Kyle Katarn returns in this sequel to the game that made him a household name in world of Star Wars gaming. This time around, he has given up on his Jedi skills and five years have passed. Unlike its predecessor which allowed you to choose Light or Dark, Jedi Outcast
assumes Kyle follows the Light Side of the Force. As the game opens, Kyle is on a routine mission checking out a signal from an old Imperial compound. Eventually matters get worse and Kyle is thrown into an epic adventure full of revenge and deceit.
The gameplay in Jedi Knight II is much like its description. Early missions seem slow and generic. The only real goal is to find the stage's end. Furthermore, the early stages make use of no Jedi powers and Kyle only has control of a few weapons (none of which are a Light Saber). As the game progresses however, the game play really intensifies. The maps become thicker. Puzzle become more complex yet engaging. You will even earn use of your Light Saber along with some very cool Force powers.
Those Force powers come in very handy in Jedi Knight II. As opposed to its predecessor, they actually serve as functions to solve puzzles, dispose of enemies, or quickly get you out of hair-raising situations.
Wrapping Jedi Knight II is a dark, mature story line that progresses evenly alongside each stage. Cut scenes, which appear sporadically at varied points in the game, further the majority of the plot. Each cut scene is very well placed and do not take away any of the momentum of action.
Also included is the option to play in a multiplayer setting. Seven different modes with similarities to deathmatch and capture the flag are available to choose from. Some modes allow for multiple opponents while some are one-on-one. Within the context of each scenario you can also pin point a single opponent for a Light Saber Duel. When chosen, all other opponents cannot attack you, and your weaponry is limited only to your Light Saber. You can choose from many different skins ranging from storm trooper to Luke Skywalker to, obviously, Kyle Katarn.