While the films and lore often obtain the most excitement for the series, many of the best Star Wars video games are much darker, violent, and showcase the infinite prowess that makes the Force so intriguing.
Star Wars: Battlefront
Directly following the notorious GTA: San Andreas on my own personal list of the best PS2 video games is none other than Star Wars: Battlefront, the initiating title in a now four-game series that raises gargantuan capital and draws in gamers from all over the world (or worlds) for all out galactic warfare.
Play head to head with your friends, duke it out on your own, or even take over the galaxy by playing as any one of your favorite factions, like the Rebels, CIS, or Clones. Despite space battles and heroes being a staple of its follow up title, Battlefront will always allow for hours of gameplay that never gets old.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
Not to be confused with the 2005 Battlefront II, the most recent game to be released has fans scrambling for more, whether it be maps, characters, or even weapons. And as the history of Battlefront continues to expand, Battlefront II (2017) sets a world record in most down voted clicks on reddit. Released amidst this controversy of high point costs and price tags associated with in-game playable characters, such as Darth Vader and Han Solo, it received so much backlash that the game developers had to roll back a lot of in-game challenges and other pay-to-play features that had fans outraged.
EA ended up reworking content to improve character accessibility for all players, but it left a rather shadowy mark on the franchise developers. Despite these pop cultural set backs, Battlefront II will remain one of the best Star Wars games if not for its extreme hold on the current multiplayer niche, but also for its exceptional quality in graphics, content, and storytelling.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Though it can be beaten in under eight hours, The Force Unleashed is still one of the best Star Wars video games for its iconic protagonist. Many fans of the game argue that Starkiller should even have his own movie! This game also has some of the best lightsaber duels, from encounters with the likes of Asoka, and even Darth Vader himself.
After defeating a Jedi on Kashyyyk and crippling Wookie blockades, players steer Vader into discovering a young boy among the remains...a boy with seemingly unnatural talents in the force. Deciding instead to take him and train him in the mystical arts, Vader leaves the player's control and they are left in the hands of Starkiller as he traverses on missions for Vader, unlocking secrets of both his past and the future which are better left ignored.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Similar to Starkiller mentioned above, the villainous Revan has been considered for the movies, as well. Probably one of the most well known and praised among Star Wars video game fanatics, Knights of the Old Republic utilized a complex set up in which no two players could ever have the same experiences.
The game lets you chose either the dark side or the light, and from there everything the player does has consequences on the outcome of the game. It truly revolutionized not only PC gaming, but the actual structure of games from then on, which makes it one of the best Star Wars video games.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
Released as early as 2002, and only just re-released for the PlayStation Store in 2015, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter is every Fett fan's dream come true. To make the game sound even more awesome, your main objective is to track down a dark Jedi by the name of Komari Vosa.
However, being that it's one of the best Star Wars video games, Bounty Hunter had a myriad of various bosses to fight, in addition to side quests, and even sweet hidden secrets surrounding the Fett's involvement with the clones. Overall it's an underrated Star Wars video game that actually deserves an extensive reboot.
Star Wars Arcade (1983)
Atari said it, not me: "The Greatest Star Wars Game Ever," according to the article, is the 1983 retro machine simply titled Star Wars Arcade, which had most likely streamlined the eventual multitude of titles we play today.
Much like any old arcade game, think Galaga meets Tron, Star Wars Arcade utilized color combinations, forward moving graphics, and laser projectile sequences in order for the player to defend themselves while dodging incoming foes, all of which was to reach the following level unscathed. While it may not sound as fun as any others on this list, it's still one of the best Star Wars games simply for igniting the spark of the future.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Jaden Korr arrives on Yavin IV not knowing what he/she is truly getting into. Navigating this world of Jedi and undergoing a sequence of training among even the likes of Luke Skywalker, Korr soon falls into a world of hurt when a best friend turns to the dark side.
Another underrated series of video games among the Star Wars line, Jedi Academy is one of the best Star Wars video games, because it actually helps to paint the full philosophy and heart that surrounds the Jedi.
LEG0 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
An unfortunate addition to an otherwise stellar cast of Star Wars greats, LEGO adaptive games have plagued not only the galaxy far, far away, but franchises like Batman and even Harry Potter, as well. While they may lean more towards being children's favorites, that doesn't mean we adults can't have a little LEGO fun, too!
Being that it adds flavor and imagination to the magic of the Star Wars lore, this and its brethren of LEGO Star Wars titles are all worthy of being deemed a few of the best Star Wars video games.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
The Star Wars version of Elder Scrolls Online, The Old Republic takes fans down memory lane, traversing old, old histories of the Republic and the conniving Sith as the two forces attempt to bing their own version of peace to the galaxy.
As MMORPGs go, I would put The Old Republic up there as an instant must-play, if you haven't already. It's one of the best Star Wars games ever made, and brings the character of Revan back into the picture with his same sinister maliciousness that makes him one of the series' most formidable foes.
Star Wars: Republic Commando
One of Star Wars' initial first person shooters, which was released in 2005, it showcases the four-person squadron of republic fighters who take on various tasks around the galaxy as an elite tactical unit.
While it may be an Xbox exclusive, greatly limiting who can still play this masterpiece, Republic Commando doesn't need any awards or praise to be considered one of the best Star Wars video games. It just is, and when you make your initial play through, you'll see just how addicting it is.
Star Wars 1313
I saved this gem for our final act, since it's among the best Star Wars video games, despite the fact that it was never released. I apologize if you're hopes were crushed, but Star Wars 1313 was plagued from its initial production, with allegations of being too violent and mature for most audiences, in addition to its subject matter steering far, far away from contemporary plot lines. We have to remember, Star Wars has always been a family series that has drawn audiences across every age group.
While the concept of 1313 seemed exhilarating when initially announced at E3, fans were more than disappointed to see it vanish altogether not long after. In the game, you would have been a bounty hunting crook that roams a grotesque criminal underworld of the Star Wars universe. This plot obviously didn't bode well for a Disney, whose audience is made up of predominantly much younger crowds. Hence, this is why it's one of those unreleased games that would no doubt have won game of the year if it not for being canned.