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Yes, my fellow Star Wars fans. Here we are. The controversial, highly opinionated, and extremely long list that will divide more people than blue milk, Rey’s lineage, and Anakin’s sand obsession combined.
Star Wars is far more than just the movies. Along the way, we’ve seen games focus on all parts of the galaxy – with more coming in the near future.
Modern games like Jedi: Fallen Order are paving the way. Then there are the timeless classics like LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, The Force Unleashed, Jedi Academy, and the widely-adored Battlefront II (the original version, of course!).
I’ve played them all, both as a child and as a childlike adult. The list of every Star Wars game ranked you’ll find below is my opinion based on my experiences as a casual gamer.
Above All, I’d Recommend…
In my opinion, the best Star Wars games ever released are Battlefront II (2005), Republic Commando, and Knights of the Old Republic.
It kills me to leave some games, such as The Force Unleashed, the Jedi Knight series, Fallen Order, and LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, off.
If you look to get hold of these games, make sure you get the 2005 Battlefront II, as opposed to the newer one (although I still quite like it!). Republic Commando has an updated re-release available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. In contrast, KotOR has a new version in development. If you buy the original version (which I’d recommend since the new one is still a few years away!), I prefer it on the PC to the Xbox. With more buttons, you have more options and more freedom.
Star Wars Game Rank Criteria
Everyone has their own methods for establishing the ‘best’ of something. When it comes to ranking Star Wars games, I’ve chosen to use the following criteria:
- For the game to count in this list, you must play as a character within the Star Wars universe – even if it’s ‘yourself’, an unnamed individual (like ‘a stormtrooper’), or not canon. This discounts crossovers and themed versions of other games, such as SIMS or pinball.
- It must have been released on a mainstream console (thus excluding mobile games, apps, and browser games). I haven’t included the many arcade games, even if they were re-released.
- How enjoyable it is to play – in other words, did I get bored? To me, this is the most crucial factor of all.
- The game’s story and how it fits into the broader events in Star Wars (see the note on canon below).
- Nostalgia – when thinking back over these games, do they stand out in my memory?
A Quick Note on Star Wars Canon
There’s some sad news for all of you (myself included) who enjoy the classics. Only Battlefront II (2017), Fallen Order, Squadrons, Vader Immortal, and aspects of Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge are considered Star Wars canon. Even the beloved Republic Commando and KotOR installments have been cast down by the wayside.
Knights of the Old Republic is a reason to be hopeful. While the original game isn’t canon, a new one is in development. This, of course, will be counted as part of the Star Wars storyline. I’d expect similar remakes for the other fan-adored classics, depending on the performance of this one.
I understand Disney wanting complete control over the story (let’s not get too far into that discussion/argument). Still, it’s frustrating to ‘lose’ interesting characters like Galen Marek and Boss (RC-1138). With any sense, production teams will bring them back into canon somehow.
My Rank for Every Star Wars Game
1988; Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum
Sorry, Droids. But you’re so. Mind-blowingly. Boring.
Do you enjoy all-out action platformers? Or even the slightest bit of fun? In that case, Droids definitely isn’t for you. It’s based on the moderately successful but strange TV show that ran from 1985 to 1986.
Although it’s marketed as a platformer, Droids is really a basic puzzle game. Visually, audibly, mechanically, and story-wise, it’s awful. The only thing it has going for it is C-3PO’s walk – it’s unnervingly accurate.
I honestly think it is the worst Star Wars game of all time.
#69 Ewoks – Wicket and the Dandelion Warriors
Oh, a game about Ewoks? I’ll play that! – said nobody ever. (Well, until Battlefront II’s survival mode – that was awesome!)
This game is every bit as bad as it sounds. The programming and audio are poor, and all you need to do is press shoot and move forward, left, and right in small increments.
#68 Jakks Pacific: Revenge of the Sith Plug-n-Play
2005; TV game
I really struggle with this one. It’s a plug-n-play game from Jakks Pacific, but wow, is it a waste of time. Considering it came out in 2005 (after Battlefront II) but contains nothing more than 2D minigames, it’s not worth your effort.
You get five games as part of this controller console, and none are interesting. Once you’ve had a quick go at each, you’ll have no reason to return to it. Stick to, well, anything else.
#67 Flight of the Falcon
2003; Game Boy Advance
There’s no way around the fact that this Game Boy Advance release is stupendously terrible. Perhaps it’s down to the console – it’s simply not powerful enough to accommodate a high-quality flying (or sometimes driving – why?) game.
The Flight of the Falcon is a Star Wars game, and that’s the only reason anyone would be tricked into buying it. Don’t waste your money.
#66 Millennium Falcon CD-Rom Playset
The Millennium Falcon CD-Rom Playset was a plastic toy designed to sit on a flat QWERTY keyboard. You (as a child) were supposed to press various buttons and seats to control the game as it played on the computer, installed and run via a disc.
The problem? The game seems to have not made sense to children and was perceived as utterly pointless (rightly) by adults. Thus, the audience became… nobody. This half-hearted attempt at an adventure story faded into obscurity.
For a 1998 release, it was poor.
