Star Wars has returned to the big screen! There has always been a healthy number of Star Wars games flowing into the market, and often, they don’t draw in the incredible fan loyalty that the films do. So I put together a top 5 list of my favorite Star Wars games from over the years.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Lego games. I’ve played so many iterations of Lego Star Wars in particular . Consoles, handhelds, PC versions, I’ve played them until joysticks broke, d-pads wore-off, and everything was 100% so I could just run through every level as Darth Maul. (Here’s hoping the fabled Darth Maul game is actually in production too.)
Gameplay-wise it’s exactly what you’d expect from Lego. They are silly twists on the classic story beats we love. There’s tons of hacking and slashing and collectibles. There’s interesting puzzles and tons of mini-figures. You’ve got to have played this at least a little bit by now. If not, surely you’ve played one of their other titles.
As you read through my list you’ll notice that most of my favorites are lightsaber heavy. Battlefront made regular FPS/TPS combat awesome. It was competitive objective-based gameplay. It ignored the realism and went all out in the fantasy. You could literally jump into a space ship, fly off the star destroyer, land inside a rebel space station, jump out and blow it up from the inside, making a narrow escape. What is better than that? What other game has even tried something similar?
To add icing on the cake, sure you could play as a general for a bit, smacking people down with lightsabers, but you could also play a tactical sniper covering your teammate’s advance. I’m happy this series gets to live on, and I can’t wait to see what surprises Dice has waiting for us.
As painfully difficult, frustrating, and at times completely bugged and silly this game was, I have to say I really enjoyed this PSX experimental game.
The story followed the events of the movie, but from alternate perspectives. . Later levels even resorted to some “find the red key” type puzzles. It was a bit bizarre.There were even expanded exploration pieces where you scouted and bartered deals to pay for Anakin’s entry into the podrace.
What I love is that it had levels that were essentially open-world RPG. You could walk around and talk to anyone, or worse if you chose to do so. Several other levels were more linear, but even those often featured sidequests off the beaten path.
It’s worth checking out a Let’s Play. I highly doubt you’ll be able to find a copy and working console. Though, it did also release for Windows…
Obi-Wan was a launch title for the original Xbox. Graphically it does look a bit dated. But come on people, it’s almost 15 years old.
Obi-Wan is often overlooked, but it has awesome 3d-platforming, large explorable levels, tons of force powers, and awesome lightsaber combat. Think of a less linear Force Unleashed and you’ll get the picture.
I should also mention it was somewhat of a difficult game, but I loved it. Hooking up a standard Xbox and finding a copy of the game are a bit of work, but trust me, Obi-Wan is worth it. You’re his only hope.
Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy still holds up to this day. It’s got a pretty great single-player campaign, but the real meat of this game is the multiplayer deathmatches. Fight in an arena of dozens of Jedi wielding every force power known to the light and dark side. If you don’t have friends, then simply spawn in bots and watch the chaos begin.
The developers released the source code a few years back, so you should be able to find this and play it rather easily, not to mention mod in force powers of your own.
I would have mentioned KOTOR, but I’ve already discussed it in my Top 5 Gaming Stories blog. I love me some KOTOR. As with all of my lists, I guarantee I’ve missed some favorites, so let me know your picks. Maybe you’ve played one that I haven’t, like Bounty Hunter.
I also have a love-hate relationship with The Force Unleashed, but I’ll keep my opinions quiet because our very own Bill Kirkman worked on it!
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As with other lists I’ve created for this blog, I’ve made a few rules.
Rules of the list:
- Nostalgia is not a factor
- Try to show a variety of publishers, developers, and project sizes
- I must have actually bought, played, and enjoyed these games
- Nothing higher than a T-rating from the ESRB
- The list is in alphabetical order
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