Heads up, George Lucas — the commemorative content is about to hit your doorstep like a tidal wave — and in great force, of course. But seeing as it is Star Wars Day all over the galaxy and in the nooks and crannies of every star-woven heart, it seems only right that we submit our two cents worth with something to help celebrate this iconic day. And so, with that, what better way to pledge our allegiance to the international holiday than to serve up some of the best video games from the franchise? Now that’s something we can do.
It’s common knowledge amongst our community of gamers that Star Wars has quite the expansive catalogue of games to shed. From intergalactic go-karting to open-world (or galaxy) MMORPGs, the franchise has poured enough diverse content to satisfy almost every spool of players. That said, if we had to pick just five to help commemorate this important day, then we’re almost inclined to showcase these following titles. Take note, Padawan.
5. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
We might as well start off with something a little more family-oriented, rather than sinking straight into the battle royale sphere. Of course, it’s LEGO — so you can definitely expect watered down violence and simple fun that can effectively cater to almost anyone who can grasp a controller. And, what better way to celebrate Star Wars Day than to play alongside a friend or family member? Thankfully, LEGO Star Wars is not only a collection of addictive tales that boast endless fun — but also a rather meaty compilation that can be completed with up to two players manning the helm.
Of course, picking up The Complete Saga is the only way to go if you’re after the complete LEGO experience. Sure, it may not be the most in-depth storyline and overall representation of the blockbuster movies — but it does stay true to the franchise, and it’s an entertaining little banquet for anyone looking to indulge in the less-serious side of Star Wars. Plus, it’s like ten dollars. What more could you ask for?
4. Star Wars: Battlefront II
While it may not be the weightiest journey in the Star Wars catalogue nor the most favoured game in the multiplayer verse, Battlefront II is definitely the cleanest portrayal of the franchise as a whole. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing and complementary to the many locations laced within the movies, but it’s also a genuinely good little game to lose a few hours over. Of course, the standalone campaign isn’t all that great — but when all’s said and done, it’s the online modes that people tend to stick around for.
Boasting a whole ocean of game modes that range from 1v1 arcade matches to 40v40 galactic assaults, Battlefront 2 puts you at the centre of the galaxy and the action into orbit. With hours of jam-packed deathmatches and mind-bending warfare to boot, this multiplayer frontrunner is a definite must-play for any Star Wars fan looking for a quick online fix.
3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
If you’re after something a little more story-focused, and something that will take a while longer than your average Star Wars campaign — then you’re going to want to sink into Jedi: Fallen Order. Although not the open-world extravaganza we were led to believe it’d be, the 2019 title really isn’t less of a credit to the timeline as a whole. In fact, it’s actually quite good — if not one of the best games in the library.
As well as shovelling a compelling story down your throat from the get-go, Jedi: Fallen Order also branches out and gives you the freedom to unearth the many winding secrets that loom between the crevices of every playable planet. The content is plentiful, the combat is challenging yet incredibly pleasing, and the premise is a good old vigorous nod to Lucas’s beloved franchise as a whole. nd when all is said and done — what more can we really ask for in a Star Wars game?
2. Star Wars: Squadrons
If you’re seriously itching for the moon and the stars to draw you somewhere new — then perhaps it’s time to drop the lightsaber and set up shop in the cockpit of an X-Wing. Thanks to EA’s latest entry to the multiplayer front, Star Wars: Squadrons gives you that exact career path with all the bells and whistles you’d hope for as a fighter pilot in a galaxy far, far away.
Bundling in a genuinely heart-throbbing story arc as well as an enormous multiplayer mode, Squadrons aims to deliver an accurate portrayal of the profession like never before. By allowing players to feel the adrenaline that courses through every twist, turn and bullet that arises from the cloak of stars, this dogfight special holds up as being one of the more thrilling Star Wars entries to absorb. It’s all there — and it is as beautiful as it is enchanting. Are you, for one, ready to buckle in and take to the skies? Your squadron awaits your orders.
1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
If we were to publish this list a few years back, then we’d be telling you to dust off that old Xbox of yours and to invest in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. As it stands today, however, backwards compatibility has swept in to save the day and transmit the best game in the series to newer hardware. So, that’s a major plus. Oh, and it’s also on Steam, so hopefully, that satisfies you PC gamers out there, too.
Setting the new benchmark in not only the Star Wars platform but also the role-playing genre in general, Knights of the Old Republic was the one to steal the hearts of millions back in 2003. As a journey that thrives from endlessly quotable characters, deeply immersive story arcs and an overall stunning world to soak up, Knights of the Old Republic is hands down the chapter that captures the essence of the movies without cutting it short or turning it into a mockery. And yes — it is just as good after almost two decades — even on an original Xbox.