#65 Episode II: Attack of the Clones
2002; Game Boy Advance
This Game Boy Advance title comes with nothing special at all. It’s a 2D scroller beat-em-up for most of the time, apart from a couple of 3D ship sequences.
The controls are clunky, and the story is very bland. You’ll soon switch off.
#64 Star Wars (Japan only)
(I admit, this is one I haven’t played – but I’ve done my research and watched the game played all the way through. It’s odd.)
What shall I say about the Famicom Star Wars game? Or should I say, “attempt at a game”? Well, do you know anyone who liked it? The physics are bizarre, the one-hit-death feature is frustrating (to say the least), and Darth Vader can shape-shift, like something from Alice in Wonderland.
Nevertheless, there is a small fan base that loves it. Interested in getting your hands on one? You’ll need a Famicom first. Look for good second-hand copies on retro gaming websites or eBay.
#63 Jedi Arena
1983; Atari 2600
This 1983 Atari game had such an attention-grabbing title, but the end result was mundane at best and downright awful at worst. Jedi Arena is basically nothing more than air hockey with a twist.
It claims to be based on the remote scene in A New Hope, although that requires an awful lot of imagination. Although you’re technically supposed to be “in combat”, you feel like you’re just waving an imaginary stick around.
Some people liked it, although I’m not among them. However, I can see how the simplicity holds a certain appeal.
#62 Masters of Teräs Käsi
1997; PlayStation 1
This traditional fighter game was LucasArt’s first and its first release for PlayStation. Masters of Teräs Käsi has a reasonably interesting story, but that’s all it has going for it.
If you enjoy fighter games, there are far better options. The movement is sluggish and lags, making all your fights very frustrating. It turns into a button masher and nothing more.
I recommend checking out the Jedi Knight series or Fallen Order instead.
#61 Jakks Pacific: Original Trilogy Plug-n-Play
2007; TV game
This 2007 Jakks Pacific Star Wars game was better than the Revenge of the Sith product, but that’s not saying much. There are so many far better contemporary games on consoles and even on browsers (which is saying something!).
The Hoth turret minigame is enjoyable, but the overall game generally suffers in the same way as its predecessor. Once you’ve played it once, you may as well get rid of it.
#60 Death Star Interceptor
1984; Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
This is from the very early days of video games. Death Star Interceptor is a Space Invaders-style 2D shooter (as were most games from its time).
It was released in 1984 for the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum, early 8-bit computers. That means, of course, that the gameplay is very limited. Move around, mash the shoot button, and hope for the best.
Death Star Interceptor might not include much in terms of graphics or story, but it’s still an enjoyable experience. Some sites offer free downloads of this game – ensure you do thorough virus scans beforehand if you go down this route!
#59 Episode I: Obi-Wan’s Adventures
2000; Game Boy Color
Meh. That’s all I have to say about Obi-Wan’s Adventures. It has nice audio for a handheld console (Game Boy), and some levels are fun, but in general – meh.
The controls are challenging to get to grips with, and visually there’s nothing interesting at all. In fact, sometimes you can’t even see what you’re doing!
In the end, Obi-Wan’s Adventures is just the “Star Wars” title smashed on a bog-standard Game Boy release. That said, you might enjoy certain aspects, such as the boat level. Star Wars fans could still give it a go, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!
#58 Yoda Stories
1997; Windows – 1999; Game Boy Color
In the end, Yoda Stories is nothing more than glorified minesweeper crossed with any other tile-based game. There’s no real point to any of the missions, and although the maps are always randomized, you always do essentially the same thing.
Also, you play as Luke, not Yoda. He just tells you what to do and where to go. Speaking of which, it’s very easy to get lost.
Find Yoda Stories on Game Boy Colour (1999) and PC (1997), although copies are hard to come by these days.
Lightsaber Battle Game
2005; TV game
Oh, look at that. Another toy I had as a child. This creatively-named plug-in TV game came with a remote (as in what Luke Skywalker trains with) and a plastic Skywalker saber. The remote acted as a sensor for your slashes.
It was okay. I enjoyed it at the time, but it’s nothing compared to the newer competitors or even the Wii/Kinect games. It was difficult to accurately position the lightsaber and deflect blaster bolts. After that, it’s just a lot of aimless waving around.
#56 Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle
1983/1984; Atari, ZX Spectrum
As yet another 2D installment in this list, Death Star Battle marks the first Return of the Jedi title. It was released for the Atari family and ZX Spectrum.
Some retro gamers describe this as the best Atari Star Wars game, but it doesn’t hold the same intrigue for me. You simply fly around shooting, and eventually, the Death Star blows up. Hurray.
You’ll find free versions of this game online. Update your antivirus and firewall first, just to be safe.
#55 Jakks Pacific: Republic Squadron Plug-n-Play
2009; TV game
Republic Squadron is probably the best contribution to this list from Jakks Pacific. That’s not saying too much, unfortunately.
In this game, you take control of a Republic ship or turret and shoot down enemy vulture droids. It’s based on The Clone Wars graphics, visuals, and sounds, and holds more appeal because of that.
In the end, it’s nothing special, but it’s fun now and again. Kids will find it far more interesting than adults (as is the point).
#54 Apprentice of the Force
2004; Game Boy Advance
This Game Boy Advance title was released on the same day as Battlefront II (2004) and the Original Trilogy DVD box set. You follow the events of Luke’s life.
