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For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knight series was the guardian of peace and justice in Star Wars gaming 02 Oct, 2009, 19:56 / 29 comments

Just a follow-up to the snippet Darrell Rodriguez mentioned in that GameTrailers TV interview about how the Jedi Knight series was coming to Steam and Direct2Drive next week.

There was some confusion about what that would include, but the LucasArts Twitter confirms it will be the entire series. That is: Dark Forces, Jedi Knight, Mysteries of the Sith, Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy. I'm particularly glad that the excellent Jedi Knight mission pack is on there too.

So, will you be getting any?

JP Update: They're here!

Dark Forces $4.99
Jedi Knight $4.99
Mysteries of the Sith $2.99
Jedi Outcast $9.99
Jedi Academy $9.99

or

Jedi Knight Collection... $19.99!

JP Update II: Some crazy Germans enterprising modder has fixed the 3D Acceleration problem some are experiencing with the Steam release of Jedi Knight (myself included). Simply extract this ddraw.dll file into your game directory (probably c:Program FilesSteamsteamappscommonstar wars jedi knight) and you can ramp up your resolution and turn 3D Acceleration on.

Comments

  • BillieJoe86 on 17 Sep, 2009, 01:18…
    I can't believe LucasArts messed up so bad! No Music? No 3D acceleration? Force windowed mode, what the heck? Do those guys even work at all? The games had already been released, the cost of putting them back in the market is almost none! I don't believe anyone would have even bothered about complaining if a couple of the 10 bucks games costed something like 12.99, but showing this lack of respect to the fans reminds me of the not-so-old Lucasarts everybody hated. I really hope they do something about it, because I still love and trust that company.
  • jp-30 on 17 Sep, 2009, 08:20…
    This makes me very, very scared for the X-Wing collection. That sure as hell won't be an instant purchase for me.
  • BillieJoe86 on 18 Sep, 2009, 14:52…
    Same here, but it seems that they are working on some sort of special edition, maybe? It'd make sense for them to do it. Even if you take the old versions for example, X-Wing Collector's CD was a special edition of the old floppy disk X-Wing, and later on the X-Wing Saga was X-Wing with improved graphics. They had improved the graphics ever since, as well as porting them for Win 95, and other stuff like a new soundtrack.
    But this better be a reaal special edition. We'll see what they have to offer!
  • The Tingler on 17 Sep, 2009, 00:09…
    This is really, really frustrating. No 3D acceleration? Forced Windowed mode on cutscenes and menus? No in-game music (because that was on CD and would be so difficult to put on Steam too!)? A lot of people are very angry, me included.

    Also, how the heck do you save in Dark Forces?
  • jp-30 on 17 Sep, 2009, 01:15…
    Harden up, it's checkpoint saves if I recall correctly.
  • jp-30 on 17 Sep, 2009, 00:52…
    They'd better show a bit more love in prepping the X-Wing games.

    Where's that LucasArts blog again?
  • jp-30 on 17 Sep, 2009, 00:56…
    Here we go, time for some feedback I think.

    http://lucasartsworkshop.wordpress.com/
  • Giygas on 16 Sep, 2009, 22:11…
    They're also on Direct2Drive, with the exception of the first Jedi Knight. (Also, "This product is only available for purchase in the United States and Canada.") :(
  • Jayel on 16 Sep, 2009, 21:16…
    so according to steam forums they didn't do anything to improve compatibility on newer systems and even missing CD music on JK1 games. That's disappointing.
  • jp-30 on 16 Sep, 2009, 21:49…
    Dark Forces runs fine on Vista 32. JK runs in some graphics configurations, but seems to crash with 3d acceleration on, which is a real disappointment.
  • Giygas on 16 Sep, 2009, 23:29…
    Also, Dark Forces uses DOSBox, which is a bit strange considering that they didn't use it for their Scumm games.
  • jp-30 on 16 Sep, 2009, 23:44…
    I'm seeing if I can turn off antialiasing on my ati mobility car as this indicates it may allow 3D acceleration to work.
  • jp-30 on 12 Sep, 2009, 20:54…
    I have all these on disc, but I will definitely get DF, JK, MOTS & again via steam.

