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Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast PC Game Review – The Force is strong with this one!

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*THIS VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILERS — YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!*

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, often abbreviated JK2 or JO, is a first/third-person action game developed by Raven Software and published by LucasArts and Activision. The PC version was released in March 2002 and the Mac OS X, Xbox and GameCube versions in November 2002. Powered by the Quake III: Team Arena game engine, the game primarily revolves around ranged and melee combat, with the player capable of wielding classic Star Wars weapons such as blasters, lightsabers and Force powers.

The game features both single-player and multiplayer modes. The story-driven single-player campaign is set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe two years after the events of Mysteries of the Sith, Jedi Outcast’s predecessor. The plot follows protagonist Kyle Katarn as he fights against the Dark Jedi Desann and his followers.The game was critically well-received on all platforms, with scores between 75 and 89/100 according to Metacritic’s composite averages.

In 2003, a sequel titled Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy was released for the Xbox, Mac OS and PC. In 2006, the PC version was re-released with four other Star Wars games in a pack entitled Star Wars: The Best of PC. On September 16, 2009, the game was re-released with the other Jedi Knight games (Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Mysteries of the Sith and Jedi Academy) onto Steam and Direct2Drive.

Following Disney’s decision to close LucasArts on April 3, 2013, the developers at Raven Software released the source code for the game on Sourceforge under GNU GPLv2 licensing. Shortly after this release, the source was removed because it had been found to contain proprietary libraries specific to the Xbox and Bink Video.

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  1. Mark Hamil said in an interview that he has NEVER been asked to reprise his role in any of the games.

  2. whoa " turd of a game soldier of fortune 2? " do you kiss your tranny father with that mouth?

  3. "the planet of Nar Shaddaa". The term planet hurt a bit. Tells me I am too much of a SW Nerd 😀

  4. I am so glad I am not the only one to had such a hard time with Nar Shadda! Holy christ on toast I felt like I was such a shitty gamer for not being able to traverse that fucking moon without having my head shot off or ass detonated. Glad the game gets better will definitely give it a second shot.

  5. Great game from start to finish + great MP, bots included! Granted, Nar Shaddaa was cheap.

  6. re-played it a couple of weeks ago and i totally forgot how awful the gunply was. guh, it's s painful. the stormtrooper blaster has some random spray making it extremely difficult to hit stuff even if you crosshair is directly on the target. and the first level after you get your lightsaber is an absolute nightmare. you pretty much have to use your own sniper rifle or it's impossible for you to progress. those damn snipers have a ridiculous accuracy. sometimes when you're rushing by an open door you get hit even though you're only exposed for half a second. later on in the game that gets a lot better though. no more sniper enemies. the fights against the reborn jedi are amazing. the ai can be quite good actually. unfortunately there are also some platforming elements that can be a pain. it's definitely a more oldschool game that can be quite tough. there are even secrets. probably one of the last games that has those.

  7. Dear ggmanlives. Thank-you!!!! for the spoilers warning at the beginning of the video. Because of that you have lost yourself 1 view on this video.. but earned yourself a subscriber. I appreciate shit like that

  8. I bought this game when I was 13, knowing nothing about, and I really enjoyed the first levels. However, when I first got my hands on the lightsaber at 5:24… I felt like my life had changed. The game makes a complete 180° turn.

  9. One of my most favorite games of all time. Pretty much the only Star Wars game in which the developers understood how lightsabers work (or would work); they SLICE things. It seems like in every other SW game the lightsaber is just an electrified glowy bat with which you just hit people until they fall (The Force Unleashed, Battelfront II, etc.). Characters in Jedi Outcast have their limbs chopped of, just as it's suppossed to be (even better if you introduce the dismemberment cheat)

  10. Anyone else get nightmares from that section in the mine with the ankle chompers hiding around every corner?

  11. Jedi Outcast was apparently built ontop of Star Trek Voyager Elite Force. If you play both games back to back you'll notice a lot of similarities with how the weapons handle, the particle effects and general texture/level design similarities. One of the developers of Outcast even stated in the earliest build of the game Stormtroopers were Klingons that were textured white.