It’s okay. It’s a standard platformer with reasonable graphics. Ultimately, it’s not very interesting, and most people will get bored quickly.
Next to Battlefront II, it was never going to be exceptional and has since faded from public memory.
#53 Battlefront: Elite Squadron
2009; PSP, Nintendo DS
Here is the lowest-ranked Battlefront title on my list. Elite Squadron was the natural successor to Renegade Squadron, available on the PSP and DS. I really didn’t find it enjoyable, except for some mindless entertainment for the odd car journey.
The gameplay is dull, monochromatic, and almost too easy. On top of that, the story is repetitive and boring – something that shouldn’t happen when you’re playing as a cloned Jedi. Ultimately, The Force Unleashed II handles this plotline better.
#52 Clone Wars Adventures
2010; Windows, Mac
Clone Wars Adventures was an MMORPG made for children and fans of the Clone Wars TV series. When I was younger, I found the various minigames a fun way to experience Star Wars.
The same criticism as many other MMORPGs applies, though: paid content. Why introduce financial dependence in a game designed exclusively for kids? It doesn’t look good! It also excludes less privileged children from playing – completely unnecessary.
Clone Wars Adventures is now defunct and no longer playable or accessible. This makes it somewhat futile to rank on my list, but I’ve put it here anyway. It’s not last because I distinctly remember having a good time.
#51 Episode I: The Phantom Menace
1999; Windows, PlayStation
In this fairly basic action-adventure game, you play as several characters from the film. Critics didn’t give it the warmest of receptions, but if you like slashing up battle droids, get your fix here!
The events of the game tie in with the events of The Phantom Menace, expanding on them at certain points. The only let down is that it gets quite monotonous, hence why I’ve placed it so low on my list. The camera angles are a little uninspired, too.
#50 Republic Heroes
2009; PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Windows, PSP, Nintendo DS
The Wii version is the sole reason why this ranks so highly. Republic Heroes was not a good game by any stretch of the imagination. If you came to it now as a dedicated gamer, you’d laugh and move along with your life, not giving it a second thought.
Most of my experience playing it has been overridden by more meaningful memories, but – for some unknown reason – I have a lasting sensation of firing the clone trooper’s blaster with the Wii remote. It made me feel connected to the action.
If you enjoyed the first season of The Clone Wars, Republic Heroes appeals more. Get it on the Wii so you can enjoy shooting a blaster. If no Wii versions are available, save your money.
#49 Rebellion (also known as Supremacy)
This was a reasonable attempt at a strategy game from LucasArts. Rebellion (published as Supremacy in the UK and Ireland) involves setting up your faction (Empire or Rebellion) and defeating the enemy.
It was awarded GameSpot’s “Most Disappointing Game of the Year” – something I feel is quite harsh, especially considering it was one of the best-selling games in the US in 1998. Its legacy (if it ever had one) has faded, though, and there are far better strategy games on offer.
2000; PlayStation 1, Dreamcast
Demolition was based on the premise of the Hutts introducing vehicular combat arenas after the Empire banned podracing. It’s pretty fun, with certain elements that remind me of Battlefront (2003), as you move around shooting everything in sight.
I do agree with the critics, though. After you’ve had a few goes, it loses its appeal. You won’t be inclined to return to it, especially if you have better games (like Battlefront!) on the shelf.
The first Star Wars MMORPG, Galaxies, was released around the same time as Knights of the Old Republic. Over the years, three expansions came out. It’s now shut down and inaccessible, replaced by the more vast The Old Republic.
Galaxies was fun in its own way. It had more personalization and customization aspects than many other similar games. However, running around got pretty dull in the end, and its only unique selling point was the ‘Star Wars’ title.
#46 Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels
2008; Nintendo Wii
This platform-style lightsaber dueling game, released on the Wii, should have been brilliant. And it wasn’t bad. I remember finding it fun as a kid, as it’s an excellent tie-in to the first season.
But there’s absolutely nothing to it. As is true for many Wii games of this generation, the controller input is hard to get right. This makes it quite frustrating.
In the end, if you want to win, you follow the same formula of combos, dodges, and heavy attacks on repeat. This makes the whole thing very dull after a little while.
#45 Shadows of the Empire
1996; Nintendo 64, Windows
Shadows of the Empire looks pretty good as a 3D shooter, and for its 1996 release, it isn’t bad. But the world-building is quite basic, and there’s very little going on.
Strange voice acting and character development accompany an otherwise mediocre game. It’s still fun as a retro-style input, but I wouldn’t bother playing past the initial Hoth mission.
It’s available for the Nintendo 64 and PC.
#44 Force Commander
I don’t think Force Commander was quite as bad as everyone makes out. It’s definitely lacking in a few areas – most notably, the poor 3D modeling and landscaping. Controlling your troops is quite tricky, too.
However, the campaign is engaging, and an RTS game is always fun to some extent. You’ll find much better alternatives, but it didn’t deserve the “Most Disappointing Game of the Year”.
#43 Bounty Hunter
2002; PlayStation 2, GameCube
Bounty Hunter is another classic. It brings an exciting set of mechanics and an interesting combat system dominated by the dual-wield blaster pistols. Temuera Morrison’s contribution to Jango Fett’s voice also makes the whole thing that much better.
