Star Wars Day is right around the corner! Let’s celebrate by looking back at Star Wars games that made an indelible mark on gaming history.
May 4th is Star Wars Day! The day we celebrate everything Jedi and show our appreciation to the franchise created by George Lucas. The Star Wars films have given us endless epic space battles, impactful stories, and wonderful characters.
Gamers have also been treated to a long line of amazing Star Wars video games. From side-scrollers to RPGs, and everything in between, the Star Wars franchise has seen it all. There’s been no shortage of Star Wars games on Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. In honour of Star Wars Day, we’re looking at remarkable Star Wars games we’ve enjoyed over the years!
Star Wars games retrospective
- Super Star Wars
- ’90s PC Star Wars Games
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Star Wars Battlefront
- LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Super Star Wars
Developer Sculptured Software created their own take on the Star Wars NES game with Super Star Wars on SNES in 1992. The game is an action side-scroller based off A New Hope. Many of the levels revisited the story beats of the film, albeit with a 16-bit flair. The game also gave us the chance to pilot a landspeeder and X-Wing ship!
Super Star Wars was the first Star Wars game I ever played. What stood out to me was the level of craft put into the game’s audio. The sounds from your blaster or the wave of your lightsaber sound just like in the films. To top it all off, Super Star Wars had an incredible soundtrack with chiptune renditions of the original score.
Super Star Wars was quickly followed up by Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
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’90s PC Star Wars Games (X-Wing, Rebel Assault, Dark Forces)
As Star Wars was making its splash on Nintendo consoles, publisher LucasArts was getting ready to carve out a niche on the PC space. Three very special games launched on PC in the early 90s.
The first was 1993’s Star Wars: X-Wing, a flight-sim game set during the events of A New Hope. Once you jumped into the cockpit of a Rebel Alliance’s X-Wing, you had access to all the ships weapons! At the time, it was the closest experience you’d get to feeling like a Rebel. Plus, you’d play out the trench run on the Death Star!
The second major PC release was Star Wars: Rebel Assault. While still including ship battles, Rebel Assault was a more arcadey experience. You took the role of Rookie One a newbie on the Rebel front. Rebel Assault incorporated FMV from footage taken from A New Hope to build out the original narrative.
The third title was Star Wars: Dark Forces which released in 1995 on PC. Star Wars: Dark Forces is an FPS akin to Doom. Dark Forces saw you take the role of Rebel merc, Kyle Katarn, as he infiltrates the Empire and fights waves of Dark Trooper forces. The title kicked off the Jedi Knight series, which ran through the early 2000s.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
We couldn’t make this list without giving a mention to BioWare’s acclaimed Knights of the Old Republic. Released on Xbox in 2003, BioWare developed an RPG Star Wars game that took place 4000 years before the film series.
KOTOR is considered one of the best Star Wars games of all time, both for its deep character creation and rich, story-driven narrative. A morality system was present, and all of your choices determined your alignment with the light or dark side. Knights of the Old Republic gave you the chance to finally feel like a Sith Lord in the best way possible.
A sequel, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, was quickly shipped the following year. More than a decade later, I’m still holding out hope we see a follow-up.
Star Wars Battlefront
LucasArts and Pandemic Studios brought the now beloved Battlefront series to Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PC in 2004. Battlefront is primarily known for its epic-scale multiplayer action. Battlefront featured a fantastic single-player offering as well. You played through set-pieces and battles during the prequel and original films. The multiplayer portion had you battle NPCs and other players in 16v16 skirmish matches.
For its time, Battlefront had the unique ability to play in either first or third-person. Heroes became a staple of the franchise. During the match, each team could call on iconic characters such as Luke and Darth Vader to fight alongside them. Nothing beats the feeling of battling next to your favourite Star Wars character on the battlefield!
LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
Released in 2005, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game put development studio TT Games on the map. In the studio’s first licenced LEGO game, you got to play through the storyline of the prequel films. The game was packed full of collectibles and 59 unlockable characters to play as!
LEGO Star Wars was the first of many LEGO games from TT Games. It became the template for the LEGO series of games. Since 2005, TT Games has continued to develop new Star Wars titles, including the latest LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
In 2008, LucasArts released Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The third-person adventure game has remained the benchmark for incredible lightsaber action in the Star Wars games. The Force Unleashed is centred around Starkiller, Vader’s apprentice who finds himself torn between the light and dark side.
As you play through the story, you combine lightsaber combat with force powers. The result was pure eye-candy! Unlocking new force powers gave additional abilities to take down the Empire. In one unforgettable moment, you’re able to pull a Star Destroyer down from the sky!
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
This brings us to today. EA and Respawn Entertainment recently announced Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Being developed as a canonical bridge between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, you play as young Padawan Cal Kestis. As a survivor of Order 66, Cal must venture the galaxy when the Empire’s reach is at its strongest. Along the way, Cal must hone his Jedi skills to stay alive. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen order will release on November 15th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Check out our preview for more details!
If you’re looking to add some extra force power into your Star Wars Day, have a look at some of my favourite Star Wars products on Walmart Canada!
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Bluray + DVD + Digital HD
- Funko POP! Star Wars Yoda
- The Black Series Centerpiece Kylo Ren
- LEGO Star Wars Solo: A Star Wars Story Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
Happy Star Wars Day everybody. May the force be with you. If you need me, I’ll be binge-watching the films while sipping on some blue milk.
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