From the pixelated polygons of the original 1983 Star Wars arcade game to the photorealistic action of EA's Battlefront titles, the Star Wars universe has spawned decades' worth of video games big and small. Some, like Knights of the Old Republic and Rogue Squadron, are among the best games ever made. Others, such as Masters of Teras Kasi and Star Wars: Obi Wan, are better off being crushed in a trash compactor.
With that in mind, we've dug through the debris and ranked 25 of the best interactive takes on the Star Wars universe, whether you want to relive famous space battles or build your own Jedi legend.
Jedi Power Battles is far from the most refined Star Wars game, but if you want to kick back and mindlessly slice your way through hordes of Battle Droids, it'll scratch that itch. This beat-em-up game lets you control the likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Mace Windu and Plo Koon as you fight through a story that vaguely follows the plot of The Phantom Menace. The deluge of Episode I-inspired games was certainly a mixed bag, but Jedi Power Battles was a high point that's good for an afternoon of dumb fun.
Part action game, part interactive movie, Rebel Assault II is a fascinating experiment that mixed live actors with traditional dogfights and shooting gameplay. The game is arguably worth playing just for its endearingly cheesy cutscenes, which explore the adventures of a Rebel pilot tasked with taking down a dangerous new group of "Phantom" TIE fighters. It might not hold up incredibly well, but Rebel Assault II was an admirable storytelling mishmash that inadvertently served as a taste of the photorealistic games we have today.
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The Force Unleashed II didn't quite make the same impact as its predecessor, but this Force-fueled action romp is still good for a few hours of destroying Stormtroopers with over-the-top powers. You control a clone of series protagonist and Darth Vader apprentice Galen "Starkiller" Marek, who's on a quest to make sense of his identity and rescue Imperial officer Juno Eclipse. Force Unleashed II is sloppy, and its dark tone often becomes goofy (there's an expansion that lets you slaughter Han and Chewie on Endor), but it does deliver more of the satisfying lightsaber action that made the first game such a standout.
Plenty of Star Wars games let you fight with lightsabers or fly starships, but Star Wars: Bounty Hunter is the only game dedicated to letting you control the jetpacking badass Jango Fett. Set just before the events of Episode II, Bounty Hunter takes you through the seedier underworlds of the prequel era and ultimately sets up why Fett became the template that the entire Republic Clone Army was based on. It's not the tightest action game out there, but it's worth getting your hands on just to wield Fett's myriad of cool weapons and gadgets.
Despite being shrouded in loot box controversy, Star Wars Battlefront II is still a fun shooter — and arguably the best-looking Star Wars game ever made. Every locale from Kamino to Starkiller Base is painstakingly authentic to the films, whether you're engaging in epic 40-player battles across land and air or brawling it out in Heroes vs. Villains mode. Battlefront II spans every era of the films (and includes content from The Last Jedi), and its exhilarating Starfighter Assault mode offers some of the best space battles you can have in a Star Wars game. Despite its somewhat underwhelming campaign and frustrating progression system, Battlefront II's sheer sense of spectacle make it worth at least a rental.
The Old Republic is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that blends traditional MMO gameplay with the rich, choice-driven narrative that BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic was known for. Despite being a multiplayer game, SWTOR is still highly cinematic, filled with gorgeous cutscenes and plenty of opportunities to truly forge your own path as a Jedi, Sith, smuggler, bounty hunter and more. With plenty of special events, raids and expansions, you'll be hard-pressed to run out of things to do in The Old Republic -- and there's no reason not to give it a shot for free.
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There are plenty of great Star Wars dogfighting games, but Jedi Starfighter is the only one that lets you use The Force. Retaining the tight controls of Star Wars: Starfighter, Jedi Starfighter lets you battle it out in a variety of expansive, detailed battlefields while blasting through an Attack of the Clones-era story as Jedi Master Adi Gallia. There’s also some fun two-player co-op to be enjoyed, as well as a variety of iconic Star Wars ships to unlock.
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