So we’ve covered the films in our PoweredOn’s Top 8 Star Wars Films rankings– Now its time to take a look at some of the best Star Wars games in the franchise.
There may be one or two in here you’ll be thinking WTF guys? but hear us out! Dozens upon dozens of Star Wars games have been released since the early ’80s, and the flood has never really subsided over the years. Pretty much every year has seen another game or two appear to reignite our love of lightsabers and the droids we are most certainly not looking for.
So lets get right into it, in at number 10 is…
10. Super Star Wars Trilogy | 1992 | Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Plenty of Star Wars games have come and gone since the end of the original trilogy’s cinematic run, however it wasn’t until the early 90s that Lucasfilm would truly throw its weight behind interactive versions of the license.
On consoles, arguably the best of those early efforts is the awesome Super Star Wars trilogy, a series of action-packed side-scrollers translating the major events of the movie saga into 56 thrilling, frustrating and at times overly difficult levels.
Playable characters include fan favourites such as Han, Luke, Princess Leia and Chewie, with end-level bosses ranging from Emperor Palpatine to the iconic movie fights against Darth Vader.
Additional to the above is the use of several ‘Mode 7′ stages, taking advantage of the Super NES’ ability to render sprawling 3D-like landscapes– As visually charming as it is thumb-splittingly difficult, Super Star Wars isn’t exactlya game for casual fans of the franchise, but anyone willing to endure some dark side-tempting frustration will discover a slick, enjoyable, 16-bit behemoth.
9. Star Wars: Republic Commando | 2005 | Xbox, PC
Republic Commando strikes an odd tone for a Star Wars game: it doesn’t star Jedi warriors or have most of the familiar sights and sounds of the series.
In fact, it looks like a cross between Halo and Timesplitters more than anything. Yet this squad-based shooter did a great job of focusing on a relatively unexplored part of the universe, putting you in command of a chatty group of elite clone soldiers. It’s an unexpected highlight.
8. Star Wars: The Old Republic | 2011 | PC
Thousands of years before the Emperor and Darth Vader ruled the galaxy with an iron fist, the Old Republic stood for over a thousand generations.
That rich, rarely used history serves as the perfect setting for an ever-expanding MMO– BioWare jumped headfirst into this intriguing timeline with Star Wars: The Old Republic, giving players a vast, ancient galaxy to explore.
You choose what type of hero or villain you want to be. You can take roles like a Jedi Knight struggling to maintain peace and justice, a shady Bounty Hunter looking to cash in on their next big contract, or a dedicated Imperial agent.
Between the intricate storytelling of the main story which is entirely unique to each class, abundant side-quests, and getting to know your ever-growing crew, The Old Republic lets you build your own space adventure one encounter at a time.
7. Star Wars: Dark Forces | 1995 | PC, Mac, PS1
1995’s Dark Forces is a first-person shooter title patterned after id Software’s original Doom.
Not just a carbonite copy though, LucasArts’ blaster-happy adventure manages to occasionally outdo its inspiration, introducing a bevy of small improvements that allow players to look up, down, duck and jump.
Four years on from the unofficial launch of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, LucasArts took the bold step of creating a whole new cast of characters.
Enter Kyle Katarn, a scrappy young mercenary questing to prevent the completion of a deadly form of stormtrooper. Along for the ride were Kyle’s right-hand gal Jan Ors, Rebel turncoat Crix and a nasty Imperial officer by the name of Rom Mohc.
A Star Wars shooter, brimming with fresh faces, pulsating action and a brave new vision for the franchise? That’s about as winning a combination as you’ll find in any era.
6. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga | 2007 | Xbox 360, PS3, PC
It’s easy to forget now, with seemingly hundreds of licensed Lego games, but Lego Star Wars was the first to render a pop culture juggernaut in virtual plastic bricks and douse the result with plenty of humour and replayability.
Following a separate game for each film trilogy, The Complete Saga brought it all together in one extra-large game, complete with new and redone levels. It’s a gigantic smash-and-bash game that’ll have you grinning with mates.
5. Star Wars: TIE Fighter | 1994 | PC
It was a toss up between this and the X-Wing series, no full game has come this close to capturing the feeling of piloting a starfighter in the Star Wars universe.
