Retro Review: STAR WARS: DARK FORCES

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Despite showing its age Star Wars: Dark Forces is easily one of the best Star Wars games to this day.  If you are a fan of shooters or Star Wars do yourself a favor and pickup Dark Forces.  With loads of secrets to find, fun levels and multiple difficulties Dark Forces will keep you occupied for hours.

TL:DR Do you like Doom? Do you like Star Wars? If yes, go play Dark Forces!

Buying Guide

Alright, I convinced you, huh?  How can you play this game?!  Star Wars Dark Forces has been released on DOS, Macintosh and PlayStation with emulated ports coming to Windows, Linux, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

Choosing which version is best for you:

DOS/Windows/Linux (~$5/$5.99) – The original game in all its glory.  If you still have an old Windows 95/98 machine you can just pop in the CD and play the game like its 1995.  For the rest of us you can grab the game on Steam or GOG as well as the original CD and play it in the DOS-Box emulator.  Steam version is listed as Windows only while the GOG version supports Linux.  To really make the game shine a graphics mod is also available!  

Macintosh (~$5) – Unless you have an old 1994 – 1998 Macintosh it really is not worth trying to get this version running when easier alternatives exist.

PlayStation/PlayStation 3/PlayStation Portable (~5/$5.99) – This version has muddier graphics and an inconsistent frame rate compared to the original version.  You can grab a physical copy and play it on your PS1 or PS3, or grab a digital version from the PlayStation store and play it on PS3 or PSP.

My favorite way to play Dark Forces is on Windows with the DarkXL mod to improve graphics and add up and down looking to the mouse. It makes the game feel ten years younger!

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