With Star Wars mania sweeping the globe yet again, what better time than now to revisit some of the best games from that galaxy far, far away. I’ve been a huge Star Wars fan all my life, and a gamer since I can remember, so any melding of the two has my attention. If you’re unable to get a few friends together to have lightsaber fights in the front yard, then below are five great games (for various consoles, past and present) that you ought to get your hands on to scratch that itch. Some of them are fan favorites, and a few are a bit lesser known. Regardless, they are five Star Wars games that I’ve loved and had a ton of fun with, so I hope that you can too!
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Yea I know there is a new Battlefront out, and that one is very pretty, but as far as I’m concerned it doesn’t get any better than Battlefront 2. If you want to live the battles you adore on film in Episodes 1-6, this game was made for you. With an unrivaled selection of planets, intense space battles, and eras to play around with (Clone wars or Original trilogy), this game is like a Star Wars sandbox. The best part about it though, is NO MICRO-TRANSACTIONS. That’s right, all of the levels are available right from the start, no 50 dollar season pass required. If you’ve never played a Battlefront game, start here. Available on Xbox and PC (Steam).
Lego Star Wars
Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking. “That game is for kids!” And you’re right, but you know what? IT’S A BLAST. This game (I recommend the complete saga) is such a fun local multiplayer game and a great way to spend a couple hours with friends. There’s almost no difficulty at all, as when you die you simply lose nuts and bolts that you collect, but the developer ‘Traveller’s Tales’ did such a great job at making the controls tight and the game simple but rewarding. It’s also great to see how they spin the story of the movies into the world of Lego. I would probably recommend that this game is how people approach the prequels for the first time, as it’s a heck of a lot more bearable. If you’re looking for some mindless fun in the Star Wars world, look no further than Lego Star Wars. Available on PS3, 360, Wii, and PC (Steam).
Star Wars Episode I: Racer
To this day, I firmly believe that this game is the best thing to come from Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The game takes what is essentially the best part of the movie, Podracing, and makes an entire racing game from it. I spent countless hours trying to master certain courses, unlock all the racers, and beat my best times. With a variety of different planets, tracks, and racers with their own unique feel, this game remains a blast to this day. However, getting your hands on it may prove to be more difficult than the other games listed, as it’s from 1999, and only on PC (sadly in a very incompatible form with current systems) and N64.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Kyle Katarn. For some, that name brings back a flood of memories. While there are technically 5 games in the Jedi Knight series (the first being Dark Forces, and ending with Jedi Academy), Jedi Outcast is far and beyond the fan favorite. The story follows Katarn after he has abandoned the Jedi order after almost falling to the dark side, but still uses the force; and especially his lightsaber. More of a straight-ahead action game, Jedi Outcast helped pave the way for story-driven action-adventure games like Assassins Creed or Shadows of Mordor, albeit in the Star Wars universe. If you’re able to put up with the dated graphics, but have a hankering for cutting down Stormtroopers with a lightsaber, Jedi Outcast might be for you. Available on Xbox, Gamecube, and PC (Steam).
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Hands down, my favorite game of all time. Not only that, but one of the best games of the Xbox generation (it released in 2003). Created by the group at Bioware (Dragon Age, Mass Effect), this game came at a time of ultimate prequel-fatigue. It released right after Episode II came out, and many people, including myself, believe it to be the best Star Wars story since (at least) 1983’s Return of the Jedi. With an enveloping story with potential to become a great Jedi, or an evil Sith, great characters, and a new ground-breaking RPG combat system, KOTOR (as it is referred to by fans) is simply the pinnacle of Star Wars games. Available on Xbox and PC (Steam).
Are there any other Star Wars games that you’ve personally enjoyed that you’d add to this list? Sound off below!