Unlike a lot of franchises — Game Of Thrones, Lord Of The Rings, and Harry Potter for example — the Star Wars universe has produced some excellent games over time. In fact, we’d venture to say it’s far and away the leading sci-fi or fantasy franchise in this regard.
If you haven’t spent a ton of time on these games, or you don’t remember specific titles, Den Of Geek has done an excellent rundown of the best of them over the years. The list shows both the quality and the range of Star Wars gaming, and highlights some of the titles we’d identify as the best — such as Star Wars: Empire At War, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, and the beloved Star Wars: Battlefront II. And we should also note that the article was published before the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is excellent.
Even with all of these excellent games having come out though, there can always be better and more interesting options. In assessing Star Wars games, one finds so many examples of excellent content that it’s hard not to get greedy and imagine more. So we gave a bit of thought to how this franchise could get even better on the gaming front.
A Journey Through the Skywalker Saga
Somewhat shockingly, there isn’t really a go-to game that takes players through the now-nine-film Skywalker saga with realistic, film-inspired action. The closest thing is the LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga game on the way, and admittedly it looks excellent (as the LEGO games often are). But realistic graphics and gameplay rolling through the plot of the nine films doesn’t exist.
Of course there are are games that flicker in and out of the Skywalker saga, as well as some that brilliantly capture chapters within it. But a full, series-spanning game (with some side action of course) may be the lost Holy Grail of modern Star Wars gaming.
A Return to Online Casinos
Once upon a time, Star Wars had a semi-prominent space in online casino gaming. In fact, there were Star Wars-inspired slots at the core of this gaming genre as it was beginning to morph into something much more modern and much more popular. But even as online slots were going mainstream and gaining attention among millions of players worldwide, the Star Wars games were discontinued. This was a result of Disney’s acquisition of the franchise, which probably makes a return unlikely. But such a return would undeniably boost the franchise in gaming, as it would again expose millions of enthusiastic slot gamers to Star Wars.
Even better would perhaps be for slot reels to emerge that are specifically based on other successful Star Wars games. If, say, a Star Wars: Battlefront II slot were designed, it would appeal not only to slot fans but to legions of loyal Battlefield II fanatics. There’s existing precedent for this idea, too. Foxy Games features a whole list of popular slot games (like Street Fighter II and Tomb Raider that are based not just on franchises or fictions, but on video games. And a Star Wars online game would do serious numbers.
A VR Masterpiece
Star Wars has actually done comparably well in virtual reality as well. Games like Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR and Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission have turned heads, and the unlicensed Lightblade VR shows the exciting potential of lightsaber action in the medium. But it feels like it’s still a matter of time before a truly great Star Wars VR game comes out. Whether it’s based on piloting ships or lightsaber combat, this hypothetical game could be the thing that really propels VR to the forefront of gaming.
More Animation Series Art
As a final note, it would also be fun to see a new console game fully embrace the aesthetics of the Star Wars animated series. These series, it goes without saying for those who have watched them, have established very unique visual identities based on playful but excellent animation. Our interview with a game art designer back in January of 2020 speaks to some similarities between these animations and card games at least. But there really isn’t a good video game that looks quite like the popular animated series, and it’s hard to imagine the idea wouldn’t be very popular.
So, that’s what we’ve got! This is already an excellent franchise for gaming — even an unrivaled one, in its own way. But there’s always room for improvement, and these games would make for excellent additions.