Our Top 10 Star Wars Games

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Our Top 10 Star Wars Games

With so many Star Wars games on the market it can be hard sometimes to know which ones are worth playing and which ones you'd be better off dumping pre-Hyperspace jump. Check out some of our recommendations and leave some of your own!

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No Jedi Knight? That game was seriously top quality. KOTOR2 was also far superior and much deeper than the original in my experience.

endtherapture:
No Jedi Knight? That game was seriously top quality. KOTOR2 was also far superior and much deeper than the original in my experience.

while I agree with this, it would be unfair to put both games in this list, and the author had a personal reason for putting the first game in the list.

Jedi knight definitely should have been in there though, the lightsaber combat was insane, easily should have beat out at least one of those games.

OT: glad to see the pod racer love in there, my friends and I still play it to this day, I even had the podracer booster sound as my text tone for a while.

No JK2: Outcast.

I am disappointed. Not mad, just disappointed.

anonymity88:
No JK2: Outcast.

I am disappointed. Not mad, just disappointed.

That none of the Katarn games got a nod doesn't do this list any favors. Any one of those (except Jedi Academy) could pretty easily earn a spot on the list bumping something else.

KotOR2 gets the shaft... but we're on The Escapist, so, I should probably just be happy The Old Republic didn't get held up as the best SW game of all time.

The X-Wing and TIE Fighter games don't get a nod... yeah, I know the series covered them a bit ago, but then bumping them off the list doesn't make much sense.

And of course... no mention of Galaxies. I know it's gone, and you can't play it anymore, but, really? We're going to do "the top 10 Star Wars games" and ignore what many consider (myself not included) the best MMO of all time. Really?

EDIT: Typo

I agree with many others that the lack of Dark Forces/Jedi Knight is disturbing. Even then, for someone who just played X-Wing and Tie Fighter, where's that series on the list? Rogue Squadron wouldn't happen without those several games.

(And then you've got the occasional question regarding Shadows of the Empire on the N64...)

I have to jump on the bandwagon. We get Battle for Naboo but no Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II? That game is a masterpiece, and introduced many people to the concept of popular multiplayer games being modded to the sky. Jedi Outcast improved on it in every way, sure, but JK will always be the first in my eyes.

I'd almost forgotten that the Game Boy one and Star Wars Trilogy Arcade existed until I saw them here. That really takes me back. I never finished either of them, but I had a lot of fun with them when I was a kid.

anonymity88:
No JK2: Outcast.

I am disappointed. Not mad, just disappointed.

Seconded. That would be my choice for best Star Wars game ever, to be honest. Its story isn't as good as KotOR, to be sure, but the lightsaber combat is absolutely glorious. The fact that you don't get it until a few levels in just makes it all the sweeter when you can just casually stroll into a room full of stormtroopers and just effortlessly annihilate them.

There can not be a top 10 Star Wars games list without Jedi Knight and X-Wing/TIE Fighter on it.

I will pretend this article never existed.

Haha. Sorry guys. I can't speak for Marshall, but in my case I never played Jedi Knight 2 and the first one, fun as it was, somehow didn't leave that much impression on me.

As for X-Wing and Tie Fighter, this list was very much nostalgia driven (hence the "Our"). I had a blast playing X-Wing and am still enjoying working through it, but I just don't have the same level of misty-eyed fondness for it that I do for something like Rogue Squadron. :)

Jedi Academy is objectively the best Star Wars game ever made. I like this list otherwise.

X-Wing series?
JK series?

I mean, the X-Wing series HAD TO BE a dream come true for anyone who saw the Battle of Yavin and the Battle of Endor as a child. I can't imagine anyone not wanting to pilot an X-Wing in a true "simulator" fashion.

As for the JK series, probably the best best version of lightsaber flailing ever made into game (and yaknow, multiplayer). Sure, it didn't look as cool as Force Unleashed, but it felt more free and it gave you that sense of actually being in control of the character, rather than just mashing the attack button until everyone around you dies.

endtherapture:
No Jedi Knight? That game was seriously top quality. KOTOR2 was also far superior and much deeper than the original in my experience.

I concur.

However, unlike most lists, the author has made it clear that these aren't "The Best Star Wars Games", it's "Our Best Star Wars Games", so they get away with it.

Slightly. They'll still get a light shocking from Kyle Katarn and a lecture from Kreia for their excisions >.>

No Xwing/Tie Fighter, no Jedi Knight. What the hell?

I am glad the SNES games are on there. They were fantastic for their time, and still pretty good today.

Seriousl... How can Jedi Academy not be on this list? I mean you have Racer on this but not Jedi Academy (other wise knwon as the Limb amputation simulator')

Nope sorry this list is bogus.

No Star Wars Empire at War? You can have dozens of Super Star Destroyers under your command, its great! D:

Also I spent hundreds of hours on Podracing on the N64 my friend had. We were quite competitive and I used to be able to ace courses... Doing it now just makes me curse my lack of reflexes!

Redlin5:
No Star Wars Empire at War? You can have dozens of Super Star Destroyers under your command, its great! D:

Not without mods. Though, I think I know the one you're talking about. In the base game, the Executor isn't even available, IIRC. Forces of Corruption changes Vader's space unit to the Executor... You can still spam out the Imperial Class Star Destroyers though...

Seriously though, it's a fantastic RTS.

