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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
2 May 2005
Excerpt: Not too long ago, LucasArts surprised us with the announcement of 'Jedi Academy' (I'll use JA from now on); the next in the long-running series of 'Dark Forces/Jedi Knight' games. An amazing announcement considering 'Jedi Outcast' (I'll use JO from now on) was just released last year, and the wait between 'Jedi Knight: Dark Forces' and JO had been a long 4 year wait.
Excerpt: Star Wars: Jedi Academy is certainly not the first Star Wars game for the Xbox. Many titles set in that universe have had their chance to grace the Microsoft console. Indeed, for followers, it seems like LucasArts has developed a delectable taste for the Xbox’s emphasis on whiz-bang graphics and digital surround sound, both trademarks of the filmmaking powerhouse behind LucasArts.
Summary: Is there anything more fulfilling than
brandishing your very own light saber, tearing through Imperial Stormtroopers,
nasty bounty hunters, and hell bent Dark Jedi like a knife through a stick of
warm butter? Anyone who's a fan of both Star Wars and video gaming would be a
liar if they said 'no'.
Excerpt: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is the second Jedi Knight game developed by Raven. Their first effort in the series, Jedi Outcast, was met with success, both with critics and gamers. However, Jedi Academy has some pretty significant differences from the previous game. Is it an improvement? Well, let's first take a quick look at the whole series to see what's going on.
Excerpt: Almost everyone has heard of Star Wars, and if you haven’t you probably wouldn’t be reading this. There is a huge following behind the whole Star Wars Jedi thing, so of course if they made games based on this, you would expect them to be good. However “good” doesn’t describe this game; it’s great.
Excerpt: Raven Software put together an arguably great game with Jedi Knight 2, their follow-up in the long-running Star Wars first person shooter franchise. And only a year and 3 months later, they have belted a new sequel out: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. While the series' main character, Kyle Katarn, plays a fairly big role in this game, you actually play as a new Jedi student. The question is whether Raven has added enough gameplay to warrant another $50 purchase.
Excerpt: There are dozens of Star Wars games on the market, but none captures the excitement of lightsaber combat as well as the Jedi Knight games. Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is the third game in the series, or, technically, the fourth if you count 1995's Dark Forces, which didn't bear the Jedi Knight name (and didn't let you use lightsabers or Force powers, either). It is also the second Jedi Knight game to appear on the Xbox.
Conclusion: Wrap-Up: If you�re a fan of the Jedi Games and you liked Jedi Outcast , then you�ll definitely like Jedi Academy . It has everything a Star Wars� fan needs. You might want to wait till the price drops a bit though so you don�t feel like you paid too much for what should have been an Add on Pack.
Excerpt: Jedi Academy takes place ten years after the events in Return of the Jedi and Luke Skywalker and a handful of other Jedi (Including Kyle Katan the star of the previous Jedi Knight games) have set up an academy to train promising students to become Jedi, and become peacemakers of the galaxy . You play as Jaden Korr, a character where you have a somewhat limited control of sex species and appearance (see further down).
Conclusion: And, once you've tired of the single player game, the multiplayer aspect has been sufficiently tweaked beyond the scope of past JK iterations, making it smell and taste better than ever. Yum.