Best Star Wars Games TechnoBuffalo 2020

There's nothing quite like the exhilaration you feel when playing a good Star Wars video game. Depending on the game, you can fight for the Rebel Alliance, take down Stormtroopers, fly the Millennium Falcon, dabble in the dark side, become a full-blown Jedi, and much more. Knights of the Old Republic is an amazing game that allows you to choose whether you follow the light side or the dark side of the Force. We've also listed other top-notch Star Wars games. See if there are any you haven't played yet.

Best Overall: Knights of the Old Republic

What can I say about KOTOR? This was the game that drew me in so much that I almost forgot to study for and take a final in college. What makes it so alluring? The freedom this game, developed by Bioware, offers was ground-breaking when it came out in 2003 and paved the way for Bioware choice-driven narrative games to come. It allows you to choose how you react to situations and in turn determines if you align yourself to the dark side or the light side of the Force. This means that each time you replay the game you can get different results.

When this game came out, it was the fastest selling game on Xbox. Fortunately, you can still play it today on PC. Combat isn't exactly turn-based in this RPG, but it is round-based. You queue up your attacks and then, when it comes time for them to land, you get to see cool battle animations. This battle style might not be everyone's cup of blue milk, but I enjoy it.

When designing your character, you get to choose your gender, class type, and look from a list of predesigned options. My biggest complaint with this game is that during gameplay, some of the choices you come across are a little too black and white, or seem ridiculous. Additionally, sometimes it seems like you're awarded light side or dark side points for no reason. Still, this is an amazing game that every Star Wars fan should experience.

Pros

  • Open world freedom
  • Replayability
  • Good plot
  • Many hours of play

Cons

  • It's an older game
  • Some choices are inorganic

Best Overall

Knights of the Old Republic

A Star Wars RPG packed with hours of gameplay

Each of the decisions you make leads you one step closer to either the light side or the dark side of the Force in this plot-driven RPG.

Best Pre-Movie Game: The Old Republic

This massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) originally came out in 2011 and is still receiving new content, so there's a lot of missions for you to play. The story takes place 3,600 years before the events of the Star Wars films, and has you traveling to various parts of the galaxy. You get to choose whether you align yourself with the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire, which determines the kind of missions you receive. As you can tell from the picture, the graphics aren't up to scratch by modern-day standards, but they aren't bad.

I love all of the customizable character choices including the clothes you wear, the way your character looks, and the class you belong to. Something to note is that this game focuses on plot so combat is relatively easy. That can be good or bad depending on how you prefer you gaming experience. When playing with friends, you'll encounter cut scenes and plot developments that revolve around your specific characters. This awesome element makes it feel like the game was created just for your character. As the game progresses you'll earn morality points that determine exactly where you stand on the dark side/light side spectrum. Don't worry solo gamers: there is plenty of single-player content if you'd prefer to play that way.

Sometimes the game encounters glitches and technical difficulties so you'll need to be aware of that. The biggest downside to this game is that although it is free-to-play at first, once you hit level 50 you'll need to pay in order to get any further. Additionally, some elements of the game require you to pay for the Premium account for access. Still, if you're looking for a game that provides plenty of content and story-driven gaming, this is the Star Wars game for you. Play it on PC.

Pros

  • Free to start
  • Great plot and cut scenes
  • Wide range of character choices
  • Plenty of content

Cons

  • Must pay for access to full game
  • Game can be buggy
  • Pay wall around level 50
  • Graphics aren't the best

Best Pre-Movie Game

The Old Republic

A story before the events of the films

Join up with either the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire and make decisions that affect where you are on the light side/dark side spectrum.

Best Single-Player Game: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

If you're looking for several games to play, each with a great plot, you can't go wrong with the Jedi Knight series. As a kid, I spent many hours playing these games and always looked forward to the release of another. I've gone back and played them multiple times as an adult and still find them fun, even if the graphics are outdated and the acting is endearingly hokey at times. However, my favorite game from the series is undoubtedly Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.

Have you ever wanted to see Han Solo wield a lightsaber? This is the game for you. This first-person shooter follows Kyle Katarn who is basically the best parts of Luke and Han mixed into one person. This smuggler-turned-Jedi must stop dark forces by mastering his powers, traveling the galaxy, and interacting with familiar faces from the original movie trilogy. You'll have access to blasters, a lightsaber, and force powers as you take on dark side foes and Siths. Remember, the Jedi Knight games were created before Disney took over the franchise and changed Star Wars canon, so you might find some plot elements surprising.

You can still play these games on PC. Since they are relatively old, they're typically cheap to pick up. Play the full series to get the complete Kyle Katarn story, or simply pick up Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.

Pros

  • Awesome lead character
  • Part of a series
  • Great plot

Cons

  • Outdated mechanics
  • Old graphics
  • Not part of modern Star Wars canon

Best Single-Player Game

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

A solid series of single-player Star Wars games

Follow the adventures of smuggler turned Jedi, Kyle Katarn as he battles dark side forces and masters his powers in this single-player game.

Best Online Multiplayer: Battlefront II

I have a lot of feelings about this game, not all good, partially because EA had some questionable practices in place at first. The company got a little smarter with this sequel than with the original. Still, for all its flaws, this is the best online multiplayer Star Wars game out there.

For one thing, the graphics are absolutely gorgeous. When playing on a rainy Endor, the droplets falling on your character and on the screen will amaze you. You also get to explore amazing battle locations and play as fan-favorite characters. The online multiplayer allows you to earn new items, unlock characters, and use new weapons. There are 11 multiplayer modes to keep gameplay fresh and interesting. One of the worst things about this game is that it doesn't offer online split-screen, so you can't play online with a buddy in the same room. Additionally, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game include split-screen local co-op, but the PC version does not.

