The Force Unleashed (Multiple Consoles, 2008)
Put simply, no other Star Wars game has allowed you to control both a lightsaber and Force powers to the same extent this game does. You take on the role of Starkiller, Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, and are tasked with the elimination of Jedi Knights that managed to survive both Order 66 and the subsequent Great Jedi Purge. Aiding you in this mission are pilot Juno Eclipse and your droid companion PROXY who is programmed to keep you on edge with the ultimate goal of one day killing you.
Starkiller is then tasked by Vader to round up various individuals who oppose the Emperor’s reign (including Bail Organa and Rham Kota, who survived his duel with you). As Sith are wont to do, he betrays you yet again and captures the future Rebellion leaders. You confront him and Emperor one last time, where you are given a choice: either kill Vader and become the new right hand for Palpatine, or attack the Emperor and try to save your friends. Starkiller dies in the latter decision, becoming a martr and ultimately sparking the Rebellion against the Galactic Empire.
This game was truly revolutionary for Star Wars games, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the Jedi experience. Want to Force push that Stormtrooper off that ledge? Do it. Need to jump up really high? Go for it! Lightsaber throws, lightning, and an assortment of other powers are at your disposal, and it’s a ton of fun getting to use them all. Oh yeah, and you get to pull a FREAKIN’ STAR DESTROYER out of the sky just using the Force. That part’s awesome.
Jedi knight Jedi Outcast - (PC/game cube/ Xbox)
The jedi knight series had you following a new character Kyle Katarn. I first plays this game as a kid, and found it increadably hard and frustrating, but I still loved it. I really think the difficulty of the game was part of what I loved!
This game was a first person shooter, and puzzle type game. Some of the best parts of this game were having to figure out which order to flip a series of switches, or jumping off of a desk to reach a skywalk. The different things you had to jump off of to reach new areas, are some of the most difficult puzzles, but also the things that made this game great!
Possibly one of the best moments of this game was when you finally got a light saber. I actually never beat this game, and now I really want to go back and try. If you haven't played this one I highly recommend checking it out.
Star Wars Demolition (PS1)
I've always been a fan of games like Twisted Metal and Vigilante 8. When I found out there was a version of this type of game with Star Wars vehicles, I was all over that! Demolition wasn't as good as it's predecessors in the way of gameplay or graphics, but it was Star Wars. I was in control of these vehicles I loved so much and had hanging from fishing line from my ceiling. Hoth, Dagobah, Tatooine, etc. These were your playgrounds of distruction.
I don't remember when or how, but I let this game go at some point. I will reclaim it one day and my universal demolition will ensue... in a galaxy far far away.