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  1. #21
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    Honest, we should just find an Outcast/Academy server (Many still exist in Germany/Sweden and Eastern Europe) and have a RPS jedi/sith session. :)

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    I have six years of Academy training (it's one of those old PC games which as far as I know still has a decent sized community to this day). Come at me bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khaz View Post
    My favourite thing in Outcast/Academy was loading up the console, spawning a whole bunch of Lukes and Dessanns and watching them spaz out.
    Absolutely this.

    Console > spawn in ton of NPCs > Watch epic lightsaber battle > Cue 'Yakety Sax' when enemies start to go after you instead.

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    I probably played Dark Forces 2 a billion times, so much that I can walk through those levels in my head. I would love a remake (keep the FMV!) but alas, I think Lucas Arts bit the bullet, didn't they?

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    I've only played Outcast and Academy, but I recently picked up the first two (and finally used up my random Gamestop giftcard in the process, whew) and am looking forward to trying them soon!

    Outcast and Academy are weird because Outcast is far more memorable to me (I even liked the pre-lightsaber missions a lot) but as a result, I have played through Academy more times because every couple of years I will think "Oh I never beat that game! I should play it to the end" and then when I get to the last level I remember "wait, I DID beat this!"

    (the one part of Academy I never forget though, is Luke's spooky eyes)

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    Oh, wow. Thanks for reminding me about that, khaz. That was probably the reason I spent so much time playing those games, and also probably why I never enjoyed action figures as a child. Why toss lumps of plastic at each other if you could press a few buttons and see it happen?

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    Academy had the best multiplayer & nuanced saber combat IMO. It's story was meh though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airtekh View Post
    Absolutely this.

    Console > spawn in ton of NPCs > Watch epic lightsaber battle > Cue 'Yakety Sax' when enemies start to go after you instead.
    Yeah this was ace.

    Also liked the cheat that made the lightsabers more deadly and limb choppy, that was fun.

    I preferred outcast to Academy, I think because Academy had a horrible stealth mission and a couple of levels which weren't as well designed. Both were fun though.

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    It's a given that plot and scripting were better in Outcast, but I definitely had more fun with Academy and it is far better to replay. Academy is more like an (action) Jedi simulator, dispensing with any need to resort to your standard weapons, whereas Outcast often forced you into using a gun. Variety you might say, but the gun handling was shit in both games that they were just a slog to use. This is why the pre-lightsaber levels are so dreary. I would actually go further and say that the game doesn't really get good until (I think it was) level 9. This is because they decided it would probably be a good idea to drop you into sniper alley when you finally got hold of your lightsaber, meaning you actually couldn't use it for quite a few chunks of the level. This was followed by a few other levels with lots of open areas that you aren't really powerful enough to deal with unless you grab a gun.

    Academy removes any pretence that you might want to use any weapon besides the iconic laser sword. They are still there if you want, but the levels are designed around you wanting to hack and slash rather than blast your way through them. The variety of the levels are also more interesting, although this is at the expense of a cohesive plot.

    When it comes to the series as a whole though, Dark Forces 2 surpasses both by miles. As everyone ha already said, the level design is some of the best in any FPS and you want to use all the weapons, not just the lightsaber. Duels are incredibly tense, dispite the fairly simple saber combat and the branching plot is excellently handled (spoiler aleart - you become the fucking Emperor of the galaxy!!). The FMVs are also perfectly camp (I have an embarrassing memory of being able to recite the whole opening cinematic - "MORGAN KATARN!!! This man holds the secret of the Valley's location. Very interesting.") It even had an excellent expansion, that might well have even surpassed it.

    Dark Forces is also a rather forgotten classic.

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    I'm in the odd position of feeling like Outcast is a significantly better game in terms of balance, writing, and level design but finding Academy significantly more fun as a Jedi beat-em-up. There's more variety in the saber combat and the power system is less elegantly balanced more more loopy fun. Saber combat is a little more hectic which makes it both more outlandish at times and less predictable--I'll stick to Outcast for multiplayer any day because it feels less random.
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