The Star Wars franchise has a long history in video games, dating all the way back to 1983 when the official Star Wars arcade game first showed up. Things have come a long way since those simple vector graphics lit up the arcade and to celebrate May the 4th we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite games set in galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars Rogue Squadron
Star Wars Rogue Squadron gave fans of the beloved franchise the chance to pilot a multitude of iconic starships. Who wouldn’t want to blast wamp rats on Tatooine from the cockpit of Tie Fighter?
Shadows of the Empire
Shadows of the Empire introduced new characters and gave fans a look at the events in between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. More importantly, we got to fly Snowspeeders on Hoth and get beat up by Wampas.
Star Wars Battlefront II
Nearly 8 years after its initial release, fans are still clamoring for a follow-up to this first/third-person shooter. Conquering the galaxy has never been more fun, and Battlefront II’s addition of Jedi and Sith as playable characters made for some pretty epic multiplayer battles.
Super Return of the Jedi
The legendary third release in the Super Star Wars series really needs no introduction. It was similar to previous entries, but introduced Princess Leia and Wicket the Ewok as playable characters, and vehicle stages.
Star Wars Episode I – Racer
Released for Dreamcast and Nintendo 64 after the first prequel hit the scene, Racer put players in the driver’s seat of just about every Pod Racer seen in the film. Anakin Skwalker’s homemade pod is still the best.
Knights of the Old Republic
BioWare’s first Star Wars RPG won numerous “Game of the Year” awards at its release and is still considered by many as one of the greatest Star Wars games ever made. It even earned a spot in Time’s 100 greatest video games of all time.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
While “Dark Forces” was one of the best shooters and holds its own against titans like “Doom” and “Quake,” it was its sequel that really nailed being a badass in the Star Wars universe! There were even two endings despite how you played — Jedi or Sith!
X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter
Specifically the “Balance of Power” expansion- which put you in the cockpit of the classic Star Wars vehicle as an Imperial pilot!
The Force Unleashed
As part of the official Star Wars canon, The Force Unleashed bridged the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It introduced fans to Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Starkiller, and let players experience the power Force in a whole new way.
The Worst Star Wars Game Ever?
Star Wars: Master of Taras Kasi
Star Wars may have done alright in the racing genre, but a Star Wars fighting game? Well, let’s just say the Force definitely wasn’t with this one…
Star Wars 1313
…and this one never had a high enough midichlorian count.