Every Star Wars fan knows the phrase “May the force be with you”. The origin of the date of Star Wars Day is also based on this phrase: May 4. In preparation for this day, we bring you a list of all the Star Wars games you must check out if you’re a die-hard fan!
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1) Lego Games
Lego Star Wars – The Complete Saga
It’s hard to believe that it’s been so long since developer Traveller’s Tales brought Lego Star Wars – The Complete Saga to our screens. Since 2007, we have been able to play 2005’s Lego Star Wars and 2006’s Lego Star Wars II in one convenient bundle.
From the first Episode – The Phantom Menace – to Episode VI Return of the Jedi, all the highlights of the prequel and the original trilogy can be relived in typical Lego style, including their unique humor.
Fortunately, the graphics don’t reflect the game’s age, thanks to the timeless Lego look. The gameplay, which consists mainly of combat and fairly simple puzzles, is also still a lot of fun today. The game is rated E 10+, probably because younger kids might find the puzzles too hard to solve.
Lego Star Wars III – The Clone Wars
Four years after its release, Lego Star Wars entered its next phase with The Clone Wars. The game was as well received by the trade press as the entire saga before it, but in the minds of fans, the 2011 game will always hold a special place.
Not only did it finally include challenging boss fights, but you could also switch battlefields in team mode, allowing you to work on multi-part objectives. The co-op mode was present in the previous two games,but Lego Star Wars III takes it to the next level.
Like its predecessor, The Clone Wars is suitable for children 10 years and older. Again, the gameplay is dominated by combat and easy-to-solve puzzles.
This time, however, there are also some real-time strategy elements. For example, you’ll have to move your ground troops wisely to win the battle. After all, this time everything revolves around the Clone Wars. These took place after Episode II and during Episode III.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
With the new movie trilogy, the Star Wars games had to continue, of course. After all, we fans don’t just want to watch Rey and Finn’s adventures, we also want to play them. With Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakensfrom 2016, we can do just that.
Similar to the previous Lego Star Wars games it is recommended for children 10 and up. In the UK, it is recommended for children from the age of 7. The voice acting in this game is brilliant, which makes it an absolute highlight.
The graphics are also much improved. Although we still have the typical Lego look in The Force Awakens, the resolution is much higher and the world has more detail. In addition, the bricks have a special edge smoothing, so you don’t get that “staircase effect” like in the previous movies, but the faces look really round.
Lego Star Wars – The Skywalker Saga
Despite the significant improvements, there was obviously still a lot of room for improvement. In 2022, with Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Traveller’s Tales has for the first time combined all nine episodes into one brilliant content monster.
Every iconic scene from every movie can now be recreated. Even though levels can’t be selected individually, so you’ll always have to play several in a row if you want to get to a certain point, we’re not upset about it. After all, it gives us a chance to stay in the game even longer.
Unlike The Force Awakens, The Skywalker Saga has a PEGI rating of 7. By the way, the core gameplay has been reworked and is now simpler and more dynamic. Of course, it still consists mainly of smashing Imperial troops, but the arcade-like has now given way to a basic complexity. This makes it interesting not only for casual players.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
When you think of Star Wars, you think of lightsaber fights, laser fire, and battles between the Rebellion and the Empire. And what better way to “soften” that than with an action or adventure game? Star Wars Battlefront 2, which was released in 2017, even has a very special twist.
In the game’s single-player campaign, you are not one of the good guys but fight as the Imperials. In multiplayer, however, both factions are available to you. But as Sheldon Cooper rightly pointed out in The Big Bang Theory: The Empire is just a lot more interesting and – there’s no other word for it – a lot cooler.
The game, of course, builds on 2015’s Battlefront and takes place immediately after the destruction of the second Death Star. Hence it portrays the fall of the Empire and you’re right in the middle of it. But don’t get confused. There was a Battlefront series back in the early 2000s. But it was much more strategic. The 2015 and 2017 games take a more action-oriented approach. The game is rated PG-13 in the US and 16+ in other countries. After all, the battles are quite intense.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Two years after Battlefront II, Star Wars fans had a new game to look forward to. In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, we can shred our way through a large and complex solo campaign with great lightsaber battles that are visually stunning. The graphics are phenomenal and the battles are actually really challenging.
In addition, the ability to travel from planet to planet with your own crew creates a homey atmosphere. Because of the dark atmosphere (see Order 66) the game has been rated PEGI 16.
Star Wars: Squadrons
For VR enthusiasts, the long-awaited game arrived in 2020. Star Wars: Squadrons is a virtual reality highlight like no other. The crisp battles that you’ll have with enemy TIE fighters, TIE hunters or TIE bombers guarantee endless fun.