The main issue comes from the camera. It often points in the wrong direction and suddenly turns for no reason. This will fill you with rage as it makes killing all your enemies quite difficult on occasion, especially in narrow corridors and small spaces. Even the 2019 re-release doesn’t really fix this.
That said, playing as Jango Fett can’t not be fun, and this overrules all my criticisms.
#42 Super Bombad Racing
2001; PlayStation 2
This one might surprise you. Super Bombad Racing is a highly divisive game. You love it, or you hate it. Is it harmless family fun or part of a relentless commercialism drive? Eh, probably both.
I understand both points of view. Super Bombad Racing is, when you get down to it, nothing more than a themed racing game. And there are plenty of those.
It’s ridiculous in many respects. However, as a kid, I spent a lot of time getting square eyes on it with a friend.
If you’ve never played it, it’s nothing special. But, for nostalgia reasons (and not much else), I have to include it here.
#41 Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance
2008; Nintendo DS
Jedi Alliance was released as a Nintendo DS exclusive. It’s a fairly average DS game, in my opinion. Still, playing as a Jedi and incorporating the stylus was very appealing. The drop-in/-out local multiplayer was also brilliant.
Nowadays, I wouldn’t spend much (if any) time on it. But as a child, it was great for shutting me up.
Good-quality used versions will set you back about $10.
#40 Kinect Star Wars
2012; Xbox 360 (+ Kinect)
Here’s another one I spent far too long playing. Kinect Star Wars came out in 2012 for the Xbox (with Kinect).
It was good, although I remember some lightsaber movements being complicated to direct and control. It suffered similar issues to most Kinect games in that most of your motions were picked up… but not all.
I played through the story a couple of times, and yes, it’s pretty weak. But it’s still fun! Podracing, Galactic Dance-Off, and Rancor Rampage add an adrenaline-fueled layer of enjoyable nonsense, too.
#39 The New Droid Army
2002; Game Boy Advance
In The New Droid Army, you play as Anakin as he uncovers the Separatist plot. It’s styled as an alternate universe where Anakin never executes Dooku and thus is likely to remain a dedicated Jedi Knight.
For a Game Boy Advance release, the 3D perspective isn’t bad, and the controls are quite responsive.
#38 Battlefront (2015)
2015; PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows
“Well, if you’re going to remake a classic, don’t make it worse!” I think that sums up most people’s thoughts about Battlefront. It did have some momentum for a while, with the (classically glitchy) EA servers trying to keep up with demand.
Barely two years went by before everybody stopped playing (with the release of Battlefront II). Since it has no campaign and hardly anyone uses it anymore, there’s no point in buying it. That’s why it’s worth pretty much nothing online and in-store.
Despite all this, I found it fun to play. I’m afraid I was that guy with the sniper rifle, pulse cannon, and cycler rifle hiding on the hill. I had fun. Others probably hated me.
#37 The Empire Strikes Back (1982)
1982; Intellivision, Atari 2600
The first ever Star Wars video game comes in here in my ranking. It paved the groundwork, ready for future developments and releases. It’s not a fantastic game (sorry!), but for nostalgia reasons, it must rank reasonably high.
The Empire Strikes Back sees you take control of a snowspeeder on Hoth. It’s a standard 2D platformer but, for its time, was ahead in terms of graphics and audio. You simply shoot the AT-ATs until they turn yellow, with different levels bringing unique aspects.
You’ll find Atari copies available on Amazon.
#36 The Clone Wars
2002; PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube
The Clone Wars is, confusingly, the video game associated with Attack of the Clones (and not the later animated series). It primarily consists of vehicular combat, but the best parts are when you take control of a Jedi.
If you enjoyed Star Wars Episode II (which I did, and I’m not ashamed to admit!), this is a must-play. Buy it on any mainstream console from its time (GameCube, PS2, or Xbox).
#35 Galactic Battlegrounds
2001; Windows, Mac
Okay, let’s be honest. Galactic Battlegrounds is nothing exceptionally new. It unashamedly uses the Age of Kings engine and is essentially the same game with a mask to alter its appearance.
But I don’t think that should take anything away from it. Age of Kings has occupied many gamers for hours on end. For a die-hard Star Wars fan, what could be better than a version of this game in the galaxy far, far away?
The game (including the Clone Campaigns expansion) is available on Steam for $5.99.
#34 Star Wars Episode III
2005; PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
The Episode III game has survived to the present day, with most of the other ‘episode games’ falling off the radar.
I like it. You’ll battle through (expanded upon) events from the movie with an exciting combat system. I remember it being much more enjoyable as a two-player game.
Ultimately, this isn’t one for hardcore gamers. It’s for those looking for a straightforward video game.
#33 Attack on the Death Star
1991; PC-98, Sharp X68000
Attack on the Death Star was released in 1991. It puts you in an X-Wing cockpit and sends you down the trench run in the 3D wireframe vector used in A New Hope’s briefing scene. I admit I’ve never had a chance to play it, so I’ve done my research.
User reviews are all over the place in terms of difficulty (some say it’s too hard, others too easy). Still, everyone agrees that the fundamental gameplay is great fun.
