Do I keep my promises or do I keep my promises? In my last Star Wars post (The Top 10 Best Star Wars Books) I floated an idea that seemed to be too good to ignore, especially since I’ve been on this Star Wars kick for nearly a month now. So, I figured, why not bring these posts full circle with one last blog that merges our passion for games with our love for the galaxy far far away? That’s why I decided to make a listicle that highlights the top 10 best Star Wars video games.
Now, the games featured on this list will look new, old, and really old. In case you weren’t already aware, Star Wars games have been around for quite a while and have since made a lasting impression on players (like me) who had them before we even knew exactly how a keyboard worked. No matter how old or downright corny some of these older titles may seem, it’s important to remember that they paved the way for some of the newer games, which are featured in this listicle as well. So, just keep that in mind as you go down the list.
Without further ado, let’s make that jump to lightspeed!
The force is strong with this one! Even after 17 years since its release, this title takes the first spot on many lists, and for good reason. In fact, there are still many who consider KOTOR the best Star Wars game ever, by far. This game has a clever presentation, a developed plot, and intriguing characters. The graphics are actually decent when you consider the time it was made and the aliens and weaponry are everything you can hope for from a decent Star Wars game.
Overall, KOTOR is truly a great RPG that masterfully injects players in the Star Wars universe, and introduces a talented cast of voice actors, along with an epic storyline. Whether you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan or not, this game definitely satisfies your craving for action and fun gameplay. Many of the newer Star Wars games we see today have used KOTOR as a template for perfection.
KOTOR is available on Xbox, Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android.
There are two versions of this game (2005 and 2017), but I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the gameplay of the 2017 version better. I base this on the game’s magnificent graphics, maps, and wide-range of legendary characters to choose from in multiplayer. I know there are some who put this game down due to the multitude of annoying bugs/mishaps over the years, but I think this is a great game that’s really turned the corner since it launched. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. That’s why it makes my list.
With a decent story and rewarding campaign, this game is a solid revamp of the 2005 version. But I have to say that my favorite part was playing in the online multiplayer. From lightsaber duels to intense shootouts and epic space dogfights, Battlefront II truly has something for everyone.
Overall, I think Battlefront II is a sweet game with a ton of maps and game modes. I especially love the Heroes vs Villains gameplay and everything seems to really come together nicely with the beautiful graphics surrounding you. Be honest, you can’t argue with the way this game looks and presents itself.
Battlefront II is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
When I heard that this game casts players as the apprentice to Darth Vader, I had no choice but to check it out! Like I mentioned in my Star Wars books listicle (read it if you haven’t already), if Darth Vader is a part of the story or plot in any way, I have to buy it. He’s my favorite character in the series and probably the greatest villain of all time. Now, I’ll admit that at the time I wanted nothing more than to play as Vader. But after playing the game in its entirety, I discovered that playing as his apprentice was just as gratifying. Mind you, the gratification doesn’t come right away, but patience is of virtue...if you know what I mean.
I can’t put it any other way, except just say that this game is awesome, overall! From the interactive environments, the compelling storyline and stunning background, The Force Unleashed is the whole package for Star Wars fans looking for a great adventure, and a walk on the Dark Side of the Force. You should definitely check it out if you’ve always been curious about what would have happened if Luke chose the Dark Side in Return of the Jedi.
The Force Unleashed is available on iOS, J2ME, N-Gage, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
They say the second time around is usually better than the first time. In the case of KOTOR II, let’s just say it comes close. How’s that for playing it safe? Don’t misunderstand, KOTOR II is an awesome game with a solid story and a cast of great characters. I just think the first KOTOR was more enjoyable because it was the start of something new that had never been experienced in previous Star Wars games. However, KOTOR II is an excellent follow up to its predecessor.
Taking place five years after the events of the first installment, KOTOR II presents players with a new storyline that introduces some new characters and even brings back some old ones. One character that really sticks out is the powerful Sith Lord, Darth Nihilus! I will say though, as far as gameplay and mechanics are concerned, KOTOR II makes a few notable upgrades. The combat sequences flow nicer and the game seems to move a bit faster, which is something most fans noticed and appreciated right away. I think the darker plot adds some much-needed variety to the story as well.
KOTOR II is available on Xbox, Microsoft Windows, Linux and OS X.
5. Fallen Order
Okay, this is the most recent game on the list and I’ll say, it seems to stand right up there with some of the old favorites we’ve mentioned so far. Released in 2019, Fallen Order presents us with exciting third-person gameplay and some pretty cool combat sequences. And I’ll admit, playing as a renegade Jedi (or fugitive as it’s put) is actually a pretty cool idea. A lot of people were looking forward to this game after Battlefront II and it turned out to be well worth the wait.
