Starfighter/Jedi Starfighter (PS2, 2001/2002)
While I'm a fan of the Rouge Squadron games, I never got to play them much growing up. I did, however, play the crap out of Jedi Starfighter when I first got my PS2. Players take the helm as Jedi Master Adi Gallia and pirate captain Nym during the events that lead right up to the outbreak of the Clone Wars, including a daring prison break and an assault on a hex weapons base, all culminating in an intense showdown above Geonosis during the battle shown in Episode II.
Getting to fly around in epic space battles was a ton of fun for 13 year old Matt, and I still find myself playing them from time to time. The game has a lot of replayability, as there are many extras to unlock, including bonus craft like classic starfighters from the movies. My favorites ships to play as are Slave I (Jango and Boba Fett's ship), the Scimitar (Darth Maul), and the overpowered Republic Gunship. While it doesn't really hold up to some of the newer titles out there, I feel like these will remain classics for me. Great music, above average controls, and a fun story (Jedi Starfighter is 2 players!), this game is definitely worth checking out.
Starwars Rogue Squadron - (N64)
Rogue squadron was always one of my favorites to play when I was younger. I was terrible at it, and I'm pretty sure it was just a really hard game, but I still loved this one. I always remember having to use your harpoons and tow cables to trip the ATAT walkers just like they did in the movies! This concept was what had me hooked on this game! I always loved the battle of Hoth, and being able to take on the huge ATATs like I was in the battle of Hoth was great! This game was also one of the first pilot shooters that I played (along with Star Fox 64) and I loved this concept for games. The many hours, and frustration that were put into playing this game as a kid, plus the fact that it's Star Wars were just some of the reasons that I loved rogue squadron so much.
Star Wars Episode I Racer (N64)
There are a ton of Star Wars games out there. In truth, the market is oversaturated with them. Even when I was at the height of my Star Wars fandom, I was never able to get to all of them. Then, there came a point I didn’t want to get to any of them. I know the Knights of the Old Republic series is highly regarded, but I can’t comment because they came out at a time when I had been disillusioned by the franchise I once loved so much. I was let down by the prequels and didn’t want any part of the merchandise that flooded the market. It’s not that I hated the prequels. They just weren’t any where near as good as the expanded universe stuff I had been throwing myself into.
It is because of this you will notice most of my games on this list will be pre-prequels, but my #5 favorite Star Wars games is a game based on Episode I. I didn’t dislike Episode I initially. I was super excited for the release of something new from the franchise. I ended up seeing it four times in theaters. The first time, I even left school early to see it opening day. I was the envy of all the other 8th grade nerds at the school. After the excitement of “NEW” Star Wars wore off, I was able to see it for what it is. It is a movie that gave us Darth Maul! It is a movie that gave us Jar Jar Binks… It was a movie that told us just how powerful Vader was, because he was purely made from the Force! It was also a movie that tried to explain the Force with midichlorians…
There was plenty of good and bad to go around. Star Wars Episode I Racer for N64 definitely belongs on the good side. I love racing games and this is an excellent racing game. The levels are fun and challenging. You have a balanced array of racers to use. The controls are responsive and fair. As you progress you can buy enhancements for your podracer from Watto. It didn’t have to be from Watto, but it was a fun little add on to have you interact with him. The game is nothing short of a blast!
For me, this is a must have for any racer or N64 fan. The N64 is kind of known for it’s racers. There are a lot of them. Chances are, if you like the N64, you like racers. This is a cheap one that is worth every penny. Go get it!