Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is a first-person and third-person shooter released in 2002 for PC and subsequently other gaming platforms. The title is a little deceiving, as it’s the fourth game in the Jedi Knight series and not a direct sequel.
The game is based on the id Tech 3 engine, which premiered with Quake III Arena and has powered many games since. It features an immersive single player campaign and a once-thriving multiplayer. The online playerbase is small but the community has managed to hang on by a thread or two.
How to Play on a Modern Windows 10 PC
Jedi Knight II seems to run fine on Windows 10. We didn’t run into any issues when playing campaign or connecting to multiplayer servers. However, there are a few video settings you should be aware of to improve your experience.
When the game first loads, it’ll be in a very small resolution. This can be changed in the settings, but only to certain presets that aren’t as relevant on today’s PCs. To change your resolution and other graphic related settings that can’t be changed from the in-game menu, you should edit the
jk2config.cfg file. You’ll find this file in one of the following locations:
C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\Star Wars JK II Jedi Outcast\GameData\base
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Jedi Outcast\GameData\base
C:\GOG Games\Star Wars Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast\GameData\base
If you don’t see the
jk2config.cfg file in the appropriate path, it’s because you need to launch the game first. The file is only generated after the game has been launched for the first time.
Edit this file with Notepad and add the following lines to the bottom of it. Each line also contains a comment so you know what these settings do. Feel free to change the values to match your own preferences.
seta com_maxfps "125" // optimal FPS for smoothness on Q3 engine seta cg_fov "97" // expand the field of view seta r_customwidth "1920" // the width of your resolution seta r_customheight "1080" // the height of your resolution seta r_mode "-1" // allow custom resolutions
Save your changes and launch the game once more for a much better graphical experience.
Note that to minimize the game, you can use
How to Play Online Multiplayer
You can connect to servers as normal once you launch multiplayer mode. There’s also an option to launch your own dedicated server, which would require that you open port 28070 on your router and firewall if you want people from over the internet to connect.
If you want a private multiplayer match with friends, it’s recommended to host a JK2 server using GameRanger and invite your gamer pals to join.
Where to Purchase the Game
Online retailers like Gold Old Games and Steam sell downloadable copies of Jedi Knight II and the other games in the series. Of course, original copies will also work fine if you have a CD drive.
We’ve purchased copies from both Steam and GOG, and they both ran fine during our testing on Windows 10.
Single Player Mode
In the campaign, you’ll play as Kyle Katarn – the same protagonist from the three preceding games. Starting out with a few underpowered rifles, Katarn eventually graduates to more advanced weapons, a lightsaber, and force powers. The game’s opponents scale accordingly, from stormtrooper cannon fodder to saber-wielding Sith.
When wielding a gun, you can toggle between first-person and third-person view. By default, tap the P key to change views. There are a lot of lightsaber duels to be had, and you’ll need them to practice the three different lightsaber combat styles: fast, medium, and strong. Each mode is situational and has its own maneuvers.
Katarn has access to all manner of force powers, both light and dark side, but you’ll unlock those powers as the campaign progresses. Overall, there’s a lot of content and the game should take you at least 12 hours to beat.
JKHub.org is an excellent and long-standing source of custom content for Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast as well as its successor, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. There’s also an active forum full of tutorials and other helpful stuff.
JK2.info is another good site to check out, with its own plethora of custom content and helpful information. It’s especially useful if you plan to run a dedicated server or want access to previous versions of JK2 with JK2MV.
Lastly, Game Front houses a huge assortment of downloadable custom maps, skins, and other content.
Complete campaign walkthrough can be found on this YouTube playlist by Random Games.
To enable cheat codes, open the in-game console by pressing
~ on your keyboard. Then, type
helpusobi 1 in the console and press enter. Now that cheats have been enabled, you can use any of the following:
- god – Enable god mode
- noclip – Noclip through walls
- give all – Get every weapon and full health
- no target – Enemies can’t see you
- undying – Give 999 health
- setforceall 3 – Enable all force powers
Jedi Knight II is hours of fun and saber combat proves very addicting. What do you think of the game? If you have any thoughts to share, please leave a comment below.