#15 – Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Developer: Raven Software, Vicarious Visions
Release Date: September 16, 2003
Building off the success of Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy gave the player more freedom to build their own path than the previous title in the series. New character creation tools meant that players were no longer required to play through the story of Kyle Katarn, who took a secondary role.
Story missions were branched out, allowing players to pick and choose which missions they wanted to take on next, while a vastly expanded set of options for lightsaber combat meant that players could pick double-sided or twin-saber layouts. The game’s popular multiplayer suite also returned with more extensive options than before.
Jedi Academy ultimately failed to top its predecessor, albeit just barely. The absence of Kyle as the main character dulled the experience somewhat, while the game’s engine was starting to look a little dated by late 2003. Despite this, Jedi Academy is held in high regard, although it turned out to be the last game in the excellent Jedi Knight series to date.
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