Star Wars is a pretty massive IP that’s almost 40 years old. It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of Star Wars. Given the success of the films, it’s not surprising that there are a ton of games related to the series. Here are the 5 I enjoy the most. May the 4th be with you!
Star Wars: X-Wing Vs Tie Fighter
This is as good of a dog fighting simulator as it is a Star Wars title. When it came out in 1997, it had CD quality sound, support for high resolution graphics and allowed for eight player multiplayer in addition to a robust single player campaign. If you’ve ever wanted to fly an X-Wing or a Tie Fighter, this game gives an immersive (for the time) experience. You can find it on Steam or other digital venues if you’re interested
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2
Basically Star Wars themed Dungeons and Dragons. Round based combat, d20 system, Feats and Force powers unlocked every couple of levels and skill points awarded to distribute as the player sees fit. The game was so popular that it spawned a sequel. The best thing about this game is that it generates its own cannon. This game is placed 4,000 years before the rise of the Galactic Empire (think before Episode IV) so it’s essentially an original story which is refreshing given that the rest of the titles on this list cover the original 6 movies or at least include one main character.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader
The sequel to the so-so Rogue Squadron on the Nintendo 64, Rogue Leader is essentially a revamped version of that game for the Gamecube. The graphics are 100% better and increased framerates give the game a much needed sense of speed. All of the missions are set in the original trilogy and include taking out the Death Star, Battling on Hoth, and fighting in Endor. It’s still holds up today as a really great Gamecube came.
Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
While technically Dark Forces 3: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast, this game holds very well on its own. You play as Kyle Katarn: a Rebel soldier responsible for stealing the original Death Star Plans. He has taught himself to become a Jedi and now you can play as one. This game was fun because you could use various force powers and eventually choose if you wanted Kyle to go to the dark side or the light side. This is the first game that had lightsaber battles that were well executed.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
One of the best multiplayer shooters. Much more than just a reskinned Battlefield, Star Wars BattleFront 2 had “heroes” that could be used instead of the basic 4 classes. There’s really not much more to say about this game. It had a ton of maps and you could reenact classic battles as well as have new original battles. It’s so good that the new Battlefront isn’t called Battlefront 3 and doesn’t have nearly as many features as Battlefront 2. Only time will tell if EA decides to add content to bring it up to par.