In a galaxy very close to us and not too long from now, EA will release Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order on November 15th. We will get a new single-player Star Wars story. While there are some people who are anxious as to how it will turn out, we here at G FUEL are also excited for the game.
We thought this would also be a good time to make a list of top Star Wars games. The games that made the famous franchise come alive in a new way for many fans. There are so many games, mostly because George Lucas knew how to market his product, but these are our top 16 picks for sure.
16. Super Star Wars Trilogy
Let’s go back in time a little. With the current technology of the day, this was exactly what a Star Wars game was going to be in the early '90s: a side-scrolling adventure with multiple playable characters, a few boss fights, and an unbelievable difficulty spike.
Those characters included Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewie, who engaged in some really cool boss fights against Darth Vader and even Emperor Palpatine himself. Super Star Wars was more or less just a really hard Super Mario Bros. clone but with a detailed Star Wars skin, and that's what made it truly great.
15. Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles
No matter how you felt about the prequel movies, we did receive some decent games that took place around them. Jedi Power Battles gave us a Beat ‘Em Up style game with something that you’d think would be a little more common in Star Wars games: the simple joy of using a lightsaber to slash through hundreds of enemies with a partner by your side.
It’s not the prettiest nor the deepest of games, but it’s fun. The game even gives fans a pretty solid selection of Prequel-era Jedi, including Mace Windu and Plo Koon.
There are even quite a few unlockable characters and levels if you really get into the game. The game was popular enough for it to start on Sony PlayStation, then move over to the Dreamcast, and even had a Game Boy Advance port. As far as the story goes, I guess, it followed the movies? But no one remembers. Seriously, no one.
14. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
Look, it’s not often that a mobile game makes it to a list of this magnitude. However, every Star Wars fan should install this epic mobile RPG. First of all, it’s free, and there are plenty of updates that keep the game fresh.
It’s a perfect time killer and has elements that many gamers seek in mobile games. If you are looking for a real RPG grind, decent turn-based combat, or just want to collect some of your favorite characters from all sagas, this is simply one of the most satisfying games available on your phone.
Through special themed events, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes continues to expand its offerings with new heroes and familiar worlds to explore. Spoiler: This also includes many aspects inspired by Knights of the Old Republic.
13. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
First of all, let’s just all admit something to ourselves. You can't hate a LEGO game. Surprisingly, this is the only Star Wars game to date that lets you play through the first six movies in their entirety.
Don’t let the LEGO veneer fool you, this is a great game with fun and varied gameplay that’s fairly true to its source material (with a few hilarious deviations).
The game has a ridiculous roster of 160 playable characters (and we all thought Smash Bros. Ultimate had a lot). Yes, you heard me. So it is more than likely that you’ll find all of your favorites here no matter how obscure they are.
Plus, it’s just cute as a button.
12. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
This wouldn’t be a solid list without one Star Wars flying simulator game on it. While there are several games that let players pilot an X-Wing prior to and following Rogue Squadron, Factor 5’s masterpiece just made piloting these starfighters more fun. Plus the game, for it’s time, had pretty accurate controls and the missions were out of this world (I swear that’s the first and only time I’ll use that pun).
If I’m being totally honest, the game still looks and sounds phenomenal. Factor 5 pulled some real magic out of the N64 hardware, which wasn’t that great to begin with.
As a kid I was blown away, but Factor 5 clearly set out to make a game that still holds up 20 years later. You should absolutely try and get your hands on a copy. Just be warned though: the later missions are extremely challenging.
11. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
This sequel was tough for people to accept. The first game was amazing but had tiny flaws. So, hopes were high for the sequel, and it wasn’t terrible to say the least. Unfortunately, it still faltered in one way people will always compare to Star Wars Episode II: Attack if the Clones: it’s terrible, silly love story story. Also some weird stuff about being a clone that lasts all of three hours.
However, The Force Unleashed II is still a beautiful game to behold. The different planets are fantastically well generated, and there’s something very satisfying about tearing into stormtroopers with Force lightning and dual-wielded lightsabers.
It’s just too bad we’ll never get to see how the planned sequel would have turned out.
10. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Unfortunately, since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and retconned a ton of non-essential IP, Shadows of the Empire is no longer canon. However, the story will always be kept alive and well in the hearts of fans. Back then we were captivated by this bizarre non-movie production in the late '90s.
The game was released as part of a huge package that included toys, a comic book, a novel, and even an original soundtrack. The game also starred a new character that was basically a Han Solo doppelganger, named Dash Rendar.
