MS-DOS & Macintosh: February 28, 1995
PlayStation: November 30, 1996
Microsoft Windows: September 16, 2009

Star Wars: Dark Forces is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by LucasArts. It was released in 1995 for MS-DOS and Macintosh, and in 1996 for the PlayStation. The story is set in the fictional Star Wars expanded universe and begins shortly before A New Hope, before flashing forward to a year after the film's events. The game's protagonist and playable character is Kyle Katarn, a mercenary working on behalf of the Rebel Alliance who discovers the Galactic Empire's secret Dark Trooper Project, which involves the development of a series of powerful new battle droids and power-armored stormtroopers.

Dark Forces uses the Jedi game engine, which was developed specifically for the game. The engine adds gameplay features that were uncommon to the first-person shooter genre at the time of release, including level designs with multiple floors, and the ability to look up and down. Because of the two games' similarities, Dark Forces has often been called a Doom clone, though the latter lacked several technical features that Dark Forces introduced.

Upon release, the PC version of the game received largely favorable reviews from critics, who praised its level design and technological advances; the other versions received mixed reviews, with the PlayStation version in particular being criticized for its graphics and slow frame rates. It also did well financially, selling almost 1 million copies in the United States by 1999. Three sequels were released: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II in 1997, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast in 2002, and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy in 2003, forming the Star Wars: Jedi Knight series. The sequels slowly shifted focus from the original's first-person shooter elements to the hack and slash genre, giving the player a lightsaber and Force abilities, but nonetheless continue Katarn's story.

Skywalker Sound provided Sound Design services and Audio Post Production: Ben Burtt was the Original Sound Designer, which he and Skywalker were left uncredited. Clint Bajakian contributed Digital Sound Effects.

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After successfully retrieving the Death Star plans, Kyle Katarn is hired by the Rebel Alliance to uncover information about a secret trooper project the Empire has in development.

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