Star Wars is without a doubt one of the most popular franchises ever created on T.V with millions of hardcore fans all over the globe. I am proudly one of them and guess you are one too. The journey of games based on the Star Wars Universe began in 1983 with the arrival of scrolling shooter Star Wars: The Empire Strikes for Atari 2600.
Since then, many remarkable games have been created, enacting memorable sequences from the Star Wars movies and extended timelines. Just like movies, some of these are admired more than others. So, which Star Wars-based games are worth playing? Let’s find out. Below is a list of the 12 best and most popular Star Wars games ever created.
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12. The Bounty hunter
Platform: PlayStation 2,3,4, GameCube
If someone wants to make a list of some of the most fan-favorite characters in the Star Wars universe, then Jango Fett would be high up in that list. While most Star Wars-themed games give you a choice between either a Jedi and a Sith, the Bounty Hunter is only such game that allows you to virtually live the life of the baddest, most ruthless bounty hunter Jango Fett.
As Jango, your mission is to hunt down a dangerous dark Jedi know as Komari Vosa, a former apprentice of Darth Tyranus. The game will take you to the dark parts of the galaxy, where you will get to know why Jango Fett’s gene was chosen as a template for the Clone Army, which served the Jedi Order and the Republic.
Of course, there are side quests from where you can gather extra bounties and other bonuses. I will admit it’s not a must-play game, but who knows you may end up liking it.
11. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Platform: Windows, PlayStation, Xbox 360, Mac OSX, Nintendo
Those who closely follow the Star Wars universe are aware of Starkiller, a powerful force-sensitive human who was secretly raised by Darth Vader himself. The game introduces Starkiller as the main antagonist, whose prime motive is to find and execute the remaining Jedi and suppress any rebel activities using any means necessary.
However, as the plot goes on, Starkiller, aka Galen Marek, finds himself in a moral dilemma and soon starts to distance himself from Vader and embrace the light side of the force.
The game focuses on the use of force and lightsaber fighting, the bread and butter of a Jedi. While the game is easy going with a gentle learning curve, there is certainly a special reward for those who like to make it self-challenging.
10. Dark Forces
Platform: DOS, Windows, PlayStation
Initially released in 1995, Star Wars: Dark Forces is the first installment in the Dark Forces series. The game introduced Kyle Katarn, the protagonist and a bounty hunter who works for the Rebel Alliance.
During a mission, Kyle learns about Dark Troopers, a deadly secret of stormtrooper under development in a secret Imperial facility. Your job is to destroy the entire operation.
To do that, you have to face stormtroopers and other characters from the Star Wars universe in different stages of the game. It also includes fun environmental puzzles along with mission briefings and excellent cut-scenes.
Dark Forces was also among the first FPS games to instigate radical gameplay features that are pretty common now.
9. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Android, iOS
Among all the Lego-based Star Wars games, the one I like the most is Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. The reason is simple; it combines two popular games, LEGO Star Wars, and LEGO Star Wars II, together, creating an ideal gaming package.
It allows you to control almost every Lego version of Star Wars character. The entire game is composed of 36 levels with about 20 bounty hunter mission and half-a-dozen bonus levels.
Overall, it’s an in-depth, easy-going game that can be addictive, especially to hardcore fans.
8. Battlefront II
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Star Wars Battlefront II was the most recent addition in the Star Wars family, being released only in 2017. The plot revolves around the events of Return of Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Unlike its predecessor, Battlefront II features a full-fledged campaign mode. Your character, Iden Versio is the leader of a specially trained group of Imperial Forces known as Inferno Squad, who are responsible for sabotaging rebel bases and suppressing any anti-Imperial activities in the Galaxy.
Sure playing as a protagonist may be weird at first, but you will feel good about how things turn out later. The campaign mode also allows players to control other famous characters in the Star Wars universe, such as Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.
Despite being a versatile and a pretty decent game, Battlefront II faced the wrath of dedicated gamers community almost instantly after its release due to almost inescapable in-game “micro-transactions” implemented by its publisher electronic arts.
7. Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Platform: Windows, Game Boy Color, Mac OS, Nintendo 64
LucasArt’s Episode 1: Racer is a thrilling racing video game that focuses on the podracing events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Released in 1999, the Racer became the first-ever racing game in the Star Wars franchise, and it remains ever so relevant.
Just like any other racing game, you have to beat your opponents to the finish line. At first, the game is almost non-challenging, but it gets more demanding with every passing mission. After playing Racer (sometime around last year), I can say that it is one of the fast-paced games of the genre I have ever played. In addition to the one in Tatooine, the game features new tracks on other Star Wars planets too.
The creators did a remarkable job on graphics, except for a few instances where your screen turns a bit fuzzy. Everything looks almost perfect, even a fast-moving, levitated vehicle. Its controls are also on par. Overall, it is an incredibly fun game that you must try.
