Star Wars has always been at the forefront of technology, from the early movies pioneering new filming techniques to the embrace of virtual reality. Because of that, the franchise has always actively pursued videogame tie-ins, from the late 1970s through to today, the most recent of which is Star Wars: Jedi: Survivor. With such a rich videogame history, here are what we think are the best Star Wars games.
The 7 Best Star Wars Games
This will always be a divisive list as everyone will have their own personal favourites. Most likely stemming from your first introduction to Star Wars games when you were a kid. Even so, there are some clear golden choices and some we’ve put in for sheer pleasure. See what you think of our best Star Wars games selection.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
If there was any Star Wars game guaranteed to make this list it was KOTOR. Often heralded as the best Star Wars videogame, it is still a must-play 20 years on. BioWare’s RPG was set thousands of years before the Galactic Empire formed, giving it far more freedom to tell its tale and for fans to create their own.
Featuring a gripping narrative where you play a Republic soldier recruited by the Jedi to help save the galaxy from the Sith. Things are not always that simple, because of the addition of a dark/light meter which changes depending on your decisions. In turn, this affects the abilities you can learn and the story outcome. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic can still be found on Steam quite cheap.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
There have been loads of LEGO Star Wars games over the years but LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is most certainly the definitive edition. Built by Traveller’s Tales – who made all the other LEGO Star Wars titles – this latest edition had a very rocky road but we’re all happy it finally arrived.
Spanning the entire movie franchise, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is packed full of content. The campaign takes you through all nine movies – which can be played cooperatively – whilst serving up that same humour found in previous iterations. Great for gamers young and old, if you’re after a game with more stuff to do than the Galactic Empire has disposable income then look no further.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars: Jedi: Survivor may have just launched but it’s its predecessor that makes the list. 2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person action-adventure set just after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. You take on the role of Cal Kestis who must survive against all the odds as the Emprire hunt him down.
Developed by Respawn Entertainment – the same studio behind Titanfall and Apex Legends – the game is a stunning example of lightsaber combat. Thrilling duels take place across well-known worlds and the narrative keeps you gripped. Of course, no Star Wars game would be complete without little easter eggs hidden everywhere.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
Not to be confused with DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront II from 2017 – which had a disastrous launch btw – this is Pandemic Studios’ 2005 hit. Star Wars: Battlefront II provided huge multiplayer battles that were hard to beat.
There was a single-player campaign where you could join Darth Vader’s elite 501st Legion of Stormtroopers but in reality, it was the multiplayer experience everyone stayed for. Joining either the Rebels or Imperials, there was so much going on during both the land and space battles it was never a dull moment.
Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader
If there was a reason to own a Nintendo Gamecube then Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader was it – alongside many other good games. Throwing players straight at the Death Star trench run early on, this was an action-packed title from start to finish.
You took on the role of pilots Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles to lead the rebels on a series of daring missions against the Empire. Offering the chance to jump into classics like the X-Wing and Y-Wing, for the time Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader was stunning to look at, with its gameplay even holding up today.
Star Wars: Squadrons
2020’s Star Wars: Squadrons was the natural evolution of games like Rogue Leader. This time you got to fully immerse yourself in the flight experience, both as a Rebel and Imperial pilot. A single-player campaign swapped between the two forces giving you a chance to pilot A-Wings and TIE Bombers. Whilst a multiplayer mode allowed teams of 5 to go head-to-head or go on a carrier assault.
What sets Star Wars: Squadrons apart was the ability to sit inside beautifully detailed cockpits with all the instrument panels and flashing lights. Plus, the game is VR-compatible, placing you inside these vehicles like never before. Richly cinematic, Motive Studios’ title is a must for Star Wars fans who particularly love space battles.
Star Wars Episode 1 Racer
Yes, yes, okay, Star Wars Episode 1 Racer is showing its age but it also gave fans the chance to relive the best part of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace; the awesome Podracing section. Released in 1999 alongside the film, the game gave players a chance to feel the exhilaration of racing these insane vehicles across various planets.
You could start as Anakin Skywalker and complete various tournaments to unlock new characters and courses. Or with the winning funds you could buy upgrades to make your Podracer go even faster, turn tighter and boost for longer. There are 21 Podracers to unlock and 21 courses across eight worlds to conquer.
Available on Steam, additionally, Star Wars Episode 1 Racer is currently free during May on Xbox Games with Gold.
What did you think of Chit Hot’s selection? Which should’ve made our best Star Wars games list? Let us know in the comments below.