The 25 Best Star Wars Games

If you like the Skywalker family's space odyssey then it's a must that you know or play the best Star Wars games ever released

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A long time ago… in a galaxy far, far away… there was a movie franchise created by George Lucas about the Jedi Knights and their struggle against the Galactic Empire for the peace of the universe. Like all successful franchises, developers wanted to make game feats by bringing this Star Wars to home consoles, but some of these brought the force imbalance by being poorly made or filled with microtransactions just to get some money from poor gamers.

But, there was still hope. Amidst these terrifying games, 25 knights have come together to show players the true power of Star Wars games. See our list of these 25 noble knights, grab your lightsaber (an elegant weapon for more civilized times) and may the Force Be with You.

Star Wars Games These Best Are

There were dozens of games from Star Wars over the years, but like the movies themselves, some are remembered with much more fondness than others. For every Star Wars game as beloved as The Empire Strikes Back, there are half a dozen that are as hated as Jar Jar Binks from The Phantom Menace.

Then there are those all-time classics like Knights of the Old Republic, which some fans claim are better than the entire movie saga. Jedi Knight III: Jedi Academy even lets you train as an apprentice and become the hero (or villain) you were always meant to be! Some prefer just to control their favorite character, without all the force philosophy and conversation with short green puppets. Each fan has their own preference, but which games are stronger in the Force? Let's find out!

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Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles

2000 | LucasArts | Dreamcast, PlayStation and Game Boy Advance

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Jedi Power Battles

Jedi Power Battles offers something you'd think is more common in Star Wars games: the simple joy of using a lightsaber to cut through hundreds of enemies with a partner by your side. It's not the most beautiful or deep game, but it's fun and features a solid selection of Jedi from the Prequel era. There are even some characters and levels unlockable if you actually log into the game. And while the Dreamcast version is easily the best, even the Game Boy Advance port isn't too bad.

Star Wars: TIE Fighter

1994 | Totally Games | PRAÇA

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Star Wars: TIE Fighter

Star Wars: TIE Fighter is the very definition of “old but gold”. Although its graphics bespeak its age, the gameplay is timeless. Even though the battles take place in space, they look more like WWII fighter planes. Fortunately, this game is now available on Steam and other modern PC platforms.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

1996 | LucasArts | Nintendo 64, PC

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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

Shadows of the Empire's graphics haven't aged very well, but that shouldn't make it any less epic. The beauty of having the game between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi is that it allows you to play many cool moments related to these movies, like the Battle of Hoth and the confrontation with Boba Fett. This game had its stumbling blocks when it was released, but an HD remake could solve the problems.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

2010 | LucasArts | PC, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

The first Force Unleashed was a fun game, but with flaws. Hopes were high for the sequel, but unfortunately it still faltered in many ways – mostly with a silly story about being a clone that lasts a total of three hours. But The Force Unleashed II is still a beautiful game to watch, and there's something extremely satisfying about attacking Stormtroppers with Force lightning and dual-wielding lightsabers. It's a shame we'll never see how the planned sequel would have turned out.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

2011 | BioWare | PRAÇA

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

The Old Republic is not Knights of the Old Republic III, and some players will never get over it. What it is, however, is an MMO that takes its story very seriously. The kind of commitment required for an MMO isn't for all players, but for those players who really want to feel like they're living in a galaxy far, far away, there's no better option. And it's been free for years, so there's no reason to skip it.

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Super star wars

1992 | LucasArts | Super Nintendo

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Super Star Wars is a bit weird compared to later Star Wars games. He follows the storyline of A New Hope closely, but also takes some big liberties, like adding levels where Luke fights giant scorpions and infiltrates a Sandcrawler. It's a little weird, but keep in mind that this is the time when even TV shows had video game adaptations with enemies that never existed. Super Star Wars and its two sequels, at least, hold up better than most other early 90s game adaptations.

Lego Star Wars III: Clone Wars

2011 | Traveller's Tales | PlayStation 3, PC, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360

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Lego Star Wars III: Clone Wars

Like the movies themselves, sometimes Star Wars sequels fail to live up to the hype. Traveller's Tales has released three amazing Lego Star Wars games so far, so you'd hope they could do even more amazing things with a game based on the popular Clone Wars cartoon. And… they kind of did. It's still fun to replay episodes and collect thousands of pieces, but the bewildering inclusion of RTS elements pulls this game down here.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

2005 | LucasArts | PlayStation 2, Xbox

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Aside from the Lego games, there haven't been many games that have directly adapted the Star Wars movies in recent years. Revenge of the Sith is extremely faithful to the movie and adds a pretty deep combo system since you play as Anakin or Obi-wan. And if you play the final mission as Anakin, you'll get a very different ending from the movie.

