The recently released Lego Stars Wars: The Skywalker Saga follows a long line of gaming adaptations of the iconic Star Wars movies. Even games with original stories such as Shadows of the Empire and Dark Forces have offered levels with heavy ties to the films.
But as fans began to demand more, game developers began to deliver products with completely original stories. Fans will never forget these must-play games which include some of the all-time greatest Star Wars gaming experiences.
Knight of the Old Republic (2003)
Ground-breaking 2003 RPG Knights of the Old Republic is widely considered the greatest Star Wars game of all time. Set thousands of years before the films, the game features a completely original story about an all-out attack on the Republic by Sith Lord Darth Malek.
The game features deep and interesting characters, breathtaking worlds, clever writing, and a unique alignment system where players’ actions determine how far they lean toward the light or dark side. The game’s iconic revelation will soon be experienced by a new generation of fans in the game’s upcoming remaster.
Knight of the Old Republic 2 (2004)
KOTOR‘s 2004 sequel was developed by Obsidian and gave great experience to the team that would go on to make Fallout: New Vegas and The Outer Worlds. Players assume the role of an exile Jedi in a story set five years after the events of the first game.
A few characters and elements returned from the first game including the spaceship The Ebon Hawk and the fan-favorite droid HK-47. The game was praised but also received criticism for being released in an unfinished state. Luckily fans have since modded the game into a more complete experience.
Jedi Fallen Order (2019)
Jedi: Fallen Order was one of only a handful of games released during the era of EA’s exclusivity of the Star Wars games. A souls-like game, it featured breathtaking worlds and engaging combat.
In the years following Order 66, Kal Cestis searches for a Jedi Holocron while being pursued by the empire’s sinister Inquisitorious. According to We Got This Covered, the game is the first of a trilogy and the first sequel is currently in development.
Jedi Knight (1997)
A sequel to Dark Forces, 1997’s Jedi Knight upgrades the first-person shooter experience with new lightsaber combat and force abilities. The Series’ protagonist Kyle Katarn learns that his father was a Jedi and sets out to avenge him.
This game cemented Katarn as one of the most iconic characters of the expanded universe. One of the all-time great Star Wars games, it received an expansion called Mysteries of the Sith in 1998.
Jedi Outcast (2002)
The third in the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series, Jedi Outcast was an escape to classic Star Wars amid the Prequel trilogy boom. After having turned his back on the force, Kyle had to rediscover his new powers as he took on a new dark power threat.
The story was highly praised, but players didn’t get to use a lightsaber until they had progressed some ways into the game. However, what the game did have was a phenomenal multiplayer mode featuring the most satisfying Death Star map ever.
Jedi Academy (2003)
One year after Jedi Outcast, LucasArts released the final installment in the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series. This time Katarn was an NPC as he and Luke Skywalker trained the next generation of Jedi. The new player character was Jaden Corr.
Gamers could choose Jaden’s gender, race, and whether they followed the light or dark path. The game slowly opened up a pool of missions for the player to choose the order they like.
Rogue Squadron Series (1998-2003)
In 1998, LucasArts published the N64 game Rogue Squadron, a flight simulator that put players in the cockpit of the X-Wings, Y-Wings, and more of the Rebellion’s renowned elite fighter squadron. The game was highly popular and produced two terrific sequels on GameCube as well.
Each game featured an original story that avoided the events of the film, sometimes pulling from existing expanded universe works. Although, each game also featured bonus levels based on the iconic battles of the films including one where you play as Darth Vader in an alternate Battle of Yavin.
Vader Immortal (2019)
Vader Immortal is a 3-episode VR experience from David Goyer, writer of the Dark Knight Trilogy, and the adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s The Foundation. Goyer cited Raiders of the Lost Ark as an influence in the adventure.
The story features a force-sensitive captured by Darth Vader to search for an artifact. The player uses a lightsaber and various force abilities to progress in the linear story. It is available on Oculus and PSVR.
The Force Unleashed (2008)
The Force Unleashed series featured fast-paced action levels with lightsaber combat and force powers. In the unforgettable opening level of the first game, the player took control of a full-powered Darth Vader on Kashyyyk.
From there, the player hunted the surviving Jedi as Starkiller, Vader’s new apprentice. The game also featured alternate versions of events from the films, such as killing Vader and other major characters.
The long-awaited return to space combat games, Squadrons was the final release of EA’s era of Star Wars exclusivity. Unlike the Rogue Squadron games, Squadrons was played exclusively from the first-person perspective, making it a terrific VR experience.
The game featured an original story set five years after Return of the Jedi and followed the perspective of both the New Republic and Imperial pilots. While the game doesn’t feature much content, the gameplay is just breathtaking.
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