StewShearer:
Haha. Sorry guys. I can't speak for Marshall, but in my case I never played Jedi Knight 2 and the first one, fun as it was, somehow didn't leave that much impression on me.

As for X-Wing and Tie Fighter, this list was very much nostalgia driven (hence the "Our"). I had a blast playing X-Wing and am still enjoying working through it, but I just don't have the same level of misty-eyed fondness for it that I do for something like Rogue Squadron. :)

But..but...but it's X-wing! The greatest Star Wars game ever made! That game is to me what Rogue Squadron is to you. I played that game for hours on end. I even broke a joystick because I played it so much. Pulled back on the stick once a little too hard and crack! I fear I'm one of those people who tried Rogue Squadron and, while fun, it just wasn't X-wing for me.

A fun list. I've only played about half of those games. I would love to get a sequel to Republic Commando. I still want to know what happens to Sev and how he gets out of there.

I'll be the guy who says thank you for a list that doesn't include JK2 or X-Wing/Tie Fighter. Why? Because hearing the same list items echoed over and over again makes people miss out on other great things, its also disingenuous to think that EVERYONE is going to have that one game on their list as well. Some folks are going to have slightly (or radically) different tastes than others and I do enjoy hearing their opinions on why they enjoyed certain games that I may not have thought to put on my list...
Hell it might even get me to play games I'd missed out on (especially since there are a lot of Star Wars games out there).
So, yeah guys, thanks for your list.

Starke:
Not without mods.

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What if I told you... it is possible without mods...

>;D

Holy shit, did you sneak into my room and discover my secret journal detailing all my greatest video gaming passions and copy/paste?

Just switch out that terrible, terrible, terrible GB Star Wars game for JK2 and its practically taking the words out of my mouth.

Ah Rogue Squadron... so much time spent getting gold medals on every single level. Fest was a total pain in the a** the first dozen times I tried, but eventually I got through it. Still royally annoyed that none of its sequels ever got a PC release. And that they got rid of the laser-linking mechanics.

Would second Empire at War, it's essentially Total War in Star Wars. Tons of fun, and some of the best mods ever!

Starke:

Redlin5:
No Star Wars Empire at War? You can have dozens of Super Star Destroyers under your command, its great! D:

Not without mods. Though, I think I know the one you're talking about. In the base game, the Executor isn't even available, IIRC. Forces of Corruption changes Vader's space unit to the Executor... You can still spam out the Imperial Class Star Destroyers though...

Seriously though, it's a fantastic RTS.

Agreed, I love that game. It was probably the best Star Wars RTS *thinks back for a moment* yeah it was the best.

Also drop the side scrollers (they beat the shit out of me as a kid) and put in the Jedi Knight series (I <3 jedi academy) and X-wing and tie-fighter.

The gamyboy stars wars game is identical to the NES game of the same name that came out at the same time.

Man, Shadows of the Empire knocked my socks off as a kid. I loved it so back then.

I always liked star wars:bounty hunter on ps2. It appears that one's not so popular.

The original arcade with the vector graphics kicks the arse of everything on this list.

Nobody remember X-wing Vs Tie-Fighter? The first star wars space sim game that had teams of people on both sides doing missions against each other?

misogynerd:
Jedi Academy is objectively the best Star Wars game ever made. I like this list otherwise.

Sometimes I really wish that Total Biscuit hadn't taught the internet to use "objectively" as an intensifier.

Confession time: I hadn't tried Jedi Knight 2 or Empire at War before, and only played TIe Fighter for the first time for my Good Old Review, so I didn't have any nostalgic memories to draw from. But doing some of these as retro reviews when we haven't done four Star Wars articles in a row is a possibility. :)

killerbee256:
The gamyboy stars wars game is identical to the NES game of the same name that came out at the same time.

You're kidding! Now I'm kinda tempted to pick up the NES game and make a review of it. Thanks for the info. I'll update the article accordingly.

StewShearer:
Haha. Sorry guys. I can't speak for Marshall, but in my case I never played Jedi Knight 2

You need to revise that. It'll be on sale sometime next month during the Steam Winter/Holiday Sale, probably have a 50% off Star Wars day somewhere in there.

There are few things more fun in gaming than plowing through a level in Jedi Knight (or its sequel, Jedi Academy) solely with Force Push, Pull, and Choke.

ObserverStatus:

misogynerd:
Jedi Academy is objectively the best Star Wars game ever made. I like this list otherwise.

Sometimes I really wish that Total Biscuit hadn't taught the internet to use "objectively" as an intensifier.

Sometimes I wish pretentiousness wasn't such a terrible, debilitating disease.

I loved Commando, and am sad that Star Wars games have to either be X-Wing or Jedi. Empire at War was a fun RTS style game.

MarsAtlas:

StewShearer:
Haha. Sorry guys. I can't speak for Marshall, but in my case I never played Jedi Knight 2

You need to revise that. It'll be on sale sometime next month during the Steam Winter/Holiday Sale, probably have a 50% off Star Wars day somewhere in there.

There are few things more fun in gaming than plowing through a level in Jedi Knight (or its sequel, Jedi Academy) solely with Force Push, Pull, and Choke.

I actually found a hard copy at Goodwill for $3 a couple weeks ago. I've just been a bit tied up with work/others games. That said, I've heard a ton of great things about it and always wanted to play it. Mayhap I'll give it a try once I wrap up Star Control 2 (next week's review) and DA: Inquisition.

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