This is probably one of the toughest Top Five articles I’ve had to put together, mainly because the Star Wars legacy has been all over the place when it comes to video games. On the one hand, some of the greatest games we’ve played in quite a while stemmed from the Star Wars universe. On the other, we’ve gotten games like…Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi. And…oh boy. But make no mistake, George Lucas’ legacy has lived on quite well in games, and we’ve managed to struggle enough to put together a list of the elite five. Now let’s see how many of you Jedi masters agree with us.
Before we begin, however, we do need to tell you that many games were considered for the list, including arcade games, pinball (the Data East one whoops the Sega one something fierce), home releases stemming from the Atari 2600 to the current systems, and more. This was a tough list to whittle down, but since we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the original film, today seems like a proper day to finally unveil our choices.
So, without further ado…
Though they were tough last-second scratch decisions, there were games that just narrowly missed being in our top five. So we’ll give them some love here. Two arcade games from the Star Wars saga definitely deserve praise – the original 1980’s Atari coin-op (complete with synthesized speech), and the thrilling Sega Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, which takes the best scenarios from the film and puts them into shoot-em-up form. (There’s lightsaber sequences, too!)
As for home releases, we have to give a nod to Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which retells the tale of the original six movies in humorous Lego fashion, while throwing in entertaining co-op that all ages can enjoy. The Jedi Knight games were also quite impressive on the PC front, even if Jedi Academy didn’t quite live up to the legacy. Republic Commando was a nice twist on the formula, with great first-person shooting tactical action. And Star Wars: Galaxies...well, it definitely has its fans.
Finally, Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic deserves a tip of the hat, thanks to its compelling storytelling and excellent variety of missions. And, thankfully, the game is still getting plenty of support with updates.
Now then, onto the top five!