Star Wars Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate May the 4th than with a few Star Wars game titles? Games following the sci-fi space opera have been around since the franchise’s early days. Some of the oldest ones that come to mind hail from the N64, racing as Skywalker amid the sands and canyons of Tatooine. But don’t worry, we won’t be going that far back. While reminiscing is the key here for Star Wars Day, there’s definitely more to this franchise than just the movies.
Star Wars Games You Can Play To Celebrate May the 4th
In this article, we will review some of the games that have made Star Wars a fantastic thing to watch and experience as the main character.
8. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Series
While modern Star Wars games are in a league all their own, the earlier Star Wars games are still very much worth playing. No matter the title, if it’s got Star Wars in the name, it usually makes a headline in the gaming community once a new game is released. Both Knights of the Old Republic games are great examples of Star Wars games created competently. They are heralded as some of the best in the franchise from the minds behind Fallout: New Vegas and Mass Effect. If you’ve never had the chance to play either one of these games, there’s more than one reason to try them now.
Both games in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Series came out for the Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile systems. They each feature great stories that similarly follow the same themes, pacing, and characterizations as the movies. However, as far as the timeline goes, these games take place far, FAR behind the movies. In fact, they scale almost 4,000 years behind that timeline. While there is a bit of a dated atmosphere to the game compared to modern standards, that doesn’t stop each of these games from being a worthwhile choice for your gaming night come May the 4th to celebrate Star Wars Day.
7. Star Wars: Squadrons
Star Wars: Squadrons is a space combat game that can help fulfill your need for strategy. If space battles were your favorite part of watching the Star Wars series, Squadrons might be an excellent game for you to come back to. It was released for the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. In Squadrons, you can fly anything from an X-Wing to a TIE Fighter, to the TIE Defenders and B-Wings, all craft straight from the movies.
The game takes place in a first-person perspective, so fair warning to those who may be a little sensitive to jarring movement in video games, especially when you’re piloting anything in the Star Wars universe. The game emphasizes the idea of space battles more so than the story. The campaign is from the perspective of both the New Republic and the Empire as they clash over enemy lines
6. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is a standalone title for the PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC. While technically a part of the Jedi Knight Series, as a title, it can stand alone. You don’t need to play other games to get proper enjoyment out of the lightsaber-wielding experience that comes with Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. This game made lightsaber combat fun, or at least as close as it could get past the Wii and Kinect days.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy nails the idea of using a lightsaber, especially when it comes to the enemies it sets you up against. The only issue that some players find with Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is that it’s pretty old and feels rather dated. Still, if you’re looking for a new game purchase that won’t break the bank, getting a rerelease or original copy can be a cost-effective way to celebrate your May 4th.
5. Star Wars Battlefront II
Star Wars Battlefront II is one of the best Star Wars games out there. It is highly recommended for its versatility, replayability, well-crafted war design system, and wide cast of playable characters. Loom the battlefield as Darth Vader, fly as a mercenary, or shoot as a Storm Trooper in this remake of the original title released in 2005. While everyone may have their opinions regarding which is better, the remake or the original, one must keep in mind that the only one with online support is the newest version of the game. So if you want to give shooting that blaster a spin against some real people, it’s best to hook up with the Battlefront for Xbox One, PC, and PS4.
4. Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Did we say that we weren’t going back to the N64 days? That may have been a bit of an over-exaggeration. But don’t worry. You won’t need to dust off the N64 to get into this one. Star Wars Episode I: Racer is one of the oldest Star Wars games out there in the franchise. It’s also one of the most popular, being surprisingly ahead of its time for the N64. That being said, you won’t need an N64 for this once since it was rereleased on the Nintendo Switch. So if you’re in the mood for some good racing wherever you go, consider this classic this Star Wars Day.
3. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the first game in the Star Wars Jedi series. It came right before Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and gathered the hype you’re now seeing for the game that came after. It established the core mechanics you play in the modern game now, with Force-related combat, high-speed lightsaber fighting, and swarms of enemies. With planets to explore and stories to uncover, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order makes for a tremendous Star Wars game and really feels like a triple-A title in your hands. Even if it’s not as new as the newest game that just came out, it’s still a great title to consider if you’ve not played either one before.
2. Star Wars Battlefront II (2005)
After all this time, one of the best games out there for the Star Wars franchise also happens to be the oldest. The original Star Wars Battlefront II for the PlayStation 2 may need a bit of setup to play, but we guarantee it’ll be a great time this Star Wars Day. While you can’t exactly go online with this copy, you sure can have split-screen fun with some friends. The original version of Star Wars Battlefront II comes with everything fans missed from the old version. All the same sounds, graphics, and tiny details are there, uncompromised by any remake attempts. If you enjoy reveling in retro titles, this pick is for you.
1. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the newest game in the Star Wars franchise. It picks up right where Fallen Order left off. It even has the same cast of characters, following Cal as he helps rebel as one of the last surviving Jedi alive after Order 66. Unlike other titles in the game spectrum for Star Wars, these titles closely align with the movies, not taking place too far behind, too far ahead, or outside the continuum altogether. This next installment of the series takes on a new planet to explore and features combat, exploration, and level-up skill mechanics from the previous games.
What did you think of our picks? Are you going to try out any of these game titles this coming Star Wars Day – May the 4th? Which titles do you own, and which do you wish you owned? We’d love to hear more from you in the comments below.