There’s no way even George Lucas and the talented people he worked with knew that Star Wars would grow to become one of the most beloved franchises on the planet. Now here we are, nearly forty years later, counting down the days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives—ready to be captivated by new settings, heroes, and villains.
While the story and characters will be different in the new movies, one thing hasn’t changed over the years: our desire to jump into the Star Wars universe. Who doesn’t want to wield a Jedi’s trademark weapon into battle, have their own BB8 droid or deal the killing blow to the Death Star while in the cockpit of an X-Wing?
That’s what’s so great about our list of Star Wars video games: They’re perhaps the closest we’ll ever get to actually living those experiences. And lucky for us gamers, several amazing games and accessories based on Star Wars have been released over the years, including a highly anticipated title coming in 2015.
Check out some of the best Star Wars games and accessories you can buy while you wait for The Force Awakens to hit theaters.
POWER A The Force Awakens Wired Controllers for Xbox One
These are some of the coolest licensed Star Wars Xbox One accessories to release since the console hit store shelves. The design of POWER A’s wired controllers are inspired by the biggest characters and vehicles set to appear in Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens this coming holiday season.
The color schemes and graphics include: red and black with Darth Vader graphics and the Imperial symbol, white and blue with R2D2 graphics and the emblem of the Rebel Alliance, and a white and black controller with Storm Trooper graphics and the Galactic Empire logo.
Every wired controller comes with a 9.8 foot cord, dual rumble motors, and impulse triggers. Since they are official-made for Xbox One products, using them will not void your console warranty like other 3rd party controllers might.
As of this writing, there have been image leaks of more controllers with designs based off the X-Wing, Kylo Ren, and BB-8. A Captain Phasma controller has also been confirmed, but will only be available for purchase at GameStop stores.
Note: We recommend purchasing these only as collector items and not as a primary controller for your Xbox One. There are far better Xbox One controllers worth your money.
These Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers can be ordered on Amazon for “see current price“.
Star Wars Battlefront
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a decade since LucasArts released Star Wars: Battlefront II, a game that improved upon the original in every way. Star Wars gamers have been clamoring for a new Battlefront game to be released, and EA has finally listened with the upcoming reboot of the popular series.
Like the first games, the new Star Wars Battlefront will be a first and third person multiplayer shooter that lets players jump into combat on foot or behind the “wheel’ of air and land vehicles. Some of the planets that will serve as battlefields are Tatooine, Endor, Hoth, and Sullust, and players will once again fight on the side of either the Empire or Rebel Alliance.
While the game won’t have a traditional campaign mode, players can complete missions offline either with bots or other players, including split screen on consoles. Of course, the heart of the game is online multiplayer, which supports up to 40 players and features 12 maps at launch.
Star Wars Battlefront can be picked up starting November 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Along with the Standard version, a Deluxe version that comes with extra in-game unlockables is also available.Check out the current prize for Star Wars Battlefront here
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack
Just like Star Wars itself, Disney Infinity has skyrocketed in popularity ever since these “toys to life” games were introduced. There’s just something about seeing your plastic figure based on a character come alive in your game and then using them in an exciting virtual adventure.
Since Disney now owns Lucasfilm, the latest version of Disney Infinity features several awesome Star Wars figures for you to collect and use in the game. The standard Starter Pack is perfect for starting out, since it includes the game, base, and two figurines: Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano. A web code card and a Twilight of the Republic play set piece are also included. This pack is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
There is also a Saga Bundle that comes with everything the Starter Pack does, but with some extras. These include a Princess Leia, Boba Fett, and Luke Skywalker figure. Click the link to see the current Amazon prices for the Starter Pack and Saga Bundle pack. You can also look at the current price of character figures sold separately by clicking on the previous link: Chewbacca, Yoda, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more.See the current prices for the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack here
Check out the current price for the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Saga Bundle here
Star Wars: The Old Republic
If you were an MMO player and Star Wars fan between 2003 and 2011, chances are you checked out Star Wars Galaxies at some point. While it was praised for its graphics, customizable characters, and large worlds, it failed to reach the popularity of World of Warcraft because of having complex gameplay, too little quests to complete, and tons of technical problems.
