20 years ago in a galaxy not too far away
It’s hard to believe it, but today marks two decades since Star Wars: Dark Forces blasted its way onto computers on February 28 1995.
Developed and published by Lucasarts, Dark Forces is fondly remembered as one of the greatest first person shooters of the ’90s. Powered by Lucasarts’ Jedi Engine, players took control of mercenary Kyle Katarn under the employ of the Rebel Alliance as he undertakes a variety of missions to overthrow the Empire’s evil machinations. The shooter innovated on Doom and Wolfenstein creator id Software’s shooter formula by incorporating the ability to look up and down, jump, and duck while fighting it out against the evil forces of the Empire.
Star Wars: Dark Forces was a critical and commercial success, moving an impressive 952,000 copies over the next five years, becoming the eleventh highest selling game from 1993 to 1999. The game has seen incarnations in various other platforms such as the Macintosh, Playstation, and most recently a release on the Playstation Network..
While I personally found myself a bigger fan of Monolith and 3D Realms’ Build Engine-powered shooters such as Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and Shadow Warrior, Dark Forces’ legacy can’t be denied. If you feel like getting all nostalgic, you can download the game now on Steam for a mere $5.99 and turn some stormtroopers into bantha poodoo.
So, do you have any fond memories of Star Wars: Dark Forces? If so, be sure to share them in the comments section below.