4. Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader (Game Cube)
Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader demonstrates what an amazing console the Nintendo Came Cube really was.
Released in 2001, the game was the sequel in a series of three games that put players in the cockpits of the Rebel’s starfleet. The story spans the original Star Wars trilogy, filling in gaps and side missions that the movies left out. Players take control of Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles, flying a host of classic craft like the X-Wing, A-Wing and Y-Wing Bomber.
Rogue Squadron 2 was a launch title with the Game Cube and proved to be an enormous success, luring consumers into buying the console. Critics loved the game giving it an aggregate score of around 9 out 10, citing it to be one of the most cinematic games they had played at the time.
If you’ve never played any of the Rogue Squadron games, I highly recommend booting them up one lazy Sunday afternoon.
3. Star Wars: Dark Forces (PC)
Star Wars: Dark Forces for me is pure nostalgia. It was one of first Star Wars games that fully immersed you in the universe.
Released in 1995, players take control of protagonist Kyle Katarn, a mercenary working for the Rebel Alliance. The plot revolves around the Empire’s secret plans to create ‘Dark Troopers’, an army of deadly battle droids that could sway the tide of war.
Dark Forces runs on the Jedi Game Engine, which is visually very similar Doom and other first person shooters at the time, however it’s multi-level game design was groundbreaking. The puzzles found through out the levels were at times tedious but gave the game real depth, separating it from other mindless shooters.
The sound design was amazing too. Every reload, every burst of your blaster was joy to your ears as you fought your way through hordes of Storm Troopers and other iconic Star Wars enemies.
The game was received incredibly well among fans and critics alike. It became the 11th best-selling computer game from 1993 to 1999 with a whopping 952,000 copies sold worldwide.
2. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2 (PC)
Moving on to Dark Forces sequal Star Wars Jedi Knight, released in 1997. It continues the story of Kyle Katarn as he begins to learn the ways of the force, seeking vengeance for the death of his father.
In many ways Jedi Knight improved on its predecessor, introducing Force mechanics and lightsaber play as part of the the core gameplay. An interesting piece of trivia is that the lightsaber footage filmed for the game’s cutscenes was the first since Return of the Jedi in 1983.
Reviews of the game were favourable, getting a score of 91 out of 100 on Metacritic. It won a slew of awards including Computer Gaming World‘s ‘Game of the Year’ for 1997.
1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox, PC)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is widely considered one of the best Star Wars games of all time. It managed to introduce a generation of kids to the Star War universe before they had even seen any of the movies. It stole the hearts of fans, critics and newbies alike, taking them on an adventure set some 4000 years before the rise of the Galactic Empire.
Developed by BioWare and released in 2003, Knights of the Old Republic is an RPG style experience, with players forced to make decisions that ultimately form the type of character you become. Each decision leads the player either towards the light or dark side of the Force.
The decisions you make, the engrossing story line and well thought out gameplay mechanics make for not just one of the best Star Wars games of all time but one of the best video games of all time.