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Thursday, May 30, 2002
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast Coming to Mac
2:21 PM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Aspyr Media announced today that they will be bringing Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast to the Macintosh. Developed by Raven Software for LucasArts, this third game in the series that began with the venerable Dark Forces (the second game, Jedi Knight, was never released for the Mac) is being converted by Westlake Interactive's Brad Oliver.

Here's a description of the game along with preliminary system requirements from Aspyr's press release:

Players assume the role of Kyle Katarn, ex-Jedi Knight turned mercenary, as they employ a unique mix of weapons, Force powers, and [their] lightsabers in both single- and multiplayer modes.

Several years have passed since Kyle avenged his father's death and saved the Valley of the Jedi from Jerec and his band of Dark Jedi. Allowing his Force powers to languish for fear of falling to the Dark side, Kyle set aside his lightsaber, vowing never to use it again. But when a new and menacing threat to the galaxy emerges, Kyle knows he must reclaim his past in order to save his future.

Preliminary system requirements are:

  • Mac OS 9.0 or later
  • Mac OS X compatible
  • G3 processor at 400 MHz or faster
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 4X CD-ROM (16X recommended)
  • Hard drive, with 665 MB minimum free space
  • Hardware 3D acceleration required

(These are extremely early system requirements and subject to change).

IMG has posted a first look at the game by our own Andy Largent with more detailed information. Here's a brief excerpt to whet your appetite:
The game shifts between first and third person views depending on your current weapon, and Jedi Knight II is one of the first times where the technique has been pulled off successfully. Of course the Quake 3 engine can do first person shooters, so using the guns and grenades is natural for any FPS fan. The third person view is for light saber fighting, and this is where the game's animation starts to shine.

As Kyle develops his Jedi skills again, the moves for the light saber fights get truly impressive. It's great fun to watch him gracefully roll forward into a stabbing motion or push sideways off of a wall in an extraordinary side flip to get around an enemy.

The light saber fights themselves are visual splendor, with great lighting as the powerful weapons collide. Particles and light flares are used well, and even the sabers swinging through the air show a great aura. For fun, the sabers will leave temporary marks on surfaces as they 'burn' through them, though for the most part this isn't used in the gameplay itself.

For more information, check out the full text of our preview, which includes a gallery of screen shots, as well as the Aspyr and LucasArts web pages for Jedi Knight II.

IMG First Look: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
LucasArts: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
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