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Retro Review – Star Wars: Dark Forces PC Game Review


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Star Wars: Dark Forces is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by LucasArts. It was released in 1995 for MS-DOS and Apple Macintosh, and in 1996 for the PlayStation. The storyline is set in the Star Wars fictional universe and follows the character Kyle Katarn, a mercenary working on behalf of the Rebel Alliance. He discovers the Empire’s “Dark Trooper Project”, which involves the development of a series of powerful new battle droids and power-armored stormtroopers.

Dark Forces uses the Jedi game engine, which was developed specifically for the game. The engine adds gameplay features to the first-person shooter genre which were uncommon at the time of release, including level designs with multiple floors and the ability to look up and down.

Critics gave very favorable reviews to the DOS and Macintosh versions of Dark Forces, but not to the PlayStation version. The DOS and Macintosh versions were praised for the level design and technological advances. The PlayStation version was criticized for having poor graphics and slow frame rates, reducing playability. A sequel to Dark Forces, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, followed in 1997.

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  1. this game is as old as me, about to play the series for the first time (: nice review, subscribed

  2. Hah, there was a Rogue One ad before this video.
    I kinda hope that if the movie gets a sequel, it goes into the same direction as Dark Forces 2.

  3. So it's basically Doom: Star wars edition. I MUST have it! (I know you don't consider it a Doom clone, i mean graphicwise).

  4. Fantastic review. Never played the 'Dark Forces' games before, and after watching this, I'm absolutely going to pick them up in the GOG sale on right now. Thanks!

  5. You do realize there were two ways to illuminate areas right? You started out with a headlamp and then got nightvision goggles

  6. I tried playing this but I couldn't finish it. The level design is just awful and confusing, I had no idea where to go several times. This game has aged poorly compared to other 90s classics.

  7. Rogue One: Spends a whole movie getting the Death Star plans
    Dark Forces: Spends one mission getting them

  8. I'm gonna sound like such a noob, but how do you get more lives in this game? New player here.
    I find health, ammo, guns, and powerups, but I can't seem to get more lives. I lost 2 of them in the first level, and now I've been hanging onto my last life for the rest of the game.
    Someone, how do I get more? Google only shows cheats, which I don't want. Thanks.

  9. The DarkXL engine may seem good at first glance but it is still bugged in later levels (Nar Shaddaa if I remember correctly) causing some people to be unable to finish the game.

  10. Great review. I enjoyed the game a lot but didn't like the darkxl source port. The way the levels distorted when looking up and down game me a headache. I have the GOG version and I'm happy with it. In the game's install folder there is a launcher that allows you to change the controls. I am playing with a standard wasd and mouse controls.

  11. Funny how this game looks and feels more similar to Jedi Knight II than the first Jedi Knight. Really, the first real 3D FPS games look ugly as shit compared to the late 2D FPS, these were more colorful and a good sprite beats a polygon mess by far

  12. I remember these star wars games being the benchmarks for PC performance back in the early/mid 90's lol.

  13. This game's pretty good, I wouldn't recommend the DarkXL port under normal circumstances though due to its bugs and compatibility issues (one thing that always chaps my ass is the lack of music in cutscenes) and sadly it doesn't look like it's in development anymore so it'll likely stay that way.

  14. Great video. Thanks!

    Shameless self promo ALERT: I am rebooting Dark Forces in the Unreal Engine:

  15. This was probably the earliest FPS game that I ever played, and I still enjoy playing it every now and then!

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