Most gamers probably chalk that up to their overactive imaginations, but some fans accessed the game's debug menu and listened to the voice clip alone. It says:
"We're gonna burn your building down, you fuckheads. C18's watching you, you communist, ni**er-loving, Pa-."
The cut-off word is "Paki," possibly because the developers were trying to hit slur bingo.
Phew, good thing they cut that off. That could have got offensive.
It's a clip taken from a longer phone call made by a member of Combat 18, a British neo-Nazi group. Why the hell is that in the game? The fan subs we played with weren't great, but we're pretty sure the giant robots we piloted weren't a bunch of racist soccer hooligans.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Reveals How Horrifying Lightsabers Actually Are
The family friendly nature of most Star Wars video games means we rarely get to see the lightsaber used to its full potential. Every fight involving a laser sword should result in a dumpster full of cauterized limbs and a series of torsos that now know better than to fuck with a Jedi. But that's not what we get in the actual games -- we get a bunch of chumps falling down wholly intact, like we accidentally set our lightsaber to stun. On the surface, 2003's Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy was no exception. Then the fans set about righting that terrible wrong.
They didn't need to spend hours creating an elaborate mod -- they simply had to open up one of the game's files and change a couple of numbers around. That's because, much like how the force is inside all of us and if you concentrate hard enough that pen will totally fly over to you right now (try it, we know you're going to -- we'll wait), the ability to dismember your foes was inside the game all along. You just had to unlock its potential.
"Looks like I got a head in this fight! Man, and who says a Jedi isn't funny?"
We guess the absence of dismemberment in the final game is understandable. Not only would it have been rated M, but carving up your enemies like a bunch of jive turkeys is rather un-Jedi-like -- it's hard to look at a tower of screeching torsos and not wonder if you're actually the bad guy. But at least the developers kept the option buried in the code, allowing fans to finally live out their Sith fantasies.
Come on, the Sith have always been way cooler. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.
Scott E. Baird can be found praising Highlander 2 on Twitter here.
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