Star Wars video games have been around almost as long as the iconic movie series, allowing players to travel to a galaxy far, far away for decades. Some have tried to recreate the movies, others have offered new stories set somewhere in the canon of the Skywalker saga, and still others have carved out their own corners of the galaxy.
There’s certainly no shortage of games to choose from, but we’ve harnessed the Force and narrowed the list down to what we consider to be the top 10 Star Wars games of all time.
These entries span generations, genres, and console stories, but they’ve all captivated us in their own way.
Read this list, you should.
10. Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (SNES, 1994)
Super Return of the Jedi is one of the best Star Wars games ever made, especially for older generation consoles. Its debut on the Super Nintendo consoles in 1994 provided a fitting ending to the Super Star Wars saga, which loosely adapted the original trilogy.
Return of the Jedi, in particular, delivered an incredible soundtrack, which listening to it now is an instant hit of nostalgia, especially for anyone who spent their youth trying to get past those pesky boss levels.
The characters in the movies were fun to play, the levels had moderate but rewarding platforming difficulty, and the weapons offered a rare unique variety of type and power.
Super Return of the Jedi remains one of the best film adaptations of the last 25 years and undoubtedly one of the best Star Wars games.
9. Star Wars Dark Forces (1995, MS-DOS, MAC)
When you think of first-person shooters from the 90s, Doom and Quake are usually the most recognizable, for obvious reasons. However, Star Wars: Dark Forces is another first-person shooter game among the best to come out during that decade.
While it lacked a multiplayer feature, Dark Forces made up for it with solid graphics for the moment and excellent level design that provided a good challenge throughout. It also introduced Star Wars fans to Kyle Katarn, a major character in Star Wars video games for years to come.
8. Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005, PS2, Xbox, PC, PSP)
2005’s Star Wars: Battlefront II took the foundation from the first Battlefront, specifically Battlefield-inspired multiplayer, and added an engaging single-player story mode on top of that solid foundation. It’s something the budding franchise didn’t need, but it still performed surprisingly well.
His story is told from the perspective of a clone trooper (voiced by Jango Fett himself, Temura Morrison) fighting in the 501st Legion of the Republic against Separatist forces. Battlefront II matches have the same feature set as the first Battlefront, but with some notable additions:
– Playable heroes like Darth Vader and Obi-Wan from the Prequel era, and Space Assault, arguably the best of the multiplayer modes.
– In Space Assault, two teams assault the opposing faction’s capital ship via starfighters until key systems are eliminated. It is similar to the Titan mode from Battlefield 2142, but with ships from Star Wars. And it’s a lot of fun.
7. Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005, Xbox, PC)
Star Wars: Republic Commando is another Star Wars shooter from 2005 that is worth your while. While most people probably think of Jedi and space combat when Star Wars comes to mind, Republic Commando changes the pace, offering military-style combat that puts the Clone Wars troopers front and center. Although the multiplayer mode leaves much to be desired, the crown jewel of Republic Commando is the single-player campaign.
Taking on the role of a clone squad leader, using squad commands to lead your fellow soldiers is fun and rewarding, thanks to good squadmate AI that really adds a lot of fun and keeps things fresh as you go along. the missions.
While the Clones have, of course, come into the spotlight in animated TV series like The Clone Wars and The Bad Batch, Republic Commando is one of the best examples of how to apply their stories to a game.
6. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019, PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is one of the best single player Star Wars games to be published in recent times. Set five years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, players control Padawan Cal Kestis, one of the last surviving Jedi to follow Order 66, as he traverses the galaxy attempting to complete his training and rebuild the Jedi Order.
While Soulsborne-style combat can be challenging, it is a rewarding system to master with the energetic and fast lightsaber and Force combat.
There’s also a clear Metroidvania influence in action, but it packs a punch by letting you explore a host of planets, unlocking customization options for Cal, his lightsaber, and one of the sweetest droids, BD-1.
Jedi: Fallen Order is hopefully just the beginning of a new franchise, but it’s an incredible start.
5. Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader (GameCube)
Rogue Leader was a showcase for Gamecube at launch, and it’s easy to see why. However, more than its images, the second Rogue Squad boasted one of the best versions of the famous Trench Run ever featured in a video game.
Compared to its more complicated cousin TIE Fighter, Rogue Leader is an unrepentant arcade game, pitting you against waves of TIEs in a variety of familiar Star Wars setups in a robust package that also includes bonus ships and missions, which allows you to fly everything from the Millennium Falcon to the Naboo N-1 Fighter.
It’s a complete Star Wars experience for nerd, serving as one of the best Star Wars games and one of the best GameCube games. We would love a proper relaunch now, thank you.
4. Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast (2002, PC, OS X, GameCube, Xbox)
While Star Wars: Dark Forces introduced us to antihero fighter Kyle Katarn, and Jedi Knight saw him embrace the Force, Jedi Outcast is where Katarn really shined.
Jedi Outcast still gave you a host of weapons to wield and extensive levels to explore that the series had become known for, but nothing compared to its lightsaber combat at the time, thanks to the inclusion of many Sith infused with the Force determined to stop you in your quest.
Chaining force powers with three different lightsaber stances made each encounter feel intense, and nothing was as satisfying as watching the slow 360-degree camera roll after cutting off an opponent’s arm.
Even taking on normal stormtroopers never went out of style, thanks to the ability to freely force choke and throw enemy soldiers off a cliff on a whim.
Kyle Katarn is back, we miss you!
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a compilation of the first six episodes of Skywalker Saga, representing two great LEGO sets in one.
LEGO sets are great for fans young and old alike, and the LEGO Star Wars sets exemplify this, with goofy retelling of the original Star Wars stories and loads of replayability thanks to the many collectibles that gamers play. they can search a galaxy far, far away. .
TT Games has applied its LEGO formula and expanded it, with several different franchises, but the developers found gold with the design of the LEGO Star Wars games, offering a model for the next few years.
While Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is launching soon, we still find a lot of charm in Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, and not just because of the gibberish that the characters speak in the scenes.
2. Star Wars: TIE Fighter (1994, Microsoft Windows, DOS, Macintosh, Mac OS classic)
TIE Fighter is still the best Empire game ever created. The sequel to X-wing, it presents you as a TIE pilot who has to navigate Imperial intrigue while taking down many, many X-Wings, Y-Wings, and Z-95 Headhunters.
With a surprisingly strong story spanning much of the original trilogy, few flight sims do a better job of mixing complex mechanics with accessible arcade gameplay than TIE Fighter does. More importantly, he gave us the TIE Defender, the hot rod of the TIE lineup.
So many Star Wars games put you in the role of the Empire only to get away and let your character see the light. TIE Fighter embraces the Empire for the nefarious villains that they are, and it’s better for it.
1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003, Xbox, PC)
And of course, no list of the best Star Wars games could be complete without mentioning Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Set thousands of years before the events of the movies, Knights of the Old Republic was something extraordinary, giving fans of the franchise a completely different look at the Star Wars universe.
While other games on the list certainly added depth to the Star Wars story, Knights of the Old Republic completely immerses you in this fictional universe with rich additions to what we knew of the galaxy at the time.
Nothing has lived up to the promise of being a Jedi traversing the galaxy and embarking on an epic space adventure that is packed with memorable locations, missions, and interesting characters like KOTOR.
And that’s why, almost 20 years later, Knights of the Old Republic is remembered not only as a gold standard for the RPG genre, but also as a highlight in Star Wars video games.
Those are our picks for the top 10 Star Wars games of all time. Do you agree with the list or do you think we’re a bunch of scruffy-headed nerf shepherds? Let us know what your favorite Star Wars games are.