Who would’ve thought after a few years of Star Wars games being released by EA or actually being canceled. We are getting one of the best (and oldest) games back on current gen consoles in the form of Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. The game scored amazing reviews back when it was released around 17 years ago, but does it stand the test of time to play it all over again in 2019?
A first cinematic appears and, god , those cutscenes didn’t age that well. The rendering is mushy, it could give a headache just by looking at it. But once you are in the game, it must be said that it is much more beautiful than the cutscenes . And for good reason, the textures have been smoothed and refined, it’s clear overall , nothing to say on that side. In contrast, the title has aged. Modeling, animations, environments … The new generation might struggle seeing something like this, but it sure is nostalgic as well. Old-fashioned 3D, that’s what we have in front of us. By the way, the brightness is very low by default, it is often quite hard to see everything in detail, so we advise you to go in the settings to adjust this before diving in deep space.
But beyond aesthetics, there is a great story and well known universe that holds everything together. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast , it’s like an old car. It takes a while to get going, but once you do it drives like a dream. In other words, we must force ourselves a little and complete the first chapters to really enjoy the title as it should . The controls have been made quite accessible. One trigger allows to aim, another to shoot, a button to jump … If you’ve played FPS games before , you quickly find your bearings. In addition, it is possible to switch to third-person view , but the accuracy with blasters will go down fore sure. Moreover, whether you choose for it or not. The best way to play the game is with a lightsaber at hand and using your force powers you learn to wield thoughout the game. This game brings out some fantastic gameplay with saber dueling and still holds its own in this generation.
So is this a perfect port? Sadly no, there is a lack of multiplayer. The question is: why? Indeed, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast offered a corner where several Jedi / Sith clashed in fierce, electric and epic struggles! Why should you leave the mode that thrilled fans of the Star Wars franchise? Really frustrating… To make that up for we can say that the game is perfect with the price tag of €/$9.99 and the music is as we know superb.
This edition of Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast allows the older generation to relive their childhood and the new generation to see just how much the Star Wars licenced games have changed in recent years. The story and gameplay still hold up the test of time, it’s just a pity that the game doesn’t come with the popular multiplayer modes.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast remains a true classic in the genre, sadly the missing multiplayer component will disappoint some fans.