force. Amidst a multitude of complex and richly detailed Star Wars environments, including twice as many unique locales as those in Star Wars: Jedi Outcast, players face a variety of powerful and insidious enemies.

For the first time in a Jedi Knight series game, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy allows players to create and customize their own characters by choosing various characteristics including species, gender, clothing, and physical attributes such as hair and facial features. In addition, players can create a custom lightsaber, selecting from hilt design and blade color. As apprentices progress in their training, different lightsabers will become available, such as the double-bladed lightsaber or dual lightsabers.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy begins shortly after the conclusion of events in Star Wars: Jedi Outcast. Players create a Jedi apprentice character and join the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 to learn the ways of the Force under the tutelage of Luke Skywalker and Kyle Katarn. While the young apprentice embarks on various missions to hone their skills and abilities, a mysterious group is discovered creating havoc throughout the galaxy. Until order is restored, the fate of the Jedi Academy - and the future of the Star Wars galaxy itself - hangs precariously in the balance.

While players are able to accomplish more by using the lightsaber in Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, they also will have a variety of weapons - new and old - at their disposal including a blaster, blaster rifle, Wookiee bowcaster, Imperial repeater, and a Destructive Electro-Magnetic Pulse gun. A unique level selection system allows players to choose their own path through the game as well as the missions they undertake to improve their Jedi skills. The game adds new multiplayer modes and bring back the most popular modes from Star Wars: Jedi Outcast.

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This game lets you customize your character by choosing species, gender, clothing, and more and then create a custom light saber to do battle against the forces of Darth Vader.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Jedi Outcast July 4 2004
By Alan
I was surprised when I found that I liked Jedi Knight II more than the original Dark Forces: Jedi Knight, and Jedi Academy is even better. The ability to customize your character's appearance gives your character a personal touch, and being able to choose which Force powers you want, and ultimately, which side of the Force to follow, is something that was good in the original Jedi Knight but lacking in Jedi Knight II. I also liked the decision to go with several smaller missions as opposed to a few long ones -- this keeps the game fresh, and much less monotonous; if you find yourself on a level you don't like, at least you know it won't last TOO terribly long.
The lightsaber combat is also improved, and feels much more fluid.
If there's one complaint I have with the game is that you can no longer wield the lightsaber in first-person mode. I'm guessing this decision was made to accomodate all of the new combat moves in the game, but personally, given the choice between having these moves and playing completely in first-person mode, I'd choose first-person: I think the designers should've given the player the choice.
But despite that, this is really a great game. Well done Raven Software!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For a first-time SW gamer, it's pretty good. June 27 2004
This is the first SW game I've really played on the PC, and I have to say I'm enjoying the heck out of it. The game is fairly simple to setup and play and doesn't require a monster system to play it on.
You get to visit some familiar SW locales as well as some new ones. And there's also a couple of familiar faces such as Luke and Chewie. And there's always plenty of Stormtroopers and other Empire forces to slash at.
Not having played any of the other Jedi Knight games, I don't know how this compares. I enjoyed being able to customize my saber, but I would've liked a little more customization of my character. There's a limited number of races and looks and no matter the race or gender, your character's name is the same. A nice variety of weapons, although I use mostly my saber and force powers. The special moves took me a little while to get (using a mouse and keyboard), but I'm still relatively new to PC gaming and am still used using a console controller.
I will definitely look at some of the other JK games once I finish this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any star wars fan June 19 2004
This is a great follow -up to Jedi Outcast. This is almost the exact same game since it has some of the same weapons, music and characters only this one had much better graphics. Any fan of star wars will probably love this game. You can play this game in either first-person or third-person mode. I always like to play games that are in third-person mode but I still remember first-person mode from dark forces.
Plot: You play a student named Jaden Korr, who comes to the jedi academy to learn to be a jedi. You learn how to use a lightsaber and how to use the force. At first, you go on a few missions, some with Kyle Katarn from Jedi Outcast. But mainly you help Luke, Kyle and other students to try to stop a dark jedi, Tavion, from siphoning force power from many different locations to ressurect Marka Ragnos[a dead sith lord].
Weapons: Here is a list of the weapons: lightsaber, blaster pistol, E-11 blaster rifle, disputer rifle, wookie bowcaster, imperial heavy repeater, magnetic gun, golan arms flachette weapon, stouker concussion rifle, merr-sonn portable missle system and other throwable weapons. These weapons do come in handy but it's best to use a lightsaber. There's not much I can tell you about the weapons except that most of them you have probably seen in Jedi outcast.
I was surprised to see that this game was much easier than the Jedi Outcast but I still think this is a cool game. If you're a star wars fan, buy this game TODAY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... June 14 2004
Jedi Academy, though graphically excellent for a Quake 3-derived game, and with a decent storyline, was far from being a contender in the "Best Game" categories this year.
The game had well-developed gameplay, from well-balanced single-player levels (though these were, unfortunately, too linear, just as the game's predecessors were) and a decent multiplayer system now being augmented by a number of excellent mods. However, it cannot live up to the other games out there. The storyline, though decent, fails to match the depth that even Jedi Outcast had, much less something like HALO. The gameplay, though fun, was almost too similar to JK2's to really set it apart; the changes were nice and very welcome, but the game hardly loked different because of them; graphics were only modestly improved.
I did give it 4 stars though, because it stands up well as a game overall. The interesting means of choosing missions, though perhaps not all one might hope, gives the game overall a little less linearity. And the ability to customize the appearance of your character is interesting, even when it doesn't change the gameplay at all. And the game does stay true to the Star Wars mythos. Though perhaps less thrilling or engrossing than the earlier chapters of the saga, the game does deliver an interesting plot and the chance to create your own little part of the Star Wars universe. Difficulty settings ranged from too easy to difficult enough to prove a challenge - but not insanely so.
In short, if you enjoy a decent game with good replay value, pick this one up. If you're a perfectionist who demands the utter and complete epitome of ideal gaming - don't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jedi Academy
As other people have said, the plot for one-player mode is very...Well, almsot pathetic. It left me confused, it didn't explain alot. Read more
Published on April 24 2005 by Em Katyna
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Entertaining
Jedi Academy, or JK3, while entertaining, unfortunately fails to match the lofty standard set by its predecessor, JK2: Jedi Outcast. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Edmund Khoo
3.0 out of 5 stars Great fun but AI lacking
The game is fun and nice on the eyes. The big problem is the AI is pretty dumb. They just stand there and shot and most the time they miss you (though that is keeping with the... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE BEST star wars games yet!
This is the best of the JK series yet! Custom lightsabers and people. Debug commands (as most JK games). And driable space
craft and more!
(... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Jakub Kasan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Follow-Up To Jedi Outcast!!!
I know some have said that if you've got Jedi Outcast to not bother with this game. However, I beg to differ!!! Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by David Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars Cozi-Cozi (Italian for so-so)
I've long been a fan of Dark Forces and the Jedi Knight series, however, the latest rendition just didn't float my boat the way the others did. Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Villabob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game, great story
i borrowed jedi academy from my friend and i beat it about 11 times and it was so much fun each time. I like how you can make your own lightsaber and character. Read more
Published on May 12 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars One parent's plea
I write this more as an innocent bystander than anything else. I am not particularly into hack-and-slash games, but the resident 10-year-old thinks it is the last word in... Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by chefdevergue
4.0 out of 5 stars This game is very impressive!
I love playing with this beacause you can make your own character and there are more and harder to beat enemies! Read more
Published on April 18 2004
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