Top 10 Video Game Star Wars Stories Better Than Rise of Skywalker

VOICE OVER: Nick Roffey WRITTEN BY: Nicholas Steinberg
Turns out there are better stories out there in a galaxy far, far away. For this list, we're looking at the stories in Star Wars video games that outshone the plot of The Rise of Skywalker. Our countdown includes the likes of "Star Wars The Force Unleashed", "Star Wars: Battlefront II”, “Star Wars: TIE Fighter”, “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron” and more!
Top 10 Video Game Star Wars Stories Better Than Rise of Skywalker

Hokey fan service and big budget battle scenes are no match for a good story at your side, kid. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Star Wars video games that have better stories than The Rise of Skywalker

For this list, we’re looking at Star Wars games that we feel featured more satisfying narratives than the final installment in the Skywalker saga.

#10. “Star Wars: Bounty Hunter” (2002)

“Attack of the Clones” was far from a highlight of the franchise, but most fans can agree that it introduced a pretty badass new character in Jango Fett. Evidently, LucasArts agreed, as the studio gave the Mandalorian (not that one!) his own spin-off game. Set a few years before Attack of the Clones, this third-person action-adventure follows Jango Fett as he hunts down a Dark Jedi across the galaxy. This is no throwaway plot either, as the game fills in valuable parts of Jango’s backstory, including how he became the template for the entire Clone Army. While the gameplay and graphics are certainly showing their age, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter gets high marks for letting you play as the bad guy.

#9. “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” (2008)

Long before Kylo Ren terrorized the galaxy in Darth Vader’s name, there was Starkiller - Jedi Hunter and apprentice to the Dark Lord of the Sith. Set between the events of the prequel and original trilogies, The Force Unleashed is best known for Starkiller’s fun array of powers and abilities. But what the game doesn’t get enough credit for is its story. Featuring both Light and Dark Side paths, Starkiller’s story is a satisfying bridge between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and even acts as an origin story for both the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Civil War. Now, if only LucasArts could take back that terrible sequel …

#8. “Star Wars: Battlefront II” (2017)

It took more than a decade to get a proper Battlefront single player campaign, but EA delivered one in 2017. Well … for the most part. Iden Versio’s journey from Imperial Special Forces Commander to Rebel fighter is arguably more satisfying than Finn’s arc in the new trilogy. We love John Boyega, but he really didn’t have much to do these films other than yell “Rey!” a lot. That being said, Iden’s story doesn’t quite live up to its potential either, it suffers from rushed pacing, an unnecessary cliffhanger, and an anticlimactic finale in the form of a DLC. But stepping into Iden’s shoes still made for a mostly thrilling, if too-short, ride.

#7. “Star Wars: TIE Fighter” (1994)

How do you make the sequel to a beloved Star Wars game even better? Let players play as the bad guys, of course! With state of the art graphics and AI, TIE Fighter wowed players upon release in 1994 and is still widely considered one of the greatest Star Wars games ever made. But while everyone remembers the thrilling dogfights, one thing that’s often overlooked is how good the game’s story was. Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, TIE Fighter helped humanize the Empire by showing that they’re not simply cold-hearted villains. The game’s expansions took things up a notch by bringing in fan-favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn, which just might be one of the coolest setups of any game in the franchise.

#6. “Star Wars: Dark Forces” (1995)

Kyle Katarn may no longer be canon but for a generation of Star Wars video games, he was the hero at the center of it all. The first installment in the Jedi Knight series, this first-person shooter introduced players to Katarn, a former Imperial officer who eventually joins the Rebellion after learning the truth about his parents’ fate. While archaic by modern standards, Dark Forces does what it can to tell an interesting story, which was no easy task for an FPS made in the mid-90s. More importantly, the game laid the groundwork for one of Star Wars’ deepest character arcs, with Kyle Katarn’s journey from mercenary to Jedi Master explored further in later installments.

#5. “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron” (1998)

At one point or another, every Star Wars fan has wished they could climb into an X-Wing and fight the Empire like Luke Skywalker. In a way, that wish came true with Rogue Squadron. In this arcade-style space shooter, players take control of Luke as he commands his starship team in a series of battles against the Empire. The story picks up six months after the Battle of Yavin and while it largely takes a backseat to the action, the narrative is more than just window dressing. The game fills in some story gaps between Episodes IV and V, helping explain why Luke is such an important member of the Rebellion when we catch back up with him in the latter film.

#4. “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” (2019)

Just when we’d lost hope of ever seeing a good single player Star Wars game again, Respawn Entertainment swooped in to save the day. Set five years after Revenge of the Sith, the game follows former Padawan Cal Kestis as he and his allies attempt to rebuild the fallen Jedi Order. Though it takes a while to get going, Cal’s story is an emotional journey on par with the best Star Wars movies. Helped along by a terrific cast of supporting characters -- including the lovable droid BD-1 - and an epic finale we wouldn’t dare spoil, Fallen Order is a standout Star Wars story we won’t soon forget.

#3. “Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast” (2002)

Just when you thought Kyle Katarn was out of the Jedi life for good, the Force pulls him back in. This installment in the Jedi Knight series finds Katarn working as a mercenary for the New Republic, having given up the Jedi life after nearly turning to the Dark Side. Fortunately, the reluctant hero quickly finds himself back on the Jedi path. What follows is a story of growth and redemption to rival Luke Skywalker’s own hero’s journey … only without the green milk chugging. While the early 2000s controls and graphics are in need of a serious overhaul, Jedi Outcast remains in the upper echelon of Star Wars stories. Just be prepared for lots of stilted animations.

#2. “Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire” (1996)

While the Hoth level blew us away at the time, this Nintendo 64 & PC title was far from the best Star Wars game, even at the time of release. A rushed development schedule had LucasArts scrambling to get the game out in time for Christmas. The result? Spotty controls, poor technical performance, and a game that didn’t live up to its potential. But Shadows of the Empire was bigger than a single mediocre video game. It was part of an ambitious multimedia project that told the story of what happened between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It may not look like it now, but this was the story that helped revitalize the Star Wars brand in the lead up to the Prequels.

#1. “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” Series (2003-04)

At a time when the Prequel trilogy was causing many to lose faith in the franchise, Canadian developer Bioware released a game that reminded us all how great Star Wars could be. Set thousands of years before the Skywalker saga, KOTOR pushed the envelope of video game storytelling, complete with a climactic twist to rival “Empire’s” famous Darth Vader reveal. And while Obsidian's sequel, The Sith Lords, doesn’t quite measure up to the first installment, the two games combined tell a story that could go toe-to-toe with the best Star Wars movies.
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I've played The Force Unleashed I and II. They both have great stories as well as gameplays (Wii version at least)