#32 Rebel Assault series
1993; DOS, Mac, Sega, 3DO – 1995; PlayStation 1, Windows, DOS
Not everyone enjoys the two Rebel Assault games as much as I do. Yes, you’ll have no control of your path, making the mechanics far inferior to the contemporary X-Wing series.
However, if you want to enjoy the nostalgia of A New Hope in video game format, these two games are where you’ll find it. Look no further if you played lightsaber fights or had make-believe spaceship dogfights at recess.
I’d recommend getting the two games (as a package) on Steam. Again, it’s much cheaper to buy from CDKeys.
#31 The Empire Strikes Back (1992)
1992; Game Boy, NES
The Empire Strikes Back is the second title bearing the movie’s name. It’s another platformer and was, in essence, exactly the same as the 1991 Star Wars release (see the next item). It ranks below this for this reason.
Overall, it’s a good game, although it can get dull at certain points. Had enough of the close combat yet, anyone?
#30 Star Wars (1991)
1991; NES, Game Boy – 1992; Game Gear – 1993; Master System
Gone are the days of simple games like 1991’s Star Wars, released for the NES (and Famicom in Japan). Copies are also available on handheld consoles, including the Game Boy and Game Gear.
It’s a standard 2D platformer based on the events of the movie. You’ll pilot a landspeeder, the Millennium Falcon, and find your way through the Death Star. Each character’s different aspects and skills, along with the completion points, make it a fun experience.
#29 Episode I: Jedi Power Battles
2000; PlayStation 1, Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance
Controversial, eh? Jedi Power Battles had mixed reviews (at best). However, the Dreamcast version is pretty good, and if you play with a friend, it’s a genuinely cooperative experience. This is something missing from many games today.
In the end, it’s a simple slash-your-way-through-enemies game. I have no problem with this, although the controls are complex. I’ve fallen to my death far too many times. Once you reach Darth Maul, though, all this is forgotten.
I like it. If you want to experience The Phantom Menace-style Jedi lightsaber battles, it’s great. Buy this for the Sega Dreamcast if you’re going to get it at all. Even used copies still fetch up to $40.
#28 The Force Unleashed II
2010; PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Windows, Nintendo DS
The Force Unleashed II really didn’t live up to that epic trailer. It basically takes elements from the first game but makes them worse. The story is virtually nonexistent, with such little internal conflict that it’s almost unbelievable. You’ll run into endless bosses, and as satisfying as it is to slice up stormtroopers, you will get fed up eventually.
Of course, it is piggybacking off the first game, which was always going to be hard to match, never mind improve upon. I’ve played it through a couple of times, but once was enough.
I recommend buying it for the experience if you can get a cheap version. It’s $19.99 from all major sites but much cheaper on CDKeys. At the time of writing, it’s $3.69.
#27 Racer series
1999; Windows, Mac, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast – 2002; PlayStation 2
The Racer series (Episode I: Racer and Racer Revenge) is based on the podracing from The Phantom Menace. Love the film or hate it, we can all agree that podracing is cool. It’s like a chariot race with engines, aliens, and a weird lightning coupling.
Of course, these games don’t add anything to the Star Wars story. They’re racing games, pure and simple. But they’re great fun, even by today’s standards.
Re-releases of Racer came out for the Switch, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020. You can also find a Racer Revenge copy for the PS4 (2019).
Expect to pay $10 or so on Steam.
#26 Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
Renegade Squadron is technically the third release in the Battlefront series, despite only being available for the PSP. It was surprisingly good (unlike its successor, Elite Squadron).
Of course, there will always be limitations to the capabilities of a small, handheld console, but 16-player multiplayer versions and a (short) campaign option are impressive selling points.
I’ve ranked it here because, although it’s not incredible, it’s a great game in a small package. It’s better than you’d expect.
#25 Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge
2020; Oculus Quest
Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge was released for Oculus headsets in 2020. It’s also now available on Meta Quest and will be out on PlayStation VR2 in 2023.
Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge is good as a VR game. Moving around with the joystick feels much more fluent than the locational teleport from Vader Immortal. You’ll find a selection of ranged weapons, and shooting with them is great fun.
However, it doesn’t live up to its predecessor as a Star Wars game. It’s just less intriguing, and you’ll complete the main story (and side quests) in a matter of hours.
If you’re trying to decide between Star Wars VR games, I’d recommend Vader Immortal instead.
#24 Lethal Alliance
2006; PSP, Nintendo DS
I really like Lethal Alliance. You play as Rianna Saren, a mercenary fighting for the Rebels. Sensibly, it focuses on blaster combat and hand-to-hand hits where necessary.
This DS/PSP game is distinctive in terms of Star Wars content. Each handheld console brings a different aspect (as you’d expect). On the PSP, everything is button-focused, whereas the DS version is programmed for touchscreen interaction.
Personally, I feel the PSP release is slightly better. Look for a used copy from Amazon.
#23 Episode I: Battle for Naboo
2000; Windows, Nintendo 64
As yet another vehicle-based game, Battle for Naboo puts you in space, the atmosphere, the water, and on land. I feel it’s a worthy successor to Rogue Squadrons, although some of the 15 missions are pretty dull.