But VR is not a must. You can also play it on your monitor or TV. Then it is less immersive than VR, but still a fascinating space simulation. Compared to other Star Wars games, it’s not arcade-like, but authentic (if you can even use that word for a sci-fi game). By the way, the game has been rated 12+ by PEGI, and we think the rating is quite appropriate.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order finally got its long-awaited sequel, and once again you take on the role of Cal Kestis, one of the last surviving Jedi. The events of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor take place at the same time as the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which brought us an epic clash between Darth Vader and his former master. We also get to see Luke Skywalker as a child and Leia Organa as “Ben’s” cheeky companion.
The game is rated 16 and up. After all, there is a lot of action with lightsabers and blasters, and the challenging boss fights, which feel like a Souls game, are also part of the game again. This time you’re on the run from Rayvis, who is none other than the leader of the Bedlam Raiders from the planet Koboh.
In addition to the Raiders, you can expect guest appearances from familiar faces. We won’t spoil anything for you, but developer Respawn Entertainment wants to surprise you as much as they did with Darth Vader in the previous game. In terms of gameplay, the basic mechanics have been retained and expanded with new Force abilities. In addition, animals and vehicles can now be used for movement, and enemies can be temporarily turned into allies.
Let’s move on to the games for the tacticians among us. After all, Star Wars is more than just mindless shooting. No battle can be won without virtuoso strategists. And in the following games, YOU are that strategist.
Star Wars Rebellion
In 1998, Star Wars Rebellion gave us the complete freedom to take over enemy planetary systems with our own custom-built troops. Although the game was not well received by critics at the time, it laid the foundation for Star Wars RTS. Any aspiring Jedi over the age of 6 could get their first tactical experience.
Star Wars Empire at War
But the real fun began eleven years later. With the release of Star Wars Empire at War in 2009, the Star Wars RTS genre got some positive press. And with good reason!
Rated 12+, Empire at War impresses with both its technical and gameplay aspects. Not only does it look fantastic for a game of its age, but it also offers a variety of game modes such as battles, instant missions, the galaxy conquest or the normal campaign. The latter also has a lot to offer.
4) Star Wars Games: RPGs
Let’s move on to the supreme discipline of gaming, the role-playing game. There are great RPGs in the Star Wars universe and on the occasion of Star Wars Day, we want to show you the coolest ones.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast
Let’s start with Star Wars Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast from 2002. Although the FMVs (Full Motion Video Sequences) of its predecessors have been omitted, we can enjoy fast and cool lightsaber battles from the third-person perspective in impressive 3D graphics. The game has a “Teen” rating and is less violent than its two predecessors.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
One year later – in 2003 – Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy was released, and although nobody expected it, it turned out to be even better than its predecessor. Again, it has a “Teen” rating and the fights are again quite massive.
The Force abilities have to be learned from scratch this time and the gameplay is less clunky than in Jedi Outcast. The graphics haven’t changed much, but that wasn’t necessary considering the brilliance of its predecessor.
Star Wars – Knights of the Old Republic
A Star Wars game from the makers of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age, you say? No problem, here it is: The 2003 Star Wars – Knights of the Old Republic combines the strengths of developer Bioware with the Star Wars universe.
It’s incredibly hard for us not to reveal too much about the game right now (in case you haven’t played it yet), but the plot twist about halfway through the campaign blew us away so much that we were positively reminded of movies like Shutter Island or The Sixth Sense.
This role-playing game is suitable for teenagers 13 and up, and it doesn’t retell a well-known Star Wars episode. Instead, it offers an original and, as already mentioned, phenomenal story to offer in which your own decisions play a role.
Star Wars – Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords
But such a gem doesn’t just need a remake, of course, it needs a worthy successor. And that’s what it got at the turn of the year from 2004 to 2005.
Star Wars – Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords, or KOTOR 2 for short, improved the graphics and still looks great today. By the way, the game is rated 12 and up and offers a lot of choices in the dialogues.
Star Wars – The Force Unleashed
The last part of our list includes the hack’n’slash or hack’n’slay games from the Star Wars universe. Let’s start with the first part of Star Wars – The Force Unleashed. The Ultimate Sith Edition was released for consoles in 2008 and later for PC in 2009.
The genius of The Force Unleashed is that you play as a student of Darth Vader, learning the secrets of the dark side of the Force from the master himself. As Galen Marek, you’ll fight your way through the hordes of enemies with fierce attacks that will make anyone without the Force look in a hurry.
The game is rated PG-13 in the USA. By the way, the story is set between Episodes III and IV.
Star Wars – The Force Unleashed 2
The same age rating applies to the sequel Star Wars – The Force Unleashed 2. This time, you play a clone of Starkiller and go on a rebel hunt about six months after the end of the plot of the first game.
The story is relatively short, with only five to six hours of gameplay, but there’s a lot of cutting and slashing. The fast-paced gameplay is easy to handle and we recommend that you definitely play the title with a controller or gamepad. Unfortunately, the controls are not at all optimized for mouse and keyboard.
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