Ranking The Top 5 Star Wars Games

In honor of May the Fourth, 2022, we are republishing our list of the 30 best games that take place in a galaxy far, far away, this time with updated entries for four new Star Wars games that have been released since the last time this list was published in 2017. Before reappearing in 2017, though, this feature was originally published in December 2015.

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Game developers saw the potential Star Wars had in the video games realm from the momen the film debuted on the silver screen in 1977. Some of these creators were so certain this science-fiction universe would transition to the interactive space that they didn’t even get the rights for the Star Wars property, but still decided to release their games. In 1978, a year after Star Wars: A New Hope opened in theaters, the reputable Apple Computer released an unlicensed Star Wars game called Starwars on cassette tape for the Apple II. The game, which you can play in your website browser today, is an enjoyable little TIE Fighter shooting gallery.

The first officially licensed Star Wars “video game” arrived a year later slot spaceman in 1979. Dubbed Electric Battle Command, this Kenner developed game prominently displayed an X-Wing, Luke Skywalker, plus Princess Leia on the game’s standalone hardware, but the gameplay didn’t have much to do with Star Wars at all, plus pushed the player to avoid black holes plus locate the “Force-giving star.”

A true console Star Wars game didn’t arrive until Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was released on Atari 2600 in 1982 (two years after the film graced theaters). Like most games of the era, Atari shunned the movie plot plus focused specifically on one action element: the Battle of Hoth. The only gameplay offered allowed the player to pilot a snow speeder plus take out an endless stream of AT-ATs by shooting their glowing exhaust ports.

As crude as it was, the success of this title made Star Wars a permanent fixture in video games, from disukai banyak orang RPGs like BioWare’s Knights of the Old Republic to oddities like The Yoda Chronicles for mobile devices. In the decades that followed, there are dozens of Star Wars games every Star Wars fan should get around to playing, plus dozens more that they should avoid like Jabba the Hutt’s bathroom.

Many members of the Game Informer staff have played more Star Wars games than they can recall, plus are avid pecinta of the films, expanded fiction, plus collectibles. We spent a few days bickering over the best Star Wars games to date, plus spent a few more arguing over the order they should be arranged in on our Top 30 list. Why 30? That’s the cutoff between the playable plus fun games plus the prequel-like missteps.

We hope you santai this journey through video games’ exploration of a galaxy far, far away.

As always, we welcome all discussions, arguments, plus personal Star Wars video game lists in our comments section below. Enjoy the read, plus may the Force be with you!

1. Star Wars: Rebel Assault II – The Hidden Empire
Sega CD, 3DO, PC – 1995

Star Wars: Rebel Assault II is by all intents plus purposes a terrible game, but it’s also a hilarious one that uses live-action Star Wars footage to tell a story that is as jaw-droppingly bad as the Star Wars Holiday Special. To put it another way, it’s so bad it’s good. If you haven’t played this game yet, track it down, Star Wars fans. You need to see the story of Rookie One, a Tatooine farmer who isn’t Luke Skywalker, unfold in horrible ways with some of the worst acting to ever grace a video game.

2. Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC – 2002

The sleek Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor (more commonly known as the Jedi starfighter) is the centerpiece of this excellent space shooter from LucasArts. Serving as a side story to Attack of the Clones, Jedi Starfighter follows the exploits of Jedi Master Adi Gallia plus a mercenary named Nym. Gallia flies the Jedi Starfighter while Nym provides bombing support in a Havoc.

Although not developed by Factor 5 – the team behind the Rogue Squadron series – the influence of those games is strongly felt in the dogfighting mechanics plus mission designs. Force powers are also sewn into the mix in a unique but befuddling way. At any point, Gallia can use the Force to deploy shields, lightning, shockwaves, or enhanced reflexes. These elements make the gameplay more dynamic, but don’t hold true to the Star Wars lore from the motion pictures.

Another interesting twist are hidden mission objectives in each mission. Once discovered plus completed, the player is rewarded with new spacecraft (including Maul’s Interceptor), as well as additional stages plus bonuses. Jedi Starfighter is never talked about in the same breath as Rogue Squadron or X-Wing, but is surprisingly one of the classic Star Wars games Sony added to PlayStation 4. The game still holds up well today plus is worth a look.

