If you somehow haven’t heard of the phenomenon that is Star Wars, where have you been for the last… Ever? Star Wars took the world by storm, there are fans everywhere of all ages, we all love the idea of using the force or , mostly for good I hope, but we’ve all dreamt of fighting with lightsabers, firing laser rifles, flying x wings and stuff, it would be pretty sweet right? How about putting your religion down as ‘Jedi’ on the census? Is that a step too far? Asking for a friend.
ANYWAY, there are countless way to consume Star Wars content, there are books, there are comics, there are so many movies, plenty of TV shows and an insane amount of video games and when I say an insane amount, I mean there are over 100 Star Wars video games, featuring many different genres, plenty of role playing games like Jedi Order, including MMORPGs like The Old Republic , there are space flight simulators like Rogue Squadron action games like Battlefront! There’s even a Gacha game, Galaxy of Heroes, so if like me you’re a gambling man and would like to take your chance at pulling some pretty awesome characters, then this would be the game for you, actually in some regards Battlefront 2 was the same for that wasn’t it?
There is truly something for everybody! Today however, we’re going to be taking a look at the best Star Wars games, as ranked by the fans, trawling places like the service plays forum given the fact that forums are a super important part of the community for gamers and bettors alike. We’ll also be looking at metacritic, independent review sites and we’ll even go as far as trawling the comments section on youtube if that’s what it takes to get a solid list!
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best rated games of all time, by critics and fans alike. Source: Nintendo
First up, no list of the top rated Star Wars video games would be complete without Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. This game is one of the highest rated games of all time, not only by critics, but by the fans. The 9.4/10 average score by the critics is impressive enough, but the fact it has a 9.1/10 average rating from fans is nuts! It’s very rare that a game is held in such high regard by so many people, but why is this game up there? Even going as far as being in the discussion for one of the greatest games of all time some could argue.
Well, to start, it is widely regarded as one of the best Star Wars stories that has been laid out in video game form. Bioware really have been the kings of story based games in the past haven’t they? The thing is, this game isn’t just praised for its story because the story is great. It’s also the way the game TELLS the story, the way you interact with NPCs, the way you interact with the environment of the game, taking your time to visit and explore various planets within the Star Wars universe. Man, even the sound track helps to portray the story in such a fantastic manner.
Then you have the gameplay, I’ve seen it described as Dungeons and Dragons, but if it was done in space. You have random rolls for character stats, as well as interesting and diverse classes. Tie the cool character design with an impressive, not quite real time but also not quite turn based battle system and you’re onto a winner.
Star Wars Jedi Knights II: Jedi Outcast is yet another in the list of all time great Star Wars games. Source: Gamespot.com
This one is personally one of my favourites, it’s in my top 10 games of all time. It does appear as if I experienced it on a lesser platform, given I never really got into PC gaming until a few years after this was released. I played this game on Gamecube but you know what? It was still amazing. It wasn’t the best port but given the experience offered up by some of the previous console ports in the Star Wars franchise, it seemed incredible.
Yet another great story, which is all but standard for the franchise at this point, fun game play where you get to mess about with a bunch of different force abilities and ruin people with multi-colored lightsabers. 25 levels of single player goodness running through eight different environments. This game had a LOT of gameplay, the only thing I never personally experienced was the multiplayer, but it seems like people seem to generally agree with the fact it was a solid and fun experience. I feel like they have somewhat lost their way with Star Wars games in recent history, if they could delve back into the rich pool of the forefathers of this franchise, we really could have some incredible video games with today’s tech. Unfortunately, here we are.
That’s going to do it for now, we could talk about more great Star Wars games but honestly, we would be here forever! Have you played either of those games? If so, did you experience them in their hayday or did you jump into them later in their lifespan? What about other Star Wars games, which games are your favourites? We would love to know! Get in touch! Until next time, take care and may the force be with you!