What were your favorite Star Wars Computer Games?
Back in the 1990’s there were many awesome Star Wars computer games being produced by the now defunct LucasArts.
With the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront coming out shortly, here is a selection of some of the best Star Wars Computer Games of all time…
With the success of Doom and the popularization of First Person Shooters, LucasArts released Dark Forces where you play Kyle Katarn a mercenary soldier working on behalf of the Rebel Alliance.
The game introduced a few new features to the FPS genre including levels with multiple floors and the ability to look up and down. It was quite an exciting computer game and if I recall quite scary in places when confronting a Dark Trooper!
Super Star Wars
Back when SNES game cartridges could cost $100 for the biggest titles, along came Super Star Wars and almost justified the extortionate price!
Most of the game was played as a 2D platform shooter, but the graphics were very detailed for the time and the game also made use of the then excellent sound chip of the SNES. Some of the levels also took advantage of the SNES’s mode 7 scaling so you could race around in a Landspeeder and in an Xwing in the final mission of the Star Wars computer game.
Arguably one of the greatest PC Star Wars computer games of all time. A sequel to the successful space simulator Xwing, Tie-Fighter turned the tables and allowed you to fight for the Empire!
A more polished experience than Xwing both in terms of graphics and also the excellent missions and story line. Sadly, because these games were simulators and had lots of controls, they were never made available to console owners. However, the simulator type gameplay offered more depth and realism than simpler arcade style games.
Two further sequels were released which introduced multiplayer gaming before the Xwing series was finally retired.
Dark Forces II Jedi Knight
Kyle Katarn is back and this time he has discovered he had Jedi powers (that’s handy isn’t it?).
Once again Jedi Knight is quite a lavish experience. The game was one of the first to feature a full 3D environment, and hardware accelerated technology which was in its infancy but basically allowed smooth but detailed 3D graphics. This time, multiplayer options were also available as well as many new gameplay features such as lightsaber combat and force powers. This Star Wars comnputer game also had live action movie cut scenes.
This console friendly action packed arcade game was like a breath of fresh air after the brilliant but heavy Xwing Sims.
Most of the levels are played in a planets atmosphere, such as Tatooine and Hoth. The game spawned two sequels, the first of which (Rogue Leader) debuted on Nintendo’s Game Cube with far superior next-gen graphics.
Knights Of The Old Republic
Arguably the last of the great Star Wars computer games, an RPG adventure set 4000 years before the movies during the ancient Galactic Republic.
Bioware developed KOTOR and certainly showed their ability to produce top quality games and would go on to develop Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
KOTOR used table-top combat rules from Wizards of the Coast, so as the combat was turn based the gameplay would freeze when a battle commenced for the player to choose what actions to take.
As with most RPGs, KOTOR’s fantastic story was the highlight and in addition to beautifully detailed settings made this a very memorable game.