Packed good action, a great story, amazing combat and unique characters, this game gives players all they asked for and more. In all, Fallen Order is a good game that seems to have given Star Wars games and players the shot of adrenalin it’s been yearning for. And the gameplay itself is even enjoyable for those who may not be as passionate about Star Wars.
Fallen order is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Stadia.
15 years later, this is still a fun play for many avid Star Wars gamers. Republic Commando casts players as the squad leader of a Republic Spec Ops unit. I know, it sounds like just another all-out shoot’em up with no strategy or planning required. Well, this game goes beyond the basic run-of-the-mill shooter game and actually gives players the chance to use intelligence and forethought to fulfill their mission. And that’s why it makes the list.
Besides the graphics, background and epic plot-line, the real beauty behind the game lies with its unique way of introducing tactfulness and teamwork. Players expecting to storm (and stumble) their way through this game are in for a bit of a surprise. This kind of run and gun style will prove reckless in a game like Republic Commando.
Instead, the game forces you to observe your surroundings and take advantage of all the terrain/environment has to offer you. Each battle calls for a suitable gameplan, which is far more than I can say for most of the mainstream shooter games today.
Republic Commando is available on Xbox and Microsoft Windows.
“There’s a price on your head and I’m gonna collect.” Those words will always stick with me after years of playing this game on my Sega Dreamcast when I was a little kid. Good times, goooood times. First released in the year 2000, Star Wars: Demolition was a great third-person shooter for fans who gravitated more towards the vehicular combat style of gaming. Let’s be honest, blowing up stuff in video games is always fun, especially when you’re eight-years-old and love all things Star Wars.
The game allows you to select a character/vehicle (Boba Fett was my favorite) and tasks you with a mission set on whatever system you want. Naboo, Cloud City, and Death Star 2 are just a few examples. So, depending on who you pick, you’ll be either gliding, flying or riding through each mission and using the vehicle’s weapons to fight enemies while accomplishing tasks. It’s actually cool if you’re the type who likes to explore maps as well.
Star Wars: Demolition is only available on Playstation and Sega Dreamcast consoles.
This one is another oldie, but a goodie all the same. What makes Starfighter so enjoyable and rather unique in its own regard is how it merges flying combat with the usage of the Force. Pretty interesting idea, right? I thought so, too, which is why I thought it deserved a spot on the list. After 18 long years since its release, this game still holds a special place in the hearts of Star Wars gamers, and rightfully so.
The Starfighter feels fast and plays faster than the previous Star Wars vehicle combat games. This speedy, more fluid presentation and style offers a player a realistic experience of what it's like to engage in an aerial battle (or dogfight). For a game that is almost 20 years old, the graphics actually aren’t too bad, especially on Xbox.
Jedi Starfighter is available on Playstation 2 and Xbox.
Jedi Outcast is a great story that’s packed with intense lightsaber battles and non-stop action. What more can ask from a Star Wars game, right? Cast as Kyle Kartan, an agent of the New Republic, players are equipped with a lightsaber and eight different force abilities in order to fulfill 24 single-player missions. What I like most about this game is that you’re given the freedom to choose which weapons you want in your arsenal. These weapons include a range of blasters, rifles and detonators (along with a lightsaber, as I already pointed out). Feeling powerful yet?
The story also re-introduces us to a cast of legendary characters including Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian and more. The graphics are everything you can expect from a game that was released in 2002, but let’s be honest, sometimes a good plot and decent mechanics can make all the difference. Jedi Outcast has both. The story is well thought out and the controls make using weapons and the force a smooth, thrilling experience.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is available on Microsoft Windows, OS X, GameCube, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
This was actually my first Star Wars game ever! First released to gamers in 1997 (the stone age of PC gaming) Dark Forces II introduced players to a fun storyline and awesome first/third-person gameplay (for the time). I know, I know this game is a fossil and definitely not up to snuff with all the newer games and graphics that have been released since. But I was feeling nostalgic and just had to have this game somewhere on the list. You’d feel the same if this was your first Star Wars game.
In Dark Forces II, players have the choice to join either the Light Side or Dark Side of the Force and use your chosen powers to take on enemies as the campaign progresses. Of course, this happens after you’ve gone through skills training and a series of combat trials. After training and fighting through the campaign, you finally must put your skills to the test against either a Jedi or Sith Lord and take them down!
All in all, this game is iconic, especially if you were one of the first to play it when it was new. There are even those who say this game set the precedent for all Star Wars shooter games. And even after 23 years, I have to agree.
Dark Forces is only available for PC/Microsoft Windows.
Well, that wraps another Star Wars listicle. As always, I would love to hear from you and get your thoughts. So, what’s your favorite Star Wars game? Let me know in the comments section. And if your favorite Star Wars game title isn’t on the list, I REALLY want to hear from you so we can compare notes! We have a more in-depth review of Star Wars: The Old Republic, which can be found here!
Until we meet again!
Vince the Prince