EA also included a single-player campaign mode, which hadn't been in the original Star Wars Battlefront. You follow the Commander of the Inferno Squad, Iden Versio, as she begins to doubt the war she's fighting for the Emperor. The plot takes place starting during the events of Return of the Jedi and largely continues to the time before The Force Awakens. While this mode takes a fresh look at Star Wars themes and provides a compelling story, it's over far too soon.

Pros

  • Amazing graphics
  • Fun online multiplayer
  • Plenty of modes
  • Compelling campaign mode

Cons

  • No split-screen online multiplayer
  • Campaign mode is too short
  • Takes too long to unlock characters

Best Online Mutliplayer

Battlefront II

Plenty of multiplayer modes to keep online play fun

Battlefront II offers 11 different multiplayer modes, each with different rules and limitations to keep the game online play fun and interesting.

Best Local Multiplayer: Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

The Complete Saga is a combination of Lego Star Wars: The Video Game and its sequel Lego Star Wars II: The Original Story and it came out in 2007. This is the game to play if you want to have a ridiculously funny time reliving the first six Star Wars movies with a friend or with a kid. Since it's a collection of two games, there are several levels and hours of gameplay.

One of the things that makes this collection of games so interesting is that each character is assigned a character type, so they have different tools and abilities. You might play through a level and realize your character doesn't have the proper tool to reach a certain area. Later, you unlock a new character and you can replay the level to reach that spot. Similarly, there are several secrets hidden throughout the game to keep gaming sessions interesting.

The Lego characters don't talk, but they do pantomime everything and solve difficulties in ways that only Legos can. This adds a level of humor to familiar cut-scenes, while also making them new. The controls are simple since these games were meant for children. But the laid-back gaming makes it a great game to play with the entire family. This game is available on Wii, PS3, DS, Xbox 360, or PC, so double check if it's compatible with your platform of choice.

Pros

  • Hours of gameplay
  • Humorous
  • Replay value
  • Tons of secrets and cheats
  • For all ages

Cons

  • Can be repetitive
  • Simple play meant for kids
  • Older

Best Local Multiplayer

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

A silly co-op game for Lego and Star Wars fans

Play with a friend to defeat dark side forces and unlock new characters in this silly take on the original six Star Wars movies.

BONUS - Most Anticipated Star Wars Games

One of the best things about Star Wars is that there are always new video games on the horizon. If you've already played through all of the titles listed above and you want something new, then here are the most anticipated upcoming Star Wars games to get excited about.

Most Anticipated Single-Player Game: Jedi: Fallen Order

As you can tell by the graphics of most of the games on this list, it's been entirely too long since a good single-player Star Wars game was released. We don't know too much about this latest first-person action game, but we do know that the plot takes place shortly after the events of Episode III. You follow Cal Kestis, one of the last remaining Jedi, who must keep his powers secret during the Jedi purge following the creation of Vader. Awesome premise, no?

The graphics look amazing and the new villain looks terrifying. I for one am excited and hope this turns out to be the single-player Star Wars game I've been waiting for. It releases Nov. 11, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Pros

  • The plot sounds epic
  • Graphics are amazing

Cons

  • It isn't out yet
  • Unknown game mechanics

Most Anticipated Single-Player Game

Jedi: Fallen Order

An upcoming single-person game

Follow Cal Kestis, a man with Force powers, who must hide his abilities to survive during the purge of the Jedi Order. You can pre-order before Nov. 11.

Most Anticipated Multiplayer Game: Lego Star Wars: Skywalker Saga

If you want a more playful take on the Star Wars franchise, there's no better way to go about it than by playing a Lego game. This upcoming title allows players to play solo or play with a friend through all nine films. The best part is that unlike previous games, you don't have to play through the story in a linear fashion. You can choose to play through whichever episode you want in whatever order. What's more, there are going to be over 200 characters to choose from to keep gameplay interesting.

It's unclear at present how different the game mechanics will be compared to previous Lego Star Wars games, but you can see that the graphics are getting a major overhaul. It releases sometime in 2020 on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Pros

  • Let's you play through all 9 films
  • Updated graphics from previous Lego Star Wars games
  • Gameplay doesn't have to be linear
  • More than 200 playable characters
  • Single and multiplayer modes

Cons

  • It isn't out yet
  • Unknown game mechanics

Most Anticipated Multiplayer Game

Lego Star Wars: Skywalker Saga

Play lighthearted Star Wars with friends

Play through all nine Lego-fied Star Wars movies with friends in whatever order you'd like. It comes out in 2020 and is currently available for pre-order.

The Force will be with you, always

Hundreds if not thousands of Star Wars video games have been created since the original movie trilogy released, and more are sure to come. This unfortunately means that there are several terrible entries, but it also means that there are plenty of amazing options for you to play. We've been in a bit of drought over the last decade when it comes to decent sing-player Star Wars games, but hopefully that changes soon. In the meantime you can always revisit the best games that have come out so far.

If you're looking for a game that offers a lot of replay value, you can't go wrong with Knights of the Old Republic. You get to determine whether you align yourself with the light side or the dark side of the Force. Your decisions also affect the plot so you can replay the game and experience new cut-scenes and choices.

Credits

Rebecca Spear is a life-long gamer and a professional reviewer. She grew up playing Star Wars video games and is always ready to recommend her favorites to others. When she isn't on a computer, she's reading, drawing, or playing strategy-based board games.

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