A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there existed a time when the avid gamer was treated to an abundance of awesome Star Wars games that expertly served to further add to the franchise’s mystical lore only for the better. Nowadays decent Star Wars games are not only few, but far between and it’s fair to say that too many times we haven’t found the droids we are looking for.
Thankfully Star Wars has been no stranger to video games throughout its long and vibrant history, building up an expansive foundation of games that spans various genres and platforms. Star Wars is a sci-fi franchise ripe for the picking, so let’s look back at the 5 best Star Wars games to try out. Wait a sec, do or do not, there is no try!
Star Wars Battlefront (2004)
Allowing die hard Star Wars fans to relive some of the most epic battles from all (at the time) 6 movies, the original 2004 version of Star Wars Battlefront was quite clearly ahead of its time and not solely due to its emphasis on introducing early network play. Boasting numerous iconic set pieces that saw the imperial and droid armies clash against each other, the game was a visual marvel that easily made the most of the authentic sound and aesthetic design the guys at Lucas Arts did so well.
Whilst most people at the time criticized Battlefront’s lack of single player campaign, Battlefront wasn’t a game that needed it. Instead thrusting you into the middle of iconic battles such as Hoth, Endor and Naboo as you charge to conquest over the opposing enemy team. Star Wars Battlefront, a definite highlight of the PS2 era.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Compiling both of Traveller’s Tales’ prior two Lego Star Wars games into one neat package, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga retold each Star Wars movie’s basic story with a welcomed sense of charm and whimsy. A game where the Lego game formula still remained fresh and new, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga was every lifelong fans dream, letting us literally play around with some of our most favorite heroes and villains and relive the sense of wonder each movie originally filled us with.
Improving upon the original two games and even adding a couple more levels and sections, the complete saga really hammed up its goofiness through the use of physical and silent comedy. The smash and grab formula never once felt old or tiresome, always putting a giant grin on your face that went from ear to ear.
Super Star Wars
Extracting every ounce of power possible from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Super Star Wars franchise may have looked like a simple side-scrolling shoot em up on the surface, but boy was it far more brutal. Super Star Wars did take the actual events that occurred in the movies with a pinch of salt (who can forget the time Chewie piloted an X-wing), but it made for a better game full of surprises, so hey!
It’s a small miracle that characters such as Han, Luke and Obi-Wan are even recognizable due to the technology of the time, but all things considered the game certainly holds up, still providing much bite-sized run n gun fun that always feels satisfying and memorable.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed at the time did a nice job of filling in the gap between episodes III and IV, showing us what Vader and the empire were up to in the run up to the construction of the very first Death Star. Who knew that in this time Vader went rogue against the Emperor by taking on a bad-ass secret apprentice that like so many heroes, fought against his better instincts in favor of love.
Yes we know, the game is no longer canon since Disney’s acquisition of the franchise, now only able to be considered as an “else world story”. But at a time when we thought it impossible that we’d ever see another 21st century Star Wars movie, The Force Unleashed was a cinematic third-person action-adventure that brought a much appreciated sense of polish and scope in an otherwise Star Wars wasteland.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Often considered one of the greatest games of all time in its own right, Bioware’s Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic was a uniquely original game not confined by the limits of the mainline series of movies, largely thanks to the fact it was set 4,000 years prior to the rise of the galactic empire. Despite this it still managed to delivered an enthralling tale that still felt like Star Wars.
Taking the concept of a role-playing game and letting you lose to explore a story that felt unique to you, Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best examples on how to best create a licensed game whilst still being creative and adding something new. Oh and man, that ending!