Top Star Wars First Person Shooter Games


First-person shooter games set in the Star Wars universe have been very popular with gamers over the years. The games are packed with in-depth storylines that encompass both the Star Wars films (new and old), books, comics and more. 

In addition to having great stories, some Star Wars shooter games have also introduced new gameplay features to the genre that has become standard in many other shooters released. 

The list that follows details some of the best Star Wars first-person shooter PC games that have been released.

Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront

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Star Wars Battlefront is a reboot of the Star Wars Battlefront series that has seen two previous releases. The game has been developed by EA Digital Illusions (aka DICE), the same development company behind the successful Battlefield series of first-person multiplayer shooters.

In Star Wars Battlefront, players choose between two factions; The Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire as the taking part in large scale battles set on well know Star Wars Universe locations including the famous ice planet, Hoth, the jungle moon of Endor and Kashyyyk to name a few. 

The competitive multiplayer matches in Star Wars Battlefront include support for games of up to 40 players online at once in a single map/game.

Star Wars Dark Forces

Star Wars Dark Forces

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Released in 1995, Star Wars Dark Forces (part of the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series) puts players into the role of Kyle Katarn a young soldier for the Rebel Alliance who is strong with the Force. Players will fight against Storm Troopers and other Galactic Empire enemies in this first-person shooter classic. 

Star Wars: Dark Forces was one of the first shooter games to feature gameplay options that allow players to run, jump and crouch as well as the ability to look in a three-dimensional game word by looking up and down rather than straight ahead that many shooters of the time were limited to. 

Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront

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Star Wars Battlefront was the first go at the multiplayer first-person shooter set in Star Wars. In it, players will take part in actual battles that were part of or talked about in the original and prequel Star Wars films (Episodes I - VI).

Players are given the option of choosing a character from five different classes and can play in single-player/AI battles or online multiplayer battles.

For battles from episodes 1-III players can choose to fight for the Galactic Republic or Confederacy of Independent Systems and for battles from episodes IV-VI players fight for either the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is the fourth game in the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series of Star Wars first-person shooters, but puts players in the role of a new hero named Jaden Korr.

In Jedi Outcast players can customize the hero to their liking and will learn the ways of the Force from Luke Skywalker himself. They are also able to create a custom lightsaber and choose a storyline path for themselves.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

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Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2 is the direct sequel to Dark Forces. It includes storyline and gameplay that very well received by fans and critics alike when it was released back in 1997. 

The game continues the story started in Dark Forces with players advancing in learning the powers of the Force. 

There was a single expansion pack released titled Mysteries of the Sith. Both the expansion and original game are available in a number of combo packs. 

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II was also the first Star Wars first person shooter to offer multiplayer game modes.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith screenshot

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith is an expansion pack for Dark Forces II and continues the storyline with players once again taking on the role of Kyle Katarn and Mara Jade.

Mysteries of the Sith also offers the ability to play as a third-person shooter. The Mysteries of the Sith expansion pack is now sold in a budget combo pack along with Dark Forces II.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast screenshot

As with previous titles Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast follows the story of Kyle Katarn and is set a few years after the events of Mysteries of the Sith. Kyle has lost his Force powers and must travel to the Jedi Academy in hopes of gaining them back.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast does have a free game demo available which players can download and install to try out the first mission or two from the full version of the game.

Star Wars Republic Commando

Star Wars Republic Commando screenshot

Star Wars Republic Commando is a first-person shooter that is set during the Clone Wars as told in the Star Wars Episode II movie. Players take command of a commando team of clones as they travel to different planets in the Star Wars universe. The tactical game play elements allow players to issues orders to members of his squad while controlling the commander from the first-person perspective.

Star Wars Battlefront II

Star Wars Battlefront II screenshot

Star Wars Battlefront II is the sequel to Star Wars Battlefront and is a single and multiplayer game very similar to the Battlefield series of games. Players can fight in online battles across various locations and environments seen in many of the Star Wars films. These include battles on Endor, Hoth, Naboo and more as well as famous battles such as the Death Star and Tantive IV.

Star Wars Shadows of the Empire

Star Wars Shadows of the Empire screenshot

The storyline for Star Wars Shadows of the Empire starts with the Battle of Hoth and jumps to the events that take place in between The Empires Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Players control Dash Rendar as he helps Luke Skywalker rescue Princess Leia.