10 Best Star Wars Games of All Time, Ranked – Destructoid

Counting down the 10 Best Star Wars video games isn’t simple, with so many good video games on the market…
With over 4 a long time of Star Wars video games, many of which stay simply accessible to most of the people, it may be troublesome to slender issues right down to such a brief record. The high quality assurance oversight traditionally from LucasArts, (Lucasfilm’s now-defunct gaming division,) and now from Lucasfilm Games (the reformed trendy division created by Disney and Lucasfilm), has ensured that builders and publishers put within the vital effort and time into crafting pleasurable and profitable Star Wars titles that don’t tarnish the popularity of the company IP. That stated, some video games nonetheless clearly rise to the floor as being nicely past the standard fare…
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#10: Star Wars: Battlefront II (2017)
Despite experiencing arguably one of the worst launches in gaming historical past, (due in no small half to the sport’s ridiculously-excessive monetization, extreme sport stability points, and an general lackluster quantity of content material,) EA’s second entry within the rebooted Battlefront collection made a surprisingly robust comeback in its quick post-launch lifespan. With the removing of pay-to-win parts like burn playing cards, hero unlocks, and many others., and the addition of new maps and modes, Battlefront 2 lastly started to redeem itself within the eyes of each informal gamers and hardcore followers alike.
While EA’s choice to desert the sport so quickly after the removing of loot bins (and the general discount of in-game monetization) did come throughout as a bit conspicuous, the builders at DICE did a wonderful job redeeming a sport that solely months earlier than would’ve been deemed unsalvageable. It’s unlucky that this goodwill has not, as of but, prompted the announcement of a brand new sequel.
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#9: Star Wars: Galaxies
While sadly not accessible in its authentic kind, the legacy of Star Wars Galaxies lives on within the hearts and minds of Star Wars followers throughout the globe. While many different Star Wars video games positioned gamers within the action-heavy function of Jedi, smugglers, and different roles that harken again to the movies, Star Wars Galaxies presents you with the chance to not simply struggle for the huge universe, however to really stay inside it.
Social interactions and server-wide roleplay and collaboration have been simply as essential to the gameplay as have been the lightsabers or an E-11 blaster rifle. Whether you wished to be a pilot, an entertainer, a medic, or any quantity of different doable professions, you had the liberty to do precisely that. Given the passionate, but relaxed perspective of each the sport and its playerbase, it’s small marvel that Star Wars Galaxies has continued to stay on, in an unofficial, community-run capability.
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#8: Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Whether you performed it within the arcades or on a house console, Star Wars Episode I: Racer manages to seize the frantic high-speed power of sci-fi racing like few others earlier than or since. The frantic pace and depth of every race, mixed with the aggressive AI bots which are all the time very happy to bump you out of the race, forces you to pay shut consideration always.
No matter in the event you’re racing throughout the desert plains of Tatoonine, or the Mon Gazza speedway, you higher be ready for each sudden twist and switch alongside the way in which, otherwise you’ll discover your podracing profession delivered to a sudden, unlucky finish. While the controls may be a bit janky, the hilarity of exploding and being decreased to a heap of mechanical rubble, as your character’s heavily-compressed voice screams in agony, is sufficient to make one burst out laughing with masochistic glee.
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#7: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
While just a few different Star Wars video games let gamers select between the sunshine and darkish sides, often from a light-weight or impartial place, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed explicitly explored the darker facet in higher depth. The Force Unleashed has the participant tackle the function of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, who units out to show himself to his darkish grasp.
The hack-and-slash fight system, mixed with the detailed physics system, permits the participant to make use of each their lightsaber and the drive in new and ingenious methods, and discover a range of iconic Star Wars locales, as they progress by means of the compelling narrative. With a (*10*) Switch port launched simply final yr, there’s no higher time to leap in and unleash your individual energy.
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#6: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Given its over eleven-year lifespan to this point, it’s exhausting to argue that Star Wars: The Old Republic hasn’t stood the check of time. Where it’d lack, resembling its merely-passable graphical constancy and generic artwork fashion, it largely makes up for with the huge quantity of story and gameplay content material. Whether you favor to play solo, struggle alongside different gamers in PVE missions, or check your mettle in PVP, or all of the above, you are able to do so on this title. The inclusion of new expansions and updates over time makes Star Wars: The Old Republic a tough title to say no to.
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#5: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Respawn Entertainment’s first foray into the universe far far-off, with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order fortunately proved to be a smashing success, largely as a result of sport’s wealthy story marketing campaign, difficult however not essentially unforgiving boss battles, and invigorating puzzles and platforming sections. While there nonetheless are sure parts (such because the convoluted navigation and efficiency optimization) that actually disappoint, these are few and much between when in comparison with what works right here.
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#4: Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Many Star Wars video games to this point have allowed gamers to expertise the heroic fantasy of wielding a lightsaber towards a variety of foes. However, few have integrated lightsaber fight mechanics as intricately as Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.
The fluid responsiveness of the fight system permits gamers virtually limitless choices in phrases of swing angles and instructions, making you really really feel as if the drive is with you. While the story-driven marketing campaign is competently advised, and its ranges present gamers an ample diploma of problem, it’s the multiplayer part that really stands out.
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#3: LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
While the title itself now may be a bit inaccurate, owing to the addition of the latest sequel trilogy, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga presents a tempting bundle of content material, with just a few sprinkles of new content material thrown in for good measure. The recent inclusion of “Arcade Mode” allowed gamers to interact in 1-on-1 deathmatch contests, with adjustable modifiers resembling closing dates and most lives. Likewise, “Bounty Hunter” missions allowed gamers to revisit previously-completed ranges in an effort to find particular targets, as a timer ticked down menacingly.
This enhanced re-release additionally noticed the implementation of a “Power Up” mechanic, the place the participant may randomly discover blue glowing orbs that may multiply their harm output, granting momentary well being restoration and boosting their harm output. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is the mannequin instance of what a re-release can, and may, provide: An honest quantity of quality-of-life enhancements, and simply sufficient bits of new content material to sway current followers into recommitting their money and time towards it.
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#2: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Even now, virtually a full twenty years after its launch, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic stays the very best single-player Star Wars title to this point. While diehard followers can level to many contributing components, core amongst them was the sport’s intensive dialogue choices. Tied into the morality system, (by which gamers’ actions could be judged pretty much as good or evil,) the participant all the time needs to be aware of not solely what they’re saying, however who they’re saying it to.
Choosing the “good” path could not all the time result in a “good” relationship with that NPC character. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic makes it clear that whereas each the Jedi and Sith orders could historically deal in absolutes, it’s possible you’ll end up strolling a barely murkier path. Between the stellar voice performing, the richly-sophisticated fight system, and the unbelievable worldbuilding, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic stays an out-of-this-world RPG that no Star Wars fan ought to overlook.
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#1: Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005)
It’s slightly ironic, maybe, that Battlefront II seems twice on the identical record, however in each instances, the choice is definitely justified. (This entry is to not be confused with #10 on this record, which is a 2017 sequel to the reboot of the Battlefront collection.) While the unique Star Wars Battlefront (launched in 2004) was a convincing success, it was its sequel that actually expanded the potential for what gamers may hope to see in a multiplayer Star Wars sport.
From its 32-player multiplayer capability to its drastically improved AI bots, there was, and nonetheless is, quite a bit to understand right here. When you additionally contemplate the respectable story marketing campaign that rounds out the expertise, there’s quite a bit to attract potential gamers towards the battlefront.

Daniel Lenois

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