Star Wars has always had major ties to the video game industry, with series creator George Lucas founding his very own video game development house in 1982, the aptly-named Lucasarts. Although Lucasarts proper is all but gone now that Disney and Electronic Arts are handling development duties for the franchise, Star Wars is one of the few licensed properties to actually have consistently good video games adaptations. Of course, any franchise that can count 80+ games to its credit over a 33 year span is bound to have its share of duds, but there are just as many great Star Wars games as there are bad, so narrowing down the best of the best is no easy feat. While every Star Wars fan is bound to have their own personal favorites, it’s hard to overlook the impact and quality of the following 10 titles, which are easily some of the best Star Wars games ever made and are must-plays for fans of the series. With the imminent release of Star Wars Battlefront this month, now is as good a time as any to highlight some of the best Star Wars games ever made (who knows; maybe it will even earn a spot on this list eventually).
10. Shadows of the Empire (1996)
Like pretty much any third-person shooter from the mid-90s, Shadows of the Empire hasn’t exactly aged well and those that seek it out today will likely be unconvinced by its status as one of the greatest Star Wars games. For its time however, Shadows of the Empire was something of a revelation and was a huge early success for the Nintendo 64. In particular, the game’s first level was a stunner, as it represented the most authentic game recreation of the famous Battle of Hoth sequence from The Empire Strikes Back up until that point. Flying a snowspeeder and attaching tow cables to an AT-AT may be old hat these days, but in 1996, it was nerd nirvana. Admittedly, the rest of the game, which featured non-canonical Han Solo-wannabe Dash Rendar running through scenarios and locations from the films, failed to impress on the same level. Still, Shadows is an important part of Star Wars video game history and because of that, it just squeaks into the top 10.