We find your lack of faith disturbing.
Hmmm…arrive you have. I am wondering, why are you here? Looking for Star Wars games? Found some, you have, I would say, hmmm? Help you I can. Yes, mmmm.
Clear your mind must be, if you are to discover the real games behind this plot. Some are broken… Some of them…only fit for the dark side they are. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not.
You must unlearn what you have learned. Rejoice for those who capture the Force. Your weapons, you will not need them.
5. Star Wars Masters of Teräs Käsi (PSone)
Star Wars Masters of Teräs Käsi gains Yoda’s green seal of approval due to the fact it’s the only game which pitted famous characters from the Star Wars saga against each other in a duel to the death. The game’s selection of characters was minimal but included unique fighters such as Hoar the Tuskan Raider, and Thok, a Gamorrean warrior.
The game was criticised for its poor fighting engine however, slapping Hoar about with your lightsaber was stupidly fun as you listened to his incessant squeals. It was a brave attempt at the time of its 1998 release, competing with the likes of Tekken and Soul Edge. But for any Stars Wars fan, even though the game was pretty rubbish, it’s something that they’ll never forget. Heck, it was better then shooting womp rats back home.
4. Super Star Wars Series (SNES)
Making the SNES even more super in 1993 was the enjoyable 2D side-scroller, Super Star Wars. Taking inspiration from popular arcade run-and-gun games such as Contra, Super Star Wars was the first in a trilogy of three games, following the plots of New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi; albeit with a few stark changes to fit the game’s direction.
Each game in the trilogy allowed you to play as different characters such as Chewbacca. Chewy FTW! The games also featured boss battles and the sequels to Super Star Wars even utilised the SNES’ impressive Mode 7 graphics.
3. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GameCube)
The Star Wars films featured some of the most incredible galactic moments in cinematic history. The Battle of Hoth, the trench run in New Hope, and of course, “It’s a trap!” when Admiral Ackbar realises that the new Death Star is still fully operational. All of these spectacular scenes were crying out for a video game reinterpretation and thankfully in 2002, we got just that.
Coinciding with the launch of Nintendo’s purple cube of power, Star Wars Rouge Leader: Rouge Squadron II made wannabe Rebel pilots dreams come true. The graphics, even by today’s standards, were outstanding and the mission types faithfully recreated those famous, unforgettable scenes from the movies. Players could bring an AT-AT to its knees, pilot a selection of Rebel crafts and even take down an Imperial Star Destroyer. This is Red Five, I’m going in!
2. Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter (PC)
Before the birth of the Rouge Squadron series, there was an ultimate space combat simulator known as X-Wing vs TIE Fighter. The clue was in the name; you could pilot a number of ships, specifically X-Wings or TIE Fighters, and partake in incredible dog fights: the likes of which the galaxy had never seen before.
X-Wing vs TIE Fighter let fans experience the thrill of gunning down Imperials as a Rebel pilot and encapsulated the suspense of trying to shake an enemy pilot off your tail. Each craft felt unique and realistic in its representation with the game rewarding your skills after each mission with awards and commendations.
Combined with a suitable joystick, X-Wing vs TIE Fighter provided hours of entertainment as you climbed the ranks with the aim of becoming the most feared pilot in the galaxy.
1. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox / PC)
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic is widely regarded as the greatest Star Wars game of all time. Never before had players been offered such a rich, believable and tangible world to explore. The story was gripping, shaped by your actions and decisions. The RPG elements perfectly suited the Star Wars universe, allowing you to hone the skills and abilities that mattered most to your character. The game was also massive in scale, with over 300 characters to meet and fifteen thousand lines of speech recorded.
Players could either follow the path of the Jedi or turn to the Dark Side, with your character’s appearance changing depending on your choices. For the first time in a video game, the Star Wars universe was yours to explore, create, conquer and live. The Force is strong in this one…
Yoda Disapproves: Star Wars Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire (PSone)
Star Wars Rebel Assault II gets an honorable mention here not because it was a great game, but because it tried hard to do something different to other previous games, but failed – miserably.
The live action cut scenes leading up to each gameplay section made you feel as if you were actually taking part in the movie yourself, which was great, until you actually got into the game The controls were horrendous and the end result was a boring, on-rails, arcade shooter.
Yoda’s verdict: That game… is strong with the dark side of the Force. A domain of evil it is. In you must not go.
May the Fourth be with you, everybody!