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The Final Say!
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: 29 September 2003
Review Score: 9.5/10
Distributed by Activision
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Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is the latest instalment of the highly popular Jedi Knight series that is set a few years after Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi and features the amazing universe created by George Lucas. Unlike the other titles from the series, you no longer play as the reluctant Jedi, Kyle Katarn but you are now a novice Jedi called Jaden.
Before you actually begin your adventure, you must create a character that will be your avatar in the Star Wars universe and this character can be from a variety alien races, including human from either of the sexes. Once you have selected your race and sex, you can then tweak your characters appearance and even personalise your very own lightsabre.
The game starts with the "Trade Mark" Star Wars introduction writing that sets the story for this new saga of Jedi Knight and has you aboard a Jedi star ship that is headed towards the Jedi training academy on Yevin. Unfortunately for Jaden, something happens to the craft as it approaches Yevin and the pilot must force an emergency landing. After being knocked from your ship, you eventually meet up with another fellow Jedi rookie called Rosh and by working together, you eventually find your way back to the Jedi Academy.
Something sinister is happening in the grounds of the Jedi Academy that not only see the risings of a new faction of the Dark Lords but also that of the Imperial Remnants and the deadly Cult of Ragnos. Fortunately for Jaden, he has some help in solving this mystery that includes our favourite Jedi Master, Luke Sky Walker and the hero from the previous Jedi Knight series, Kyle Katarn who together help you unravel this dark mystery.
The main gameplay modes in Jedi Academy are mission based that has you travelling to various destinations around the Star Wars universe such as Tatooine and Coruscant. The missions in the game are varied and challenging and range from a variety of objectives like destroying Imperial Remnant troops or recovering lost items. The first few missions in the game is basically a training course that teaches you to use your Jedi powers and helps you master the noble and deadly lightsabre. As the game progresses, the missions gradually become harder and you soon face more competent opponents such as the Dark Lords and Imperial Remnant elite storm troopers.
The beauty of Jedi Academy is that the game isn't your average first person shooter but far from it actually. The gameplay is beautifully split into a variety of modes that include puzzles, first person, third person, various jumping missions, one-on-one battles, controlling a variety of Imperial vehicles and of course, using your force powers.