The last time I was at my mom's house, I noticed a giant pile of old PC game boxes sitting in my old bedroom closet. I found these little gems sitting in that pile...
Let's crack that box open!
|Going to find out if those disks still work...|
|This here was no manual. It was a short story and lore book. It -was- an Imperial TIE Fighter guide.|
|Half Lucas Arts magazine, half catalog, I spent much of my youth lusting over everything in this little magazine. Every LucasArts PC game had one of these in the box.|
I played X Wing Vs Tie Fighter a bunch as a kid and it was the best Star Wars game I ever played. KOTOR is probably a better game, but playing it didn't equal the experience I had as a kid playing X-Wing Vs Tie Fighter.
And I never played the expansion, so in a weird way, I can go back and play new content for one of my favourite games as a kid.
@cretaceous_bob: XvT was pretty bad ass. I remember being upset that it didn't have proper campaigns, but it was tons of fun finally getting to prove who the better pilot was. Or that a TIE Fighter, in capable hands, could stand toe to toe with an X-Wing. Or that the B-Wing, no matter what, was a raging piece of junk. I found the CD with the XvT expansion in my belongings. I'll see if I can dig that up.
It's one thing the X-Wing/TIE Fighter series did. It put you in the Star Wars universe. You weren't Dash Rendar, or Kyle Katarn. You were a pilot and it was your first day on the job. You were this lowly pilot, scanning cargo for contraband, and low and behold - Rebels! But you don't get to be the hero. You have to keep sweeping for contraband while higher ranked pilots did the clean up. You slowly worked your way up to bigger and better things.
The first KOTOR was a little bit life changing, dramatic as that sounds, but I am nerd. To go back in time in Star Wars (where we were already back in time) to the "Classic Age of Jedi" was just too good to be true. In retrospect and maybe a little coercing from @champinmaking I realize that KOTOR 2 actually has a lot of the features and villains I remember most fondly.
After KOTOR it's gotta be...
Rogue Squadron II
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
also, shout outs to
That Arcade Game
Oh man, this is easy. Best games:
Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight (I played so much goddamn multiplayer for this back in the day, which meant DIAL UP, YO)
Honorable mentions for:
Rebel Assault II (not really, but this was one of the first Star Wars games I played, and played obsessively. Got stuck in the sequence where you have to fly a YT-1300 out of a mine. INFURIATING)
Jedi Knight II (The lack of cheesy FMV cutscenes killed my love for this as surely as the sun rising)
Yoda Stories (I played the fuck out of this at my grandparents' house, it was the only Star Wars game they had)
I know there's been a huge number of terrible Star Wars games, but I always feel that on the whole it has more good-to-classic games than we have any right to expect.
The KOTOR and X-Wing series are classics. There are probably a dozen or so other SW games I would put slightly below those in the 'great!' category (Republic Commando, Battlefronts, Dark Forces, Academy, Phrantom Menace, Supremacy etc.)
As much as I love X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, I've gotta give my votes to Knights of the Old Republic. That game was pretty incredible and holds up much better than just about any other Star Wars game before or after. Star Wars Racer, Empire at War, Rogue Squadron, and the Super Star Wars SNES games were also pretty fun, and I'm fond of the Yoda Adventures stupid little mini-game thing from the mid-90's.
2.) Jedi Knight II
4.) Rogue Squadron 2(GameCube)
Republic Commando was such an underrated game. So many good star wars games. So many bad ones. I need an open world star wars game like Skyrim style, but with multiplayer. I would be in heaven.
Unfortunately I didn't have anything that could run it until well after I forgot about it, and when I was reminded of it, the servers were already gone.
Topic at hand: I love Battlefront, Jedi Knight, Shadow of the Empire, Episode I Racer, X-Wing, the Rogue Squadron games, Super Star Wars is fun if you hate yourself, but nothing, to me, will ever compare to KOTOR. KOTOR II is amazing as well though.
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