The story was based around the events leading up to Return of the Jedi, so it was like this untold gem that we didn’t get to see in the movies. It was further proof that elegantly displayed the idea that “a good Star Wars game doesn't need to try to recreate the plot of a movie,” and that fans crave outside stories.
Note to Disney: Video games can pad out the worlds of their subject matter to give players an exciting adventure they’ve never experienced before. Wouldn’t you agree?
9. Star Wars: Dark Forces
It is absolutely easy to agree that DOOM and Quake are often seen as the pinnacles of first-person shooters in the ‘90s. However, Dark Forces actually deserves a lot of credit for its innovations as well.
This classic game introduced stuff that the other two took some time to bring to the franchise, such as jumping, free aiming, and multi-step puzzles. They later became cornerstones of the genre.
Thanks to that depth, it holds up better than a lot of other ‘90s PC shooters. If you are a fan of DOOM and Star Wars, then you absolutely need to get your hands on Dark Forces.
8. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
This game was one that I played over and over again. While it is by no means a perfect game, perhaps no other Star Wars game has better captured what it would be like to have the full powers of the Force at your disposal.
Starkiller (the original last name Lucas wanted for Skywalker) became an instant hit with fans. So much so that they added him to Soul Calibur IV.
Through Starkiller, we were able to get a sense of how strong The Force really was. We saw it through engaging in extremely satisfying lightsaber duels, Force power combat with lightning and pushes, quick time events that let you crush an AT-ST, and through taking down a whole freaking Star Destroyer out of a planet’s orbit. A scene that will remain in this fanboy’s heart forever. It was amazing to see just how strong The Force could be.
And unlike its sequel, The Force Unleashed actually had a pretty great story that even tied into the Original Trilogy. Well, at least until Disney bought Lucasfilm and declared that it was no longer canon. Starting to see a pattern here.
7. Star Wars: Republic Commando
This game was an odd one. Republic Commando took some big risks in the franchise, but it paid off in the end.
So, the game doesn’t feature any Jedi, it shuns the action/adventure gameplay of most Star Wars games, and it went for a tactical first-person shooting. You lead an elite group of Clone Troopers at the beginning of the Clone Wars.
To be honest, more than a decade later, there still aren't many FPS games as fun or as innovative as Republic Commando. Listen up Disney, if there is any possibility for a Star Wars game begging for an HD remake, it’s this one. Add in some elements of the present day FPS, and you have a money maker waiting to happen.
Republic Commando is a bold and brilliant shooter centered around the use of your entire four-trooper squad. It’s a gritty tale of war that manages to stay intimate in scope, and it begins right at zero hour, on the planet Geonosis. I’m not even trying to pump it up for you readers either. Anyone that has played this game know about its brilliance.
6. Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017)
I can already see the frowns merging on your faces for this one. In the timeline of games, Star Wars Battlefront II is the newest in the series and not exactly the best.
However, even the debacle the game launched with left a bad taste in fans’ mouths. The game's heavy use of micro-transactions made it the subject of controversy before it was released. Even after EA removed the micro-transactions, the game was criticized for its lack of content.
However, despite many fans jumping ship, EA didn’t give up on this game. They came back in and revamped quite a bit. They added a few new characters and continued to add new skins for normal troopers. The new battle point system gives many players a chance to play as their favorite Jedis and shooter-centric characters pretty much every match.
Despite a bad launch, EA's Battlefront II is the best-looking Star Wars game made so far. With matches allowing up to 64 players at a time for a mix of space and ground combat, the epic scale of Battlefront makes it worth a try if you're a fan of the franchise, especially since they fixed many aspects of it. It is one of the FPSs that I still play.
From now through December, when Episode IX comes out, DICE has a few new updates rolling out in support of the blockbuster finale. Expect a new mode, a massive multiplayer map set on the planet Felucia, and a whole slate of content inspired by the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which will be free for all players.
So go ahead and jump in an X-wing and blow something up. Ignite your saber as Rey, Kylo Ren, and the rest of your favorites in the new-and-improved Heroes vs. Villains mode. Or experience the decently written single-player campaign of Iden Versio.
5. Star Wars: Battlefront II (2006)
Despite the 2017 version fixing up its core game, few games have developed rabid and loyal fanbases like Battlefront II. The reason I’m putting this after the 2017 remake is because if I don’t, I will have a line of people trying to find and murder me.
