The Best Star Wars Video Games

Video Games

We’re not that far away from the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic, the new MMORPG that focuses on the Star Wars universe before Luke, Leia, Han, and all the characters we know and sorta love.  With that in mind, I wanted to take a look at some of the better games that have been spawned as a result of the amazing movie franchise (looking at you original trilogy) and in spite of the “new trilogy” (friggin’ JarJar Binks).

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Knights of the Old Republic

It was a RPG and Star Wars game all wrapped up in one.  Set several thousand years before the events of the movies, the game dealt with Sith Lords, the force, and forgotten identity.  You could customize your character, and even choose to be good or evil.  It was the perfect game for those of us that had been looking to release our inner Sith Lord.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

The Force Unleashed

I know a lot of people were critical of the game, but it did a great job of bridging the gap between episodes III and IV and gave a new perspective on Darth Vader.  Coupled with getting to use the force in ways that had never been done before, it was, if nothing else, entertaining to push around legions of Storm Troopers with the force.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

LEGO Star Wars

This may actually be the best introduction to the Star Wars universe for kids.  Period.  You can start with the first scene in The Phantom Menace all the way up to the climatic battles in Return of the Jedi. It’s essentially impossible to lose the game as any time your character “dies” they’re quickly reformed.  With a fun multiplayer game that is easy for people to jump in and out of, it’s perfect for families of all ages and sizes.

Star Wars: TIE Fighter

TIE Fighter

The first game to let you fight on the side of the Empire, this 1994 title actually takes place shortly after the Battle of Hoth and actually made the Empire somewhat sympathetic.

Star Wars: X-Wing vs TIE Fighter

X-Wing vs TIE Fighter

Praised for the technical achievements, but the lack of a storyline of what was primarily a multiplayer game left a bad taste in some peoples’ mouths.  However, it’s still recognized as one of the best games in the Star Wars game franchise.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Jedi Knight II

This wasn’t the first game to feature the character of Kyle Katarn, but in this game he returns to his Jedi roots and you get to wield a lightsaber and use an array of Force powers.  With a solid story and excellent combat (for the time), it was a critical success.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Jedi Academy

A direct sequel to Jedi Outcast, this game put you in the shoes of Jaden Korr, a character that you can customize at the beginning of the game to include gender, race, and lightsaber hilt and color.  As the game progresses you’ll learn more styles with the lightsaber and eventually have to build a new one, at which point you can choose to either learn the final style with one lightsaber, wield two lightsabers, or take up the lightsaber staff made popular by Darth Maul.

Star Wars Galaxies

Star Wars Galaxies

While it has been plagued by bugs and server issues, people continue to play the game and in the end, that’s what really matters.  Allowing you to choose a race, gender, and profession, the game has issued several expansion packs that made becoming a Jedi easier, and added new content to the game.

Star Wars: Empire at War

Empire at War

A RTS (real time strategy) game taking place between Episodes III and IV that let you take control of either the Rebel Alliance or the Empire as they struggled in the early days of the Galactic Civil War.

Star Wars: Dark Forces

Dark Forces

This was our first introduction to the character of Kyle Katarn, a character specifically made for this game.  A first person shooter, you function as a mercenary in the hire of the Rebel Alliance as you battle the Empire and their attempt to create Dark Troopers.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

The Old Republic

Ok, so the game isn’t out yet and thus it’s a little early to put it on here, but all of the video and reading on the game makes it look to be at least as good as Star Wars Galaxies, and probably better.  Enhanced graphics, the ability to be Jedi or Sith, and what is sure to be an immersive world makes this game a lock to make the list of best Star Wars video games.

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