This is a screenshot of the video game Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy, featuring the player's character using a green lightsaber to stab an enemy.

Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy

Genre | Action, Shooter
Developer | Raven Software
Platforms | PC, OSX, XBOX

In Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy, the player controls Jaden Korr, a student at the eponymous Jedi Academy  training to become an eponymous Jedi Knight whose instructor is the eponymous Jedi outcast, Kyle Katarn. Jaden undertakes a variety of missions, learns a lesson about the value of friendship, and kills multiple enemies.

Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy includes twelve weapons, fourteen Force powers, twenty six levels, and a Luke Skywalker. The player is sometimes given a choice as to which levels to play through in which order, and of the fifteen levels the player gets to choose from, three can be skipped. Jaden can be male or female and five different species, but not all at once.

In Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy the player is able to wield two lightsabers or a double bladed lightsaber in addition to wielding one lightsaber. Wielding different lightsabers provides alternative lightsaber combat moves. The player also is able to undertake a variety of acrobatic maneuvers depending on what kind of lightsaber they have equipped.

The graphics in Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy are in a realistic style. They depict a variety of locations, like Hoth, Tatooine, and ruins. The sounds in the game include Jaden’s voice, which is spoken in English regardless of the player’s race, and the growls and roars of Chewbacca, who at one point accompanies Jaden. The music in the game is from the Star Wars trilogy.

Some of the levels in Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy are longer than other levels. Some feature combat against a variety of enemies, like Stormroopers and sand people. A few levels are shorter and are focused more on solving puzzles. At one point the player rides a swoop, which is a hovering bike-like vehicle.

This is a score for an objective game review. The score is an 8.5 out of 10.