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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is a first- and third-person shooter video game, developed by Raven Software and published by LucasArts for the Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Xbox in 2003. Vicarious Visions was responsible for the development of the Xbox version. The game is a sequel to 2002's Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, and the fourth and final installment in the Star Wars: Jedi Knight series. The single-player story, set in the fictional Star Wars expanded universe two years after Jedi Outcast, follows Jaden Korr, a new student at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy under the tutelage of the previous games' protagonist, Kyle Katarn. The main storyline revolves around the Disciples of Ragnos, an organisation of Dark Jedi intent on resurrecting the ancient Sith Lord Marka Ragnos, which Jaden must help foil while slowly learning the ways of the Force and committing themselves to either the light side or the dark side.

Jedi Academy uses the same game engine as Jedi Outcast, the id Tech 3, but features several technical improvements. Like Jedi Outcast, the game combines shooter elements with melee combat, allowing players to wield blasters, lightsabers, and a variety of Force powers. The lightsaber combat has been slightly improved, and both the player and enemies can now wield standard, double-bladed or dual lightsabers. In addition to customising their lightsaber, the player can also modify their character's appearance, choosing their species, gender, and clothing. Jedi Academy also features a multiplayer mode that allows players to compete in several different game modes online or over a local area network.

Upon release, the game received largely positive reviews. It was praised for the freedom it offered to players in terms of customisation and gameplay, allowing them to wield a lightsaber from the very beginning and to select the order in which they wish to complete missions, unlike its predecessors. One of the most praised elements was the lightsaber combat, which is still regarded by many as the best in any Star Wars game to date. However, the story and some technical issues received criticism. In September 2009, Jedi Academy was re-released onto Steam and Direct2Drive alongside the rest of the Jedi Knight series. The Xbox version was made available on Xbox One via backward compatibility in April 2018. A Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 port was announced in September 2019 and published by Aspyr in March 2020.

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You play a young Jedi Academy student who must help stop an evil plot by Dark Jedi to collect and use Dark Side energy for their own ends.

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