3. Star Wars: Empire at War
PC – 2006

The Star Wars universe is a perfect fit for the real-time strategy genre, plus Petroglyph Games’ Empire at War shows us just how fun huge clashes can be. Battles unfold on planet surfaces where ground troops plus vehicles march for victory, plus in orbit where capital clash starships like Star Destroyers berbagi the same space as microscopic sea of X-Wings plus TIE Fighters.

Although Petroglyph employed a number of key members from Westwood Studios’ Command & Conquer team, Empire at War was a unique strategy game, moving away from the jenis of building bases for resources to controlling the galaxy for currency to build armies.

The flow of battle is dictated mostly by vehicle-based strategies that have a surprising amount of depth, but the tide can quickly turn when a hero or villain like Darth Vader or Leia Organa Solo rallied the troops. The victory states are just as fun as the core game, pushing the player to kill the Emperor or Mon Mothma, plus blow up or use the Death Star.

4. Star Wars
Arcade – 1983

One of the most disukai banyak orang arcade games of all time, Star Wars did its best to capture the intensity of the Rebel’s battle against the Death Star. The game’s stylish 3D vector graphics capture the cermat of the Death Star, deliver the sensation of roaring through its trenches, plus despite their age, still look stunning today.

Star Wars is a short game, allowing most players to see it through to the end from just a handful of quarters. The action unfolds across three missions, all seen from the first-person vantage point of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing. The first stage is a confrontation against Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter. The next stage is on the Death Star’s surface, tasking the player to take down turrets plus towers. The final (most memorable) stage is the trench run, complete with the “one-in-a-million-shot” moment. If you, the player, doesn’t hit the exhaust port, they are placed back in the trench for another run, only with less shielding. Atari even pumps Obi-Wan’s voice through the arcade’s speakers to get the player into the moment.

Star Wars was successfully adapted to numerous consoles of the day, including the Atari 5200 plus Commodore 64.

5. Star Wars: TIE Fighter
PC – 1994

Basing a video game off of a spacecraft that has the reputation of being one of the easiest to shoot out of the sky may sound like a horrible idea, but TIE Fighter showed us a skilled pilot can turn the Imperial’s lightly armored warbird into a viable threat against the Rebel Alliance. Played from the third- or first-person perspectives, TIE Fighter focuses heavily on dogfighting against Rebel X-Wings, but also shows how a TIE fighter is used for escorting larger Imperial vessels. Throughout the game, the player gets the chance to check out other TIE craft like the sleek Interceptor plus deadly bomber.

The gameplay is surprisingly sophisticated, balancing intense exchanges of fire with the need to balance the TIE systems, such as rerouting power between laser plus ion cannons. TIE Fighter is a tough game from the outset, made even more challenging by procedural damage can knock out the TIE’s displays plus leave the player blind.

While offering a number of innovations over X-Wing, the thrill of siding with the Empire doesn’t resonate as much as flying Republic craft, the experience offered in TIE Fighter’s precursor, X-Wing. TIE Fighter is a respectable space sim that ended up being a proof of concept of sorts for its exceptional sequel, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter.

6. Star Wars: Battle for Naboo
Nintendo 64, PC – 2000

In 2000, as Star Wars pecinta waited patiently for George Lucas to release Attack of the Clones in theaters, LucasArts did its best to make that wait less painless with an overabundance of games based on The Phantom Menace. One of the better games to come out of this glut of releases is Factor 5’s Battle for Naboo.

Running on an enhanced version of the Rogue Squadron engine, Factor 5 kicks off Battle for Naboo with the death of Jar Jar Binks. Yes, you read that correctly. As a joke, the Nintendo 64 logo crushes him just as he opens his stupid mouth to say something dumb. This excellent introduction gives way to an excellent vehicle-based experience, focusing heavily on the Naboo Starfighter. Other vehicles come into play within the game’s 15 missions, including surprises like sea battles plus a stage that places the player on a ground-mounted stap (the Trade Federation’s version of a speeder biker).

While lacking the larger-scale conflicts from Factor 5’s Rogue Squadron titles, Battle for Naboo offers a fun challenge that adds some context plus scale to the Trade Federation’s invasion of Theed. It’s not canon anymore, but we all know Anakin Skywalker had plenty of help in knocking out the Droid Control Ship’s shield generator.

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