Celebrate Star Wars Day with the 11 best ‘Star Wars’ games of all time

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While the original “Star Wars” film trilogy cemented the series’ legacy, the video games and books in the “Star Wars” extended universe helped fuel a massive fandom that continues to thrive today.

“Star Wars” creator George Lucas founded Lucasfilm Games in 1982, prior to the release of “Return of the Jedi.” The game development branch of Lucas’ company was eventually renamed LucasArts, and went on to publish dozens of games for computers,   game consoles, and arcades.

With no parent company to limit “Star Wars” video game partnerships, LucasArts was free to publish games in a wide variety of genres. Early “Star Wars” games included “Dark Forces,” a first person shooter for PC; “Rebel Assault,” a space combat game; and a trio of adventure games recreating the original “Star Wars” trilogy on Super Nintendo. The cult popularity of LucasArts titles encouraged a PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch re-release of “Star Wars: Republic Commando” in April 2021, and “Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy” in 2020.

Disney acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, but decided to close the company’s internal video game studio. Disney then licensed the “Star Wars” brand to Electronic Arts, one of the largest video game makers in North America. Electronic Arts delivered several “Star Wars” games using the license, including online shooters “Battlefront” and “Battlefront II; the single-player adventure “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order;” and the space combat simulator “Star Wars: Squadrons.”

In celebration of this year’s Star Wars Day, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the best Star Wars games over the years, ranked from worst to best:

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11. ‘Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire’ (1996)

“Shadows of the Empire” was an exclusive title for the Nintendo 64. Set between “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” the game stars bounty hunter Dash Render and employs a few different styles of gameplay.

The game is primarily a third person shooter, with specific levels designed for piloting vehicles. Unfortunately the graphics and controls don’t hold up too well compared to modern games, but there are a few moments that made “Shadows of the Empire” a memorable experience.

For example, players get to pilot a snowspeeder during a fun recreation of the Battle of Hoth from “Empire Strikes Back.” Later, Dash uses a jetpack to duel Boba Fett during an attempt to rescue Han Solo. 

10. ‘Star Wars: Republic Commando’ (2005)

“Star Wars: Republic Commando” is a first person game with an emphasis on squad mechanics. Players control an elite squad of soldiers during the Clone Wars, the conflict between the Republic and the Trade Federation depicted in “Star Wars Episodes II & III.”

While the gun-play in “Republic Commando” pretty run of the mill by modern standards, the amount of strategic control players …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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