I’d recommend getting Battle for Naboo on the Nintendo 64 rather than for Windows. It has, in general, better reviews.
Although this Xbox game received average reviews, I can’t help but think much of this is tied to the stigma surrounding The Phantom Menace film. The game itself isn’t bad, with lightsaber combos controlled by the right analog stick.
The most impressive aspect – for me – is how the game ties into the film’s events. The developers worked closely with George Lucas to ensure everything perfectly matched his vision for the backstory (and story).
Buy a used copy to save yourself some money!
#21 Starfighter and Jedi Starfighter
2001; PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox – 2002; Xbox, PlayStation 2
I remember playing Starfighter as a child on the PlayStation 2. Although it has poorer average reviews than Rogue Squadron or other similar flying games, I think it’s one of the best.
The space mechanics are a little more clunky, shall we say, and the missions are repetitive. However, it’s made up for by the wingmen orders and the joyful simplicity of piloting a Naboo N-1 Starfighter. I also enjoy the story. There’s more to it than most ship shooters.
You can get a special edition version of the original on the Xbox Marketplace or pay just $5.99 on Steam. Jedi Starfighter can be found in the PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace. You could also get both second-hand.
#20 LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
2011; PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Windows, Mac, PSP, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars didn’t have a fantastic reception from critics, most of whom called it dull to some extent. However, most gamers enjoy it, with average user ratings of around 9/10.
I did enjoy playing LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars, although I also know where the critics are coming from. It’s undoubtedly the weakest link in the LEGO Star Wars saga, but then again, one of them must be.
It’s a lot of fun, even if the mission trails feel underwhelming.
#19 Battlefront II (2017)
2017; PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows
The second Battlefront release from EA was much improved on the first. Yes, it was subject to financial criticism regarding the crates at the start (with reason!), but those issues have been remedied. There’s no need to dwell on them.
In the end, it’s not that different from any other shooter. It’s basically Call of Duty in space. Once you learn which weapons are most effective and how to implement them, you’ll dominate the game. That’s what you’ll usually see on the scoresheets – the top two or three players with 50 kills and 3 deaths and everyone else with the opposite.
The campaign is excellent, though, including the expansion. I’ve played through it several times as it deals with the fallout from Endor. Until The Mandalorian came along, this wasn’t explored in screen-based Star Wars, so it brought a unique perspective.
#18 LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2016; PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Windows, Mac, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS
The Force Awakens installment in the LEGO Star Wars series is great fun. It captures the essence of The Complete Saga with relentless humor, even if it’s lacking in one or two areas.
My only real complaint is the hubs (the areas when you aren’t in a level) are pretty disjointed.
It’s available on most mainstream consoles.
#17 Rogue Squadron series
1998; Nintendo 64, Windows – 2001; GameCube – 2003; GameCube
The Rogue Squadron games were an instant hit. Gamers were particular fans of the space warfare mechanics and combat system. Watching your target blow up after a few well-placed X-Wing shots is particularly satisfying.
For me, it suffers in the same way as many other aerial engagement-based games. There is very little in terms of story and character development. That makes me get bored after a little while.
You can find it on Steam for $9.99 or get it as part of a larger Star Wars bundle. High-quality used versions on the Nintendo 64 still go for $40 or so.
#16 X-Wing series
1993; DOS, Mac – 1994; DOS, Mac – 1997; Windows – 1999; Windows
The X-Wing series includes X-Wing (1993), TIE Fighter (1994), X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter (1997), and X-Wing Alliance (1999).
While some love the originals, I feel that X-Wing Alliance is the strongest of the four, closely followed by TIE Fighter. The most obvious strong points are an intriguing and tense combat system that always keeps you alert.
It suffers from the same problem as all the others, though. Incorporating an exciting and impactful plot should be a top priority, but it’s tedious at best.
#15 Super Star Wars series
1992, 1993, 1994; SNES
In my opinion, the Super Star Wars series immerses the player in the Star Wars universe more than other contemporary games. They’re mindless fun and hours of enjoyment.
Games for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi were released in 1992, 1993, and 1994, respectively. Re-releases for various consoles, including the Wii Virtual Console and PS4, have also come out over the last 15 years.
The overall platformer style can get repetitive, as always. However, it’s a brilliant option if you enjoy this kind of game!
2020; PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows
I bought Squadrons within the first week of its release, amongst a certain level of worldwide hype. The mechanics are fun, and flying a spaceship in the Star Wars universe will always be exhilarating. The high graphics and return to “original”-style combat were much welcomed.
But, somehow, it all seems dull. The first couple of missions are exciting as you get to grips with your Imperial or Rebel starfighter, but it just runs out of steam. There isn’t much to do apart from flying around, shooting things up, and attending dull-as-watching-paint-dry briefings. As fun as that is, it becomes repetitive.
If you can, I’d recommend getting a VR version for the full immersive experience!
#13 The Old Republic
The Old Republic is technically an installment in the Knights of the Old Republic series. I admit the game is so vast that I have yet to progress too far. I also keep making new characters and getting interested in their stories. And the live-action trailers? Honestly, they’re better than some of the latest films.