    I wonder if our old JK mods will work...
  • BillieJoe86 on 12 Sep, 2009, 17:04…
    The JK/DF series has a special place in my heart :D I remember I spent about a month without a computer, but I had already bought Dark Forces, so I was reading the manual over and over and imagining how the game would be like in action.Years later, how I went to the store to ask the employees if JK was already out. My dad ended up giving it to me as a gift after I signed a commitment to help housekeeping and being nice to my sister, hahaha. I still keep that Tower Records bag in which the game came it.

    I remember going to get Mysteries of the Sith at a local store for christmas only to find out that they were out of copies! I remember how the employee said she was sorry about it with a sad face, so I can imagine how dissapointed I must have looked, haha.

    I'm an adventure games fan first, I stopped playing videogames for good many years ago, when LucasArts started releasing crap and cancelling good games! I got back into this world only when LucasArts announced SMI:SE. Still, I put the DF series up there with MI, DOTT, and Grim Fandango. Every one should try all these great games! (OK, maybe with the exception of Jedi Academy, I didn't even finish that one)
  • clone2727 on 12 Sep, 2009, 19:08…
    Academy was still good, I just thought it was slightly weaker than the previous games.
  • The Tingler on 12 Sep, 2009, 22:37…
    Agreed, especially as it feels like a mission pack for Outcast that's been bumped up to full price (they even cheekily kept almost exactly the same cover art).

    Still, it's only one of two of these games where you can go to the Dark Side - and kill that dick Josh too.
  • BillieJoe86 on 14 Sep, 2009, 00:14…
    Yeah, it wasn't a bad game, but the storyline was too obvious and sloppy. It was like having Lucasarts telling me "hey, don't worry about the storyline, because this game is just about adding more lightsabers and customizable stuff, the story is just an accesory here" The level design was very good though, and it was a fun game, but as good as the previous ones.
  • jp-30 on 13 Sep, 2009, 01:02…
    And you need it to run the Dark Forces mod (which I contributed to, ina small way);

    darkforces.jediknight.net/
  • clone2727 on 17 Sep, 2009, 16:21…
    Yes! I love the mod! I still play the original more though, if only for the MIDI's (which, I suppose I'm very used to :P).
  • clone2727 on 12 Sep, 2009, 16:45…
    I already have these, and I recommend any of you who don't to definitely pick these up. Especially Dark Forces, which usually is forgotten about.
  • Kroms on 12 Sep, 2009, 14:03…
    Why yes, I will be getting some.

    Not sure about these Star Wars games, though.
  • The Tingler on 12 Sep, 2009, 22:36…
    As soon as I typed it I've been waiting for someone to do that joke. Thanks for not disappointing Kroms! :P
  • novamonkey on 12 Sep, 2009, 12:29…
    the moment they brought out starwars crap i was disgusted with lucasarts.
    they haven't made anything good since.
    wish they'd just end it (instead of making up these stupid extra stories) and go back to the classics.
    monkey island, loom, indiana jones etc.
  • 3headedmonkey on 12 Sep, 2009, 13:29…
    They bring out star wars game since 1992 and there a many classic top games among them, as the Jedi Knight series for example
  • The Tingler on 12 Sep, 2009, 22:35…
    Um, yes. We'll forget about the likes of Full Throttle and Grim Fandango, they're crap obviously.
  • jp-30 on 13 Sep, 2009, 08:04…
    Monkey's just saying there are some classic Star Wars games too. He's not belittling non-SW games.
  • jp-30 on 13 Sep, 2009, 08:06…
    Wait, maybe you're saying that novamonkey's original comment that LucasArts produced nothing of quality post-Rebel Assault is stupid. In that case I agree.
  • jp-30 on 13 Sep, 2009, 09:24…
    (not maybe, definitely!)
  • The Tingler on 13 Sep, 2009, 10:09…
    Um, yes! :) I think I clicked 'reply' to the wrong monkey!