Star Wars: 10 Best Forgotten Video Games | ScreenRant – Screen Rant

Star Wars games have becomes a rare commodity with only a few being released in the last 10 years but the LucasArts era had so many games to offer.Lucasfilm’s choice to terminate LucasArts has been regarded …

Star Wars games have becomes a rare commodity with only a few being released in the last 10 years but the LucasArts era had so many games to offer.
Lucasfilm’s choice to terminate LucasArts has been regarded by fans as one of the worst decisions by the company. Following this monumental change, Lucasfilm signed a 10-year licensing agreement with EA to exclusively make Star Wars video games. In those 10 years, EA had only produced five games (which includes the upcoming Jedi: Survivor).
Unfortunately during EA’s time with the franchise they opted to prioritize their own IP over Star Wars and as a result more Star Wars games were canceled than produced in their tenure. While EA did deliver some really fun games, nothing compares to the golden age of LucasArts in the 90s and 2000s as tons of games were being produced each year.
Using similar gameplay, Battle for Naboo has been called by many as a spiritual sequel to the classic Rogue Squadron game. While the games have similar mechanics, an entirely new gaming engine was created for this game.
Related: 10 Awesome Original Xbox Games You Can Download For Xbox X/S
Another really cool element the game added was ground combat, allowing players to use more vehicles such as tanks, speeders and troop transports. Even 22 years later, Battle for Naboo is still a ton of fun to play.
Truly a unique product of its time, Super Bombad Racing was the third and final pod-racing game. This entry was a huge departure from the previous two games as it included main characters from both original and prequel trilogies as well as a completely different art style.
While the game has little to do with the movies or shows, it still gave players a fun time through a fast-paced Mario Kart-inspired racing game with all their favorite characters.
Over the years, Lucasfilm has become increasingly more secretive regarding their upcoming projects but during George Lucas’ time at Lucasfilm, things were a lot less strict. This even went so far as releasing LEGO Star Wars: The Video Games and the game adaptation of Episode III weeks in advance of the film.
The Revenge of the Sith game even included full scenes from the movie as part of the game’s cut-scenes. While the game is pretty linear, it offered fans a fun way to use the different force abilities. The game almost feels like a pre-cursor to The Force Unleashed.
Rebel Assault II was so ahead of its time. Using technology similar to the original Mortal Kombat games, live-action actors with real props were filmed and superimposed into the game.
The game plays like a rail shooter but also features vehicular combat as well, leaving something for all Star Wars fans. Developed by a mere group of 15 people, the game was completed in only 18 months, a timeframe now seen as impossible for a video game, according to Discovery Youtube.
Dark Forces was LucasArts’ answer to Doom. The level design was widely praised as the player goes on a galaxy sprawling adventure, featuring planets such as Nar Shaddaa and Coruscant, five years before it debuted in The Phantom Menace.
Related: Star Wars: 8 Things To Remember Before Andor
Before the new Canon was established, Dark Forces was the true origin of how the original Death Star plans were stolen. The game follows former Imperial Kyle Katarn who works as a mercenary for the Rebel Alliance. His character’s whole history is one that Star Wars fans want to see adapted into Canon.
Predating both Clone Wars animated series, The Clone Wars video game was released to coincide with the home video release of Attack of the Clones. Even over the last 20 years, not many people have talked about this game.
Developed by Pandemic, the game introduced a lot of similar mechanics the studio would later reuse in their 2 Battlefront games a couple of years later. The game starts with the Battle of Geonosis before going onto an original story set not much after Episode II where players can play as Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Mace Windu.
Shadows of the Empire is the gold standard for Star Wars video games with many citing it as one of the best retro Star Wars games. Released in 1996, the game was part of a massive multimedia project from Lucasfilm also dubbed Shadows of the Empire. A toy line, comics, books, a video game, and even a full original score were created in what Thrillist called “a multimedia event designed to achieve the scale of a new Star Wars movie… without actually making a new Star Wars movie.”
Related: Star Wars: 10 Video Game Characters Who Should Come To Live-Action
The game opens with the Battle of Hoth, sending players right into the action in a snow speeder. Shadows of the Empire also introduced fans to Dash Rendar, who quickly became a fan favorite. However, he has yet to physically appear in any Canon project to date.
Regarded by many fans as one of the best Star Wars games, there hasn’t been much discourse on it in recent times. Bounty Hunter is a Jango Fett-centric story and follows him before the events of his appearance in Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
The game explores his origins as well as his first meeting with Count Dooku. Gameplay-wise, there are many features and different gadgets Fett can use. It was way ahead of its time and should be used as a blueprint for any future open-world Star Wars games with a bounty hunter.
While the EA version of the game has now achieved mass popularity, Battlefront II was initially released with problems and criticisms over the introduction of microtransactions that forced players to spend money to win. After rolling this back, the game ended up a solid online multiplayer.
Even years later, Battlefront II still has an active community with new mods and maps created regularly. While the game already has so much content, there are thousands of free add-ons to install that’ll allow players to never get bored with it.
With popular MMOs like World of Warcraft and Runescape, LucasArts teamed with Sony Online Entertainment to create Star Wars Galaxies to compete in the market. The game was wildly popular and had three expansion packs. Following the release of the final expansion, the game still remained active among players until its eventual closure to shepherd in The Old Republic, its successor.
Star Wars Galaxies was the ultimate escape for any fan of the franchise, allowing the player to truly feel what it’s like to live in the fictional world. Despite closing the game, emulations of the game still exist, allowing players to go back into the world of the game. All of the emulations are free-to-play and remain open to this day.
Next: Top 10 Pre-Disney Star Wars Video Games That Deserve A Sequel Or Remake
Aidan Joshua Wagland is a freelance writer for Screen Rant. When not writing articles, Aidan loves to make films, play video games and just being creative in general. He lives in Montreal.