It’s off topic for this site but I had a request for magazine scans on Jedi Knight + it’s add-on pack Mysteries Of The Sith which I thought I’d share here while I had them. For those that never played it, Jedi Knight was a first person shooter from the late 90’s which basically combined Quake-like gameplay with the Star Wars universe. That sells it somewhat short though as the level variety and storyline were far improved on anything Id had produced. Lucasarts had already turned out Dark Forces which did the same for Doom and the series was easily my favourite FPS of the 90’s at least as far as single player gaming is concerned. Origin had wanted to produce something similar in the Wing Commander universe in 1997 which only got as far as a pitch to EA who sadly didn’t take the offer up.
The expansion pack Mysteries Of The Sith came out a few months after Jedi Knight and is one of the earlier games I remember to move to game engine rendered cutscenes instead of FMV. This won it praise in some reviews for being more immersive but I expect was actually done because the add-on pack had a smaller budget. I always thought that the 3D engines back then were nowhere near up to the job but other games followed suit as PC gaming shifted to all-out 3D and it’s probably no coincidence that it’s about this time that I started looking into older games instead of the latest and greatest.
Onto the reviews anyway. I’ve not played it in at least a decade so I’m not sure how it would stand up these days but it’s fair to say that Jedi Knight met with unanimous praise from all concerned at the time. Starting with the October 1997 PC Zone:-
From the November 1997 Ultimate PC:-
From the December 1997 PC Format:-
From the December 1997 PC Gamer:-
From the Xmas 1997 PC Home:-
And finally the January 1998 PC Guide:-
Moving onto Mysteries Of The Sith this review is from the April 1998 PC Zone:-
From the April 1998 PC Format:-
And this last one is from the April 1998 PC Gamer:-