The 10 best Star Wars games of all time

5) Star Wars: TIE Fighter

Released: 1994

If you only played console games in the early-to-mid '90s, you missed out on truly captivating Star Wars space sims, starting with X-Wing. One year later, TIE Fighter applied much the same formula, but taking command of the titular ship and fighting as the Empire put a fresh spin on the franchise, and made things more thrilling. A couple more sequels followed, but TIE Fighter is considered the best of the bunch, and still one of the franchise's top games.

Available on: PC

4) Super Star Wars

Released: 1993

Remember when Luke fought that Sarlaac Monster in the first 10 minutes of A New Hope? How about when he then had to leap between moving platforms on a Jawa sandcrawler? No? It's true: Super Star Wars takes liberties with the source material to amp up the action, but the end result is an awesome and challenging run-and-gun side-scroller. It's one of the earliest licensed games that we remember truly loving, and it spawned stellar sequels too.

Available on: SNES, Wii, PS4, PS Vita

3) Star Wars Battlefront II

Released: 2017

Now we get that this inclusion might be controversial. But hear us out.

Every other game on this list is from a long time ago and hardware generations far, far away – but Star Wars Battlefront II just came out. And in so many ways, it's brilliant.

Like EA's previous Battlefront, the sequel does a hugely impressive job of capturing the cinematic experience in the form of a shooter, with weapons, characters, and environments that look just like what's up on the big screen.

The 40-player online battles are immense and thrilling, with all three movie timelines represented here, while the solid single-player campaign delivers a new story of revenge through the eyes of an Empire heroine.

Against all that, as you might have heard, the online progression can feel like a grind – and one that could conceivably cost you money. EA is still trying to sort out that one. But if you can overlook that, thankfully it's still loads of fun. 

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

2) Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

Released: 2001

Arguably still the finest original trilogy-spanning game ever created, Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader took the strong core of the N64 original and elevated the flight combat experience with the added power of the GameCube. It was a stunning achievement for its time, and pretty easily the best launch title on the system, letting you zip through iconic moments as part of the X-Wing crew. Truth be told, it still looks fabulous. 

Available on: GameCube

1) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Released: 2003

Knights of the Old Republic eschewed the films' timeline, yet still delivered an engrossing tale—one that you could shape as you made decisions and nudged either way on the Force spectrum. BioWare's seminal role-player is widely considered one of the strongest licensed games ever created, and it helped pave the way for the studio's beloved Mass Effect series, too. Knights of the Old Republic II isn't as consistently strong, but it's still recommended.

Available on: Xbox, PC, iOS, Android, Mac