Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster Reviews

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Eurogamer
Top Critic
4 / 5
Feb 29, 2024

Dark Forces emerges from Nightdive's bacta tank refreshed and ready for action, combining classic FPS mayhem with thrilling espionage-themed missions.

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78 / 100
Feb 28, 2024

A great remaster of a beloved, if now very old school, FPS that is handled with great care and attention.

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Unscored
Feb 28, 2024

A handsome remaster of an already modern-feeling Star Wars FPS, but even Nightdive's welcome updates can't disguise some of its older, more obtuse edges.

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Ken McKown
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2024

Dark Forces is a game that more people should get the opportunity to play. It is a product of its time, but it is also packed with quality. Star Wars Doom was the best descriptor, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t find that appealing. This remaster brings all of that back and cleans it up very nicely. This is a game that everyone should check out as it has been limited since its release, now you can play it anywhere on anything, and that is what makes gaming today so awesome.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2024

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster is still an excellent FPS today, almost thirty years after its first publication. The many improvements introduced by the developers, both on the graphics and gameplay side, manage to modernize the original to make it enjoyable both by the older ones and by those who have never had the opportunity to experience the adventures of Kyle Katarn.

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9 / 10
Feb 28, 2024

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster is another resounding success for Nightdive, bringing a curious, nostalgia-laced FPS into the modern age with bells and whistles to boot. With enhanced gameplay, revamped visuals, and a wealth of accessibility options, this is easily the best way to experience Dark Forces and revisit an oft-forgotten era of Star Wars. Minor frame rate hiccups aside, this is an absolute must-play for fans of far-away galactic conflict.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2024

In addition to proving that many of the timeless qualities of the original have endured, Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster also shows once again just how much love and effort Nightdive Studios puts into the remasters that it works on.

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6 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2024

Star Wars Dark Forces is a product of its time, with decent visual remastering, but the gameplay sadly doesn’t hold up.

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9.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2024

Nightdive has put considerable effort into making Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster a smooth and playable experience. With enhanced visuals and more, Dark Forces' level design and gunplay from 1995 holds up surprisingly well.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2024

After almost 30 years, Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster still holds up. The story is fine, with a general Star Wars vibe and overall clean presentation. The level design and action are good, and the objectives remain novel when compared to its contemporaries. Compared to later games in the series, Dark Forces Remaster is simpler and more enjoyable. Those looking to return to the game with this version will be pleased.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 28, 2024

undefined.Star Wars Dark Forces Remastered is an excellent and faithful remaster that honors the original while touching it up just enough for modern platforms. While there are a couple areas where I feel they could have done just a little more, I can't deny that this is the best way to play an excellent first person shooter. Whether you're returning to it after three decades, or playing for the first time, there has never been a better version of Star Wars Dark Forces.

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85 / 100
Mar 12, 2024

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster is a remaster we didn't know we needed. The game preserves all the essence of the original, while bringing visual improvements and a series of extras. Its story is interesting, with the presence of some familiar characters and a gameplay that is naturally an evolution of Doom. An exquisite work by Nightdive Studios, contributing to the preservation and accessibility of a game that was a milestone at the time and making us look forward to a possible remaster of the sequel.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2024

This remaster took a quality game that had aged very well and brought it to a modern audience with enough tweaks to keep the gameplay the same, only prettier and better to play. There are some flaws that haven't changed since 1995, but it's still a game that fans shouldn't miss.

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7 / 10
Feb 29, 2024

In the grand tapestry of "Star Wars" gaming, "Dark Forces Remaster" is not the brightest star, but it's far from being lost in the shadow of the Empire.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2024

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster is a welcome homage to the 1995 classic, offering an updated experience for the fans of the saga. Though it presents notable upgrades, such as the better graphics and revised gameplay, the absence of substantial additions may leave some players wishing for more innovation. However, for those looking to revive Kyle Katarn's adventures in a distant galaxy, this remaster will definitely deliver a satisfactory journey in a relevant chapter of Star Wars's expanded universe.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2024

I can safely say that Star Wars Dark Forces Remastered was made by a team that really admires and respects the legacy of the original 1995 title. The extras and graphic updates introduced in this remaster are really welcome, but, at the end of the day, it's still little to make it an attractive offer for those who already have the classic PC version.

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Worth your time
Mar 8, 2024

Nightdive’s treatment of Star Wars Dark Forces, one of the greatest first-person shooters ever, sets the bar even higher for future retro re-releases.

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4 / 5.0
Mar 8, 2024

Nightdive Studios did a fantastic job at bringing Star Wars: Dark Forces back from the grave. With older games becoming less and less playable, it’s nice to see Dark Forces get a proper port to modern platforms, and I can’t wait to see what the studio does next.

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90 / 100
Mar 8, 2024

Nightdive Studios is once again remastering a nineties classic and this time the honor has gone to the illustrious Dark Forces, the first Star Wars first person shooter that already shined with its own light in 1995 and will do so again now, in an outstanding remastering that No Star Wars fan should miss it, even if you've played the original.

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Mar 4, 2024

While the retro graphics take some adjustment like what is and is not a switch or door that can be manipulated, the randomness of Blaster fire, and enemies who do not employ some of the more advanced A.I. tactics; the game is great fun to play.

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