It's been 22 long years since we last saw our heroes on the big screen in Return of The Jedi. But on Dec. 18, one of the most -- if not THE most --famous franchises in movie history is returning to theaters in the much-anticipated next chapter of their story with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Over the next 20 weeks, we will celebrate the franchise by looking back and ranking the best of the best moments in Star Wars history.
We may still have a couple months to go until The Force Awakens, but we're just weeks away from the newest Battlefront game's release in November. There have been over 140 Star Wars games over the decades; Some we loved, and others we wish we didn't spend the money on. While some people out there may have played them all, for the purposes of this list and my general sanity I'm focusing solely on console and arcade titles (What?? No TIE Fighter? For shame - Ed.).
Gaming has evolved a lot over the decades, which is evident in the graphics, gameplay, and general story. But even some of the older titles have managed to hold up well over the years. Let's take a look back at the top 50 console and arcade games in the Star Wars universe.
50. Masters of Teräs Käsi (Playstation)
If someone told you there was a Mortal Kombat game in the Star Wars universe, wouldn’t you buy it? But though the idea seems incredible and perfect as a fighting game, Master of Teras Kasi is a shining example of how poor execution could result in the worst game you’ve ever played in your life. Teräs Käsi ( which is Finnish for steel hand) actually refers to the martial art used in the film. The game is unresponsive and the characters have a worse reaction time than my grandfather playing whack-a-mole. This game is the easiest way to lose friends and frustrate everyone around you.
49. Star Wars: Yoda Stories (Game Boy Color)
During this game, Luke Skywalker must train with Yoda on the planet Dagobah. But instead of some cool training challenges, Yoda sends Luke on missions to other planets to do stupid tasks that seem like busy work.The game levels structure is really out of sync and confusing, and the animation and graphics are some of the worst on the Gameboy Color (and that really is saying a lot). The controls in this game and fulfilling the mission could also make the Dalai Lama himself lose his chill. A horrible, terrible, no good game that I hope you never played.
48. Kinect Star Wars (XBox 360)
The dancing is so absurd. Why did video game developers take characters we know and love and make them dance like in Saturday Night Fever? Darth Vader is probably the best villain in movie history who's definitenly the last person you'd expect to see in a dance-off trying to out-twerk Boba Fett. This game would be hilarious if it weren't so horrible and sad that Lucasfilm would resort to such a blatant and tone-deaf money grabbing opportunity.
47. Star Wars: Obi Wan (Xbox)
Much like the Star Wars prequels, Obi Wan deserved better than this game. The camera is loose, it’s easy to lose yourself and get really irritated, the level design is headache inducing, and the graphics are really lackluster and bland. I remember first getting my Xbox and being so excited about the potential of this game only to have my only hope mercilessly destroyed. I still want my money back.
46. Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon (Game Boy Advance)
When you’re talking horrible Star Wars video games, it’s difficult to leave out Flight of the Falcon for the Gameboy Advance. In all honesty, there weren't really any good Star Wars titles on Gameboy Advance, but this one is exceptionally bad. The story takes place during the original movies. This aerial attack game had the longest levels you could ever imagine, horrible gameplay and terrible graphics.
45. Rebel Assault (3DO)
A young rookie pilot named Rookie One is the main character in this rail shooter game. The best version of the game was on the 3DO and the game had pretty amazing movie sequences from the Episode IV. Unfortunately, the gameplay falls way short and ruins what could have been an innovative achievement in tying in a game to a movie.
44. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Game Boy Advance)
This Gameboy Advance game that had the player control Anakin, Obi Wan or Mace Windu in a run and gun style with a lightsaber. The game is incredibly easy yet hard to control, and simply badly designed. While the level looks like you have a lot of room, the player is actually restricted to a small track and to a slow and awkward fight style. This game would benefit from an increased speed of play, but unfortunately the character moves pretty clunky.
43. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (Xbox 360, Playstation 1-3, PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS)
A third-person action adventure game that had 40 missions with the player taking the role of Jedi Knights and clone troopers. While all that sounds good, the graphics on the game are absolutely abysmal. To add to the lame graphics, the gameplay is difficult, the camera is frustrating and, well, I could continue to go on and on but let’s just say that this game isn't higher on the list for a reason. To top it all off, the player really doesn't get to fight droids all that often in the game, which is what you'd hope for in a Clone Wars game. Instead, you do a lot of jumping and falling and the overall gameplay is repetitive.
