Gaming Consoles & PCs Best Star Wars Video Games of All Time by Michael Klappenbach Writer Former Lifewire writer Michael Klappenbach is an IT professional and an expert on games and gaming equipment. our editorial process Michael Klappenbach Updated on June 24, 2019 Star Wars Logo. © LucasFilm Consoles & PCs Xbox Buyer's Guide Tweet Share Email Since the mid-1990s there have been more than two dozen PC games released that are set in the Star Wars Universe. These games include titles from all different video game genre including first-person shooters, real-time strategy, role-playing games and much more. The games also cover a wide spectrum of the Star Wars Universe and timelines. Some of the games take place thousands of years prior to the events of the files while others are set during the or after Star Wars The Force Awakens, which is the latest film in the series. There are also games that explore planets and worlds that have had little or no mention at all in the films. The list that follows is ten of the best Star Wars video games released for the PC to date. 01 of 10 Star Wars Battlefront (2015) © Electronic Arts What We Like Outstanding graphics, music, and sound effects. Reliable online servers make for a smooth multiplayer experience. What We Don't Like Requires the purchase of DLC to enjoy most of the game's content. Characters and weapons lack variety. Release Date: Nov 17, 2015Genre: Action, First Person ShooterGame Modes: Single player, multiplayer The 2015 version of Star Wars Battlefront is a reboot to the Battlefront sub-series of games which has been developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (aka DICE), the same development company behind the award-winning Battlefield series of games. Star Wars Battlefront can be played from either the first or third person perspective and takes place on a number of well know planets of the Star Wars universe. It features both a single player story campaign as well as a multiplayer portion that supports battles of up to 40 players online at once. The release of Star Wars Battlefront has met with generally favorable reviews and is released to coincide with the release of the feature film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it is not tied into the movie's storyline. 02 of 10 Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005) © LucasArts What We Like Intriguing story deepens the Star Wars lore. Intense action sequences keep the game from getting boring. What We Don't Like PC version occasionally suffers from input lag. Main campaigns are very linear. Release Date: Mar 1, 2005Genre: Action, First Person ShooterGame Modes: Single player, multiplayer Star Wars: Republic Commando is a tactical first-person shooter game that is set during the events of the Clone Wars that was depicted in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. In it, players control a four-man squad of commandos who must complete various objective-based covert missions. Players have the ability to issue orders and control any of the squad members through the game's three distinct campaigns. The game is one of the few Star Wars based games that does not feature Jedi Knights. Republic Commando received mostly positive reviews upon release in 2005. 03 of 10 Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011) © LucasArts What We Like Impressive voice acting talents. Wide selection of playable characters offers a variety of gameplay styles. What We Don't Like Doesn't bring anything revolutionary to the MMORPG genre. The planets are disappointingly small. Release Date: Dec 20, 2011Genre: MMORPGGame Modes: Multiplayer Star Wars: The Old Republic is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based in the Star Wars Universe. Released in 2011 the game has received positive reviews with positive comments for the storylines and companion system. The game uses a subscription-based model but also includes a free to play feature that allows anyone to play but there are certain restrictions and slower leveling for free accounts. The Old Republic is set some 300 years after the events of the Knights of the Old Republic games which are more than 3,000 years before the events of the films. In it, players will join with either the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire as they choose to follow the light or dark side of the force. The game includes a wide array of playable species from the Star Wars universe as well as each faction has a number of different classes to choose from. 04 of 10 Star Wars: Battlefront (2004) © LucasArts What We Like Multiplayer mode is still a blast if you can find others to play with. Impressive AI makes the game feel challenging yet fair. What We Don't Like Single player mode isn't nearly as exciting as co-op play. The controls for space combat feel a little wonky. Release Date: Sep 21, 2004Genre: Action, First Person ShooterGame Modes: Single player, multiplayer The first Star Wars: Battlefront game was released back in 2004 and received very positive reviews with the gameplay being favorably compared to classic multiplayer shooters Battlefield: 1942. It eventually spawned the sequel, Star Wars: Battlefront II. The game focuses on battles between four different factions within the Star Wars Universe, the Galactic Empire, Galactic Republic, Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Rebel Alliance. The game includes single-player modes that cover the storylines of The Clone Wars but also features gameplay on a number of locations/planet systems in the Star Wars Universe. The online multiplayer portion is what the game is known for and features online battles for up to 64 players in various maps and locations such as Hoth, Endor, Kashyyyk and more. 05 of 10 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (2004) © Lucas Arts What We Like Builds upon the story started in its predecessor. Combat gets more engaging as your party grows. What We Don't Like Lack of in-game tutorials makes it difficult for newcomers to the series. Occasional bugs and lag drag down the experience. Release Date: Dec 6, 2004Genre: Role-Playing GameGame Modes: Single player, multiplayer Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is a role-playing video game set 4,000 years before the events of the first feature film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It is also the sequel to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and is set 5 years after the events of that game. The game is played from the third-person perspective and is a traditional style RPG with a pausable real-time combat system based on the D20 game system developed by Wizards of the Coast. In the game, players will create a character as they take on the role of a Jedi Knight who has been exiled and attempts to restore is a connection with the Force and can choose a path down either the light or dark side of the Force. 