Obi-Wan Kenobi is soon to be hitting Disney+ accounts across the world and Star Wars fans are eagerly anticipating the character’s return to the screen. There are plenty of ways to get excited for the show, from reading through the fantastic comics available, to jumping into the expanded material and of course, watching the prequel films.
For those who love to experience their stories via the video games, there are a number of Canon and Legends titles to check out, that help to craft this world in richer detail and perhaps could even influence the narrative in Kenobi. The galaxy far, far away has so many video games to explore, but these feel the most relevant and should get fans hyped!
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series (2019)
While not everyone will want to jump straight into a Virtual Reality experience, this Canon title, which is available on the Oculus and PlayStation VR platforms, is a vital piece of lore building for the titular antagonist. Vader has never seemed more terrifying than in this intense gameplay narrative.
Darth Vader will be playing a huge part in the Obi-Wan Kenobi show and this mythology-led title is going to help establish what Vader has actually been doing during those years since his encounter with Kenobi. Key locations like the Sith Lord’s castle on Mustafar are fleshed out here, and will likely appear again on screen soon!
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019)
Respawn Entertainment crafted a Canon game that on the surface isn’t particularly linked to any other project within the Star Wars universe, instead telling an original narrative. However, it takes place during the height of the Empire and sees the young Jedi, Cal Kestis, protect the Order from being completely wiped out.
Jedi: Fallen Order boasts a story that very much parallels Obi-Wan’s protection of Luke Skywalker, allowing for the potential of his future to progress. The Sith Inquisitors make an appearance here, much like they will do in Kenobi, and it’s plausible that the Disney+ show even has a cameo from Kestis himself!
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is one of the most popular Legends video game out there, because of the complex development of its protagonist, Galen Marek, and his role as the apprentice to Darth Vader. The story was full of surprising twists and leads to a brilliant choice for the players to make.
The Aspyr, LucasArts, Krome Studios, n-Space, THQ, Cameron Suey, Universomo, and Activision title is definitely worth hunting down for its inventive gameplay and excellent writing. The role of Starkiller was somewhat tied into the Inquisitors, but there’s always a chance that Marek could be reborn on screen, perhaps even in Kenobi.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes (2009)
The Krome Studios and LucasArts game isn’t amongst the studios’ best titles, but it is a lot of fun for younger Star Wars fans to enjoy. It’s based on the animated series of the same name, which has become so celebrated for its development of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his personal conflicts.
For fans of the show, it’s perhaps a great one to dive into, as the game depicts the kind of missions audiences might expect from a filler episode of the series. The Clone Wars is set to play a huge part in influencing Kenobi, so this is sure to get people in the mood for a little more of the conflict that set up the show to begin with.
Star Wars Battlefront II (2017)
The beauty of DICE’s Battlefront series is that it spans across the entirety of the Skywalker saga. Although the original installments are complete classics and the first reboot was enjoyable, the final form of Battlefront II is now considered amongst the best of the series. Its solo campaign alone is a brilliant Canon addition.
While fans eagerly anticipate the third entry, it’s important to note the significance of this kind of game on Kenobi. The series depicts the conclusion of the Clone Wars and the height of the Empire, with Kenobi featured as a character. This title will definitely help to set the tone and mood of the Disney+ show.
Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005)
In regards to the Clone conflicts that established Kenobi as such a masterful warrior, there’s one title that tells a new story within this time period. The Aspyr and LucasArts game is considered to be part of the Legends timeline for now, but the squadron at the heart of Republic Commando have appeared in The Clone Wars.
In fact, Kenobi is briefly involved in the narrative of this title! There might just be flashbacks to the war throughout the show and by including a group like Delta Squad, it would further entrench all of these expanding elements into the continuity. There’s no telling what the Empire would have such an elite group doing, once they had control of the Clones.
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (2003)
It seems as if Obi-Wan Kenobi is becoming retrospective on the failures and teachings of the Jedi. The Disney+ show will see him living in the aftermath of its collapse, but it’s not the first time the Sith have risen up before. Knights Of The Old Republic should definitely be revisited by Star Wars fans.
The BioWare, Aspyr, Obsidian Entertainment, EA, and LucasArts game sets up a lot of the Jedi lore that Kenobi might now be exploring and tonally feels quite similar to the upcoming show. The game was groundbreaking in the way it allowed the audiences to make such important choices and the remake of KOTOR simply can’t come soon enough. With that release on its way, Disney might want to tie the Old Republic era back into the Canon, with shows like Kenobi.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (2022)
There are very few Star Wars video games that have been as universally praised as The LEGO Skywalker Saga from TT Games. In fact, some levels of the title have been deemed as better portrayals of major sequences than even the movies had mustered thanks to its comedic script and gorgeous visuals.
Regardless, for those wishing to relive Kenobi’s earlier adventures ahead of the Disney+ release, then this is definitely the game for the job. New controls and graphics help to bring the older games to life, with this reboot of the series bringing so many new and unique elements to the table.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002)
Obi-Wan Kenobi has quite a difficult relationship with Bounty Hunters. He’s faced down Jango Fett, worked alongside Cad Bane, and survived many assassination attempts. His journey to discover the Clone army actually begins in the title of a familiar Bounty Hunter though.
Indeed, Jango Fett is front and center in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter which ties straight into the events of Attack Of The Clones. The narrative of this Legends game from LucasArts will continue to have some influence on the galaxy far, far away. Kenobi is now seeing the aftermath of what happened and it’s definitely plausible that Fett’s own heir could resurface to take some revenge on the Jedi.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Not every video game adaptation is a hit. The version of Revenge Of The Sith that was put to consoles left a lot to be desired, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a retro trip down memory lane. The Ubisoft, Lucasarts, and THQ Wireless project is quite a faithful adaptation of what was seen on screen.
It’s a different way to relive the events that led to the collapse of the Jedi, considering that this very narrative will be the core driving force of Kenobi! There are a few cool moments to duel against friends as well in the game, which makes this title worth checking out in co-op, especially for those who want to embody the Jedi Master!
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