    The game was also released at around the same time as Soldier of Fortune 2 and there are clearly a lot of similarities between the two. Like how they both share a lot of the same animations.

  12. Love this game, even bought it on GameCube so I could do couch multiplayer despite the awful second analog stick.

  13. Above all, I remember the honorable online duels and all the etiquette surrounding it. It was mandatory to bow to your opponents for example and woe to you if you ever attacked someone who had their lightsaber deactivated.

  14. 0:25 I don't get what you mean there as different games focus on different things. You should get X-Wing or Tie Fighter for a space battle experience, Battlefront for battles (you may get this game for space battle too) and this game for great saber dueling (this game also includes blaster action too).

  15. 5:30 While it may be anoying sometimes, it makes sense. Isn't that how a Jedi advances? Also, being too powerful early on would make you too powerful anyways so.

  16. 6:00 That's actually nice for the game to change in speed and all since if you just murdered and slaughtered everyone quickly, it would have been boring. The game tries to mix things up so you never get bored and it never is repetetive.

  17. Just played through it for the very 1st time on the original Xbox after buying it at a retro gaming store in Central Texas. Here at the end of good ol' 2016. Cutting edge modern graphics be damned. This game rocks. Very difficult in some areas, but like KOTOR it manages to make you feel very much like you're inside the SW universe. I've been gaming since 1982 and this is one of my favorite games of all time.

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    Jan is not murdered in front of Kyle's eyes. Tavion takes her into the shuttle, and then imitates it. The act is never shown, so the player and Kyle think Jan was murdered, when it actually didn't happen

  19. My brother had the GameCube version of Jedi Outcast.
    I now have the PC version via GOG.com.
    While Jedi Academy has slightly better gameplay, Jedi Outcast is every bit worth owning.

  20. This and Kotor 2 have to be my favorite SW games ever. first time I played this I was hooked and wasn't bothered much by the slow start. however nar shadaa wanted my snap the disc over my knee.

  21. considered the force unleashed? not as good as this but still a fun jedi simulator i guess is the right term

  22. Great and well structured review, mate… You might have specified that Kyle renounced his force powers because of what happened on Dromund Kaas in Mysteries of The Sith (which I don't think you reviewed?)…

  23. When I played this game I used dismemberment codes so that enemies could be chopped up to smaller pieces. It also caused weird but fun side effect to "final bosses" who sometimes just jumped off the edges and fell down to their deaths.

  24. I have some awesome mods installed for this game (singleplayer) which really enhance the effects and immersion while not changing the core greatness of the game.

  25. I wonder if I got a different game than everyone else. All I get is a wade through bad shooting mechanics, bad level design, a shite forced stealth system, and a lightsaber system that barely works.

  26. What I don't understand is why this is called Jedi Knight II, yet the Jedi Academy is only Jedi Knight and it was released a year later.

  27. > be gggmanlives
    > play jedi outcast
    > open console and type g_saberrealisticcombat 1
    > enjoy the game 3000% more

  28. Those reborn basterds are a pain in the ass. Specially those black suit robot-troopers. Goddam. Use all your abilities to take them down.

  29. A few years ago I rolled through all of these again. Once you get used to the graphics and slight clumsiness compared to current games these games really shine.

  30. Wow, what a great game! At the time the graphics and physics were sick, and ran seamlessly on my old Pentium III 600 MHz with a RIVA TNT2 32 Mb. Good old days…

  31. You'd be better off playing this game than watching any Star Wars movies after 1983, or even playing 80% of all games ever made. Dismemberment code on is a must though.

  32. I know they aren't your usual cup of tea, but would love to see you review the KOTOR games.

  33. This movie is incredibly Inaccurate on the Harder Difficulties. They can aim very well

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