Star Wars: Dark Forces
Dark Forces is a first-person shooter developed by LucasArts in 1995 for Dos and the Macintosh. You play the role of Kyle Katarn, a mercenary hired by the Rebel Alliance to find out and stop the Empire’s Dark Trooper Project. The game features fun and engaging levels with plenty of atmosphere. It’s still and enjoyable game to play even by today’s standards.
The game is set in the time of the legends from the first Star War series. You’ll hear about Princess Leia, Jabba and others as you progress with the story.
Dark Forces added new abilities to the Doom-style of play. You can jump, crouch and run. There’s a variety of weapons to pick up along the way with some of them having two firing methods, such as single fire or burst. In the case of explosives you can have them detonate after a few seconds or have them trigger when someone walks close.
Star Wars: Dark Forces Walkthrough
Mission 2: After the Massacre – Talay (Tak Base)
Mission 3: The Subterranean Hideout – Anoat City
Mission 5: The Blood Moon – Gromas Mines
Mission 6: Crix Madin’s Fate – Detention Center
Mission 7: Deadly Cargo – Ramsees Hed
Mission 8: Ice Station Beta – Robotics Facility
Mission 9: The Death Mark – Nar Shaddaa
Mission 10: Jabba’s Revenge – Jabba’s Ship
Mission 11: The Imperial Mask – Imperial City
Mission 12: Smuggler’s Hijack – Fuel Station
Mission 13: The Stowaway – The Executor
Mission 14: The Dark Awakening – The Arc Hammer
Dark Forces uses the Jedi Game Engine which allows for some nice atmospheric effects such as the red haze in the mining facility. I found the level design in Dark Forces was very good and enjoyed the variety the designers added into each level.
There is a very strong following with the Dark Force games and even today fans continue to compete against each other in speed runs. There was also a strong mod community with many maps and customizations for this game.