In Dark Forces, Kyle Katarn, a young mercenary successfully infiltrated the Empire. Jedi Knight continues the story of Katarn as he embarks on a quest into his past and learns the mysterious ways of the Jedi. With this knowledge, he must stop seven Dark Jedi from unlocking the powers of a hidden Jedi burial ground. This task forces Katarn to decide his destiny. If he chooses the Dark side, he will come into enormous power. If he chooses the Light side, he faces seemingly insurmountable evil. Whatever path Katarn chooses will change the face of the galaxy forever.

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The first stable release of JkGfxMod is now available for download.


JkGfxMod


What is JkGfxMod?

Getting Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (JK) and its expansion pack Mysteries of the Sith (MotS) to run properly on modern-day computers is notably fiddly and previous methods for getting the game to run have largely ceased working - and in many regards carried issues of their own.

While fully functional engine remakes for JK have been worked on since the early 2000s, for the moment JkGfxMod's aim is to be the most hassle-free way to play the original games on modern computers.

Before:

After (with all enhancements):

Graphical enhancements

Furthermore, JkGfxMod has been designed to enable various graphical enhancements to bring the game a bit closer to more contemporary game graphics.

Starting point:

JkGfxMod 1.0 - JK JkGfxMod 1.0 - MotS


1) The Neural Upscale texture pack (MotS) enhances the original textures of the game, so that the look of the game stays true to the original:

JkGfxMod 1.0 - JK JkGfxMod 1.0


2) It's possible to retain the original graphics with more up-to-date lightsabers and weapon effects (MotS):

JkGfxMod 1.0 - JK JkGfxMod 1.0


3) Or you can go fully out with the currently available hi-res graphical update packs for the game (in MotS as well):

JkGfxMod 1.0 - JK JkGfxMod 1.0 - MotS


With time, patience, interest, patience, skills and patience at hand, you can go beyond the normal game itself and brush up old mods as well:

With the first stable release of JkGfxMod, you should now be able to keep previously present graphical stuttering and lag issues at bay with the texture preload setting in the jkgm.json file. Even though this will increase the pre-play loading times (after running the EXE but before the game itself starts), it should hopefully be worth it in the game itself. Take a look at my jkgm.json file as an example, if necessary.


What's next?

While these are major improvements in getting JK to work on modern systems, new problems will still arise and sadly some of them ultimately can't be addressed by JkGfxMod. Keep an eye out for possible updates on GitHub, and report any new issues there as well.

All that said, JK still remains as fiddly as ever, and you might need to work on additional mods to make the age of the game stick out a bit less.

Enhancement Mod for JkGfxMod (MotS version)

And don't forget the following:

* JkGfxMod (namely inject.exe) often results in a false positive reading by virus scanners. While downloading JkGfxMod from ModDB or GitHub should be perfectly fine, remember that the source code for JkGfxMod can be viewed on GitHub and can be compiled on your own if you can't trust the downloads

* Start a new game: Save files in JK and MotS cannot be reused after installing or removing most mods.

* If you properly install an optional material pack and the textures are not showing up, try setting the brightness slider all the way to min. The brightness slider can be found in Setup → Display → Brightness.

* JkGfxMod streams materials from storage as they are needed. This may cause some stuttering, especially if JkGfxMod materials are installed on a slow hard disk. This can be corrected by adding a vram_texture_preload_size entry to the configuration file.

For further information, check out the JkGfxMod documentation:

* Readme: Github.com
* Installation guide (CD-ROM, Steam, GOG Galaxy): Github.com
* Configuration guide: Github.com

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QuirinInga
QuirinInga

A little gameplay demonstration with true Widescreen and fixed FOV!!!

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FoxinHood
FoxinHood

For some reason i get the feeling when playing this that Dark Forces 1 has better graphics, Like the blaster rifle looks better in that one, and the enemys look more real... but 2D...

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future4
future4

Always wanted to play this game, but my computer disagrees.

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-=Zombine3D=-
-=Zombine3D=-

how to fix video? because when i play i have a mess on my screen :(

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CrossDressiNate
CrossDressiNate

Lost my original cd so just downloaded off of steam

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REENIGAV
REENIGAV

dude, what path you select guys? i select the light side

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SM_Sith_Lord
SM_Sith_Lord

I was the darkside man, great ending too. I was the ruler of the freakin galaxy in the end.

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TheUnabridgedGamer
TheUnabridgedGamer

Eh, Kyle's "evil emperor" acting wasn't that impressive.

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While Star Wars Dark Forces was probably one of the first SW games I played in my childhood, Dark Forces II was actually the one, which showed what Star Wars was like besides the adventures of Luke Skywalker. It presented a much larger Galaxy with its variety of weapons, enemies and new locations, which became the setting stone for the next games, released years later.

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