In hopes of giving players a more immersive MMO experience set in the Star Wars universe, EA and LucasArts had BioWare create The Old Republic. To give you an idea of how anticipated this game was, it became the fastest growing game by reaching one million subscribers in only three days. So far, it has made an estimated $140 million in additional revenues—without even counting the subscription income.
In The Old Republic, you’ll create your own character that belongs to either the Galactic Republic or Sith Empire. As you’d expect from a game developed by the people behind Mass Effect, there is a lot of customization and choice options when talking to NPCs. The enhanced dialogue system and unique NPC interactions make this game one of the best virtual Star Wars experiences you can have.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is now free to play, which means you can download it and get started on your sci-fi adventure without paying a dime. However, picking up the Shadow of Revan expansion pack will cost you.Click here to see current prices on Star Wars: The Old Republic Value Pack
Lego Star Wars games
While most people these days have an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Wii U as their main gaming console, some of us have held on to our older devices. If you still have a Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, or other last-gen console and love both Lego and Star Wars, you can’t go wrong with one of the Lego Star Wars games.
These acclaimed titles have all received good reviews for featuring fun gameplay and quirky visuals based off everyone’s favorite building toys. They include Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. Each one features different stories, characters, and settings, and most are available on various gaming platforms, including PC/Mac and handheld consoles.
If you’re only interested in the first two games, then you have Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga as an option. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, which is the most recent title, is only sold alone and not in a bundle.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed games
Selling more than six million copies since releasing, and serving as the third best-selling game in 2008, The Force Unleashed is a must play game for any Star Wars fan. It is praised for having one of the best stories of any Star Wars game, since it puts players in control of arguably one of the coolest characters to be created for a Star Wars game: Starkiller. He is the secret apprentice of none other than Darth Vader.
A sequel named The Force Unleashed II was released two years later for Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, which managed to sell half a million copies in only two weeks. It continues the story of the first game [Spoilers start] by letting you control a clone of Starkiller, who will do whatever it takes to discover his true identity [Spoilers End]. This sequel features modified gameplay, such as the ability to wield dual lightsabers capable of decapitating and/or dismembering enemies.
While the first game is considered the better of the two, both are certainly worth checking out, especially if you’ve always been more of a Dark Side fan. Of course, if you were to choose only one, then definitely go with the first game—it is said to have a much better story.Check out the current prices Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
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Razer Star Wars: The Old Republic Gaming Mouse
This mouse is perfect for the Star Wars fan who isn’t satisfied unless their accessories are designed after their favorite epic space opera franchise. Even though it is made for The Old Republic players, it is still an excellent mouse to have if you play other MMOs and PC games.
Razer’s gaming mouse features 17 buttons that allow you to access skills faster than anyone else. The gold-backlit faction emblem can be switched with other emblems, including some inspired by the Sith Empire and Galactic Republic.
You can also add and manage several devices thanks to Razer Synapse 2.0 functionality. This feature allows you to instantly store and access key bindings, configurations, macros, and more from the cloud. Dual wired/wireless technology also lets you switch to wired mode so you can keep playing even when your battery is low.Click here to see the current price for the Razer Star Wars: The Old Republic Gaming Mouse
See the current price of the Turtle Beach Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Gaming Headset here
Knights of the Old Republic games
Even before Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare had already made two games based on George Lucas’ universe. The first game was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, an RPG that differs from other Star Wars games of the time in that it featured a timeline several thousand years before the Skywalker family. This gave the developers more creative freedom too, which ended up paying off.
Knights of the Old Republic went on to receive universal acclaim and is considered by many to be the best Star Wars game of all time. Players and critics alike have praised its excellent gameplay, compelling story, and interesting cast of characters. It’s so good that it has even seen several re-releases on newer platforms, including Steam and iPad.
A sequel named Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords was released a few years later and it is also an excellent game. While it wasn’t made by BioWare, it still shares the same great visuals (for the time) and gameplay systems that made the first game so fun.
