Secret Stage Top Fives: Star Wars Video Games

Star Wars may be a mega film franchise, but it's just as much to shape our video game tastes over the years too. The Gaming crew here at Secret Stage took it upon themselves to see what games stood out the most to the team as we continue to celebrate Star Wars Week:

Dan

5. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - "I really dig the whole combination of these two entities. I like how you can co-op the story mode, cause who doesn't want to play with friends. Also I find it pretty rad, and often comical when you can easily switch your character. It's a neat feature that isn't often offered."

4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "I think I like what everyone doesn't like about this game. I like that the animation isn't that great, or at least doesn't depict the characters very accurately. But I think that the cheesy game play, Yoda voice, and commentary in general is pretty comical."

3. Star Wars Battlefront 2 - "This one totally fits my taste of gameplay. I like the whole multiplayer interface, those types of shooters are my forte. Beyond that it's that the objectives aren't just kill the other team."

2. Star Wars Force Unleashed 2 - "This is the one that stands out the most to me. It's a lot of the little details; the two light sabers, held untraditionally, the fact I recognized the actor that plays the main character."

1. Star Wars Episode 1 Racer - "This is the oldest Star Wars game I've played. I raced countless hours, so it was a nice twist on a traditional racing game. So I think for me it's a link between the cool technology of pod racers, and being on the beat console of all time."

Hales

5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - "I haven't played this one either, but I like the idea of the story line. It's cool to see a game expanding on a section of the Star Wars story that is kept fairly quiet between Episode III & IV. It's also neat that you play as a secret apprentice to Lord Vader. I prefer an interesting concept to some of the mindless shooting or pod racing games out there when it comes to something as deep as Star Wars.

4. Lego Star Wars - " All three of these are just downright fun. It's your typical action-adventure Lego game, but in the Star Wars universe. So if you're a fan such as myself, you get those little reference nuggets that make you smile. It's also a good way to initiate the younger generation of Star Wars fans because it's Lego."

3. Star Wars Battlefront - "This game is a bit lower on my list because of the price point for lack of content, bugginess with certain facets of the game and my general inability to kill a single person. That last one is definitely more an operator problem than anything due to a number of factors, but I digress. The game itself is in my opinion one of the most beautiful representations of the Star Wars universe to date. All of the maps look fantastic and the sound is incredible."

2. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic - "I'll be honest. I never played this game. But I've watched quite a few hours of gameplay and I like BioWare as a developer so I know that this held up. The RPG aspect is a refreshing twist in a world filled with combat driven Star Wars games."

1. Tiny Death Star - "Yes, I know this was a mobile game. Yes I know those typically don't surpass multi platform games that took years of development. I don't care. This game took up days if not weeks of my time. It was simple to learn and insanely fun. Plus, every time one of the main characters showed up, it made my little fan heart burst. I eventually had to uninstall the game so I would remember what being outside and actually talking to people felt like. That's a damn good game, mobile or not."

Zachary

HM. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - "While it marks on the of the first 'modern' Lego games, it remains on of the brightest on their list of recent titles. There are so many nods to each films, cute little easter eggs of Star Wars lore, and the game is simply packed with characters. It may not have the most complex gameplay, but it's a must play for Star Wars fans."

5. Star Wars: Empire at War - "I really like Real-Time Strategy games in the vein of Starcraft, and Empire at War does not disappoint. Deploying and commanding all of the iconic units makes you feel like a real strategist during the Galactic Civil Wars. If there's any other Star Wars games comparable to this, I need to find it."

4. Star Wars: Republic Commando - "While it may have been overshadowed by other shooters of its time (Halo 2 and Half-Life 2), I feel Republic Commando is a special first-person shooter in its own right, and a fabulous little slice of Star Wars lore to boot. The squad and shooting mechanics feel rock solid, and the game tells a focused yet compelling story from start to finish."

3. Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast - "This might be the Star Wars game I've sunk the most hours into. The gameplay is well balanced yet varied between guns, lightsaber techniques, and force powers. The campaign was a blast, but the bot-filled multiplayer was where it was at."

2. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader - "No game has captured flying in the Star Wars universe as well as Rogue Squadron II. The game STILL looks amazing today, even on the dated Gamecube hardware. You fight through many iconic battles as well as some new ones, and you can unlock a ton of cool ships to cruise around in."

1. Star Wars Battlefront II - "Overall, Battlefront 2 is the most complete Star Wars experience to date. You can storm the battlefields as any kind of infantry unit imaginable, commandeer tanks and starfighters, and even take controls of every hero and villain from the main saga. This game can be played an infinite number of ways and still capture my attention today."

Jordan

5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - “I do seem to remember this game not being very good, but the concept was cool. I liked that it seemed important to the developers that the game was “cool” and “fun” the integration of The Force (hence the name) was probably the coolest part about this game. Getting to experience The Force first hand.”

4. Star Wars Rogue Squadron - “I experienced this game on the Nintendo 64, and I believe it was the first ever Star Wars experience I ever had which eventually encouraged me to see the movie. It had very comfortable flight controls, which is good, because at the age I was I would have given up on it otherwise.”

3. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader - “I experienced this game on the Gamecube through a friend. From what I remember, the controls felt very comfortable (just like Rogue Squadron) and was a great sequel to the previous piloting game.”

2. Star Wars Battlefront (2015) - “I know, I know. Criticism of this game has been high, even from myself. But in the scheme of things, I didn’t grow up a huge die-hard Star Wars fan, nor did I religiously play through any of the games. Although it admittedly has many flaws, and isn’t nearly as beautiful as it is made out to seem (at times) and the online mode can be a little droll and repetitive, I did enjoy it. I know the game was designed in favor of Star Wars fans, and even the fan in me can appreciate the experience the game is trying to provide.”

1. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - “Played on the Xbox 360, the main reason I feel like I enjoy this game (and as of recent, learned to appreciate many other of the lego series games) is because of how vast and open they are, and the amount of things you can actually do. Playing in Free Play allows you to be anyone who you’ve unlocked and play through the story, which is super useful because you may be able to get to areas that you had not been able to before. It just opens up many other possibilities, and allows you to experience the world of Star Wars through a different angle.”

Keenan

5. Angry Bird Star Wars - "This game is so much fun. Probably my favorite Star Wars games just to kill some time. They did a good job with the crossover."

4. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - " This is hands down my favorite Lego game. It is such a fun way to look at a star wars picture. With all of the collectibles in game there was always something to do."

3. Star Wars Battlefront 2 - " This game is amazing. I wasn't a huge fan of the heroes in game but it was a nice add on. My favorite part of the game was all the maps. There were so many places to play so you really got a good feel for the being in the Star Wars universe."

2. Star Wars Battlefront (2004) - " This is my favorite Battlefront game. It was simple enough but extensive in the fact that you could pick so many classes and play on so many levels that it really set this game ahead for its time."

1. Star Wars Republic Commando - " I really loved this game because of how dark it was. You played and got to know all of the squad members. You played as a team and really got to know the behind the scenes look into the Clone Troopers."