In 1977 the world saw the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and the Star Wars franchise was born. In the decades after its release, Star Wars has grown to epic proportions and is among the most popular series in the world.
In addition to the main six movies which have already been released, there have also been countless fan-created videos, a few TV shows, additional movies not in the main story line, numerous books and some amazing video games.
With the approach of the seventh installment in the primary movie series, we’re taking a look back at the dozens of Star Wars PC games released over the last 30 years. In 1983 the first Star Wars game, simply titled “Star Wars”, was released into arcades. The game used simple vector graphics to simulate the experience of flying an X-Wing against Imperial TIE Fighters during the Battle of Yavin 4.
After defeating the TIE Fighters, players then go up against the Death Star, flying through the trench before making the fatal shot to destroy the Death Star. The arcade game was later released for DOS, the Atari 5200 and several other systems. These ports were similar to the arcade version in their game play experience, but with reduced graphics.
Star Wars: Rebel Assault is similar to X-Wing in that most of the game is spent piloting an X-Wing, but unlike X-Wing, this game is a rail shooter, so you have less control over your ship and instead just focus on shooting enemies. The game also has more diverse levels. Sometimes you will be flying over a planet, while other times you are fighting in space.
The backgrounds of Rebel Assault were pre-rendered giving the illusion that the game engine was more powerful. MORE: Best Gaming Laptops 1997’s Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II continues the story of Kyle Katarn as he fights against Imperial troops after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Emperor by Luke Skywalker.
The game benefited from faster computer hardware and was able to increase the graphics quality quite a bit over its predecessor. Later in the game Kyle Katarn also gets a lightsaber and becomes a Jedi. Here, the game introduced another innovation to the series, the use of live action scenes to advance the story.
Although the series was originally called Dark Forces, this would be the last game under the Dark Forces name, and the games would be rebranded as the Jedi Knight series. In 2003, another game was released in the popular Jedi Knight series: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.
Like the previous Jedi Knight games, Kyle Katarn plays a key role in the story, but he is not the main character. Instead, this game allows you to create your own customized character and lightsaber.
Kyle Katarn continued his Jedi training, and has progressed to the level of a Jedi master, and you are his new student.The game play was reminiscent of the previous Jedi Knight game, but with a greater emphasis on force powers and lightsaber combat.
The game also featured a multiplayer mode that allowed players and computer AI characters to fight each other. Star Wars Battlefront was a unique entry into the Star Wars game franchise. It combined first-person shooter elements with strategic mission objects.
The bulk of the game is running and shooting down enemy soldiers with a variety of weapons and soldier classes to choose from. Many levels contained vehicles which could be used to single-handedly take on large groups of soldiers. Some levels also contained ships such as the X-Wing, […]