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The Complete History Of Star Wars PC Games

2002 - Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Clone Campaigns

Following the release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, this expansion pack was created for the Galactic Battlegrounds game, adding in a new campaign with clone troopers and CIS forces from the movie.


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2003 - Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (or KOTOR) is one of the more unique games in the Star Wars universe. Unlike other RPG games, KOTOR does not follow a straight path, allowing players to wonder around wide open areas and complete various quests and side quests in whichever order they felt like doing them. Players were also able to customize and craft weapons and other items, learn dozens of force powers and alter their force alignment to be a dark or light Jedi.


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2003 - Star Wars Galaxies

Star Wars Galaxies expanded the Star Wars game franchise into the MMORPG market. Players could choose from a number of different races and classes. It was possible for players to become Jedi later in the game, but it took a considerable amount of effort ranking up several classes in order for this to happen. The game was shut down in 2011.


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2003 - Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

In 2003, another game was released in the popular Jedi Knight series: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. Like the previous Jedi Knight games, Kyle Katarn plays a key role in the story, but he is not the main character. Instead, this game allows you to create your own customized character and lightsaber. Kyle Katarn continued his Jedi training, and has progressed to the level of a Jedi master, and you are his new student.The game play was reminiscent of the previous Jedi Knight game, but with a greater emphasis on force powers and lightsaber combat. The game also featured a multiplayer mode that allowed players and computer AI characters to fight each other.


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2004 - Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront was a unique entry into the Star Wars game franchise. It combined first-person shooter elements with strategic mission objects. The bulk of the game is running and shooting down enemy soldiers with a variety of weapons and soldier classes to choose from. Many levels contained vehicles which could be used to single-handedly take on large groups of soldiers. Some levels also contained ships such as the X-Wing, TIE Fighter and Y-Wing that extended the game to ship-to-ship combat.

Players could choose between playing a campaign, galactic conquest or a single level. The campaign often had special mission objects, while the campaign and individual levels focused on killing off the enemy army or capturing all of the command posts positioned around the map. The game also allowed for additional players to join the game regardless of the type of mission you chose.


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2004 - Star Wars Knights Of The Old Repulbic II

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic II (a.k.a KOTOR II) takes place after the events of the first game, but with an almost entirely new cast of characters. You take control of a Jedi exile who has lost his force powers along with most of his memories. You soon learn that someone wants you dead, and set off on a journey to discover who is after you and why.

Over the course of the game, you will gain a few characters from the original game such as T3-M4, HK-47, and Canderous Ordo (now known as Mandalore). You will also gain the Ebon Hawk from the original game, and develop your skills and force powers in a similar leveling ark. In many ways KOTOR II plays remarkably similar to its predecessor, but the controls are somewhat smoother to operate.


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2005 - Star Wars: Republic Commando

Star Wars: Republic Commando makes you the leader of an elite squad of clone troopers as they carry out a series of missions against the CIS. Each member of the squad has a special skill which you will regularly need to use in order to advance the game.


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2005 - Lego Star Wars: The Video Game

The Lego Star Wars games give players a light and child friendly take on Star Wars. In these games, essentially everything in the game world including enemies are made out of legos, while many obstacles in the game are solved by building, collecting, or moving items made of legos. Unlike most Star Wars games that focus heavily on action and drama, these games are typically have a more playful and humorous experience. The first game in the Lego Star Wars series focused on the Star Wars prequel trilogy.


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2005 - Star Wars Battlefront 2

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a sequel to the original Battlefront game which essentially featured larger levels, improved game play and better graphics. The two games are rather similar, with the same types of game play, but Battlefront 2 had one major feature not present in the original Battlefront; the ability to play in space battles. In space battles, similar to land battles, you have an assortment of characters and ships available for your use. You can then choose to bomb the enemy ship from the outside or board the enemy ship and assault it from the inside.


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2006 - Star Wars: Empire At War

Star Wars: Empire At War allowed players to once again command large armies as they work to conquer the universe. Although this concept for a Star Wars based strategy game had been used before, this game expanded on them by including dozens of worlds, space battles and land battles all in one game. Although it was released after Star Wars Episode III, the game focuses on the original trilogy and players can choose between playing as the Rebel Alliance or the Empire.


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  • adamovera
    Archived comments are found here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3265968/complete-history-star-wars-games.html
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  • jackwill
    Great stuff, will be sharing :)
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  • AgentLozen
    The entry for KOTOR 2 is screwed up. You should double check that.

    I really enjoyed the Dark Forces and Jedi Knight games. I tried to replay through Jedi Knight 2 a year or two ago and I got instant motion sickness. I'm not as young as I used to be.
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  • ralphfaith
    Ah, throwback. Started Star Wars with Star Wars Galaxies back in 2003.
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  • hdmark
    what about star wars : pit droids???
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  • Slumy__57
    Ahh, a nice walk down memory lane for me, I've played most of these at some point in time, starting with my all time favorite, Dark Forces II.
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  • Mousemonkey
    The game uses a wide range of weapons ranging from plasters and grenades to a lightsaber and force powers.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/730-star-wars-pc-game-history.html#s21

    Really? I don't recall giving first, second or third aid to any of the foes when I played it! :lol:
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  • Mousemonkey
    And page 27 is also a little strange, the text and picture do not match the title.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/730-star-wars-pc-game-history.html#s27
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  • WildCard999
    Good article for May the 4th. I would love to see a remake or sequel to Star Wars: Jedi Academy.
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  • MannyBones
    You have the Dark Forces I and II info off. The lightsaber/Jedi stuff along with the live action cutscenes was not introduced until Dark Forces II. The original was strictly 2d animated cutscenes and there was no Jedi/Force stuff.
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