The Old Republic has most of the appeal of the original Knights of the Old Republic. It brings the MMORPG aspect into the forefront, allowing you to conduct missions with friends. You can complete everything yourself, but cooperation adds a new dimension.
The irritating thing – as with all games of this kind – is the difference between the paid content and the free-to-play. You need to pay (actual money) to unlock certain things, making it much easier if you have real-life cash. It’s not very inclusive.
To start playing The Old Republic, you’ll need to head to the website, sign up, and download it.
#12 Empire at War
2006; Windows, Mac
If you want a Star Wars-based strategy game, Empire at War is your best bet. It captures the genre’s essence well, forcing you to think tactically at every moment. The biggest thing it’s got going for it is the space battles. You could sit there for hours.
I sometimes find there’s a bit too much going on. When you have so many units in play, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s happening. Overall, though, Empire at War is well worth it.
I’d recommend getting it on Steam from CDKeys ($3.69 for the Gold Pack).
#11 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
2022; PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
My choice to put LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga down at #11 will undoubtedly ruffle a few feathers.
It’s not that I don’t like it – I really enjoy the occasional multiple-hour session. It’s a brilliant game. Open world? Love it. A never-ending supply of mockery showing a deep understanding of the films and the fanbase? Nobody does it better than LEGO. The third-person combat system? Eh… alright.
The underlying essence of a LEGO Star Wars game? Hmm. It’s just not quite there. I don’t know how to explain it other than to say it’s overcomplicated, which sucks some of the unbridled joy away.
Still, it’s a great game and available on all major consoles. I have a feeling that younger children – those who haven’t grown up on The Complete Saga – will think it’s the best thing since sliced bread.
#10 Vader Immortal
2019; Oculus, PlayStation VR
Vader Immortal is a 2019 Oculus and PlayStation virtual reality game. It pits you, a smuggler, on Mustafar as you team up with Vader to learn about the Force and lightsaber combat.
In short, wow. There are a few instances of fiddly VR mechanics (as always in these still-early-technology games). But who wouldn’t want to enter the Star Wars universe in such an immersive format?
You’ll see a previously-unexplored side to the Sith Lord, too. These stories are also canon, and they tie into the events of Revenge of the Sith, Rebels, and Obi-Wan Kenobi perfectly.
#9 Battlefront (2004)
2004; PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows, Mac
Battlefront was released in 2004 and paved the way for its greater successor. It came with one of the first integrations of vehicles and trooper warfare and was designed to be multiplayer. Although there’s the galactic conquest option, there’s essentially no campaign.
Battlefront is well worth playing to understand where it all started. Yes, the graphics are, of course, not the best, and the shooting system is clunky. Nevertheless, the nostalgia is high with this one. It has a 10/10 rating on Steam – I mean, it literally can’t get better than that.
Playing on the PC with a code from CDKeys is the cheapest option. For consoles, I’ve struggled to find copies for less than $10, whether on Amazon or directly from the Xbox Store. Preowned copies will be cheaper.
#8 Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
2004; Xbox, Windows, Mac, Linux
Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is the definition of a faithful successor. It’s basically Knights of the Old Republic remade with a different story. The same principles of open world, customizable everything, light side/dark side choices, and character discovery are applied.
As a standalone game, it’s brilliant and would probably be in my top five. But as a successor to KotOR, it doesn’t really bring anything new. As a result, even playing it for the first time, I started feeling bored, like I’d done it all before. The story is still exciting and interesting, but the lack of anything brave and new takes the edge off slightly.
Get it on PC for less than $2 from CDKeys.
#7 The Force Unleashed
2008; PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Windows, Mac, PSP, Nintendo DS
Galen Marek is honestly one of the most interesting characters in Star Wars. As the title suggests, this game is about maximum Force aptitude – “unlimited power,” you might say, cackling away. Along the way, Starkiller (Marek’s codename) grows from a reckless boy to a complex being, pulled in two directions by his conscience and those around him.
If you’re up for a real challenge, play on the hardest difficulty. That took me some months to finish.
My only real complaint is that some of the levels are too long. There are too many enemies, and it took so long to finish that I used to get fed up.
#6 Jedi: Fallen Order
2019; PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Stadia
Fallen Order is the highest-ranking new-ish game on my list. Following the adventures of Cal Kestis’ journey from a scared boy to a brave Jedi, the story is as gripping as it gets. As you’re hunted by the Inquisitors and those Purge Troopers, the designers create a tantalizing atmosphere of panic. You feel interconnected with the story and the character.
You can make many aesthetic customizations, but most don’t impact the story. Yes, you can get the double-bladed lightsaber early and make it purple. Yay. But most people will have almost completed the skill tree by the end, regardless, making side quests and other things somewhat redundant.
After you finish the campaign, you could go back and try to find all the chests and Force echoes. But that takes a long time and a lot of frustration. I’d recommend finishing on a high at the end of the story for optimal satisfaction.
#5 Jedi Knight collection
1995; PlayStation 1, DOS, Mac – 1997; Windows – 2002; Xbox, GameCube, Windows, Mac – 2003; Xbox, Windows, Mac
The Jedi Knight games are the ultimate experience for everyone who wants a responsive lightsaber combat system. You learn different movements, kicks, slashes, jabs, and so on as you progress. Play as Kyle Katarn for the first three games, then yourself in Academy (which essentially functions as a standalone game).