06 of 10 Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast (2002) © Lucas Arts What We Like The character models look great for time period. Puzzles are fun and challenging. What We Don't Like Combat controls can be tricky to master Stealth sections are relentlessly difficult. Release Date: Mar 26, 2002Genre: Action, First Person ShooterGame Modes: Single player, multiplayer Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast is a first-person shooter video game that is the third full release in the Star Wars Jedi Knight sub-series of video games that started with Dark Forces. It is the direct sequel to Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith, the expansion pack for Dark Forces II. Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast continues the story of Kyle Katarn who has relinquished his Force powers after the events of Mysteries of the Sith. As the game progress, though, Kyle slowly regains his powers as he once again wields light and dark side force powers. Like many other games in this list, Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast earned overwhelmingly positive reviews with some critics calling it the best Star Wars first person shooter of all time for its mature and rich storyline, excellent level design and focus on lightsaber combat. 07 of 10 Star Wars: X-Wing vs TIE Fighter © LucasArts What We Like One of the first games to successfully blend real-time space battles with RPG elements. What We Don't Like Single player mode lacks depth. Graphics sometimes look choppy. Release Date: Apr 30, 1997Genre: Simulation, Space FlightGame Modes: Single player Star Wars: X-Wing vs TIE Fighter is another late 1990s Star Wars title that was very well received when released. It is the third title in the X-Wing sub-series of Star Wars games and is a space flight simulation which has players taking on the role of an X-Wing or TIE fighter pilot. The single-player portion of the game includes two campaigns, one for the Rebel Alliance and one for the Imperial forces. The game also includes a multiplayer portion which when released supported multiplayer games for up to eight players. Game modes included free-for-all, team matches, and cooperative play. Star Wars X-Wing vs TIE Fighter also has an expansion pack released called Balance of Power which expanded the single-player storyline. The game has earned some new life since it was updated and made available on a number of digital distribution platforms such as GOG.com and Steam. 08 of 10 LEGO Star Wars The Complete Saga (2009) © LucasArts What We Like Easy gameplay provides a great way to unwind. A massive character roster allows you to play as your favorite hero or villain. What We Don't Like Might be too easy for hardcore gamers. The graphics, while charming, are not consistent with other Star Wars titles. Release Date: Oct 13, 2009Genre: Action/Adventure, PlatformerGame Modes: Single player, multiplayer LEGO Star Wars The Complete Saga is an action/adventure game based on the Star Wars universe, with characters and locations depicted as LEGO figures and building blocks. The game is similar to other LEGO action/adventure games where players have the ability to control one of the dozens of characters from the Star Wars universe as they play through platform levels that go through the Star Wars story. The Complete Saga combines all six feature films released up to the time of release which can be played in order from one through six. The game was well received both critically and commercially and is still a highly sought after title on all platforms that it has been released 09 of 10 Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II © LucasArts What We Like Thousands of player-made mods add tremendous depth. Controls are intuitive and responsive. What We Don't Like Story mode is shorter than in the original. Multiplayer modes feel limited and unbalanced. Release Date: Sep 30, 1997Genre: Action, First Person ShooterGame Modes: Single player, multiplayer Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II is a first-person shooter game released in 1997 and the sequel to Star Wars: Dark Forces, the first shooter game based in the Star Wars universe. Dark Forces II is set just one year after the events of Return of the Jedi and puts players in the role of mercenary Kyle Katarn who seeks out his father's killers. Kyle soon learns that he has the power of the force on his side and begins to master it along the way being able to wield a lightsaber and unleash certain force powers. When released, Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II earned overwhelmingly positive reviews with praise for the overall gameplay, game mechanics and use of the lightsaber. The game features both a single-player campaign and a multiplayer mode. 10 of 10 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) © LucasArts What We Like Creative story gives you a choice how things play out. Tons of quests and mods provide hours of optional content. What We Don't Like Its not always clear what needs to be done to complete quests. Some of the player classes feel useless in combat. Release Date: Nov 19, 2003Genre: Role-Playing GameGame Modes: Single player Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing video game released in 2003 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox game systems. The story of Knights of the Old Republic takes place thousands of years before the rise of the Galactic Empire where a former Jedi knight has turned to the Dark Side and started a war with the republic. Players will create a character from one of three classes, gather companions and eventually learn the ways of the force. During gameplay, players will be faced with decisions which can lead their character down the light side of the force or the dark side. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic earned immediate acclaim from critics upon its release for excellent storyline and game-play. It was the winner of dozens of "game of the year" awards in 2003 and has been named to many best ever PC games lists. More than 10 years after its release is still considered one of the best role-playing games of all time.