Unless you’ve been living under a rock for quite some time now, or are simply allergic to anything Star Wars-related, then you’ll be more than aware that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released this week and it’ll undoubtedly be one of the biggest movies of the year 2016. Aside from our focus on the upcoming release and the classic movies that have forged one of the greatest sagas in cinematic history, we wanted to focus on another side of the Star Wars galaxy – the video games that have spawned from the series.
Through the years, we’ve been treated to some truly exceptional video game interpretations of the expanded Star Wars universe – and some truly awful ones- but here at Filmoria we’re all about looking at the positive side of things. So, we’ve trawled through the archives and want to give to you our list of 6 Star Wars games that you should really have played by now and if not, then rectify that immediately!
6. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
So here’s one that you may not have expected on the list, but in truth this is one of the most underrated Star Wars video games (and in this writer’s opinion, the movie itself gets way too much flack). The Phantom Menace presents to gamers a third-person actioner that plants us straight into the key scenes within the first of the movie prequels and allows us gameplay as Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Queen Amidala and even Captain Panaka (random, we know).
Delivering furious lightsaber action, combined with blaster fire and various explosives, it was a game on the Playstation that actually felt rather impressive for its time. The very fact that the levels were replicas of the film itself felt authentic, John Williams’ score is as ever enthralling, and even the final lengthy chase and battle with Darth Maul is both exciting and rather difficult.
The Phantom Menace may get plenty of stick but it’s hard to argue that this is one of the classic Star Wars games that really shouldn’t be overlooked.
5. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (1998)
There have been a number of flight simulation and racing games based on Star Wars, but the one that instantly sticks out is PC game, Rogue Squadron. Allowing players to control the Rebel vehicle of choice in the X-Wing, this was a simple keyboard and mouse game that oozed fun in that allowed full piloting of the X-Wing in various missions.
Taking on TIE Fighters has never been so fun and even back in 1998 the graphics looked like something special, along with the trademark sound design, music and story. Many people would choose the classic 1994 TIE Fighter game over this one, or even its sequel, X-Wing vs TIE Fighter, but this one remains a classic for us.
4. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007)
If you’re looking for a game that serves up hours of fun, barrels of humour and so much more then there is no way in the galaxy that we’re leaving out a LEGO game from this list. Through the years LEGO have conjured up the most addictive in gameplay, but it all began when they delved into the world of Jedis, the Empire and beyond, and they certainly haven’t looked back.
Arguably the most expansive of all the LEGO Star Wars games, The Complete Saga plays host to an incredible array of unlock able characters, brilliantly presented levels from the classic movies and drenched in that trademark LEGO humour we’ve come to know and love. You’d be hard pushed to find anyone who hasn’t revisited all the levels time and time again to unlock more characters and collect those all-important minikits.
3. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (2002)
In the 90s and early 2000s you would have been hard pushed to find an influx of Star Wars games that gave you the ability to control your very own Jedi. In the past, it had been a major focus on flight simulation or first-person shooters, but once Jedi Knight came around the game somewhat changed, and even more so when Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast followed up in tremendous fashion.
Does anyone else remember copious nights of dial-up internet connection in order to compete against a host of other gamers online for the most epic of lightsaber battles on a mass scale (at least, that’s what it felt like at the time)? We’ll never forget this one in a long time…
2. Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002)
If there was ever a character that demanded their very own videogame in the Star Wars universe it was those massively underused bounty hunters. After all, Boba Fett still to this day remains a fan favourite, despite his distinct lack of screen time, and even Jango Fett had his own particular appeal. Thankfully, game developers realised this and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter was born.
Sure, it’s clunky as hell when you play it these days, but the Playstation 2 game was an absolute riot upon its release, allowing players to take control of Jango Fett and utilising his array of weapons, even letting us scan and track certain targets for the ultimate of bounty hunter experiences. It was a refreshing change from the usual Star Wars games, but it’s just a shame something hasn’t followed on from this as it’s clearly the type of Star Wars game that could make for a great narrative and gameplay.
1. Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic (2003)
When we talk about the ultimate in Star Wars games then you need not look any further than one of the finest PC games, period. Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic defines the open-world role-playing genre and is unsurprisingly heralded as among the best PC games to have ever graced the gaming platform.
The sheer ability to customise your character in so many ways immediately appeals and the fact that you can forge your path to either the Light or Dark side is the bonus that we’ve all wanted to experience. The array of characters, the power-up abilities and even the expanded new narrative to create a whole new side of the Star Wars world is exceptional.
Its sequel looked to build upon its mass success and appeared more of a replication, but if you want a true Star Wars experience then this is the game you should be looking for!