Reviews and Problems with Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
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Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Review
11 March 2010
Conclusion: Jedi Academy does a great job recreating the epic lightsaber duels that most of us have come to love, but the big question is will gamers be willing to play through the first few mundane missions in order to get to that point? Initially I would have said no, but I was drawn to keep playing regardless of how bad I felt the visuals were, and even as the framerate chugged along at a snail’s pace.
Excerpt: Ever think about how your life would be different if you had use of the Force? You could easily get out of speeding tickets with mind tricks, you wouldn't need to get up to find the remote and a lightsaber could cut better than any Miracle Blade! Although Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy doesn't allow you to answer these questions, it certainly gets you one step closer to experiencing the life of a Jedi Knight.
Excerpt: I am a big time Star Wars nut. Iíve held epic plastic lightsaber duels with friends, the furious clashing of our glowing weapons providing the only illumination in the pitch-black country night. Iíve driven through a Taco Bell drive-thru wearing Darth Vaderís helmet; my three other buddies in the car also sharing in the moment by wearing Stormtrooper, Scout Trooper and Boba Fett replica helmets (yes, they actually gave us our food).
Excerpt: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is definitely a fun game. You play the role of Jade a student of the Jedi Academy. You can customize your character from their gender, the color of the hair, their species, and their clothes. While traveling to The Academy your ship crashes, this is the beginning of your many adventures. You will travel across the galaxy interacting with characters like Chewbacca and even some druids.
Conclusion: during the course of the game. Unlike Outcast, the previous Jedi Knight game on Xbox, you start with Jedi powers. Although Jedi Academy (JA) has a first-person shooter heritage, I spent only a handful of minutes looking down the barrel of a blaster. There are times when you have to use one of the many guns included in JA, but for the majority of the time you’ll be in third person mode with your lightsaber at the ready.
Excerpt: However, Jedi Academy is unique in that it hails from the same lineage as Dark Forces; the beginning of the marriage between first person shooters and Star Wars that started in 1997. Jedi Academy quite literally takes a step back (though not in terms of gameplay) by changing much of Jedi Academy to resemble a third person action game. For most of the time in Jedi Academy, you will be wielding and developing saber skills and force powers.