42. Jedi Power Battles (Playstation, Dreamcast, Game Boy Advanced)
This game is Final Fight with a Star Wars theme. The difference is that Final Fight is actually easy to control and won’t have you wanting to throw your Game Boy Advance across the room crying. When you finally get a handle on the horrible controls, the animation and lag on the game make blocking attacks frustrating to time and the entire experience regrettable.
41. Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle (Atari 2600)
Essentially Brick Breaker reworked into a Star Wars theme, this game gets points simply for the nostalgia factor. Watching the gameplay is like a timewarp when super simple games managed to be incredibly entertaining and shockingly hard despite how basic and limited the controls were.
40. The Force Unleashed II (Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo DS, Wii)
Much like the first game in the series, this game underwhelmed with mixed reviews and lackluster sales. The story is super dark (in fact, this video game is frequently called the “dark entry") and the gameplay is third-person action with a lot of puzzle solving. While the game had cool Force powers, it lacked multiplayer on every platform but the Wii, and had a storyline that fell short.
39. Star Wars: The New Droid Army (Game Boy Advance)
Much like previous games, the player gets to learn aspects of the Force that helps him in his journey but unlike previous versions, this game is incredibly boring. It takes forever to get anywhere cause Anakin walk SO SLOW, which makes this game one of the most boring games ever played. While the game does have some fun lightsaber fights, it feels like you can't really control it well. This game takes forever to get anywhere and the moves with the lightsaber look cool on the first go around, but after that act clunky and take forever. This game got boring pretty quickly.
38. Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire (Nintendo 64)
One of the first games published for the Nintendo 64, the game clearly benefited from the time it was released. The first level is incredible, as the player fights AT-AT’s on Hoth in a snowspeeder, and is definitely a precursor to Rogue Squadron. Seeing the snowspeeder in the 3D environment, especially after first getting the N64, is definitely the main attraction here as it opens up to a new era in gaming. The disappointing part of the game is that the rest of the levels never seem to live up to the first one. Roaming around outside the spacecraft wasn't nearly as fun as being in it and the player character became progressively more difficult to control as opposed to the fluidity in the first level.
37. Star Wars Bounty Hunter (Gamecube, Playstation 2, 3, 4)
Star Wars Bounty Hunter gives more information about the popular Boba Fett as well as providing a fun third person shooter. While the game definitely has it's flaws, it still offers fun and exciting gameplay as Jango Fett hunts down Dark Jedi Komari Vosa. Ultimately, since this offers so much potential with one of the most exciting secondary characters in the Star Wars universe, the game was somewhat of a disappointment in that it never quite lived up to my expecations. It's easy to get lost and wonder what the hell it is you're doing as the level design is expansive and, often times, confusing. Combine this with a frustrating camera angle and many times you'll be jumping around learning about the boring side to the bounty hunter business.
36. Rebel Assault II (Playstation)
This game is incredibly beautiful for the time it was created.The player takes control of Rookie One as he fights for the fate of the galaxy. Yet with all its potential, this game doesn’t live up to the hype. The story is painstakingly bad with instances in which characters are having a conversation, on speeder bikes, comprised of some of the worst dialogue and voice acting for video game I've seen. The game has a lot of fun aspects to it, but the repetition of certain aspects of gameplay- like hiding behind something and moving out to shoot and back to cover- gets really old. The dogfight sequences are fun, though.
35. Star Wars 1991 NES version (Nintendo)
Following Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the player controls Luke Skywalker as he picks up R2D2, meets Obi Wan, and rescues Princess Leia. A fun run and gun game, it is a product of its time but still definitely fun to play. It's old school Nintendo, in which players take a character and jump on lots of platforms and shoot in 8 bit glory. Later in the game, the player can be Han Solo and Princess Leia in playing out different parts of the movie. This is an old school classic.
34. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Xbox, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Playstation 2)
A strange and problematic game, Revenge of the Sith has a lightsaber mode that could have been much better than what it was. While using the Force is cool, using it to clean wreckage isn't really my most favorite application of the power. The combat isn’t the best and the game has an alternate that allows the user to play as Anakin and kill Obi Wan in the final battle. Then, Anakin becomes a Sith and kills the Emperor, declaring himself the ruler of the galaxy. Let's just say things get a little dark in this one.
33. Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace (Playstation)
The 3D environment looked pretty lame and though you got to use a lightsaber and the Force (pushing your opponents), the game was definitely not a highlight in the Star Wars canon. The Phantom Menace let you play as Obi Wan, Qui-Gon, Amadala, or Panaka (though I have no idea why, upon being given the chance, you wouldn't choose to play with a Jedi). Probably the most fun part of the game is that you can randomly kill people. But since nobody heard them scream, I guess you're still on the light side of the Force?
32. Star Wars: Demolition (Dreamcast, Playstation)
The gameplay isn’t the best and after a couple rounds you'd notice the numerous simliarities to Vigilante 8. Moving the characters around is difficult at first, but once you get used to the drift of the vehicles, it's a pretty entertaining car combat game. If you aren't a fan of those types of games, then skip this one entirely.
31. Star Wars: Jedi Arena (Atari 2600)
While it’s not the most recognizable Star Wars game, at the time it wasn’t bad and allowed for some fun gameplay. It's really difficult to see what you're doing is making any impact, and I remember I must have played this game for hours not knowing what I was doing.
30. Battlefront: Elite Squadron (PSP, Nintendo DS)
This game was only available on the Nintendo DS and Playstation Portable and, sadly, it leaves a lot to be desired in its graphics. The premise sounded interesting- cloned siblings that are on opposing sides - but its gameplay can get frustrating and repetitve. So many times I tried to take down an AT-AT only to get irritated with my viewpoint or inability to hit what I wanted to hit.
29. Dark Forces (Playstation)
Utilizing the Jedi Game Engine that was created just for this game, Dark Forces is a fun first person shooter that really expanded the range of the Star Wars video game canon. The levels were really well thought out and the gameplay was fun. The graphics were definitely not up to par (in fact, they look like an old Duke Nuke'em game) but overall the game had more pluses than minuses and was definitely worth playing at the time. They could have put more time into the level design as well as increase the graphics and really maximized the ability of the newer engine, but overall this game worked more than it didn't.
28. Battlefront: Renegade Squadron (PSP)
While the single player game left a lot to be desired, this game really excelled in its online play and was significantly better than its predecessor. The game controls were not the best and the graphics were less than average, but it is a fun game to play with friends. The customization options the game has are actually quite nice. It was somewhat easy to get lost fighitng in the starship, where Luke not only had to battle the Empire but boredom as well. Not perfect, but definitely not bad.
27. Empire Strikes Back (Atari 2600)
The Atari version of Empire Strikes Back was a test in patience that acted somewhat as a Force trial in itself. Playing as Luke Skywalker in a snowspeeder, the player must take down an endless attack of AT-AT walkers as they try to reach the end of the screen. And the walkers keep coming, no matter how long you play. While the game is pretty tedious after awhile, finally destroying an AT-AT is a great feeling and I can’t tell you how many hours I lost to this game growing up.
26. Empire Strikes Back (Arcade)
Much like the 3D, Tron-like graphics of the original Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back kept with the same formula that made Star Wars a success. Sadly, arcades didn’t adopt the game as quickly as they did the Star Wars game since it was sold as an upgrade kit and was more an of added level than a reimagining of a game. If you were able to play this in the arcade, you were lucky, since there were not many to be found.
25. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back (Nintendo)
Later succeed by the widely successful Super Star Wars in the same year, this was a run and gun style that suffered from being released at the end of the NES’s lifespan. While it gave the player the ability to ride a tauntaun and use both a blaster and lightsaber, it wasn’t as impressive as Super Star Wars (it was much better than the Star Wars NES equivalent though). The game on the NES platform wasn’t that bad, it had fun levels that had the player battle on Hoth, train with Yoda, and fight Darth Vader in the Cloud City. Plus it gave you powers with the force that was pretty outstanding. I’m still not sure if the Force allows you to levitate, but who am I to argue with Nintendo?
24. The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360, Playstation 2, 3, PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS)
Set between Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, The Force Unleashed opens a new story in the Star Wars storyline where Darth Vader fosters an apprentice to rule the galaxy with whom the Emperor doesn’t know about which serves as an origin story to the rebel alliance. The player gets to use the Force (the ability to push things around him) as well as a lightsaber in third person action. The combos and lightsaber moves makes this game fun, and utilizing tactics in combat reward the avid player. This was almost the perfect Star Wars game, however it fell a little short of really fullfilling its own potential.
