Star Wars is one of the most successful franchises of all time, and it’s no surprise that there are a large amount of video games to choose from. The problem is, how do you know which ones to play? Of course, you could play them all, but that is not really practical considering the fact that there are over 50 different titles spanning various different consoles in the last decade alone. This guide is designed to introduce you to the six best titles from the last ten years. The number six was chosen since it correlates with the six movies in the franchise.
#6: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008) — Windows, Mac OS, PS3, PS2, Xbox360, Wii
This is a very popular title because of recent marketing campaigns by LucasArts (the creators of the game, and founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas). It is a third-person action game and features the use of state-of-the-art technology. The player assumes the role of Darth Vader’s apprentice and must use their Lightsaber and force techniques to defeat enemies throughout the universe.
#5: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (2001) — Nintendo GameCube
One of the most highly praised Star Wars games and one of the best overall on the GameCube console. This is a flight action game where the player assumes control of various spacecraft to complete the missions throughout the game. The game covers the original trilogy period which consists of Episodes 4-6 so there will be many familiar locations to those who are fans of the films.
#4: Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007) — Windows, PS3, Xbox360, Wii
This game takes a different approach and depicts the Star Wars universe using Lego created characters and locations. It contains great humor and gameplay and is one of the most entertaining Star Wars experiences you can get on any platform. The Complete Saga will take the player from Episode 1 all the way through Episode 6.
#3: Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2005) — Windows, PS2, Xbox
Battlefront II builds upon its highly successful predecessor, Star Wars Battlefront, with improved gameplay, campaigns, and graphics. Additionally, Battlefront 2 adds new features such as allowing the player to play as Jedi and to take part in space battles. This is a great single player game, but is even more fun with a friend. Whether you choose to play as the Empire or Republic, you’ll have a blast.
#2: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 — The Sith Lords (2003) – Windows, Xbox
Commonly referred to as KOTOR 2, this is one of the most in-depth Star Wars experiences you will find. With a campaign lasting 40+ hours, there is plenty for you to explore and enjoy in this wonderful game. Classified as a third person RPG (role-playing game), the player assumes the role of an exiled Jedi Knight and must complete various quests and objectives to move along with the story. The choices you make will affect the outcome of the story and whether you represent the light side of the force, or give into the dark side.
#1: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) — Windows, Xbox, Mac OS
Set 4000 years before the events of A New Hope, this took Star Wars and RPG games into a new direction. Using the same mechanics as its sequel KOTOR 2, Knights of the Old Republic slightly edges it out for the Number 1 game based on the greater storyline and the innovation contained within. It has won many awards including Game of the Year, and acted as the foundation for the future of Star Wars games at the time. If you are to only play one Star Wars game, it is highly recommended that you choose Knights of the Old Republic.