Star Wars is one of the biggest sci-fi franchises on the planet – it feels as though nothing can compete, not even Marvel right now. With an estimated total revenue of $65 billion since 1977, there’s no denying George Lucas was onto a winner with his idea. While the majority of that revenue has come from merchandise and box office sales, an impressive nearly $5 billion has come from their video games. With dozens of Star Wars games over the years, it can be hard to pick a favorite. However, we’ve rounded up some of the best…
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)
Sure, we know this is going to be a controversial pick, as so many people weren’t keen on the Star Wars Battlefront remakes. However, so many others on this list are from years gone by – years when the graphics left a lot to be desired. Of course, the gameplay of Battlefront 2 isn’t the most addictive or interesting in the world, according to critics. But we still feel like it deserves a place for bringing the Star Wars video games into the modern-day era, with graphics that will make you drool.
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords (2004)
This single-player RPG is set thousands of years before the actual Star Wars movies, and actually has some of the best gameplay. You had to pick whether you wanted to be part of the light side or the dark side, which then opened up new choices and non-playable characters during missions. Real-time combat also gives you the option of different abilities, depending on which side you picked. Because of this, the replayability of this Star Wars game is one of the best. After all, you could complete it as part of the Dark Side, and then start it all over again as one of the good guys.
Star Wars Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy (2003)
The early ‘00s was a good time for Star Wars games, there’s no denying that. This game was built using the same engine as Unreal Tournament 2003, meaning that most of the weapons were also borrowed from the original. However, this first-person shooter would then let you activate your lightsaber and switch to third-person mode – using the Force powers as you go. This Star Wars game had plenty of customization and gameplay options available, making it an instant classic with fans of the franchise. After all, who doesn’t want to be able to customize their Jedi to look just like them?!
Lego Star Wars – The Complete Saga (2007)
There’s a reason that Lego games do so well with children and adults alike. Plus, combine two of the biggest franchises in the world and you know you’re onto a winner. We decided to add this one to the list, as it’s the only Star Wars game that actually tells the Star Wars story – as opposed to side-stories. It has the tongue-in-cheek humor you would expect from a Lego game, and follows the Star Wars story we all know and love. What’s not to like?
There are so many Star Wars games that deserved to make it onto our list, but we could only pick a handful. What do you think? Are there others that you think should be on there? Either way, we’re off to find a console to play on!