Videos of Kyle Katarn

Hey, Readers! After several discussions with the girls over at The Elven Padawan, I was inspired to look up a number of videos about the original Star Wars Expanded Universe. Most of those videos will appear in later posts, but I thought these deserved to be shown first.

These videos are all “live-action cut scenes” from the video game Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. They’re not entirely up to modern standards, I suppose, but they are nonetheless fascinating viewing. Someone on youtube collected them and put them together as a film, but I thought it would be easier on everyone to post the three different videos filled with cut scenes here today. That way you can stop and come back whenever you want to, readers. 😉

Based on these videos alone, I can see why Dark Forces II was such a big hit. Who wouldn’t want to play a game AND watch a film at the same time? It’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed playing Knights of the Old Republic so much – and that game was entirely CGI! It’s too bad Disney or some other company hasn’t refurbished or reshot Dark Forces. This game was a real gem.

But enough talk – you came here to see Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors face down the High Inquisitor Jerec over the power of the Valley of the Jedi. Have fun watching these videos, readers!

May the Force be with you!

The Mithril Guardian

Star Wars – Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Live Action Cutscenes Part 1

 

Star Wars – Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Live Action Cutscenes Part 2

 

Star Wars – Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II Live Action Cutscenes Part 3

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14 thoughts on “Videos of Kyle Katarn

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    1. The Mithril Guardian Post author

      Oh, darn! Is it that you don’t have YouTube access specifically, or did the videos not work when you clicked on them? Sometimes when I click on them to watch the videos through my website, they don’t activate, but I usually put that down to a temporary bug in the browser I’m using. If the problem is on my end, I can try to figure it out and fix it for you.

      The game IS very intriguing; like several later SW games, Dark Forces II let the player choose between the Light and the Dark Side of the Force. In the old EU canon, Kyle Katarn chose the Light Side and became a Jedi Knight, as well as the new Order’s foremost Battlemaster. In the game – as these videos show – the player could choose the Dark Side, making Kyle the new Dark Side Emperor of the galaxy. The videos show the Light Side canon story followed by the results of a player choosing the Dark Side, so if you get the chance to view them (or if I fix my website – grrrr…), you may want to stop around the ten minute mark, where the “pivotal moments” are replayed from a non-canon Dark Side perspective.

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      1. Audrey

        It’s I don’t have You Tube access specifically, they’re probably working fine from your website. 🙂 Huh, they should make a video game where you can change things like Han’s or Kanan’s death. ☹️😆 I’d love to play that, like an AU videogame.

      2. The Mithril Guardian Post author

        Oh. Drat. I thought that was what you meant, but I wanted to be absolutely sure my site wasn’t the problem. Ah, well, at least the Wookieepedia links in the next few Trivia posts will still work for you. ☺

        That’s a really good point/idea – although it’s also a bit sad that the only place to find a happy ending in the new timeline would be in a n AU video game. Have you noticed how, in the old EU, the canon stories had happy endings and the non-canon stories had sad/evil endings? In the old EU Han, Luke, Leia, and others got to have their happily-ever-afters but in the new timeline they don’t. I wonder why the new writers are focusing on unhappy endings so much. Do they think it’s more realistic?

      3. Audrey

        I didn’t mind how they did it with Rogue One, but it is sad how the other characters haven’t gotten happy endings. I guess in that galaxy things don’t last for very long.

  2. The Mithril Guardian Post author

    *Grins hugely* You played the game?!?! “Strong with the Force is this one!” You lucky man!

    I had the same kind of thrill playing Knights of the Old Republic – a full CGI game that, unfortunately, didn’t include live actors. Any idea why Lucasfilm/Disney never refurbished this game? I would love to play it now, but most modern computers probably couldn’t do the job.

    You lucky son of a Tauntaun…. 🙂

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    1. Bookstooge

      Yeah, I was big into computer games from about 94 through 2000. After that though, my interest dropped to almost zero where it has stayed ever since 🙂

      I have no idea why Lucas Arts didn’t refurb this. I think they figured money was better spent on “new” games? I bet you could play it today with an msdos simulator. DosBox, that’s what I’m thinking of. You’d have to have the disks though, as that was one of the requirements of the game.

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      1. The Mithril Guardian Post author

        Cool! 🙂 Yeah, that sounds like Lucas Arts. ‘Course, maybe when Disney bought them and made the old EU non-canon, any plans of refurbishing the games got scrapped along with the old EU. *Sigh….*

        DOSBox, huh? I’ll have to look that up – I’ve never heard of it before. I’m under the impression that the game disks are hard to find, too. I definitely need to look into this some….

        But I still say that you’e one lucky son of a Tauntaun! You got to play this when it was new, after all. Lucky guy! 🙂

      2. Bookstooge

        DoxBox is a free program. My boss uses it all the time since he’s got a couple of engineering programs that aren’t actually windows compatible as he’s been using them forever. I’ve never used dosbox though so I can’t be of help.
        And I just looked and it is on Steam for a couple of bucks if you really want to playit.

        It definitely helped grow my love the EU.

  3. Bookstooge

    This was a great game. I played the original Dark Forces at my cousins but by the time DFII came out I had my own. And getting Jedi powers, how freaking cool was that!?

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