#3 – Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Developer: Raven Software, Vicarious Visions
Release Date: March 26, 2002
While the Jedi Knight series has become renowned for its high-quality titles, the best of the best was arguably Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. The first Jedi Knight game for four years, Jedi Outcast was based on the Quake 3 Team Arena engine, pushing the series into a third-person format for the first time, as well as dramatically altering and improving its gameplay mechanics.
The game was highly praised for its excellent single player mode which incorporated exciting combat, an excellent story, and clever puzzles. Most notably, Jedi Outcast benefited from the most accurate implementation of Jedi powers to date, featuring a range of exciting and varied force power abilities combined with an incredibly authentic lightsaber combat and dueling system. The game’s multiplayer suite was expansive and fun, and continues to be played to this day.
While the game’s successor built on Outcast’s concepts further, Jedi Outcast was the game that changed the face of the series and raised the bar to its highest peak.
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