Pinball FX 3

2017 | Zen Studios | PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U

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Pinball FX 3

The latest version of Pinball FX contains more than a dozen tables with characters from all three Star Wars trilogies. And while the quality of each table varies slightly, it's always fun to play through scenes from Episodes IV – VII (and Rogue One!) or try for the high score while listening to “The Imperial March” at Darth Vader's table.

Star Wars: Dark Forces

1996 | LucasArts | PC, PlayStation

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Star Wars: Dark Forces

DOOM and Quake are often seen as the pinnacle of first-person shooter games in the 90s, but Dark Forces really deserves a lot of credit for their innovations. This classic introduced jumping puzzles, free aim and multiple steps, which became the cornerstone of the genre. Thanks to that depth, it holds up better than many other PC shooters from the 90s.

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Star Wars: Bounty Hunter

2002 | LucasArts | Nintendo Game Cube, PlayStation 2

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Star Wars: Bounty Hunter

Unfortunately, we never seem to play Star Wars 1313, the canceled game about Boba Fett's bounty hunting adventures in the less respectable areas of Coruscant. But we have Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, at least the story of his father/guy he was cloned from and his own adventures during the Prequel era. It's true that it's a little clumsy and not very innovative, but there will always be something good about playing as a Fett.

Star Wars: Empire at War

2006 | Petroglyph Games | PRAÇA

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Star Wars: Empire at War

Admittedly, Empire at War isn't as deep as Starcraft II, but Starcraft II doesn't have X-wings, AT-ATs or Darth Vader as units. This is an above average RTS game that finally lets you achieve victory for the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance. The RTS genre is a perfect genre for Star Wars and it's surprising that more games haven't followed suit.

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

1998 | Factor 5 | Nintendo 64, PC

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Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

While many games allow players to pilot an X-Wing before the Rogue Squadron, Factor 5's masterpiece only made piloting these fighters more fun with its more arcade-style controls and missions. And even today, the game looks phenomenal. Factor 5 extracted some real magic from the old Nintendo 64 hardware to make a game that still remains interesting 20 years later. But be warned: some of the game's missions are extremely challenging.

Star Wars Battlefront (2015)

2015 | EA SAYS | PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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Star Wars Battlefront (2015)

Much has been said about the game Battlefront is not. It's true that it's a bit empty of content, and it still lacks features that were in its predecessors, released a decade earlier. But Battlefront is still a fun multiplayer shooter to play for a few minutes or hours, and it captures the feel of the movies better than any other Star Wars game before it.

It's one of the most beautiful games of the current generation, and the inclusion of Rogue One content a year after launch has kept the experience fresh. Even if this renaissance isn't perfect, it at least avoided the mess of microtransactions that plagued its sequel.

Disney Infinity 3.0

2015 | Avalanche Software | PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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Toys and Star Wars go together like rice and beans. Even if you find the gameplay in Disney Infinity 3.0 too childish or too easy, it's hard for any Star Wars fan to resist the dozens of plastic toys released along with the game. Also, it's the only game so far where you can see Darth Vader interact with Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2016 | TT Fusion | Nintendo 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The first three Lego Star Wars games are still among the best released by Traveller's Tales. It's no surprise, then, that the developer did justice to the Lego version of The Force Awakens. This isn't a revolutionary title, just a perfect (and often hilarious) look at the movie, with the added bonus of canonical quests set after Return of the Jedi and playable characters spanning the entire saga.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

2008 | LucasArts | PC, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

While it's not a perfect game by any means, perhaps no other Star Wars game has better captured what it would be like to have all of the Force's powers at your disposal, whether that means engaging in extremely satisfying lightsaber and Force lightning combat , or taking down a Star Destroyer using only the old energy. And unlike its sequel, The Force Unleashed actually had a pretty good story that even tied to the Original Trilogy, at least until Disney bought Lucasfilm and declared it no longer canonical.