Joking aside, even after two graphically superior spiritual sequels, many fans argue that the campaign, Galactic Conquest, and the multiplayer maps are far superior to what EA is making now. No one can blame them either because they are absolutely right. The game is one of the best shooters to come from the Star Wars franchise even with 2006 graphics (which are painfully obvious now).
However, I do think that if you get the chance, you should fire up this classic on the PC, and it really is hard to argue against this title's superiority.
4. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
It isn’t hard to see that Jedi Academy was built with the Quake 3 engine, and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is a first-person shooter at its core. However, it offers some of the most robust customization and gameplay available in any Star Wars game.
While most of the guns are borrowed from Unreal, when you activate your lightsaber, the game switches to third-person mode and lets you use force powers during combat. Which is always a lot of fun.
Like with many of the best Star Wars games, it comes down to the story. Jedi Academy takes place after Return of the Jedi, as Luke Skywalker works to restore the Jedi order. Players can create their own character to place at the center of the story. That includes being able to choose their race, gender, lightsaber color, and whether they use the light or dark side.
The story is well written too. You take control of the character Jaden Korr, a student at the Jedi Academy under the tutelage of Kyle Katarn. The player must complete various missions assigned to them by Katarn and Luke Skywalker. As the story progresses, you can choose to go to the dark side if the light side just isn’t doing it for you.
3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
The storyline of Knights of the Old Republic II doesn’t quite match its predecessor, but the tale of your Jedi Exile restoring his or her connection to the Force is still one of the most captivating in Star Wars history.
Plus, the characters that join your party, like Kreia and Hanharr the Wookiee bounty hunter, are arguably better and more fleshed out than the first game's roster. I’ll even admit that Darth Nihilus still stands out as one of the most badass Sith Lords to ever terrorize the galaxy.
The game could have been near perfect if LucasArts hadn’t rushed Obsidian to finish the game in time for the holidays. With a few more months of polish, this sequel might have come out on top of this list.
2. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
I think it goes without saying that the biggest issue most fans have with Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars is how many great stories were tossed aside without a second thought in order to make way for the Sequel Trilogy. They threw out so many stories from books and games just because they couldn’t be bothered with keeping track.
With that said, one of the biggest losses to the SWU was Kyle Katarn (yes, the same Kyle as mentioned above), the Imperial officer-turned Jedi who starred in the one of the best Star Wars action games. He was such a fan favorite that the sequel followed his story as he fights against the Dark Jedi Desann and his followers.
A lot of Star Wars games let you wield a lightsaber and Force powers, but none have mastered the combo quite as well. This game is also easily better than its aforementioned predecessor. Even the multiplayer was superior.
And few games have had such freedom to explore the post-Return of the Jedi timeline as Jedi Outcast did. Players were even able to spend some time with Luke Skywalker at his new Jedi temple on Yavin IV. Unfortunately, fans will probably never see Katarn again despite having such an amazing adventure.
1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic, often abbreviated as KotOR, is an RPG video game series and subsequent comic book series. They accomplished what virtually no other Star Wars game has: it created a story that’s even better than anything in the movies.
The tale of your character’s growth as a Jedi and the story's big twist are still beloved today. The story starts 4,000 years prior to the Star Wars films. Darth Malak has unleashed a Sith armada against the Republic. The game opens with the player's character (whom the player can customize to be either male or female) awakening aboard a doomed Republic capital ship with no recollection of his past. After escaping the ship and crash-landing on Taris, the player gradually gathers companions and pieces together his past while attempting to stop Malak's forces.
No other Star Wars game has given you as much power over the fate of the galaxy either, letting you choose whether to save the Republic or rule it with an iron fist. Like many current Bioware games, the main character's actions and speech influence whether he aligns with the light or dark side of the Force. Depending on the character's alignment, he eventually reaches the Star Forge to make their ultimate choice.
This game is what all other Star Wars games wish they could be. Now, if we could only get Disney to agree to let BioWare make Knights of the Old Republic III (which was already proposed but canceled in 2008ish).
Well, that’s G FUEL’s top 16 Star Wars Games. Are there games that you think should have made it on here or believe the order needs to be changed? Tell us in the comments section below!
Hopefully you are as excited as we are for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 15, 2019.
This article was written by John D. AKA SomeBeardy2Love. John has been gaming for over 30 years, has a bow tie tattoo, and watches anime and Bob’s Burgers. He has a sponsored beard and a modest book collection.