2002? Weird. Could have sworn this came out in the 90s. Anyway, this is the next Dark Forces game, which drops the Dark Forces from the title completely, actually. This time the game was made by the wonderful Raven Games and the difference in quality from the last one is enormous because of it.
This is actually the only one of this series I had never fully played before. I remember downloading a shitty ripped version of it on dial-up back in the day, and without the cutscenes or a proper 3dfx card it was just too ugly and confusing to get into at the time. I think I tried one more time later and again just found it too ugly to mess with. This time, after over an hour of fucking around trying to get the game to run with 3d acceleration on without lagging or crashing, I finally got it running at max in all it’s 90s 3d glory. Yeah, this was right at the awkward dawn of the age of 3d, back when everything had just made the leap from 2d into a disgusting, blocky mess of polygons.
The Star Wars bug has not quite left me yet, and so I am forced to choose between the many excellent old Star Wars games out there to play again. I could have gone for the original Battlefronts, or the old Super Nintendo trilogy, or maybe Republic Commando, but in the end I decided to go with the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series.
Ok, this is going to sound crazy, but hear me out…
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) “Anti-Cheese Edit”I haven’t seen this for 15 years or so. Not since a friend gave me his VHS copy in disgust, which I watched, and then ejected and smashed on the floor, never to be seen again. All the recent Star Wars mania got me thinking though. I had heard that there were edited versions of the prequel trilogies, but never bothered to check them out.
Star Wars: A New Hope Despecialized (1977)Man, I don’t even remember the last time I watched these. Saw them so many times back in the day that I got kind of burnt out on them. If you haven’t heard about these Despecialized versions yet, they’re high end fan edits of the original movies in near high definition, but minus all the fuckin awful special edition additions. These are the highest quality versions of the original unaltered trilogy there are. While the effects in this one are noticeably weaker than the sequels it still holds up pretty well for how old it is. There are some minor issues that is completely forgotten about like Luke being so whiny, Leia having a bad British accent for some reason, and an embarrassingly bad Obi Wan/Vader light saber fight, but it’s still a fun movie overall.