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.

Best Star Wars Games: Top 10

10. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

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
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
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
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. All the more reason to make a sequel with online multiplayer, right?

 

6. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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
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
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, presumably down to the development switching hands to the then burgeoning Obsidian.

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
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. Sorry, didn’t mean to go all IGN there, but it definitely applies.

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.

Pick it up on the Switch if you want some gaming history on the go.

 

2. Star Wars Battlefront II

Battlefront 2
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. Miraculously, it’s still played to this day and still provides a tonne of fun.

 

1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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. Anthem? Andromeda? Sorry, don’t know them.

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.

Did that last sentence work? It became painful to jam in so many Star Wars references throughout this list. If you can stomach to hang around these parts, check out some of our other Star Wars words over this way, and a good video from our also good YouTube channel below:
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