The live-action films that make up the Star Wars world don’t always make up the whole.
The classic science fiction universe that George Lucas first launched in 1977 has been expanded upon by novels, comic books, toys, TV series, and ill-fated Christmas specials. It would be difficult to find a more popular and long-lasting franchise than the Lucasfilm IP (now owned by Disney), which continues to captivate fans of all ages.
Video games have contributed significantly to the development of the Star Wars mythos’s world, in addition to the media already mentioned. Since playing video games allows one to adopt the persona of their favorite character and determine their fate, it is possible to argue that they play the most significant role.
You are essentially given the opportunity to lead your own Star Wars journey.
The Top 10 Video Games Based on Star Wars
In light of this, we present, in no particular order, the top 10 Star Wars video games ever produced. The books listed below weren’t all picked based on how well they were received by critics or how many copies they sold. Some may not be universally adored by all admirers. Instead, they were chosen based on the following standards:
Relevance to the total IP
Creative application of characters, locations, or objects from the movies Mythos development Fan service
the ability to see into the future
Racer from Star Wars Episode I
No one could dispute the suspenseful aspect of the scene where young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) earns his freedom from Watto in a pod racing competition on Tatooine, despite the fact that many Star Wars fans had issues with the first prequel movie. It was proof of how far CGI technology had advanced in Hollywood and how a daring director could use it effectively.
The scene was also a heartfelt homage to Lucas’s boyhood, which was largely spent participating in drag racing in the writer/native director’s Modesto, California, something he also addressed in his second film as a director, American Graffiti.
Star Wars Episode I: Racer, which hit stores the same week Phantom Menace debuted in American theaters, gave players the chance to experience one of the movie’s most exhilarating scenes. Additionally, it expanded on the main idea by providing multiple pod racing vehicles and tracks on eight different planets. Even though Mario Kart was almost seven years old in 1999, this game offered a much-needed variation on the video game racing format.
Star Wars Episode I: Racer was the best-selling sci-fi racing game in 2011, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, with 3.12 million copies sold worldwide.
Knight of the Old Republic: A Star Wars Game
Perhaps the most well-known book on our list is this one. Knights of the Old Republic chronicles the conflict between the honorable Jedi Order and the malevolent Sith, which took place four millennia before the Galactic Empire established its cruel regime.
To defeat Darth Malak, players must travel to eight planets, including well-known ones like Tatooine and Kashyyyk, and have the opportunity to customize your lightsaber and characters. The role-playing game makes a superb prologue to the prequel film trilogy because of its fantastic gameplay and compelling story. Furthermore, a movie adaptation has long been demanded by enthusiasts.
The future? If the Obi-Wan, Cassian Andor, and The Mandalorian series all perform well on Disney+, we might finally get the long-awaited KOTOR adaptation.
The Force Unleashed – Star Wars
The Force Unleashed, like other Marvel comics, intrigueingly lifts the lid on what Darth Vader gets up to away from the Rebel Alliance and Luke Skywalker on the big screen.
This book, which takes place in the interim between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, chronicles the exploits of Galen Marek, Darth Vader’s “hidden pupil,” who is tasked with finding and eliminating the galaxy’s final Jedi. Sam Witwer, who portrayed Darth Maul in the Clone Wars and the Star Wars Rebels, provided the voice of Marek, a character who is adamant that he will one day assassinate Emperor Palpatine and conquer the galaxy alongside Darth Vader.
According to Matt Omernick, the game’s art director, the goal of the entire endeavor was “to convince gamers that, Oh my God, I’m actually, finally, in a Star Wars movie.
Battlefront: Star Wars
With the debut of the first Battlefront, the Star Wars gaming property was expanding to new heights even before debates over pay-to-play and loot crates. This game opened up the cosmos in a way that fans had never seen before, and in many ways it felt like the culmination of all that had gone before.
