Star Wars: a short history in video games

Star Wars fans are getting more anxious with each passing day, as we get closer to December when The Force Awakens is released. However, for avid gamers the franchise has never disappeared. From the early day of arcade gaming to recreating Star Wars movies in Lego form, Star Wars is definitely here to stay. Let’s take a look at the history of Star Wars gaming.

Star Wars 1983
A widely popular arcade game that used the 3D color vector graphics to show off Luke’s attack on the Death Star in an X-wing fighter is always a beloved classic.

Super Star Wars 1992
This beloved SNES title was a 2D running and gunning, equipped with platforming sections and includes piloting vehicles. It had many different playable characters with different actions and abilities.

Star Wars: TIE Fighter 1994
This is a MAC and PC sequel to the previous Star Wars: X-Wing. It improved its action gameplay and players were able to fight for the dark side for the Empire.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II 1997
This game continued the story of Jedi Kyle Katarn from Star Wars: Dark Forces I. It’s a first-person shooter available for PC only and it featured huge levels while allowing the player to pursue the light or the darker side of the force.

Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader 2002
This amazing GameCube title tells the story of the original trilogy with 10 different levels. With each level players are able to fly different aircrafts, which includes the Millennium Falcon, through various missions in the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars: Knights of the OId Republic 2003
Before BioWare created Dragon Age and Mass Effect, they developed the first 3D action role-playing Star Wars game for Xbox and PC. It went on to become very popular because it used characters from outside of the film plots.

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy 2003
This game was also created for PC and Xbox and your character is a student at the Jedi Academy. The game is all about engaging in first and third person style combat with an array of weapons, which includes lightsabers and force powers.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2004
The Battlefront series is a multi-platform game, and it has a new entry coming out in November, it focuses on large-scale conflicts between armies on various planets, where players compete against friends or the AI.

Republic Commando 2005
This game is set during the Clone Wars and it’s a tactical first-person style shooter for the Xbox and PC. The player is cast as a clone trooper and they have control over three squad mates.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga 2007

This is one of the most popular spins on the Star Wars franchise is the many different Lego adventures from Traveller’s Tales. This multiplatform game retells episodes one through six with tons of Lego humor and charm.