10 Essential Star Wars Games You Can Play Right Now

Celebrate National Video Games Day in a galaxy far, far away...

There’s never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan who loves games. With Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on the horizon, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and LEGO Star Wars Battles out next year, and no end of ways to experience the classics, the only real question is: What game should you play next? To celebrate National Video Games Day, we’ve curated 10 essential Star Wars titles you can play right now on your PC, mobile device, or console of choice. So grab a controller, get comfortable, and may the Force be with you.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

1. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

From the victory at Endor to Rey’s arrival on the sacred island of Ahch-To, this charming, cheeky journey through the biggest thrills of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a must-play for fans of Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8. Featuring voice-over performances straight out of the film, innovative LEGO brick-building puzzles, and dazzling set pieces, it’s the perfect way to get ready for next year’s LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Get it on the App Store, Google Play, Nintendo 3DS, PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One.

Jedi in a screenshot from Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II.

2. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords 

Obsidian’s 2004 sequel to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic follows an exiled former Jedi on the run from monstrous Sith. This legendary role-playing game takes place 4,000 years before the dawn of the Galactic Empire, features some of the best dialogue in any Star Wars game to date, and lets you fight your way through classic RPG dungeons with all the strength of a Jedi Master. Find out why everyone adores this unmissable sequel when you download it from the App Store, GOG.com, Steam, or Xbox One.

Star Wars Episode I: Racer

3. Star Wars Episode I: Racer

Of all the games released to celebrate Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode I: Racer has remained the fan favorite for more than 20 years. It not only puts players in the cockpit of their favorite podracer — whether that’s Anakin Skywalker, Gasgano, or Sebulba — but is also a slick, exciting arcade racer regardless of the galaxy of worldbuilding behind it. Time hasn’t dulled the fun of this Nintendo 64 hit in the slightest. Pick it up today on GOG.com or Steam.

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

4. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

Every Star Wars fan should install this epic mobile RPG. Whether you want a rich grind, smooth turn-based combat, or just like to collect your favorite characters from all eras of the saga, this is simply one of the most satisfying games available on your smartphone or tablet. Through special themed events, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes continues to expand its offerings with new heroes and familiar worlds to explore — including many inspired by KotOR and other Legends content. Download it on the App Store or Google Play.

Star Wars: Republic Commando

5. Star Wars: Republic Commando

With clone commandos being added to DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront II in this month’s big September update, now’s the perfect time to dive into this incredible classic. Republic Commando is a bold and brilliant shooter centered around the use of your entire four-trooper squad. It’s a gritty tale of war that manages to stay intimate in scope, and it begins right at zero hour, on the planet Geonosis. Grab it on GOG.com, Steam, or Xbox One.

Star Wars Battlefront II

6. Star Wars Battlefront II

From now through December, DICE has loads of new updates rolling out in support of their 2017 blockbuster. Expect new modes, a massive multiplayer map set on the planet Felucia, and a whole slate of content inspired by the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — free for all players. Jump in an X-wing and blow something up; ignite your blade as Rey, Kylo Ren, and the rest of your favorites in the new-and-improved Heroes vs. Villains mode; or experience Iden Versio’s incredible story in the single-player campaign. Star Wars Battlefront II is available on Origin, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

7. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

Here’s another N64 title that still thrills many of us who discovered Star Wars in the ‘90s, and I’m confident new fans will fall in love with it, too. Its Battle of Hoth levels alone are worth the price of admission. And if the tough boss battles against the likes of IG-88 and Boba Fett get to be too much for you, just open up a new save file and enter the cheat code “R Testers ROCK” as your name. You’ll then have access to all the game’s missions, and crouching for 15 seconds will grant you full health, max ammo, and a burst of invincibility long enough for you to gain the upper hand. Check out this retro gem on GOG.com or Steam.

Star Wars Pinball

8. Star Wars Pinball

If you want to get really old school with your gameplay — but still enjoy gorgeous art and sound from your favorite movies and animated shows throughout Star Wars history — Zen Studios’ Star Wars Pinball, available via Pinball FX3, has you covered. With 19 spectacular pinball tables to choose from, themed DLC packs are sold separately on PlayStation 4, Steam, and Xbox One. Beginning September 13, you can also get the complete Star Wars Pinball experience on Nintendo Switch.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

This cinematic Jedi fantasy stars Darth Maul voice actor Sam Witwer in the role of Starkiller, Darth Vader’s secret apprentice in the dark times after the Empire’s rise. Travel across the galaxy in search of surviving Jedi; customize your outfit, lightsaber, and abilities; and take on the Sith aboard their new colossal battle station. This one’s an absolute blast, and you can get it on GOG.com, Steam, or Xbox One.

Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

10. Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Fans went wild when Nintendo announced that 2002’s Jedi Outcast would be making its way to the Switch. If the name Kyle Katarn means nothing to you or you’ve never played Jedi Outcast, here’s your chance to unearth one of the greatest Star Wars video games ever made. This isn’t just a phenomenal shooter with a great story; it’s also a stellar Jedi sandbox chock full of Force powers, puzzles, and glorious lightsaber action. Don’t miss out on this one. If you’d rather not wait till it hits the Nintendo Switch on September 24, you can grab it today on GOG.com or Steam.

Alex Kane is a journalist based in west-central Illinois. He has written for Fangoria, Polygon, the website of Rolling Stone, Variety, and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @alexjkane.

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