Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Fun lightsaber combat, an interesting story, and very little objectionable content make Jedi Academy a game that can be enjoyed by almost anyone.
Colonel Link - Staff Reviewer

Content at a glance:

Violence: With dismemberment turned on, enemies will occasionally lose an arm or leg (bloodless). With it off, lightsabers leave bright marks where they hit an enemy.

Language: 1 or 2 uses of Hell and D**n.

Sexual Content: A few of the female characters aren't dressed all that modestly.

Spiritual Issues: The Sith Cult is trying to resurrect an ancient Sith Lord's Spirit. The Force is used, but not given much attention. Near the end you can chose whether to be good or evil.

Jedi Academy is the sequel to Jedi Outcast and is a mix of third person lightsaber action and first person shooting. You have the ability to create your own character, choosing either male or female, and picking one of many alien or human races. You’re also able to customize your lightsaber at the very beginning of the game, unlike Jedi Outcast, where you had to earn it.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

You take the role of Jaden Korr, a new student arriving at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy on Yavin IV. Jaden, along with fellow student Rosh Penin, becomes an apprentice to Kyle Katarn. As an apprentice, you’re sent on various peace-keeping missions across the galaxy, many of which involve battling the Disciples of Ragnos, a Sith cult that is stealing Force energy from Force-rich locations across the galaxy.

Violence: Although entirely bloodless, you will spend most of the time shooting your enemies, hacking them up with your lightsaber, pushing them off cliffs, frying them with electricity, or choking them with a force power. When your lightsaber connects with someone, a glowing mark appears where you slashed them. Also, if you have dismemberment turned on, you have the ability to cut off arms and legs, although it doesn’t happen very often.
Language: Hell and D**n are used, but only once or twice during the 15 hours the game lasts.

Spiritual Content: As in everything Star Wars, you use “The Force”. The final boss is a woman who was possessed by a Sith Lord’s spirit that she tried to resurrect.
You also have the ability to choose between good and evil, and the choice you make affects the ending. You’ll be a “lightside” jedi if you choose to save a certain someone’s life, and you’ll follow the darkside if you strike them down. The choice is yours.

Sexual Content: You see one or two female Twi’leks during the game, and they wear skimpy bikini-like clothes.

Gameplay: The FPS aspect of the game is adequate at best. But the lightsaber battles are where the game truly shines. You really feel like a powerful Jedi, and once you upgrade your force powers and lightsaber skills, there are very few enemies who can stand in your way. But it is still very hard to defeat other lightsaber wielding enemies (like Sith and Dark Jedi). But although it takes nothing more than clicking the mouse to wield your lightsaber, the battles are always different and beautifully choreographed. The force powers are also a joy to use: It never gets old to force choke a Dark Jedi and throw him over a cliff, or pull a bunch of enemies’ weapons right out of their hands.

Jedi Academy.  Illustration copyrighted.

Conclusion: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is a great Star Wars game and it has some of the best lightsaber duels in gaming history. Apart from some very brief language and tame violence, the game is very clean, and I can recommended to anyone over 11.

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