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Star Wars Episode I: Racer

PC | LucasArts | Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, PC

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Star Wars Episode I: Racer

Although The Phantom Menace is often considered the most disappointing movie in Star Wars, it actually resulted in some of the best games. Maybe it's because they didn't follow the movie so closely? Racer took one of the best scenes from the movie, Anakin's epic win at podrace, and turned it into a full-featured game heavily inspired by F-Zero and Wipeout. It's a concept that was virtually impossible to screw up and made for one of the best Star Wars games.

Star Wars: Republic Commando

2005 | LucasArts | PC, Xbox

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Star Wars: Republic Commando

Republic Commando takes some big risks that turn out to be worth it. It features no Jedi and avoids the action/adventure gameplay of most Star Wars games for first-person tactical shooting, as you lead an elite group of Clone Troopers at the start of the Clone Wars.

More than a decade later, there aren't many FPS games as fun or innovative as Republic Commando. If there's any Star Wars game begging for a proper sequel or an HD remake, this is it.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

2004 | Obsidian Entertainment | PC, Xbox

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

The storyline of Knights of the Old Republic II may not match that of its predecessor, but the story of the Exiled Jedi restoring his connection to the Force is still one of the most captivating in Star Wars. Plus, the characters who join your group, like Kreia and Hanharr, the Wookiee bounty hunter, are arguably even better and more elaborate than the list in the first game.

And Darth Nihilus still stands out as one of the toughest Sith Lords to ever terrorize the galaxy. It's a shame that LucasArts rushed Obsidian to finish the game for the holiday season. With a few more months of polishing, this sequel may have topped the list.

Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

2001 | Factor 5 | Nintendo Game Cube

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Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

No game really got the feel of what it would be like to drive an X-wing like the Rogue Leader. The graphics were mind-blowing when the game was released in 2001 as a Game Cube launch title, and they still look remarkable today.

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No X-wing game has managed to capture the Death Star trench as well as the Rogue Leader. Unfortunately, the sequel failed to capitalize on the success of Rogue Leader by adding some walking missions, and Factor 5 barely exists as a developer after the even more reckless PlayStation 3 Lair.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

2002 | Raven Software | Nintendo Game Cube, PC, Xbox

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Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

The biggest problem most fans have with Disney's acquisition of Star Wars is how many great stories were brushed aside without a second thought to make way for the new Trilogy. One of the biggest losses was Kyle Katarn, the imperial officer turned Jedi who starred in the best Star Wars action game.

Many Star Wars games allow you to wield a lightsaber and Force powers, but none have mastered the combo as well. And few games have had as much freedom to explore the post-Return of the Jedi timeline as the exiled Jedi did. Players even spent time with Luke Skywalker at his new Jedi temple on Yavin IV. Unfortunately, after Disney, we will probably never see Katarn again.

Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga

2007 | Traveller's Tale | PC, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360

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Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga

Surprisingly, this is the only Star Wars game so far that lets you play the first six movies in their entirety. Don't let the Lego facade fool you, this is a great game with fun and varied gameplay that is quite faithful to its original material (with some hilarious twists). And with a ridiculous 160 playable characters, you're likely to find all of your favorites here, no matter how obscure they are.

Star Wars: Battlefront (2004)

2004 | Pandemic Studios | PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox

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Star Wars: Battlefront (2004)

Few games have developed fanatical and loyal fanbases like the original Battlefront. Even after two graphically superior spirit sequels, many fans argue that the campaign, Galactic Conquest and multiplayer maps are far superior to what EA is doing right now. Open this classic on PC and it's hard to argue against the superiority of this title. And as of October 2017, the previously closed PC online game has returned in full force, with no signs of losing “strength”.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

2003 | BioWare | PC, Xbox

Knights of the Old Republic has achieved what virtually no other Star Wars game has achieved: it has created a story that is even better than anything in the movies. The story of his character's growth as a Jedi and the big plot twist is still loved today.

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No other Star Wars game has given you such power over the fate of the galaxy, allowing you to choose whether to save the Republic or rule it with an iron fist. Now, if we could finally get all interested parties to agree to allow BioWare to make Knights of the Old Republic III…

Now, say there in the comments: What is your favorite Star Wars game? Mine is certainly the Knights of the Old Republic, no doubt about it! Enjoy and read more about Star Wars on our website.

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