15 Pre-Battlefront Star Wars Games That Were Actually Pretty Good
By Lance Cartelli on
Star Wars: Knights of the of Republic (2003)
Let’s start with what might be the greatest Star Wars game of all-time. For fans, it redeemed the word “prequel.”
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007)
The wordless world of the LEGO universe led to one of the most inspired moments ever for the entire franchise: Vader showing Luke a Polaroid to reveal that he is indeed his father.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008)
Darth Vader training a potential Sith successor in the same time frame as the original trilogy? Now that’s an amazing idea. And letting gamers destroy an Imperial Cruiser with The Force? Awesome. Period.
Angry Birds Star Wars (2012)
The combination of two mega-successful brands could have been a ham-handed failure, but lightsaber-wielding birds turned out to be hugely fun. And adorable.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (2004)
Die-hard fans of the original KOTOR pegged this sequel as nothing more than a scruffy-looking Nerf-herder, but Sith Lords was rather good, despite a less than satisfying conclusion.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (1998)
We’re talking 16 levels of flying an X-Wing fighter during the gap years between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Your character’s name: Luke Skywalker.
Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005)
Whether you loved or hated Episodes I through III, their most compelling element was their battle-ready clones. This Xbox game managed to breathe life and variety into a battle squad filled with genetically identical characters.
Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011)
The Old Republic was second massive multiplayer online role-player with blasters and lightsabers (the first was Star Wars Galaxies), but it was the first to make us really feel the Force around us.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2002)
The game had all the great set pieces of Attack of the Clones, in one PS2 title. Only a naysayer from the Galactic Republic could find fault with that.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (2010)
Playing a clone of the original Starkiller (that super-secret Sith Apprentice of Darth Vader) in the sequel to the best-selling Star Wars game was simply a blast.
Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995)
The inaugural first-person shooter set in the Star Wars universe pushed the genre forward by giving players the ability to look up and down. Take that, Doom!
Star Wars: Battlefront (2004)
This multiplayer shooter finally allowed gamers to battle as Stormtroopers, Wookiees, or bounty hunters. Temuera Morrison (the voice of Jango Fett) and the rest of the prequel clones lent their memorable voices to the trooper chatter.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (2003)
A superior follow-up to Jedi Outcast, Academy featured one of the best experiences for lovers of lightsaber duels.
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002)
Aside from a very cool reveal about how Jango Fett ended up being the clone, the PS2 game made great use of that signature jet pack and flamethrower.