Guide by Tore Andersen


Star Wars: Dark Forces, legendary space shooter from 1995 by LucsArts. The game was made for MS-DOS, and therefore requires an emulator, like DOSBox, to run on a modern PC with Win7/8/10. However, with this program you can run Dark Forces directly from Windows instead of using an emulator, and play with 3D acceleration in scaled full-screen at any resolution.


Star Wars: Dark Forces. (Full version)

Steam version:
Download XL Engine (LINK)
2: Unpack into the DosBox folder inside the Dark Forces folder.
3: Rename "DarkXL.exe" to "dosbox.exe". That way you can use your regular Steam shortcut to launch the game.
4: Launch "XLengine_Launcher.exe", and put in the right path by Dark Forces.

Regular CD/Disk version:
Download XL Engine (LINK)
2: Unpack into the Dark Forces game-folder.
3: Make a shortcut to "DarkXL.exe". Us it to launch the game from now on.
4: Launch "XLengine_Launcher.exe", and put in the right path by Dark Forces.

Note for Steam version:
If you get an error message when trying to start the game via the Steam shortcut, then copy all the game files into the root folder as well, so the full game is both inside "Dark Forces" and "Dark Forces/Game".

Star Wars: Dark Forces is now ready to run in full-screen with 3D acceleration and mouse-look, just like modern shooters.











Star Wars: Dark Forces was the first game in the Jedi Knight series, and the first serious first-person shooter game for the franchise. It was both developed and released by LucasArts in 1665 for MS DOS. The story follows Kyle Katarn, a mercenary working for the Rebel Alliance, who discovers the "Dark Trooper Project". The Empire is planning and developing of a series of very powerful new droids and some better armors for the storm-troopers. The game uses it's own engine, the Jedi game engine, which has many similarities with the DooM engine. Dark Forces received good reviews from both fans and critics, and was especially praised for it's level design.
Star Wars: Dark Forces follows the storyline without player-choices. The player starts every level with a mission briefing and/or a cut-scene. Each mission has specific objectives, which must be completed. The missions take place in different environments in the Star Wars universe, including a Star Destroyer, Jabba's space yacht, and the planet Coruscant.
The game was actually the first FPS to introduce jumping and looking up and down. These new features brought more depth and freedom to the game, and has become standard for FPS games today. This, plus the fact that the game had a story, made it different to Doom and most other FPS games at the time. The fighting and shooting mechanics are pretty standard, and the way the level design works is also typical for it's time. The game does however have a certain charm that makes it worth playing today, even though time has caught up with the graphics and game-play. Dark Forces is one of those titles that will be remembered, both because it was very solid when it came out, but also because it was the first serious Star Wars game. It was a MUST HAVE in 1995.

Star Wars: Dark Forces is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by LucasArts in 1995. The game is set in the Star Wars universe and takes place between the events of the original Star Wars film and its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back.

The gameplay in Dark Forces is similar to other first-person shooters of its time, with players controlling the character Kyle Katarn as they navigate through levels, battling enemies and solving puzzles. The game features a variety of weapons, including blaster pistols, blaster rifles, and thermal detonators, as well as a variety of enemies, such as stormtroopers, droid soldiers, and Dark Jedi.

The story of Dark Forces follows Kyle Katarn, a former Imperial agent who becomes a mercenary for the Rebel Alliance. The game's plot centers around the Empire's secret development of a new superweapon known as the Dark Trooper project. Kyle is tasked with infiltrating the Empire's bases and gathering information about the project, ultimately leading to a final confrontation with the Empire's top scientists and the Dark Troopers themselves.

The characters in the game include Kyle Katarn, the game's protagonist, and Jan Ors, Kyle's partner and love interest. The game also features several notable Star Wars characters such as Mon Mothma, General Jan Dodonna, and Darth Vader.

The graphics of the game were state-of-the-art for its time, featuring detailed textures and 3D models. The game's engine allowed for a high degree of environmental interactivity, such as the ability to destroy certain objects in the game world and the ability to look up and down.

The development of Star Wars: Dark Forces was led by game designer Justin Chin and a team of developers at LucasArts. The game was met with positive reviews from critics and players, and was praised for its immersive story, action-packed gameplay, and its ability to capture the feeling of the Star Wars universe. The success of the game led to the creation of several sequels and spin-offs, including the Jedi Knight series.

Overall, Star Wars: Dark Forces is a classic first-person shooter that is still remembered fondly by fans of the Star Wars franchise and the FPS genre. Its immersive story, action-packed gameplay, and high-quality graphics make it a must-play for fans of Star Wars and first-person shooters alike. With the game's recent release on modern platforms, it's the perfect time to experience this Star Wars classic and see where the franchise's first-person shooter legacy began.