Last week, in honor of Star Wars Celebration and the premiere of Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series, we asked you to help us decide which video game from that galaxy far, far away was the best of them all. Now, after thousands and thousands of 1v1 battles with matchups like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order vs. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy and Star Wars Battlefront vs. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, the ultimate Star Wars game has been chosen.
So, which competitor claimed the top spot for the best Star Wars video game and is prophecized to bring balance to the Force? Drumroll please…
As if there was any doubt, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has once again claimed the top spot of a list of best Star Wars video games. We also crowned KOTOR #1 on our ranking of Star Wars games, and it has impressively held on to that honor despite being originally released in 2003. The love for KOTOR may only get stronger in the future as a remake is currently in the works at Aspyr.
KOTOR’s story, which is set thousands of years before the films, remains the high point for a quintessential Jedi journey that is filled with memorable characters, surprising twists, fantastic RPG mechanics, and much more. The competition was tough, however, as its 91.5% win percentage was only about 3% more than the second-place finisher – 2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Yes, a relative newcomer to the Star Wars video game world has risen the ranks and secured the #2 spot by winning 88.2% of its battles and holding off Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords, 2005’s Star Wars: Battlefront II, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was not only a very well received game (we gave it a 9/10!) that features Soulsborne-esque combat and Metroidvania elements wrapped up in Star Wars, but it also had the benefit of having its sequel – Star Wars Jedi: Survivor – announced during Star Wars Celebration and this Face-Off.
Rounding out the top 10 were 2004’s Star Wars: Battlefront, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Star Wars: Republic Commando, and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. All-in-all, seven of the ten games in the top 10 featured lightsabers, proving the ever-lasting appeal of that elegant weapon from a more civilized age.
On the other end of the galaxy, Kinect Star Wars placed last, which undoubtedly will make dancing Han Solo very sad. Kinect Star Wars only won 12.3% of its battles, which was just slightly worse than Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing’s 14.8%.
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, the mobile spin-off of Tiny Tower, placed right behind those two and just ahead of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Jedi Alliance, Angry Birds Star Wars, Star Wars Uprising, Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge, LEGO Star Wars: Castaways, Star Wars Pinball, and Star Wars: Battle Pod.
Many of these games in the bottom ten were non-traditional entries (mobile, arcade, kinect, VR, etc.), perhaps showing Star Wars fans are looking for a more standard approach to their games, despite some of these entries still having some fun gameplay to offer.
Are you wondering where your favorite Star Wars video game landed, like maybe Star Wars: Jedi Power Battles? (It placed, in my humble opinion, way too low at #46!) For all the rankings, you can check out the full list of where all 64 Star Wars video games that competed in this Face-Off ended up.
For more on Star Wars, check out our roundup of all the announcements from Star Wars Celebration, our review of episode three of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and how Star Wars Jedi: Survivor picks up from Fallen Order.
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