In Jedi Knight II you play as Kyle Katarn, a Jedi Outcast. He is an Outcast because he is a badass, and as we all know the Jedi don’t like badasses because anything cool is actually equated to the dark side of the Force. That’s why Han Solo wasn’t a Jedi, not because of midichlorians. He was simply too cool. Luckily in this game you get to have the best of both worlds.
Kyle Katarn has grey hair now, and though he is a grizzled veteran he still has to learn all of his Force powers. Thus, the first good chunk of the game is played with mostly guns. It’s the Quake III engine and without the force powers or the lightsaber it plays like an old school FPS. I guess it’s pretty old. Most of the guns are pretty bad. The stormtrooper rifle shoots lasers everywhere except for where the crosshair is. This makes for a surprisingly difficult experience.
The game gets great when the lightsaber and the Force powers make an appearance. Also Billy Dee Williams. You really feel like a total badass Jedi in this game. A Jedi that can take down anyone. And you pretty much do. Force pushing people off of ledges never gets old, nor does choking someone out with Force grip and then throwing them off a cliff. But it’s really all about taking people down in whatever way is the most entertaining.
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is currently on sale at 66% off for $3.39. It is totally worth it. You get to run around at super speed and have lightsaber battles. And what else do you need? Verdict: Buy it.