16 Best Star Wars Games Ever Made

Reeling off the best Star Wars games is no easy task, especially when there are just as many bad ones as there are good.

The Force Unleashed 2

Try to think of a franchise as successful as Star Wars. You probably can’t, because there isn’t one. Over the decades, it’s gone from being escapism for geeks to just about the biggest name in all of pop culture. Everyone’s seen at least one movie, heard an iconic line, or questioned why sand is so coarse at one point or another in their lives.

With such widespread popularity, video games are sure to follow, so it should be no surprise that Star Wars has quite possibly the most extensive catalogue of tie-ins and “expanded universe” efforts out there of any blockbuster series. Here’s the problem, though: a lot of then just aren’t very good. As a prime example of milking the cash cow, there are a lot of Star Wars video games that would have been quite comfortable next to E.T in a New Mexico landfill.

When a great Star Wars game does come along, however, it’s usually magical, transporting you back to your childhood and making you believe, even just for a fleeting moment, that you are a Jedi Master or, in the case of Super Bombad Racing, stuck with incurable Bobblehead Syndrome.

With that in mind, let’s count down some of the best Star Wars games. If your favourite didn’t make the cut, let me know that I’m a nerf herder all you like.

 

The Best Star Wars Games

16. EA Star Wars Battlefront II

Star Wars Battlefront

Developer: DICE
Publisher: EA

Wait, wait. Oh, you’ve already gone. That’s fair enough, I guess — the early days of the second Star War Battlefront II don’t really cover the game in glory. However, while it is still far from perfect, it’s not the disaster that many wish it was.

Sure, the shooting is a little basic and the gameplay perhaps too casual, but once it gets going and the battles are at their epic best, Battlefront II really can be a total blast. Plus, its campaign isn’t too bad and fills in a few holes in the canon — for better or worse.

 

15. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

The Force Unleashed
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Developer: LucasArts/Aspyr
Publisher: LucasArts

You can really copy what I will say about The Force Unleashed later and paste it here. The Force Unleashed II isn’t a full-bodied sequel in that it doesn’t move the dial forward at all, but if it’s large-scale button-mashing you want, it certainly has you covered.

The main thing going against the sequel is that it is much, much too short. Starkiller’s story quickly wraps up in what is essentially a very silly narrative that was booted to the curb the second Disney took over, so maybe don’t worry about it.

 

14. Star Wars: The Old Republic

The Old Republic

Developer: BioWare Austin/Aspyr
Publisher: EA

Despite not being the third KOTOR game we wanted and not the kind of quality we were expecting from its pretty excellent trailers, Star Wars: The Old Republic still provides an MMORPG world with living in.

You carve your own path in The Old Republic and become the hero or villain you want to be. It’s still going strong over half a decade after launch with new content events set to come in 2019, so dive on in — you can even play for free if you just want to try it out.

 

13. Star Wars: Dark Forces

Dark Forces

Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts

Your memories may lead you to believe that Dark Forces deserves to be higher up in this list of the best Star Wars games, prompting you to go over to Steam to prove me wrong. Don’t. While Dark Forces may have been ahead of its time, time has caught up to it in a nasty way.

While it’s certainly still playable in the sense that it’s a DOOM rip-off (and DOOM is good no matter what), the narrative, dialogue, and characters are ropey to say the least. If it’s pew-pewing you want, though, knock yourself out.

 

12. Star Wars: Bounty Hunter

Star Wars bounty hunter game

Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts

Before I started writing this, I was certain that Bounty Hunter would make the top three. Childhood memories of this game painted it as being just about the coolest thing ever, allowing you to become Jango Fett and capture some bounties with trusted jetpack in tow.

After picking it up again on PS4 again, though, it’s aged quite considerably, but is still playable and, more importantly, fun. Hunting down bad guys is still a blast, and dual-wielding guns while playing as the franchise’s most mistreated character never gets old.

 

11. Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter

Star Wars Jedi Starfighter

Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts

Why has everyone forgotten about this game? And I’m not just talking about general gamers; even Star Wars fans seem to have let Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter slip into total obscurity.

Set during and shortly after finale of Attack of the Clones, Jedi Starfighter has you take to the cockpit of iconic Star Wars fighters and attacking or defending objectives. Pretty straightforward stuff, but the guys at LucasArts managed to make it riveting.

 

10. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

The Force Unleashed

Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts

Deserving a spot on a list of the best Star Wars video games purely because of its opening sequence, The Force Unleashed is a hack-and-slash game set in the expanded lore that is the perfect excuse to bash a lightsaber around for a bit and throw some Stormtroopers around the place.

Playing as Starkiller, a powerful Sith who is serving as Darth Vader’s apprentice, The Force Unleashed is the perfect way to throw some idiots around a screen with the Force without feeling too guilty about it. Shame about the sequel, though.

