Top-rated Star Wars games in the galaxy

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From arcade flight combat to expertly-crafted role-playing, Star Wars video games have come in various shapes and sizes throughout the years.

With a sci-fi setting filled with lightsabers, jedi, massive battles, and the force, it’s easy to see why so many game developers have tried their hand at making Star Wars games.

Let’s take a look at some of the best Star Wars games ever made, according to their critic scores:


Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)

Metacritic Score – 93 Gamespot Score – 9.1

Platforms – PC, Xbox

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a third-person RPG set in the Star Wars universe. Knights of the Old Republic II – the game’s  sequel was also a resounding success, receiving general praise for it’s well-written plot and interesting characters.

The game was developed by Bioware, who are now best known for their work on the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises.


Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II (2002)

Metacritic Score – 90  Gamespot Score – 9.4

Platforms – Gamecube

Star Wars Rogue Leader was the pinnacle of Star Wars ‘space battle’ games. The game allowed you to take command of a squadron of rebel fighters and complete a large variety of missions against the Empire.

Star Wars Rogue Leader was praised for its graphics and gameplay at the time of release, and remains one of the best games ever released for the Gamecube.


Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (1997)

Metacritic Score – 91 Gamespot Score – 8.9

Platforms – PC

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II is a classic action-RPG developed by LucasArts.

The game allowed players to experience realistic and fluid lightsaber combat in the Quake engine. The multiplayer aspect of Jedi Knight drew many competitive gamers and Star Wars fans alike.


Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011)

Metacritic Score – 85 Gamespot Score – 8.0

Platforms – PC

The Old Republic is a relatively recent Star Wars Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). The game is purely multiplayer and features an entire online galaxy for Star Wars fans to inhabit alongside each other.

Although the game has been met with scattered criticism (as with all MMORPGs), it is a genuinely good Star Wars role-playing game – and it’s got some seriously badass trailers.


Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (2006)

Metacritic Score – 84 Gamespot Score – 7.3

Platforms – Gamecube, Xbox, PS2, PC, PSP, DS, GBA, Xbox 360

It seems that there is a surprisingly good LEGO game for every major film franchise, and Star Wars is no exception to this phenomenon.

Telling the story of the Episode IV,V, and VI – LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy brings a charming humour and fluid, tried-and-tested gameplay to the realm of Star Wars video games.


Metacritic Score – 79 Gamespot Score – 8.7

Platforms – PC

Star Wars: Empire at War is a real-time strategy game which allows you to play either singleplayer or multiplayer.

Empire at War was the best Star Wars strategy game ever created, allowing players to wage war in space and on land, playing as a variety of factions.


Metacritic Score – 78 Gamespot Score – 8.7

Platforms – PC, Xbox

Republic Commando was the Star Wars first-person-shooter that fans had been waiting for, featuring squad-based gameplay and modern graphics.

The game places the player in the boots of a Republic soldier who is part of a commando team. The player must then complete various missions in the Star Wars universe while supporting their squad.

Despite the game’s success, it lacked a cooperative campaign mode, a feature which would improved the game immensely.


Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005)

Metacritic Score – 78 Gamespot Score – 8.1

Platforms – PC, Xbox, PS2, PSP

Star Wars: Battlefront II is a third-person shooter and fan-favourite due to its multitude of game modes.

The game pits players against each other in massive battles and allows them to play as Hero characters from the films. Featuring space battles, different playable classes, and a Galactic Conquest mode, Battlefront II is a fun multiplayer game which delivers tons of content.


Honourable Mentions

Star Wars Galaxies (2003)

Star Wars Galaxies is a MMORPG which presented an amazing role-playing aspect, although the game was plagued by marketing issues and money problems, eventually shutting down at the end of 2011.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008)

The Force Unleashed is an action-packed Star Wars title with an enjoyable story, but does not rate highly enough amongst critics to merit a place amongst other games on this list.

Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)

The Star Wars Battlefront remake unfortunately does not recapture the magic of Battlefront II, despite looking great. Critics noted that although the game looked amazing and played similarly to the Battlefield series, the amount of actual content was disappointing.


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