Set in the era of Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Temple, the Jedi Knight titles are a series of fairly basic, can’t-go-wrong lightsaber games. And everyone loves a lightsaber.
You’ll pay $10 on the Xbox Marketplace or Steam for each of the individual games. Hint: get the entire bundle for $4.29 on PC from CDKeys. You can also find re-releases of Outcast and Academy on the Switch and PS4.
#4 LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
2007; PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Windows, Mac, Nintendo DS
(I’ve included The Video Game and The Original Trilogy as given parts of this entry.)
I would say that LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is the most fun Star Wars game of them all. You could play it for hours and hours at a time without ever getting bored. It’s always best if you’re playing with a friend.
I’ve put it down at #4 because, although it’s the most fun, it doesn’t require much thinking and doesn’t contribute to the overall lore. That’s an essential aspect of a Star Wars game for me.
Nevertheless, The Complete Saga is the ultimate LEGO game, with constant mockery and silent, subtle jokes. It’s made by fans, for fans. I’d recommend this one over the newest Skywalker Saga release.
#3 Knights of the Old Republic
2003; Xbox, Windows, Mac
I spent much longer than I care to admit playing Knights of the Old Republic. I had it on the PC and completed the game twice.
You’ll play as yourself (twists to be thrown in here, there, and everywhere) as you go on a quest of self-identity and seek to make your way in the galaxy.
The thing that stands out about KotOR is its adaptability. It takes open-world games to a whole new level, something you don’t even see today. Your character, weapons, team, ship, powers, etc., are all customizable to an almost limitless extent. This means you can complete the game in your own way, in your own time, with your own approach, and with your own preferences.
It takes a long time, and eventually, you’ll need a rest from all the running around. And you might regret not saving the game when you should – these are the days before autosaves. In general, though, it’s worth buying for the PC and is just $10 on Steam. (If you check out CDKeys, you’ll get it for even less.)
#2 Republic Commando
2005; Xbox, Windows
I’m always surprised to learn how few people have heard about this game because it’s one of the best. Think Tom Clancy games, but even more fun and set in the context of Star Wars. Oh. Yes.
In Republic Commando, you play as the creatively-nicknamed clone trooper, Boss. Your (Delta) squad of Fixer, Scorch, and Sev run riot behind enemy lines, completing their missions and looking out for each other along the way. It’s a very tactical game, where you’ll order your squad to take up positions and complete maneuvers in specific ways. This protects them and means you get the job done quickly and efficiently.
You can get your hands on the original. Alternatively, an updated modern version (released in 2021) is available for the Switch and PS4. If you have $15 to spare, spend it here. You won’t regret it!
#1 Battlefront II (2005)
2005; PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows, PSP
Challenge me. I dare you.
Battlefront II may not have the advanced FPS mechanics of modern games. Aiming can be tricky when you return to it after a few years, as I recently discovered.
But you can’t beat the classics. The immersive way you take part in battles, both in the campaign and the multiplayer, is unbeatable. And since the campaign is set in the Clone Wars, Order 66, and the subsequent reign of the Empire, you get to do it all.
The most appealing thing about Battlefront II is how it takes the confusion of mass warfare and makes it into a controlled, tactical, and skilled assignment. You feel like you’re contributing to the overall team effort (even if you’re just there to die over and over again).
Recent attempts at more Battlefront games have been attempted, with far superior graphics and expansiveness. But something’s missing. A magical thing you can’t quite put your finger on. It’s that factor that makes Battlefront II my number-one choice.
These are how I would rank some of the most popular Star Wars games. There are many ways you could order them, and you’ll no doubt disagree with me somewhere. I’m especially gutted to put the Vader Immortal and the Super Star Wars games so low, but the competition is impressive.
I’d recommend spending your hard-earned money on any games ranked #50 or higher on my list.
And the best games overall? Definitely Battlefront II and Republic Commando.
Thanks for reading! In the meantime, I’ll continue playing more games and telling you what I think about them. I’ll also join you in anticipation of the next installment of Fallen Order, Survivor, coming out next year, as well as the upcoming Hunters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What’s the best place to buy Star Wars games?
Answer: As you’ll have seen throughout this article, I suggest using CDKeys. This is an entirely legal way to buy game codes, often for much less than the retail price. Usually, PC games on Steam are the cheapest.
Otherwise, look for preowned disc copies. Don’t buy second hands – that’s an easy way to get scammed.
Finally, head on over to your console’s official store. Here, they’ll be the most expensive, but you’ll still be able to buy them.
Question: Is LEGO Star Wars the best Star Wars game?
Answer: I’d suggest that the LEGO Star Wars games are the most fun. Whether or not that translates to ‘best’ is down to you.
Question: Which Star Wars game is best for character development?
Answer: That depends on what you’re looking for.
If you want to start with a character from scratch and make them your own, I’d suggest one of the Knights of the Old Republic games. This could be the original, the sequel, or The Old Republic MMORPG. (The original KotOR is best!)
However, if it’s an exciting and engaging character story development you’re after, you want Fallen Order or The Force Unleashed.