5 Best Games from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
The universe of Star Wars has always been diverse. Almost each new major movie adds another dimension to this world, making it morally, politically, militarily, and mystically tense. This was the ground for a large variety of SW-based games to grow on.
Though the original trilogy hit the screen in the era of Space Invaders, Asteroids or Missile Command, as well as Atari 2600, the best games set in Star Wars world were released much later, in the time of the prequel trilogy.
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)
This action game is set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and follows the aesthetics of the original trilogy. Your character is Dash Rendar, the young hero who needs to protect Luke Skywalker while the Jedi himself is busy doing his thing. The chief enemy is not Darth Vader (he has to make it to the Episode VI), but Dark Prince Xizor, a criminal kingpin who’s after Luke and Vader at the same time. The confrontation will be full of flying, shooting, racing, and other adventures in third-person perspective.
No more canonic after Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it’s still available on Steam.
Star Wars Trilogy Arcade (1998)
This game is a rail shooter that replays the best (or the most spectacular) fights of the classic arcade. You’re seeing your enemy in the crosshairs from the first person view. Nine missions, three for each movie, bring you to the battle over the Death Star, to the snowy Hoth, and to the forests of Endor. It climaxes in meeting the bosses: one is Darth Vader, and another is Boba Fett, who finally receives enough coverage and recognition.
If you want to play it in 2019, you’ll need to find either the original arcade machine (may the Force be with you!) or a ROM and a good emulator for PC, like MAME recommended on forums.
Star Wars: Battlefront (2004)
Here comes a point control shooter: the game is mostly about capturing and controlling multiple command posts. To win the game, the player needs to control all the posts for 20 seconds. The game features lots of military machinery from all 5 episodes released by the moment, and four fractions, taken both from the classic and the prequel trilogy.
In fact, it’s Battlefield 1942 cosplaying Star Wars, with the same mechanics and fully SW-ized appearance. Still, it’s a good marriage, and the game deserves its place on this list. And yes, Steam has it.
Star Wars Episode I: Racer (1999)
Even the haters of the prequel trilogy admit that the racing scene from Episode 1 was brilliant. This is a racing game based entirely on that scene, with all the characters from the original available to select. The game is so official that it’s even voiced by the original actors. And no wonder: it was under development along with Episode 1, and they were released almost simultaneously.
It expands the racing world, so it features tracks on Tatooine and some other planets. It also offers various multiplayer and single player modes. Despite little intrigue and a linear plot, Racer is praised for great visuals and dynamics, so it was a huge hit. It’s available on Steam now too.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)
And here comes probably the most epic Star Wars gaming title. It’s an RPG that has set new standards not only in games by LucasArts, but for the entire industry. Your character has to select the side of the Force, and then master it through various powers, investigating the intergalactic quest with strongest alliances involved.
The game is perfectly drawn and voiced, its quests require both skill and fantasy, and it’s perfectly set in the galaxy far, far away, though long time ago before the movies’ events. And (surprise!) it’s available on Steam too.
The Best Period
So, while the Prequel Trilogy itself is still seen as controversial, it created a perfect background for the best Star Wars games ever, still popular and available. There’s a reason for it: a true SW game needed more than just exterminating enormous bunches of stormtroopers in a Space Invaders clone. As soon as the technology caught up with the ideas, the games the Force is strong with were born.