Platform: Windows, Linux, DOS
The Star Wars X-Wing is the first game in the X-Wing combat flight simulator series, in which player pilots the iconic X-wing plane from the Star Wars universe.
The game begins inside a Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, where you will be greeted with a gateway, from where you can choose missions. Initially, the game only offered A-wing, X-wing, and Y-wing crafts, the B-Wing was added after an expansion.
There are three sets of missions that you need to complete, with each having a maximum of 14 operations. Although you can randomly choose between missions-sets, operations can only be played in linear order.
While Star Wars: X-Wing is not exactly a carbon copy of the movies, it does feature familiar sound effects, yelling, and other small details that make this game special.
5. Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Platform: Windows, OSX, Xbox
Have you ever fancied living a Jedi life? Yes, then this could be the perfect game for you. Just like the two previous installments in the series, Jedi Outcast put you in control of character Kyle katarn, a pro-rebellion mercenary who devoted his entire life to fighting the dark side.
As a force-sensitive individual, your character’s job is to put an end to the advancements of the Imperial Stormtrooper, dark Jedi, and other enemies. You will do that over 24 levels around eight different planetary systems.
But here is a twist, although Kyle is force sensitive, he doesn’t start the game with any force powers, not even with a lightsaber. These powers can only be gained after completing specific missions.
As the game goes on, your character will run into others, including Luke and his friend Lando Calrissian. You will also encounter many hostile characters. The plot moves forward with intriguing in-game cut-scenes that provide superior animation effects.
4. Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
Rogue Leader is the second installment of fan-favorite series Star Wars Rogue Squadron co-developed by German game developer Factor 5 and LucasArts. Like its prequel, Rogue Leader revolves around the original trilogy, where the player controls characters of Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles, a rebel pilot.
Your journey as a rebellion starts with an attack on the first Death Star. From there on, you will take on enemy forces in various missions across the galaxy. There are a total of ten principle missions with a few secret levels that you can enjoy. It is a treat for hardcore fans who always wanted to fly Luke’s X-Wing while Darth Vader and Imperial Forces chasing him.
The starting levels are quite easy due to a comfortable control mechanism, with which most users can handle their ships without breaking any sweat. Other significant improvements are also evident. Game’s incredible graphics and sound effects still give me chills, especially incarnation of the iconic line from Darth Vader “the Force is strong with this one” during the battle of Death Star.
3. TIE Fighter
View from a TIE Avenger cockpit in the X-Wing Collector Series
Platform: DOS, Windows, Linux
TIE Fighter is without-a-doubt one of the best space-combat games ever created. No video game (other than the original X-Wing) has been able to deliver the same level of excitement of piloting a Starfighter in the Star Wars Universe. Yes, Battlefront’s brand new X-Wing VR mission is miles ahead now, but it’s just 20 minutes long.
The game is practically based on the ideas of its predecessor, Star Wars: X-Wing, but with better graphics and audio. Then there is a carefully structured narrative and a variety of ships to choose from.
The plot begins after the events of The Empire Strikes Back, where Rebel Forces suffered a significant setback on the planet Hoth against the Galactic Empire. As an Imperial pilot, your primary mission is to engage Rebel Alliance forces, but you will also be tested against pirates and treacherous Imperial forces.
2. The Old Republic
Platform: Windows, Web-based
Star Wars: The Old Republic is a popular, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Set in the Star Wars Universe thousands of years before the events of the Clone Wars when the galaxy was ruled by the Old Republic and remained under a constant threat of ancient Sith Lords.
The game lets you choose sides and character according to your will; you can either side with the Republic who are struggling to maintain peace in the galaxy or join the Sith Empire and become a Sith Warrior or Inquisitor. There is a total of eight characters to choose from, with each having their storylines.
Players have access to some essential planets in the galaxy, such as Coruscant, Tatooine, Hoth, and Alderaan and character-specific starships. As the game progresses, you will meet different non-playing characters (NPCs), with whom you may or may not spend time, fight alongside, or betray them.
The game qualifies as perfect story-driven gameplay and comes with a high level of customization. On the other hand, The Old Republic fails to distinguish itself from other average MMOs, both graphically and in general.
1. Knights of the Old Republic
Platform: Xbox, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android
The events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic takes place more than 4000 years before the establishment of the Galactic Empire. When a former Jedi turned Sith Darth Malak and launched an all-out attack against the Old Republic resulting in galaxy-wide havoc and a weakened Jedi Order.
The game jump-starts inside a Republic ship, which is under attack by Sith forces over the planet of Taris. After a successful escape, the character finds its way to a safe world, Dantooine, from where he, along with others, begins a journey to destroy an important military base of the Sith forces. Your actions will decide the fate of everyone in the galaxy, including the Jedi and the Sith.
The game is known for its interactive storyline, high-end sound effects, and certainly worth the time of a Star Wars fanatic.