In TIE Fighter, from the moment you step into the briefing room to the triumphant return to your fleet, each mission makes you feel like a real Imperial pilot rising through the ranks to become one of Palpatine’s most trusted pilots.
TIE Fighter is a true flight simulator, but one that never feels that complicated for its own good (take… Elite Dangerous as a textbook example of over complication)– You can adjust your engine power to increase your shields and blaster power at the expense of speed, and even configure how your ships weapons fire as you fly.
But all that multitasking never feels distracting. In fact, it feels amazing. Missions have you single-handedly taking out escorts for a Rebel medical frigate, running a suicide bombing run on a massive capital ships, and playing wingman for Darth Vader.
4. Star Wars: Battlefront | 2015 | PC, PS4, Xbox One
The only entry on the current gen for our list– Battlefront does a fantastic job of creating an authentic Star Wars environment.
Everything from the movie- authentic weapons to the familiar sound effects and classic musical score is spot on in this game. Joining an online match feels like you just stepped into the movies.
One of Battlefront’s best features is that it’s incredibly accessible. You won’t get thrashed by better equipped, more dedicated players if you just want to blast a few stormtroopers every now and then.
The power-ups spread across the map give you instant access to powerful explosives, turrets, and ships– Hero modes and pick-ups allow you to play as famous characters like Han Solo and Darth Vader, and the dog-fighting Fighter Squadron mode lets you fly a ship any time you want.
3. Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast | 2002 | PC, Mac, Xbox, Gamecube
If you’re looking for the closet thing to “A day in he life of a Jedi”— This is the game for you.
The game that lets you run around the galaxy fighting the evil Galactic Empire, cutting off stormtroopers’ limbs with a lightsaber and using all of the Force powers seen in the movies.
Jedi Outcast makes you feel like a powerful Jedi Knight – something that plenty of games have tried to do but just didn’t get quite right. Everything here is spot on, from the lightsaber clashes with your red-bladed, Reborn enemies, to the memorable encounters with powerful enemies and famous allies like Luke and Lando.
Multiplayer is pretty cool too. Players can still be found online engaging in the usual swath of online multiplayer modes. But you can also find more dedicated groups of players taking part in movie-like, one-on-one lightsaber duels as spectators calmly look on. Yeah, that really happens. People get serious when it comes to lightsaber duels.
2. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader | 2002 | Gamecube
Arguably still the finest original trilogy-spanning game ever created, Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader took the strong core of the N64 original and elevated the flight combat experience with the added power of the GameCube.
Set in the fictional Star Wars galaxy, the game spans all three original trilogy Star Wars films. The player controls Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles. As the game progresses, Skywalker, Antilles and the Rebel Alliance fight the Galactic Empire in ten missions across various planets.
It was a stunning achievement for its time, and pretty easily the best launch title on the system, letting you zip through iconic moments as part of the X-Wing crew. Truth be told, it still looks fabulous.
1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic | 2003 | PC, Xbox
BioWare , back in the days when it wasnt an EA cash cow– delivered one of the most compelling Star Wars narratives ever with its RPG, Knights of the Old Republic.
The universe – which is set during a completely different time period, thousands of years before the events of the movies – fleshes out the Universe in ways you’d never expect. You get to explore the galaxy when the Jedi Knights numbered in the thousands, discover the secrets of the ancient Sith, and even discover things like why Sandpeople hate outsiders so much.
As you progress through the story, you’ll meet some fascinating and unforgettable characters, and in typical BioWare fashion, discover their deep backstories. The Assassin Droid HK-47 holds a special place in our hearts for his degrading and threatening comments towards organic meatbags, but steadfast loyalty to his master.
The malleability of the story makes playing through the game multiple times vital to the full experience, and you’ll always be happy to oblige. Knights of the Old Republic is the definitive game for Star Wars fanatics and our favourite here at PoweredOn.
It has everything: witty characters, good versus evil, bucket-of-bolts starships and a plot twist that will blow you out of the seat in your land speeder.
So that’s your lot! Do you agree with our list? let us know in the comments– keep your eyes peeled for more Star Wars content in the run up to the cinema release of The Last Jedi this week!