Star Wars has been a big part of the American gaming culture since early back in the 80s. Although Star Wars is a multimedia franchise, to have all that power carried by one platform means having a lot of expectations to fulfill. Most of the time, developers have managed to produce a number of really good game titles.
However, some have been epic fails, such include recent EA Battlefront games that had fans demanding a redo of some titles in the franchise. Fortunately, we have a couple of impressive Star Wars games that have lived up to the expectations of the majority. Here are five of the best Star Wars Spin-off games of all time:
5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a single and multiplayer game developed by Pandemic Studios in 2002 for Xbox, Playstation 2, and GameCube. In this game, players can control either of three playable characters, including Mace, Skywalker, or Kenobi. The game's sequel, Star Wars: The Clone Wars- Republic Heroes, came out in 2009; developed and published by Krome Studios and LucasArts, respectively. The games are based on a TV series named ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars.’ A show that highlights the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, his team, and other Jedi during the clone wars. The final season of the series was released in 2020 when creators finally completed the show with some of the best ending episodes.
In Star Wars: The Clone Wars-Republic Heroes, players can choose to play either as clones or Jedi as the gameplay changes from level to level. Additionally, players can use lightsabers and Force abilities for combat when playing as Jedi while using blasters and thermal detonators when playing as clones. The camera angle on this game remains fixed, an aspect that gathered a lot of criticism from fans.
4. The LEGO Star Wars Games
The LEGO Star Wars series is one of the most profitable games the developers of the Star Wars franchise have produced. Similarly, the success of the first spin-off that came out in 2005 drove LEGO to make five more games and to extend their license and partnership with Lucasfilm till the present day. The game series is based on the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
The latest sequel of the LEGO Star Wars series is the LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which launched on April 5, 2022. The action-adventure game retells the stories of all nine Star Wars series in a more humorous aspect. Also, the game is more focused toward family play and still receives a lot of positive reviews in regard to the design level, graphics, humor, and combat. Most LEGO video games require players to go through the story in order; however, the latest version allows players to begin in any order they want. The game is a fun examination of all three ‘Skywalker Saga' trilogies.
3. Star Wars: Squadrons
Star Wars: Squadrons is a space combat game featuring both multiplayer and single-player modes. The story behind the game is quite straightforward and simple in comparison to other Star Wars spin-offs. It is a recurrence of ‘Return of the Jedi’ and involves two opposite Squadrons fighting against each other, as each side tries to stop the other from achieving their objective.
Players can choose between the roles of either Squadrons, namely the Vanguard Squadron and the Titan Squadron. The game's structure exclusively features the first-person perspective and involves players piloting battleships to fight enemies. Players can unlock more weapons and skills once they earn enough experience points. Additionally, they can upgrade various ship equipment and unlock new shields to aid in defending their ships during combat.
The game's story mode is a representation of the ‘Battle of Endor’ and features two online modes, named Dog Fight and Fleet Battle. Dog Fight involves ten players going to combat in a deathmatch to destroy the opposite side completely. At the same time, Fleet Battle features half the number of players in competition on the battleground.
2. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic I & II
According to fan reviews, Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic [KOTOR] is one of the best Star Wars games series. The games under this franchise are based on a comic book series by George Lucas in the Star Wars universe. Likewise, KOTOR is part of a three-installment game series published by LucasArts. It is an RPG game that involves combat-based gameplay that features a ‘per-round' setup for battles. However, each round provides players with limited durations as they attack and react simultaneously to their opponents' actions.
The game set-up tells a story of the ‘Sith Wars’ years before the movies. It hosts powerful characters and has a legendary storytelling approach. Consequently, KOTOR appears to have stood the test of time as it is still ranked as more popular than its sequels. The game series features a lot of new fascinating locations, with the appearance of major locations like Korriban and Dantooine.
1. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Topping our list of Star Wars Spin-off games is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is one of the reasons fans fell in love with EA's Star Wars games. It is an action-adventure game published by Electronic Arts and released in 2019. The story is set in the Star Wars universe five years after ‘Star Wars: Episode 3- Revenge of the Sith.’ Whereby, Cal Kestis, a Jedi is trying to complete his training and rebuild the fallen Jedi order whilst being hunted by the Imperial Inquisition.
Additionally, the game has received favorable reviews and has been a commercial success since its release. Fallen Order features great gameplay that involves access to the Force and lightsabers used in combat. Players have to defend against enemy troopers, wild beasts, Zabrak warriors and droids. Also, it contains memorable characters and a story that keeps fans intrigued throughout their Star Wars universe journey. The game has garnered several nominations and won a number of awards; these include the Titanium awards in 2019 for Best Game Design, Best Adventure Game and Game of the Year awards.
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