10 Star Wars games you must play before you become a Force ghost

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…

With Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi releasing later this year, I thought I would go through my video game collection and pick out the 10 Star Wars games that I felt deserved recognition. Here are my Top 10 Star Wars games…

10. Star Wars: The Old Republic

Okay, when I first beta tested this game, I thought it was excellent. The varied character races, the many branching mission paths, and the light and dark side choices made me feel immersed in the Star Wars lore. Also, the entire game is voiced which was unheard of at the time of its release. But alas, it has gone Free-To-Play and is infested with bots, micro transactions, and empty servers.

9. Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer

This arcade port for the N64 and Dreamcast was one of the best racing games of that generation. Focusing on the only good part of Episode 1, players get to fulfill their pod racing fantasies as Anikin Skywalker, Sebulba, or... the other guys - but who wants to play as those piles of Bantha Poodoo?

8. Star Wars: Bounty Hunter

Say what you want about the prequel trilogy, Jango Fett was a badass bounty hunter. This game for the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube puts you in the Mandelorian armor of Mr. Fett as you track down criminals for credits. Now if they would only make a sequel with his clone son, Boba. Le sigh.

7. Star Wars: Republic Commando

This is one of the greatest First Person Shooters to ever grace the Xbox. Cry all you want, Halo fanboys, but Republic Commando's squad based gameplay made you feel like you were in command of a highly trained infiltration unit sent to take down the evil Trade Federation. Each squad member is unique with his own skills and personality. Plus, the ending left it open for a sequel... that we'll never get.

 

6. Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith

It's not often that the video game surpasses the film that it's based on, but Revenge of the Sith is that exception. The light saber combat is fluid and easy to use, the story is more fleshed out than in the film, and Mace Windu doesn't go down like a bitch - so Sam would like this game better than the movie too.

5. Star Wars: Battlefront II

While, DICE's Battlefront was a good reboot, the original - or rather the sequel to the original - was a perfect Star Wars multiplayer death match game. Now including playable heros, a story mode, as well as space battles, Battlefront II was a major improvement on its predecessor.

Star Wars: TIE Fighter

Star Wars: X-Wing took what was great about Wing Commander and improved every aspect of it. TIE Fighter saw what X-Wing did and said, "hold my drink." Finally allowing us to play as the series antagonists for the first time was a welcome change. Who knew that being bad could feel so good? Taking down rebel scum in the name of the Emperor and being able to fly the TIE Advance made us squeal like little girls at a One Direction concert. This game was the blue print for another game on this list.

 

3. Star Wars: Empire At War

Before this game, the only two RTS Star Wars games were Rebellion and Force Commander - neither of which were all that fabulous. LucasArts took Rebellion's space conquest and Force Commander's ground unit battles, locked them in the bedroom and played Barry White until they conceived a child... and then they sent that child to Harvard. Then that child had a boyfriend named Forces Of Corruption and he was the valedictorian. I think I went too far with this metaphor.

2. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

When someone says "best RPG for the original XBox," KOTOR immediately comes to mind. BioWare made a game that will stand the test of time. The story is engaging, the characters are lovable (HK-47 anyone?), the character customization is robust, the music is phenomenal, and it has one Helluva good twist. The sequel, The Sith Lords, was handed over to a different developer and rushed out the door before it was finished so unless you download a restoration patch, it's not worth playing. The original Knights is King.

1. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 2 - Rogue Leader

If TIE Fighter was the blueprint, Rogue Leader is the finished product. Never has a game let you relive the Death Star trench run more accurately than this game. Rogue Leader is the sequel to the N64's Rogue Squadron and it was a launch title for the Nintendo GameCube. With tons of missions, ships, and bonus missions - as well as a few Easter eggs - this game always has me coming back for more.

I hope you enjoyed the list. Game on... and may the Force be with you.

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  • J.W. Moore

    Editor/Columnist/Retro Game Afficianado

    J.W. has been gaming since he got his first NES on his 5th birthday. Since then, his love of video games has only gotten stronger. An avid collector of video games, he owns everything from the Atari to the Xbox One. With over 1000 console games and just as many PC games, his love for gaming continues to grow.

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