It’s Star Wars season again folks. From movies to games, Star Wars seem to hit the mainstream media recently. Now what we’re here to do is come up with a list of great Star Wars games that we’ve seen so far that has graced us with its presence. Now, being originally a movie franchise, Star Wars is also a victim of movie franchises with terrible and rushed games, in efforts for whoever that calls the shot to make a bunch of money quick. We’ve seen this happening many times with games tied in with a movie franchise. Although we’ve seen a bunch of trashy games coming along over the years, there are gems in the rough as well. The list will be populated by games from various genres that I personally think is an important part of me experiencing the essence of Star Wars in a video game format. Without further ado, let’s get the list started!
Empire at War
During the rise of RTS, Empire at War didn’t really provide anything revolutionary in terms of gameplay. What it did provide is crisp and satisfying gameplay that involves the Star Wars universe. Although the game has 2 fronts which are the ground and space battles, the space battles are a much more fun experience compared to the planet skirmishes. The game employs a main star chart system for players to capture and enjoy certain perks that will help them in their quest to either conquer the system or to liberate them. Each side has awesome looking and familiar space ships that functions specific to its class. You’ll have the imposing imperial ships, as well as the familiar X-wings. The game also introduces a couple of different types of ships to round of the functionalities that are available during a battle. The ship’s models follow closely to its predecessor, giving it a crisp and deeper depth to it. You’ll also have the chance to use hero/villain units during these battles. Some are only available on ground-based missions while most of it can be found for use in the space battles. Empire at War is a well-rounded fun experience that gives us a more macro perspective of the main timeline of the Star Wars universe. The game is well made and can still be played today if you’re feeling to assume total supremacy in the space frontier.
If you’re a Geonosian, better watch out because Delta squad is on the prowl. There weren’t many good games that were published during the vacuum timeline of Attack of The Clones and Revenge of the Sith, but this gem graced us with its presence with a light but a tight game experience. Republic Commando has a more serious tone, although it’s not done in a way that’s too violent. Republic Commando gives us a fresh perspective of the Star Wars universe where you’re part of a special commando squad of clone troopers that have unique traits that distinguish one from the other, compared to your regular ol’ clone troopers. Aside from the crisp FPS experience this game provides, you’re also given the ability to move your squadmates around the battlefield to execute specific tasks. You can command your soldiers to flank or to retreat and heal up. Each of your squadmates has specific skills that can be used for different situations in order to achieve a higher success rate. You can find people playing it today on Twitch or YouTube that even though the graphics are objectively outdated, the gameplay is still solid.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Sometimes, greatness comes in the least expected way, and what more can I say about this entry in this list. The Lego Star Wars game manages to combine somewhat kid-friendly gameplay but still maintains its charm to be played by older gamers. Lego Star Wars is the only game so far from the franchise that allows you to play through gameplay set in the first 6 episodes of the Star Wars cinematic saga. The game is mostly a mix of action, platform and puzzle game genre all in one package that is set out to test your skills. Although it might be not as challenging for adult players, the game provides a rather satisfying experience. The game’s graphics and animations are on point, with great attention to the plot, as well as injecting its trademark humor throughout the game. If you’re looking for something light and with a bit of humor injected in it, The Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a great way to spend those free hours you have!
Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
A good game makes a sturdy game overall but does one thing very well. The Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast did lightsaber duels very well. Even though the game was released in 2002, it is still talked about today since it has established a passionate and competitive scene for the lightsabers. Jedi Outcast was one of the early adopters of focusing particularly on the lightsaber dueling arts. This translates to various Jedi stances and acrobatic feats when engaging in a fight that employs laser swords that will cut through anything in an instant. The game also features multiplayer gameplay which propelled the development of a passionate community till today to play this game on servers around the world. The game also boasts a well-made in-game campaign that begins your journey from humble beginnings to a lightsaber-wielding hero. The game’s pacing is steady as you feel each power up to well suit the levels presented to you and not end up being too overpowered in the mid-game stage. Overall, Jedi Outcast has shown the potential of Star Wars to have great games if it is well executed.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
This game is, by all means, the newest in all elements of what makes a game. However, given how it was a surprising hit and was actually a good experience, we just had to include this. Fallen Order introduces to an interesting plot after the Purge of the Jedi Order and how you play as a Jedi in hiding that gets uprooted and begins his journey guided by the Force to find his path again. The game features an intense lightsaber combat system and interesting Force abilities. Unlike The Force Unleashed games, Fallen Order is much more rooted in the original function of what the Force can actually do, keeping it grounded, at least in the Star Wars universe. Players can infuse Force abilities into their lightsaber combat to feel like a real Jedi in combat. The level and sound designs are on point as they give you the right amount of difficulty as well as simulating the sounds of a clashing or slashing lightsaber sounds as close as they can to the movies. Although the game has a low replayability element, it is definitely a refreshing experience that is worth the try.
Knights of the Old Republic
By setting themselves as far away as possible in terms of the timeline of the current Star Wars cinematic universe, Knights of the Old Republic are not restricted by the need to keep everything in line. What it meant was the game can offer a far more rewarding RPG experience to everyone who’s into the franchise and reminding them that the galaxy far, far away is also made out of different parts of the galaxy not covered in the cinematic universe. Players can choose between different classes; from an upcoming Jedi Knight or a smuggler, anything is possible in this universe. The game is constructed well and the lore is carefully constructed to fit in well with the entire Star Wars canon, which further cemented this game to be one of the must-play Star Wars games. This game is one of the reasons that the Star Wars universe has gained so much canon material of the past that at times is far more interesting than the current timeline of the movies. So give yourself a go with this game to understand the very beginnings of the Star Wars universe.
Star Wars has a great following all the around the world. From the first trilogy, we’ve seen how it expanded into the canon world that we know today. Sure, there are pitfalls when it comes to certain rendition or attempts to expand the canon world in various mediums, but all in all, given to the right person, Star Wars can be an entertaining experience, as shown by these games on the list. So, what was your favourite Star Wars game growing up? Let us know in the comments!
You can purchase all these games from the below links none are affiliated as we are not here to make money, we are here to provide a source of information.
Knights of the Old Republic – PC https://store.steampowered.com/app/32370/STAR_WARS__Knights_of_the_Old_Republic/
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – https://store.steampowered.com/app/1172380/STAR_WARS_Jedi_Fallen_Order/
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga – https://store.steampowered.com/app/32440/LEGO_Star_Wars__The_Complete_Saga/
Republic Commando – https://store.steampowered.com/app/6000/STAR_WARS_Republic_Commando/
Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast – https://store.steampowered.com/app/6030/STAR_WARS_Jedi_Knight_II__Jedi_Outcast/
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