Review: Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Seventeen years ago we saw a new Star Wars game coming out for the Nintendo Gamecube called: Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Seventeen years later, the makers thought to breathe new life into this game and port the game to the Nintendo Switch. The game has been out for a while now and we have also started working on it. Because how bad is it to play a classic? Maybe a little worse than we thought.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is set a few years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The story revolves around Kyle Katarn. Kyle Katarn is an ex Jedi who has taken on the life of a mercenary. Kyle begins the story with a number of laser blasters at his disposal to later relearn how to use his Jedi powers and light saber. From then on the game really starts and you go from a first person shooter to a third person hack and slash game. With your Jedi powers you go out and you have to solve the necessary puzzles of the game. In the meantime you can quietly hack away at the enemy stormtroopers.
With the Nintendo Switch, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast lets you use the built-in gyroscope. For the first person shooter part that worked quite annoying. In handheld mode or with a pro controller, the aiming was so sensitive that you constantly had the idea that you were wrong. The fact that the hitboxes on your opponents are also small does not make shooting in the game any better. But once the lightsaber is in hand, the game plays like a charm. The combat is smooth and the use of your Jedi powers is fine. In addition to the fact that the story only becomes interesting after your lightsaber, this also applies to the gameplay.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is an obvious port to Nintendo Switch. On the one hand, it has a certain charm to see the game with the full pixel layer. But on the other hand, we've also been spoiled a bit with remakes like The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Couldn't Aspyr Media , the publisher, have chosen to remake the game? Maybe, maybe not. I would rather have seen an HD remake or full remake of a classic than simply a port to the latest console. Nevertheless, a port does increase the nostalgia value of a game.
The older generation of gamers will be more inclined to buy and play Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Perhaps the somewhat younger Star Wars fans who are picking up this game. And that's understandable since Jedi Outcast was known for having one of the best lightsaber mechanics of all Star Wars games.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is a fun trip down memory lane. The third person lightsaber fights are great and still one of the best of its kind. The first person shooter part is to cry and especially with your Switch's gyroscope on. If you turn it off, it's still doable. The puzzles are fun and challenging and easy to solve with your force. The game is a port and that is clearly visible in the graphics. An HD remake or a full remake might have been nicer. Jedi Outcast is particularly suitable for fans who want to take a trip down memory lane. But also for the younger fans of Star Wars, this game is highly recommended.
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