Angry Birds Star Wars
Angry Birds is the game that dominated the iOS and Android market for so long that it became a franchise of its own. To this day it’s hard not to see a kid wearing a shirt with one of the birds and/or pigs from the original games. The developers have even had a chance to make a few spin offs, including one based on Star Wars.
Angry Birds Star Wars is great because it not only features the same addicting gameplay, but it actually makes fun use of the universe. The game basically retells the events of the original Star Wars film trilogy, but in Angry Bird form, even featuring birds as Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance. The pigs are, of course, the Empire.
Turtle Beach Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Gaming Headset
In need of a high-quality gaming headset that also lets everyone around you know that you’re all about Star Wars? If so, we’ve found just what you’re looking for with Turtle Beach’s Star Wars X-Wing Pilot gaming headset.
Crafted by one of the best gaming headset manufacturers in the world, this awesome accessory boasts full range audio, thanks to cutting edge 40mm Neodymium speakers. This means you’ll be able to hear friends and teammates loud and clear no matter what game you’re playing.
The boom mic is also set at just the right sensitivity, which means your voice will go through smoothly without any breathing or background noises, and the lightweight design means no headaches from long use. The headset’s design is, of course, inspired by the iconic orange jumpsuit worn by the Rebel Alliance’s own Starfighter Pilots.
Lastly, a 3.5mm jack connection is included. This means that Turtle Beach’s headset is not only compatible with PlayStation 4, but with Xbox One, PC, Mac, smartphones/tablets, and portable gaming devices as well.See the current price for this Star Wars gaming headset here
Star Wars: Battlefront II
What better way to prepare for the anticipated release of the new Star Wars Battlefront than by playing the game it draws its inspiration from? Star Wars: Battlefront II had such a healthy fanbase that it was only just last year that its online service shut down, nearly 10 years after launch.
Yes, this means that online multiplayer is no longer possible for this game. However, one of the reasons Battlefront II was praised more than the first game was because it had a much better story campaign. It not only features more characters, vehicles, and missions, but also does a good job of letting you relive parts of the Star Wars story from the eyes of an elite Imperial Stormtrooper.
Battlefront II takes place in two entirely different eras: the Galactic Civil war and the Clone Wars. There are also four classes to choose from that all have their own strengths and weaknesses. These include the engineer, heavy weapon, sniper, and infantry.See current prices for Star Wars Battlefront 2 here
Kinect Star Wars
If you have an Xbox 360, a Kinect device, and kids, you definitely need to grab yourself a copy of this game. Since the Kinect features motion control gaming, players can use their body to pull off all the awesome Jedi skills they’ve always dreamed of doing.
Of course, this includes wielding one of the coolest weapons anyone has ever came up with: the Lightsaber. Players must also use full body motions to zoom through environments in a speeder bike or pod racer, cause unimaginable destruction as a Rancor, and more.
Worth mentioning is that Kinect Star Wars is definitely aimed at a younger audience. Even so, the simple gameplay can be fun even as an adult when playing with your kids, friends, and even significant other—especially during a silly part where you must dance for Jabba the Hutt. Kinect Star Wars features several multiplayer modes such as competitive, duel, and co-op.
Star Wars: Empire at War Gold Pack
Star Wars gamers haven’t had much luck over the years when it comes to the strategy genre. Plenty of them have released, but very few were worth playing even at the time they came out. The exception is Star Wars: Empire at War, a game that stills stands as one of the best strategy games set in the Star Wars setting.
What attracted players to this game was the ability to take part in more than just the fights. While leading troops and spaceships into combat is fun, figuring out how to manage production and strategically maneuver your forces is also interesting. It adds another level of strategy since how you build your forces is just as vital as the combat itself.
Like many of the great Star Wars games on this list, this one released quite a while ago. This means that the visuals won’t look as impressive as they did back in 2006, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this excellent strategy game. Those who can look past Empire at War‘s aged graphics will find an authentic Star Wars experience that you really can’t find anywhere else.Look at current prices for Star Wars Empire At War Gold Pack here
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