 

9. LEGO Star Wars

Lego Star Wars

Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Publisher: various

It’s Star Wars, but with LEGO — with there being a few of them that follow the same formula, let’s just clump them all together as one. There’s a lot of fun to be had here for the kids and even some slightly older, twentysomething and above kids.

The series possesses a great sense of humor and is so simple that anyone could pick it up, even the very young or those that don’t even like games. There’s always been something strangely cathartic about the collectathon found in LEGO games, but being able to do it as Jar-Jar Binks? Priceless.

 

8. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

Star wars rogue squadron

Developer: Factor 5
Publisher: LucasArts

A game that sold many on the Gamecube as a true contender in a new generation of consoles, Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader built upon its predecessor while adding even more Star Wars authenticity.

There are memories to be savoured here, from its unforgettable opening sequence attack on the Death Star to the reenactment of the closing moments of Return of the Jedi. If you’ve ever wanted to dive into the screen whenever Luke Skywalker was behind the controls of a fighter, dive into this game instead.

 

7. Star Wars: Republic Commando

Republic Commando

Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts

Allow that original Xbox nostalgia to wash over you like a wave: it’s Republic Commando time. Quite possibly the most underrated Star Wars game ever released, Republic Commando is a squad-based FPS that really shouldn’t work. Thanks to some sharp writing, a likeable cast, and a tempo that fails to let up, LucasArts’ 2005 effort has gone down as a bit of cult classic.

If you wanted me to boil down why it’s so good, just imagine Halo and Metroid Prime had a baby with George Lucas as the sperm donor. Just don’t make me play it now – I will be heartbroken if it doesn’t stand the test of time.

 

6. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Jedi Fallen Order

Developer: Respawn
Publisher: EA

Few had much faith in EA to publish a decent Star Wars game after the mauling Battlefront II received at launch, yet when Respawn, the developers of Titanfall and Apex, announced they were developing Fallen Order, a new hope was born. Sorry.

Taking control of Cal Kestis, a young Jedi who’s on the run after the events of Revenge, Fallen Order is a Metroidvania of sorts with a Soulslike influence that is far better than it has any right to be. It has its rough edges, but Fallen Order provides a convincing return to form for the Star Wars IP in EA’s hands. Don’t mess it up again.

From our Fallen Order review:

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order suffers from some annoying pacing issues, but the attention to detail and fundamentally solid gameplay makes it the best Star Wars game in over a decade.

 

5. Star Wars Episode I: Racer

Episode 1 racer

Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts

The Star Wars equivalent of Mario Kart (though much, much less forgiving and with 100% less shells), Episode I: Racer’s ridiculous tempo helped it to become one of the essential party games of its generation.

The podracers speed along the sands at alarming speed and tend to be destroyed easier than giant weapon moons floating in space, so the difficulty curve is steep. Find some friends and master it, though, as so many others did, and you will have proof that Darth Maul wasn’t the only good thing to come out of The Phantom Menace.

 

4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

Knights of the Old Republic 2

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: LucasArts

Only slightly less preferred than its predecessor, Knights of the Old Republic II tries to built on its foundations and loses a little (emphasis on little) something in the process.

While the core gameplay is as good as before, the storyline and its characters aren’t quite as gripping or easy to engage with, though once you have sunk a hundred hours into its inviting world, you probably won’t notice. It’s routinely available for a pittance, which may go towards the coffers to fund a third game. Please?

 

3. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Jedi Outcast

Developer: Raven Software/Vicarious Visions
Publisher: LucasArts

Arguably ahead of its time and still visited by many Star Wars fans today, Jedi Outcast managed the impossible: making you feel like a Jedi.

There’s an extensive range of Force powers at your disposal coupled with a captivating storyline which features cameos from big names in the lore, helping it to become the ultimate Star Wars video game in terms of fan service. It’s been fifteen years since its release and no other game has managed to nail lightsaber combat quite like this.

 

2. Star Wars Battlefront II

Battlefront 2

Developer: Pandemic Studios
Publisher: LucasArts

No, not the immensely hyped sequel to the disappointing reboot that people were more than a little annoyed by. The actual Star Wars Battlefront II is one of the most beloved games of the PS2 era because of just how much it there was; it has more content than you could ever want or hope for from a Star Wars game.

Sure, it might just be old-school Battlefield with the Lucas touch, but when you throw in Galactic Conquest and the ability to play as a range of badass Jedi and Sith with friends, you get Star Wars lore-bending at its most frenetic.

 

1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Knights of the Old Republic

Developer: BioWare
Publisher: LucasArts

We all find the lack of a third (true) game in the series disturbing, but that does nothing to take away from the excellence of what Bioware crafted when in their prime. Set before the events of any of the movies, Knights of the Old Republic has lore that you just want to lose yourself in, squadmates who you can relate to without feeling obliged to do so, and a scope rarely seen in the RPG genre.

All of this adds up to not only one of the most immersive Star Wars experiences available, but also one of the best video games ever made. If you’re a fan of Star Wars and haven’t tried this yet, this is the droid you’re looking for.

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