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The beginning of Katarn

  • Jul 23, 2001
Kyle Katarn quickly became my favorite character in the gaming world. In "Dark Forces", the first of the series, you really only begin to learn the basic brute skills of fighting. You also learn several mind skills, not powers, but necessary exercises to prepare you for the coming hazards in the next challenge(DFII on PC). This game, after 6 months of an off again on again gaming ralationship, is still very fun. This was my first game on PC, and though dated graphically, it's still better than the average nerf-herder. You now laugh at the "T" rating, because we were so innocent in them there days when blood was flying squares, but hey, fun is fun.

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Quick Tip by . September 26, 2010
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It seems to be the collective desire of most of the young men of my generation to blow large holes in Imperial Stormtroopers. At least it's always been a fantasy of mine. And while Dark Forces replaces this fantasy with something tangible, the game itself doesn't live up to the dream.

In this Playstation adaptation of the PC game, players once again become Kyle Katarn, the unknown rebel spy who stole the all-important Death Star plans before the opening of the first Star Wars movie. (Actually the first level of the game merges Katarn's adventures with the storyline of the films.) As the story unfolds, we learn of an Imperial plot to build enhanced, robotic Stormtroopers called Dark Troopers. It would seem that the Empire tired of the human troopers' notoriously bad marksmanship. From there on out it becomes Katarn's task to hunt for information behind enemy lines, and eventually put a stop to the plan single-handedly. But these single-handed heroics are even more impressive given the game's stellarly poor frame rate and graphics, and Lucas Arts' notoriously user-unfriendly save feature.

Though the speed of the Playstation allows for smooth movement, Dark Forces boasts a horrendously choppy frame rate. In addition, the utter blandness of the individual slaying grounds make gameplay nothing short of nauseating. While the mission objectives are excruciatingly clear, thanks to the mini-movie length cutscenes, the levels themselves are vast and confusing. The sparse smattering of ...

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