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My Favorite Star Wars Games

  • Jun 2, 2010
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To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Empire Strikes Back (and more specifically, the Star Wars Universe), here are my top Star Wars Video Games over the years...
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This was the first Star Wars game I ever played. Even though the graphics were simple vector lines, the first person view from the X-Wing cockpit had me hooked. So many quarters were donated to this game.
Star Wars for everyone. Great level design intermixed with settings from all six movies made this an instant classic. Somehow, being blasted into tiny little Lego pieces over and over again is infinitely less frustrating than dying in other games.
See the full review, "Ages 10 AND UP! Leave Me Alone!".
Doom came out when I was in college and it pretty much cemented my interest in first person shooters. Matching the first-person shooter genre with the Star Wars universe was the perfect combination.
Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
I bought a GameCube because of this game alone. The Star Wars universe with "next gen" sound and graphics... What more could you ask for? And I'm always a sucker for a good "arcade flight sim"
There are few things more satisfying in gaming than picking up a storm trooper using a force power and hurling him towards a group of enemies. This game makes that possible.
See the full review, "The Force Unleashed is what the Star Wars Prequels SHOULD have been".
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer
Despite mixed reviews about The Phantom Menace movie, just about everyone agreed that the pod race scene was incredible. This is pretty much just a racing game, but throw in the great sound effects and sense of uncontrollable speed and I was hooked.
The next logical step for a first person shooter is large-scale multiplayer first person shooter. Not a lot of innovation here, but a great way to get into a big Star Wars game with lots of friends.
Star Wars: Empire at War
Once again... for any game that is good, it seems like the easiest way to make it better is to give it a "Star Wars Make-over". In this case, they took everything I enjoyed about Age Of Empires, and turned the Trebuchets into AT-AT Walkers!
Everything great about Dark Forces, but with a lightsaber this time!
There's really nothing too spectacular about this game, but it was one of the first Star Wars flight-combat games to come out for "Next Generation" game consoles (being the PS2 and Xbox at the time). It was really fun to fly the bright yellow Naboo fighter right after Episode I was released. However after some time to reflect, there's really nothing very memorable about this game.

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September 27, 2010
I've only played a couple of the games on here. Much like Star Trek, there are a LOT of bad Star Wars games out there too. Some of these here that I've played are alright. Nice list. Ever play any of the SNES platformer games?
June 06, 2010

Interesting, you have two of the Dark Forces series I think are the weaker two. The original Jedi Knight and Jedi Academy are just stellar games. Jedi Knight II has some good aspects, but it's actually the only game to give me motion sickness, so it's hard to love.

Lego Star Wars shouldn't work as well as it does, although much of the joy comes from the original trilogy. It's fantastic; the prequel games merely playable. Kind of like the movies.

And KOTOR and KOTOR 2 are certainly amongst the best, though if you don't like RPGs, yeah, can't really say they're not that.
June 05, 2010
My exposure to Star wars games is very limited and your list is very helpful in picking out the best ones! Nice list!
June 03, 2010
I guess you never played those old Atari "Star Wars" games. Those were so simple, but so much fun. Really, "Star Wars" never got a truly great treatment until the modern PC games starting around 1993 or so.
June 03, 2010
I had an Intellivision system with a very blocky "Empire Strikes Back" game. You would fly back and forth in a Snow Speeder and try to shoot the flashing pixel on marching AT-AT's. At the time, it was pretty fun, but even then, I knew it wouldn't have a long lasting legacy.
June 04, 2010
Yeah, I've got that one and it's pretty lame. There's also one where you fly an x-wing through the Death Star trench and try to blow it up, which was very primitive in terms of graphics, but quite fun. Also, there was another game in which you play as a young Jedi (possibly Luke) and you learn to use your lightsaber against a training probe and that was fun too, because it was like Pong only with a "Star Wars" twist.
June 03, 2010
As a side note, I really wanted to include "Obi-Wan" for special consideration as one of the worst Star Wars games (that I've played -- I know some people will be crying for  Masters of Teras Kasi which I have not played.)  Obi-Wan was a "launch" title for the original Xbox, and as such, it probably sold much better than it deserved to.  
June 03, 2010
My boys love Lego Star Wars. It really is a great game. On the face of it, Legos seem a weird milieu for video games, but somehow it works really well.
June 03, 2010
you just don't hear a good use of milieu often enough ; ) love it!
June 03, 2010
It is amazing how they managed to create their own genre. Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Batman, and even Lego Guitar Hero! I hope they come out Lego Halo. Awesome concept AND awesome name!
June 03, 2010
No Knights of the Old Republic??
June 03, 2010
I really wanted to get into this game, but I just don't have the patience for a role playing game of that style. I loved the trailer for the game, I read all the praises from the reviews, but it just didn't match my style. But due to the positive reviews this game has received, I would recommend all Star Wars gamers to check it out.
June 03, 2010
I liked "Knights of the Old Republic" from what little I was able to play. My neighbor owned it and I would go over occasionally to play it. Great game play and graphic, but yes, a bit more slow moving and character-driven. I dug it.
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