There's nothing quite like the exhilaration you feel when playing a good Star Wars video game. Depending on the game, you can fight for the Rebel Alliance, take down Stormtroopers, fly the Millennium Falcon, dabble in the dark side, become a full-blown Jedi, and much more.
Many an amazing game allows you to choose whether you follow the light side or the dark side of the Force. We've rounded up the best Star Wars games currently available across PS4 and PS5 consoles. See if there are any you haven't played yet.
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
If you're looking for several games to play, each with a great plot, you can't go wrong with the Jedi Knight series. As a kid, I spent many hours playing these games and always looked forward to the release of another. I've gone back and played them multiple times as an adult and still find them fun, even if the graphics are outdated and the acting is endearingly hokey at times. However, my favorite game from the series is undoubtedly Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.
Have you ever wanted to see Han Solo wield a lightsaber? This is the game for you. This first-person shooter follows Kyle Katarn who is basically the best parts of Luke and Han mixed into one person. This smuggler-turned-Jedi must stop dark forces by mastering his powers, traveling the galaxy, and interacting with familiar faces from the original movie trilogy. You'll have access to blasters, a lightsaber, and force powers as you take on dark side foes and Siths. Remember, the Jedi Knight games were created before Disney took over the franchise and changed Star Wars canon, so you might find some plot elements surprising.
You can still play these games on PS4 or PS5. Since they are relatively old, they're typically cheap to pick up. Play the full series to get the complete Kyle Katarn story, or simply pick up Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.
Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
Walk the path of a Jedi in this classic Star Wars adventure. As reluctant hero Kyle Katarn, you'll work to save the galaxy in this story that's now a part of the non-canon Star Wars Legends.
Star Wars: Republic Commando
If you want a first-person shooter set in the Star Wars universe, it's hard to find a better game than Star Wars: Republic Commando. Playing as Boss of Delta Squad, you'll use simple but innovative squad commands to lead Fixer, Sev, and Scorch across the darker battlefields of The Clone Wars.
While the game's visuals are definitely a bit aged, Aspyr has worked carefully to remaster this experience on PS4, so the controls still hold up well. It's also notable for being a surprisingly brutal Star Wars game. Cut down Geonosian warriors and limbs go flying. Knife a Trandoshan in the face and blood splatters across your visor.
While technically the status of this game's canon is currently unknown, it's worth noting that Delta Squad itself was made canon by The Clone Wars animated show, so to at least some extent, these four and their actions are in the main canon.
Star Wars: Republic Commando
Lead Delta Squad to history across a darker, unseen portion of The Clone Wars. Using squad commands, you'll set up the perfect ambushes, take on larger forces, and fight in an unusually brutal Star Wars game.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
As you can tell by the graphics of many of the games on this list, it's taken several years for players to finally get another decent single-player Star Wars game. Luckily, we got a new great option in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
The plot here takes place shortly after the events of Episode III. You follow Cal Kestis, one of the last remaining Jedi who must keep his powers secret during the Jedi purge, the time following just after the creation of Vader.
Something has happened to Cal that has locked away his force abilities. You'll need to remaster them in order to search for other Jedi and take down Imperial Inquisitors along the way. This journey will take you to several familiar locals as well as brand new ones.
Don't expect this game to be a walk through the park. In our review of the game, we noted that Fallen Order features a challenging lightsaber sparring system. You'll need to think carefully before making a move against your opponent or it could leave you wide open for an attack. So instead of just spamming the buttons, you'll really need to strategize and think through your motions. The plot is a bit disjointed and feels limited based on the confines created by the movies, but this is still a really fun game for Star Wars fans to play. The only other downside is that this game leaves you on a bit of a cliffhanger, and the next game isn't even close to releasing yet. Originally released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was also updated for current-generation consoles.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The Jedi are broken, dead, scattered. As one of the last survivors, Cal Kestis has to fight his way across the galaxy in the hopes of protecting a secret. A secret that the Empire is desperately working to obtain.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
I have a lot of feelings about this game, not all good, partially because EA had some questionable practices in place at first. The company got a little smarter with this sequel than with the original. Still, for all its flaws, this is the best online multiplayer Star Wars game out there.
For one thing, the graphics are absolutely gorgeous. When playing on a rainy Endor, the droplets falling on your character and on the screen will amaze you. You also get to explore amazing battle locations and play as fan-favorite characters. The online multiplayer allows you to earn new items, unlock characters, and use new weapons. There are 11 multiplayer modes to keep gameplay fresh and interesting. One of the worst things about this game is that it doesn't offer online split-screen, so you can't play online with a buddy in the same room. Additionally, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game include split-screen local co-op, but the PC version does not.
EA also included a single-player campaign mode, which hadn't been in the original Star Wars Battlefront. You follow the Commander of the Inferno Squad, Iden Versio, as she begins to doubt the war she's fighting for the Emperor. The plot takes place starting during the events of Return of the Jedi and largely continues to the time before The Force Awakens. While this mode takes a fresh look at Star Wars themes and provides a compelling story, it's over far too soon.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Fight across all three eras of Star Wars with this massive multiplayer game. It may have started a little rocky, but years of updates turned this into a celebration of everything Star Wars.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
If you want a more playful take on the Star Wars franchise, there's no better way to go about it than by playing a Lego game. This latest title allows players to play solo or play with a friend through all nine films. The best part is that, unlike previous games, you don't have to play through the story in a linear fashion.
You can choose to play through whichever episode you want in whatever order. What's more, there are going to be over 200 characters to choose from to keep gameplay interesting, including from more recent Star Wars media such as The Mandalorian.
In our review, we found that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is just a love letter to Star Wars fans, embracing the humorous tone of older Lego games while bringing more modern graphics and vastly improved gameplay. It's available on current and last-generation hardware, so you can pick it up for PS4 or PS5.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Whether you're looking for a great new family game or just want to relive being a child yourself, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is easily the best LEGO game ever made. There are tons of jokes and plenty of secrets to discover.
The Force will be with you, always
Hundreds of Star Wars video games have been created since the original movie trilogy released, and more are sure to come. This unfortunately means that there are several terrible entries, but it also means that there are plenty of amazing options for you to play. We've been in a bit of a drought over the last decade when it comes to decent single-player Star Wars games, but hopefully, that will change soon. In the meantime, you can always revisit the best games that have come out so far.
Looking ahead into the future, there are more games on the way, such as the reported sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. There's also an incoming PS5 timed console exclusive remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, which is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Rebecca Spear is a staff writer for Android Central who loves following the latest tech, drawing with her Wacom, and playing video games. You can find her posting about her pets, art, and video game preferences on Twitter @rrspear.
Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on PlayStation on Android Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert
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