Battlefront was all about playing the most popular games from the franchise, almost like the Super Smash Bros. of Star Wars video games. No single figure, droid, vehicle, planet, or battleground was off-limits. You could enjoy them all in a variety of configurations, whether you were an X-wing pilot or an AT-AT, a Stormtrooper, or a Droideka.
Battlefront II: Star Wars
If the first Battlefront modified the Star Wars video game (no pun intended), then the sequel made it much better. Battlefront II only needed to offer us the option to play as a Jedi, Sith, hero, or antagonist; it didn’t need to be particularly fancy. It was possible to battle your foes as Yoda, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, Mace Windu, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Emperor Palpatine, and even Darth frickin’ Maul for the first time on a map.
You may even visit brand-new planets like Utapau and Mustafar because Revenge of the Sith has finally made its theatrical debut. Battlefront II was an incredible gaming experience whether you played it on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or PlayStation Portable.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga in LEGO
What better way to expose a younger audience to the series—which can be dark and scary at times—than with a “LEGO-ized” version of it? Children have always been a significant component of the Star Wars fandom.
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Sage, which takes a more lighthearted approach to the six-film saga that takes place between Phantom Menace and Return of the Jedi, is like teaching your kid to ride a bike while it still has training wheels. When youngsters start to adore the characters and setting, they need to be able to move on to the more mature aspects of the films with ease.
And that doesn’t mean that the LEGO video games are exclusive for children. In fact, they’re jam-packed with entertaining visual and auditory humor that help present the brand in a fresh, oftentimes hilarious way for devoted fans seeking for something a little different.
Rogue Squadron in Star Wars
Rogue Squadron, which took inspiration from the same-titled Dark Horse comics, may have been a reaction to the debut of Nintendo’s first (and wildly successful) Star Fox game the year before.
Even if it was, the game gave players the opportunity to master the controls of a variety of Rebel ships, including X-wings, Y-wings, A-wings, V-wings, and even Snowspeeders. Rogue Squadron offered the ability to participate in the intense aerial dogfights for which the original trilogy was renowned, much as Episode I: Racer.
The game was so well-liked that two follow-ups, Rogue Leader (2001) and Rebel Strike (2001), were produced (2003).
Shadows of the Empire, a Star Wars film
Because Shadows of the Empire was just one component of a larger Lucasfilm multimedia endeavor, it makes for a truly cool entry on the list.
An umbrella project called Shadows of the Empire produced a book, comics, and toys. The SoTE game puts you in control of Dash Rendar, a member of the Rebel Alliance, who is tasked with defending Luke Skywalker from the deadly gaze of Dark Prince Xizor, a galactic gangster aspiring to become Darth Vader’s second-in-command. The action takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
This game sheds an intriguing light on the unsung heroes in the fight against the Galactic Empire, much to the events of Rogue One.
Obi-wan in Star Wars
This game, which was published more than a year after the theatrical release of The Phantom Menace, focused on one of Episode I’s most adored characters: young Obi-Wan Kenobi, who was portrayed by Ewan McGregor. Players can engage in combat with a variety of familiar and new foes, including an assassin droid, Tusken Raiders, and, of course, Darth friggin’ Maul, in a story that takes place before and during the events of that movie.
Despite receiving mixed reviews, Star Wars: Obi-Wan was a little ahead of its time in recognizing McGregor’s role as one of the prequels’ greatest features. Years later, he is still a fan favorite, and between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope on Disney+, he will even have a live-action series.
Twilight Saga: Tie Fighter
The idea of TIE Fighter serving as Rogue Squadron’s sidekick makes a lot of sense. Both games are, after all, just two sides of the same coin. In this situation, you are fighting for the Imperial Navy, led by Luke Skywalker’s father Darth Vader, rather than the Rebel Alliance. This title proved to be a genuine delight in that it allowed one to side with the villains for a change. The shrieking TIE Fighters are just as legendary as the Rebel X-wings.