23. Star Wars Episode I: Pod Racer (Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, Arcade)
The arcade racer that accompanied the The Phantom Menace film, Star Wars Episode I: Pod Racer puts the user in Anakin’s pod racer as he races to beat Sebula. The game was made by Sega and also released on the Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, and Gameboy Color. While somewhat exciting as a multiple player game in the arcade, the racing game’s best quality was that it was in the Star Wars universe and that it had 21 characters from which to choose. Sadly, the game wasn’t as good as Mario Kart 64, the best racing game on the Nintendo 64 platform, but still stood strong as a good Star Wars game.
22. Star Wars: Lethal Alliance (Nintendo DS, PSP)
Star Wars games usually fall into four categories: "OMG this is amazing", "This is pretty good", "Well it’s not a complete waste of money", and "OMG how did I fall for this again and buy another terrible Star Wars game". This definitely falls into the good category as the action is pretty great with more of an emphasis on shooting than lightsabers. The takedowns are pretty awesome and the excellent sound effects make for a compelling, fun time. Also the cartwheels you can do in this game are just fun, even if they are pretty pointless.
21. Republic Commando (Xbox)
A fun first person shooter for the Xbox platform that is similar to Battlefront. The player takes command of a clone commando team. The clones, for all those who watched the second prequel, comes from the clone factories on Kamino and are an elite Delta squad that goes on select missions to help the Republic. While it’s interesting that there would be a first person shooter in the Star Wars universe that doesn’t have at least one Jedi in it (or Sith for that matter), this game is still pretty solid in combining the fun of a first person shooter where you can really put a blaster to use.
20. Star Wars: Racer Revenge (Playstation 2, 3, 4)
Eight years after Star Wars Episode I, Sebula wants revenge on Anakin after his loss. The game is a lot of fun, with the ability to choose a variety of different spacecrafts. The graphics are a bit cartoony, but this is a fast-paced game that is actually pretty challenging. The racing arenas are well done, being both visually appealing and allowing for plenty of room during gameplay. This is a great racing game with Star Wars vehicles and characters that captures the exhilaration found in the movies.
19. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Arcade)
A follow up to the original Star Wars arcade game, Return of the Jedi has the user pilot both the Millennium Falcon and the Speeder Bike (definitely the best vehicle of the movie) through missions that coincide with the film. While the Millennium Falcon section did feel a little like Zaxxon, the game is fast and challenging, letting the player take part in two exciting sections of the movie in a fun and difficult test of skill. Definitely a game full of nostalgia, this game is worth playing again or for the first time.
18. Star Wars: Starfighter (Arcade, Playstation 2, Xbox)
Fighting the invasion of Naboo, Star Wars Starfighter is a action game that allows the player to pilot different starfighters. Available on the Playstation 2 and the Xbox, this was a fun spin-off of Episode I that had exciting 3D fighting in multiple environments. As with the spacecrafts, the view is much slicker than that of its predecessors (aka X-Wing). The environments that the player fights in and the graphics are pretty dang good with the high canyons and lucious green grass. Definitely a product of its time, but a good deal of fun, regardless.
17. Star Wars I: Battle for Naboo (Nintendo 64)
After Rogue Squadron was a hit for the N64, the same ideas were put in place for Battle for Naboo. The 3D environment is top notch and the same ideas are at play with new vehicles and challenges. Yet, one can’t escape that this is somewhat of a money grab as it doesn’t really expand upon the ideas presented in Rogue Squadron, two years previous. Also the city of Naboo looks somewhat similar the more you move around, like they have been copied and pasted instead of giving more detail to the environment that could really benefit from an extra bit of effort. It is fun if you liked Rogue Squadron, just not groundbreaking.
16. Jedi Knight III: Jedi Academy (Xbox)
Powered by the Quake III: Team Arena game engine, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is a first and third person shooter in which the player must learn the teachings of a Jedi. The player could both use Force powers as well as a lightsaber. The major allure is that you can choose a saber staff like Darth Maul's, which is pretty awesome in its gameplay. The combat allows a lot of player agility and it's kind of badass running around attacking with Jedis everywhere. Though the game didn’t have the best graphics, the idea is a lot of fun, especially the lightsaber combat which utilized different stances and speed of attack. The multiplayer option allows you to use these combats against your friends, which is always a bonus.
15. Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter (Xbox, Playstation 2, 3, 4)
One of the better games in the Star Wars canon, Star Wars Jedi Starfighter has the player control different starfighters in missions in which the player must destroy targets or protect friends. While there are many missions that are pretty similar to those in the first Starfighter, there’s also quite an array of Force weapons. They take a little while to reload, but maybe that's how the Force works? The story takes place right before the Clone Wars during the Battle of Geonosis, and the ability to play as both a Jedi and a pirate makes this one of the most fun and entertaining Star Wars games.
14. Super Bombad Racing (Playstation 2)
God bless whoever thought of this game, because you are clearly insane. I imagine you, insane individual, going in and pitching what is basically Star Wars Mario Kart and, funnily enough, a lot of this game plain works. It’s actually quirky and fun and the levels are well thought out and exciting to play. Plus, the multiplayer aspect of the game allows the player to seriously play for hours. This is a surprisingly fun title that also has somewhat stupidly enjoyable aspects like, for example, the kiddie samba mix for the John Williams Star Wars theme. Absolutely bonkers, but wonderful.
13. Super Star Wars Series (Super Nintendo, Wii, Playstation 4)
Super Star Wars was the start of a franchise that did an excellent job of encapsulating all the elements of the film into a fun run and gun game. This is one of the better games on the Super Nintendo. It allowed the player to control Luke, Han, or Chewbacca, as well as drive the landspeeder and X-Wing fighter. This franchinse really had the player in every part of the movie and it not only spawned off two sequels, but it also won Electronic Gaming Monthly’s best movie-to-game award. You can still get this game in the PS4. I highly recommend downloading it and having a geeked out nostalgia day.
12. Rogue Squadron (Nintendo 64)
There are so many aspects of this game that is worth mentioning! First, this is one of the first games to use the N64 expansion pack, which rendered the 3D environments in 640 x 480 resolution. Second, this video game is actually inspired by the book, Rogue Squardon (how many books were inspired by games?). Taking the role of Luke Skywalker, and later Wedge Antilles, the player take their X-Wing, A-Wing, Y-Wing or Naboo Fighter through multiple worlds in the time between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back. This game sold over a million copies in the US alone and is one of the few N64 games that’s still fun to play today. It's one of the best N64 offerings ever made.
11. Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike (Gamecube)
Made exclusively for Gamecube, the third in the successful Rogue Squadron series added the ability to leave the starship and fight on the ground. This is definitely a game that pushed the technical boundaries of the Gamecube and one that became a highlight of the system’s capabilities. This game continues the expectation of getting better with each iteration as the missions are more beautiful and have more firepower, and the cooperative mode is plain awesome. Also, the fights in space are plain astounding, especially on Gamecube. This is one that's easy to get caught up in and play for hours.
10. Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (Gamecube)
One of the best games on the Nintendo Gamecube system, Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader allows the player to now use the greatest starship in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. It's like they knew the first one was going to be amazing and they waited to give you the Falcon until later. The sequel basically uses the same formula as the previous game, but with excellent new environments including an attack on the Death Star, which looks awesome. The upgrade to the new system adds to the graphics, especially as this is one of the most stunning games on the Gamecube. Also an added benefit to the game is Denis Lawson, the actor who plays Wedge Achilles, who recorded new lines for Rogue Squadron II.
9. Star Wars Trilogy (Arcade)
This is a game for which you make a special trip to the arcade and bring your laundry money. Each part of the game is a lot of fun and full of high energy that really utilizes each vehicle from the original trilogy, including the speeder bike and the snowspeeder on Hoth. At the end, you fight in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader. Add a little extra to it and put a black glove on your right hand to make it more realistic. One of the best Star Wars games made and definitely worth a handful of quarters.
8. Battlefront (Xbox, Playstation 2)
One of the best Star Wars games on the Playstation 2, Star Wars: Battlefront allowed online play as well as a fun single player campaign (or, if you prefer, you can go in for instant action, which is exactly as it sounds). Ever since the first snowspeeder game on Hoth, players have wanted to wrap a cord around an AT-AT's legs and take one down, and this game finally allows you to. The game is a first and third person shooter that focuses on using strategy to take control of planets in a galaxy by eliminating all forces or capture command posts. Also, there’s a plethora of awesome vehicles, including an AT-AT and a speeder bike, that make this one of the most complex and fun games in all of Star Wars.
7. Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (Gamecube, Xbox)
A great game for the Xbox and Gamecube platform, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast focused on some of the best parts of the Star Wars universe: the lightsaber and the path of the Jedi. The player controls Kyle Katarn, a former Jedi who at one time almost succumbed to the Dark Side, as he works for the New Republic as a mercenary. This is the best Star Wars game on the Xbox and is a highlight of the Jedi Knight series. If that isn’t good enough, Mr. Smooth himself, Billy Dee Williams, lends his voice to the role of Lando Calrissian.
6. Knights of the Old Republic 2 (Xbox)
The bad parts of this game is that in a rush to market, its third act was left unfinished and unfulfilling even as it tried to build on its predecessor. The best part of the game is that the previous game is one of the best video games ever made and expanding upon what the previous game did, isn’t that bad. This sequel takes place five years after the events of The Knights of the Old Republic. The player controls a former Jedi Knight who has been exiled from the Jedi Order, and the choices of the player will determine whether he moves more towards the Light or Dark Side of the Force. It is included in the book 1001 Video Games to Play Before You Die, and is a must for any gamer who loves role playing games or playing in the Star Wars universe.
5. Star Wars Battle Pod (Arcade)
The latest Star Wars arcade game is only available in certain areas in the country (there's a locator page for finding a pod near you). Much like the Star Wars Trilogy Arcade Game, Battle Pod takes the three vehicles of each of the original trilogy (the X-Wing, snowspeeder, and the speeder bike) as well as the ability to play as Darth Vader and attack the Millennium Falcon in a revenge attack after the Death Star is destroyed. The game is pure white knuckle adrenaline as the player must destroy TIE fighters quickly to advance to the end level. Also the game has a fun multiplayer mode in which the user can work with or against his friend to take down the Empire or Rebel Alliance. When you play this game, bring enough quarters because once you play one level, you’ll want to play them all.
4. Battlefront II (Playstation 2, PSP, Xbox)
Like the first game, Battlefront II is one of the best Star Wars games available. Unlike the first game, Battlefront II is fixed on one campaign, The Rise of the Empire, in which the 501st legion, or Vader’s Fist, must run missions from the Clone Wars to the planet Hoth in the attack in Empire Strikes Back. Even better than the original, the sequel is more challenging and fun to play (also, it has a much better storyline). The gameplay and action in this game puts it up to eleven. The graphics are fantastic and the environments are really well done. It was so much fun to play that I can't wait for the third one to come out in November.
3. LEGO Star Wars Series (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Gamecube, Playstation 2, 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360)
The first game in the LEGO videogame franchise, this game set the bar for all LEGO games since. Creating a style that is somewhat a parody as well as just a lot of fun to play, Lego Star Wars became one of the best selling games of 2005, exceeding more than 3.3 million copies. Its style made it fun for kids as well as adults. The first game is based on the prequel trilogy (the sequel contained the original trilogy) and allows the player to play 59 (yes, 59!) different characters including Darth Maul, General Grievous, and, yes, even Jar Jar Binks. A lot of the game is puzzle solving but it's so delightful in each of its episodes it's impossible to play without smiling.
2. Star Wars Arcade Game
While somewhat looking like Tron, this game provided 3D graphics while games were still in a 2D world. The player plays as Luke Skywalker in the X-Wing as he descends upon the Death Star in Episode IV. The dogfight action is surprisingly good and the tunnel run is action packed. This is the first arcade game Star Wars introduced and, for 1983, it is pretty much all a player could want as a Star Wars fan. It even holds up after years have gone by. I highly recommend finding an emulator online and giving it a spin. It'll bring back nostalgia and show you how much fun the game still is.
1. Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)
The best Star Wars game ever made and one of the best role playing games ever created, Knights of the Old Republic is the Xbox game that will consume weeks and possibly months of a player’s life. With the ability to choose between the light and dark side of the force, Knights of the Old Republic invites multiple journeys through the same storyline. Everything went right with this game as both the script and gameplay is excellent and it holds up to even today’s standards. If you’re someone that loves role playing games, it simply doesn’t get better than this.
That's our list! What were some of your favorite games to play over the years? Let us know in the comments! (TIE FIGHTER, dangit - Ed.)
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