For fans of the Star Wars film series, there’s been no shortage of quality videogames throughout the past 30 years. While that steady stream of content has slowly faded into a more meagre trickle in the last few years, there have still been a few titles released since EA’s iteration of Star Wars: Battlefront back in 2015.
According to Electronic Arts, the next Star Wars game getting its time in the spotlight is going to be Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game is slated to be a narrative-driven single-player action-adventure game that focuses on Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis following the execution of Order 66. The only problem is that Respawn’s foray into the Star Wars universe is only being released in around 7 months, right before Disney drops Star Wars: Episode IX. For those itching to satisfy their Star Wars craving, here are 12 games that you need to play before the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (2002)
Mac, Xbox, GameCube
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast has some of the most immaculate level design I’ve seen in any videogame. From the opening level set on an abandoned Imperial outpost on the planet of Kejim to the final level at the Jedi Academy, you’ll be in constant awe at how well everything is put together. You play as Kyle Katarn, an ex-Jedi who finds himself embroiled in a Sith operation designed to research and produce what seem to be lightsaber crystals. Throughout the game, you’ll be exploring the numerous levels, solving puzzles, shooting stormtrooper with an array of weapons, and finally donning the infamous lightsaber in some of the best lightsaber combat ever implemented into a videogame.
The multiplayer element of Jedi Outcast is also excellent. It’s a PVP arena-style multiplayer system with a variety of modes of weapons. It’s also great when played split-screen if you still have a couple of Xbox or PS2 controllers lying around.
Released a year after Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy follows the same general formula as its indirect predecessor. However, instead of following the adventures of Kyle Katarn, in Jedi Academy, the player is left to create their own character and lightsaber and fulfill their destiny of becoming a Jedi Knight. Jedi Academy has the same excellent level design as Jedi Outcast and features even more fleshed out lightsaber duels and force abilities.
Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005)
Set during the Clone Wars, Republic Commando follows a set of missions carried out by an elite team of republic clones known as the “Delta Squad”. You play as Delta-38, also known as “Boss”, who along with “Fixer”, “Scorch”, and “Sev”, tackle a handful of missions across a roughly two-year period. Along with its excellent gunplay and reasonably well put together story, the game features squad-based mechanics in which the player is able to shout out orders for the rest of the squad to follow. Boss, Fixer, Scorch, and Vex are also surprisingly fleshed out characters considering they’re clones and are an enjoyable group of characters to fight alongside during the game’s roughly 9-hour campaign.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed I and II (2008, 2010)
Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii
THQ, Krome Studios, Aspyr
While not as critically acclaimed as the previously mentioned games, The Force Unleashedseries is undeniably fun. Both games see you take control of Starkiller, Darth Vader’s secret apprentice between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The series biggest achievement lies in its gameplay and combat systems. While not particularly in-depth, they do make you feel massively powerful and give you a power trip that hasn’t been replicated in a Star Wars game since. For context, once Disney purchased the Star Wars rights back in 2012, they had to completely drop Starkiller from the canon because he was simply too powerful. He did rip a Star Destroyer out of the sky, so I can’t really blame them. While the second installment was criticized for having a weaker story than the first and being criminally short, they’re still both worth picking up.
The Infamous Series (2009, 2011, 2014)
While not exactly in the Star Wars universe, the Infamous series makes you feel like an absolute God. You play as Cole MacGrath, a bike messenger turned superhero (or supervillain if you so choose) who stomps around Empire City and later New Marais, which are vague recreations of New York City and New Orleans respectively.
The third game, Second Son, sees you take control of Delsin Rowe, a teenage graffiti artist who eventually realizes he has the ability to absorb powers from other power-wielding “conduits”. While considerably weaker than the first two installments, Second Son still offers players an enjoyable experience and a vast array of superhuman powers.
Prototype 2 (2012)
PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One
Set in Manhattan, Prototype 2 follows U.S. Marine Sergeant James Heller as he attempts to combat Blackwatch, an evil organization responsible for creating and spreading the Blacklight virus across Manhattan. During the first section of the game, Heller is infected by the virus and consequently gains a variety of superhuman powers, including incredible speed and agility, the ability to shapeshift, and the ability to jump and glide across incredible distances. Prototype is a game in the same vein as Infamous and The Force Unleashed, meaning it’s a ton of fun and lets players live out intense power fantasies at a moment’s notice.
Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005)
Xbox, PS2, PSP
At its core, Battlefront 2 is a large-scale battle simulator and a really good one at that. Battlefront 2 faithfully recreates key battles from the original saga and the prequel trilogy while pitting two enemy teams against each other for control of the galaxy.
The game features a fairly competent single-player campaign,
24 multiplayer maps, and a “Galactic Conquest” mode that sees two players
command ships to conquer and protect a collection of planets in an attempt to
control the galaxy. Galactic Conquest also offers a fairly simple space battle
mode that while not incredibly in-depth, is extremely fun and hasn’t been
recreated since. Sadly, Battlefront III was cancelled after a few years in
development and the series was buried until EA resurrected it in 2015.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (2015)
PS4, Xbox One
Developed by Gearbox Software, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is a compilation of Borderlands 2and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for PS4 and Xbox One. The Borderlands games are set on the planet of Pandora in the distant future, where players choose between a handful of playable characters, all with different skill trees and abilities. The Borderlands series is renowned for Its funny characters, compelling story, and solid gunplay. If you need a shooter fix, Borderlands is the series for you, especially considering Borderlands 2 boasts an impressive 17.75 million different guns.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II (2004)
Along with being a nearly impeccable Star Wars game, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
II is renowned as being one of the best RPGs ever made. In KOTOR II, you play as a former Jedi Knight simply referred to as
The Exile, roughly 4,000 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. During your playtime you’ll be studying the force
to gain new powers, mastering lightsaber combat, and working your hardest to
topple the Sith order. In all honesty, KOTOR II’s story doesn’t sound too dissimilar
to what Respawn’s cooking up right now.