Slight disappointments with the Steam version of Dark Forces II - Jedi Knight: the Jedi Knight menus and FMVs play in Windowed mode by default (it seems to glitch without it) - but hopefully someone fixes that at some point... also the game doesn't have the excellent CD / Red Book Audio soundtrack when you download it via digital distribution. You'll need to burn an image of the music and have it in your CD drive when you play if you want that music back!... (Disc One's music is here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=H7F02YJX)... the games after Mysteries of the Sith don't suffer from these problems.
I found you can update the models and textures for the first JK to a more acceptable standard -- its called Jedi Knight enhanced. And this particular version has been around since January 2007, so I'm quite late to the party...
Here's how to use it...
(If you didn't download the game via Steam and are using the old disc, just follow the instructions below substituting the Steam Jedi Knight directory with the regular Jedi Knight directory. Use the Launch Options in the third image below as parameters for JK.exe)
- Get JKVersions.exe and run it in administrator mode. This will download and patch the official LucasArts JK.exe.
- Rename the unofficial patched executable to JK.exe and copy both JK.exe and jk-extension.dll to your Program Files/Steam/SteamApps/Common/Star Wars Jedi Knight folder.
- Download JK Enhanced. Copy the JKE batch file and the JKE folder to the Jedi Knight directory.
- Download JK Retexture and copy the JKR.gob file into the JKE directory.
To run with enhanced models etc, you can either run the JKE Batch file or alter the parameters of the game in Steam. To do this:
- Right click the game and choose Properties
- Click Set Launch Options
- Enter the following:
If you already have a save-game started it won't work with this Mod until you start the next level. So either start a new game from scratch, or skip the level you're on by pulling up the console and typing 'thereisnotry'.
Some before and afters:
I figured there were bound to be some gamers on here who played this back in the day... there are probably a few of you still playing it. Anyway, just found it quite cool and an excuse to play an old classic once again!