The Top 10 Star Wars video game moments

by theScore Staff May 4 2017
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"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

So began one of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy sagas of the past hundred years. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise, theScore esports have compiled our favorite moments from some of our favorite Star Wars video games.

May the Force be with you, always.

Editor's Note: Some of these items contain spoilers from very old games. You have been warned.

10. X-Wing Alliance: Flying the Millennium Falcon through the Death Star II during the Battle of Endor

The X-Wing/TIE Fighter series let players take out a plethora of iconic Star Wars space craft for a spin. However the best mission they ever took you on was quite possibly the Battle of Endor sequence in X-Wing Alliance, in which you piloted the Millennium Falcon through the second Death Star, taking down its power core before escaping the exploding innards of the less-than-fully-functional battle station.

9. Star Wars Republic Commando: Leaving Sev on Kashyyyk

Star Wars: Republic Commando saw you lead a squad of four elite Clone Troopers, Boss, Fixer, Scorch and Sev, on high-risk missions across the Clone Wars. From the start of the conflict on Geonosis to the Battle of Kashyyyk, your team completes key objectives despite impossible odds all without a scratch.

At least, until the final mission where the team's sniper, Sev, becomes separated from the rest you after destroying a Confederate war ship. In most other games, this would be the part where the squad embarks on a desperate rescue to save their endangered comrade, but ST:RC was not like other games.

Instead, the surviving three members of Delta Squad are ordered back onto a gunship to take them to the next battle.

8. Knights of the Old Republic II: Meeting "The Lord of Hunger"

Due to a rushed production schedule that led to a somewhat unfinished game, KOTOR II is by-and-large not as well-remembered as its predecessor.

However, for many it remains a cult classic, as it features tortured companions, a revisionist take on the Force and some of the most sinister villains to be introduced to the Star Wars canon.

None more so than Darth Nihilus, the man whose hunger was so great he could drain the life from entire planets.

Introduced captaining a derelict ship, this ominous figure spoke in echoing alien whispers, hidden completely by black robes and an inhuman mask as he tortured his own apprentice as she begged for death.

For all the aspiring screenwriters out there, that's how you establish a villain effectively.

7. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: Final battle against Desann

Star Wars Jedi Knight II has some of the best lightsaber fights of any Star Wars video game.

While the game saw Kyle Katarn duel a variety of foes, none stand out as much as the battle against the final boss, Desann.

More than just being an epic fight in the Yavin academy, it bears mentioning that Desann is a dinosaur-man.

Yes, you fight a lightsaber-wielding dinosaur-person. It was awesome.

6. Star Wars Galaxies: Facing an army of HK-47s on Mustafar

The original Star Wars MMO RPG, Star Wars Galaxies' third expansion, The Trials of Obi-wan, saw you following in the steps of the fallen Jedi Master to the volcanic planet of Mustafar.

In addition to exploring the planet where Darth Vader was born, players could also complete a series of quests that saw you resurrect KOTOR's snarky, psychotic assassin droid, HK-47.

Unfortunately, after you go through all the trouble of helping him turn an abandoned research facility into a murder-bot factory, 47 "thanked" you by siccing an army of copies of himself on you. However, after the dust settled and it seemed like you finally won... the assassin droid had a message waiting for you when you returned to your ship.

"I must admit that you almost make me wish I still needed a good master... almost. Your little grey brain must be getting confused at this point... I understand that happens a lot with your kind. I didn't survive for four thousand years in the husk of a ship just to be destroyed by a few lucky shots. I must be going now. I have made a list, first I need to visit those Neimodians, then I think I will go after the architects... don't worry you are far down the list. You amuse me."

5. Star Wars Bounty Hunter: Stealing Slave I

While 2002's Attack of the Clones was unarguably a bad movie, it's left a lasting legacy of excellent memes about sand, deathsticks and gave the Star Wars universe a Mandalorian bounty hunter who wasn't complete rubbish.

Unlike his son, who was defeated by a blinded smuggler fresh out of carbonite, Jango Fett managed to kick Obi-Wan Kenobi's ass on both land and space before falling to Mace Windu on Genonosis.

That made it especially exciting to play as the dual-wielding mercenary in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, taking down armies of goons as you hunted down the dark Jedi Komari Vosa.

Along the way, you even got to see Jango acquire his and his son's iconic vessel: Slave I. Of course, you had to escape from an asteroid prison and eliminate a fair portion of its staff first.

4. Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption: Stealing a Super Star Destroyer

The expansion pack of the 2006 RTS Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption opened the galactic conflict between the Empire and the Rebellion to a third faction: the Zann Consortium.

Leading the forces of criminal mastermind Tyber Zann, the storyline saw you gather a crew of criminals and bounty hunters — including Bossk and IG-88 — for the heist of a lifetime: stealing an Imperial Super Star Destroyer from Kuat Drive Yards.

If you think the Battlecrusiers in StarCraft are badass, try taking control of a war ship about the size of the map.

3. Star Wars Battlefront 2: Execute Order 66

Star War: Battlefront II is well-remembered for a number of reasons: its deep space combat, running around with a lightsaber as one of the hero characters and a well-told campaign that saw you personally destroy the Jedi Order.

Filling the gaps left by Episode 3, ST:BF 2 saw you lead the 501st Legion in an assault on the Jedi Temple defended by an army of angry lightsaber-wielding Force-users.

More than just the awesomeness of facing off against such foes, Pandemic Studios heightened the catharsis of the moment with an excellent monologue from Attack of the Clones' Temuera Morrison, highlighting the dillemma of Clone Troopers turning on the allies they had once fought alongside.

"Did we have any doubts? Any private traitorous thoughts? Perhaps, but no one said a word. Not on the flight to Coruscant, Not when Order 66 came down, and not when we marched into the Jedi Temple... Not a word..."

2. Star Wars The Force Unleashed: 1v1'ing Darth Vader

While The Force Unleashed annoyed lore-junkies with it's canon-defyingly OP force powers, everyone else thought it was pretty hype to toss around TIE fighters and throw a lightsaber at a guy while force-choking him.

However, even as bad ass as Starkiller's abilities were, he was only barely a match against his mentor: the great Darth Vader.

Long before Rogue One showed the Dark Lord of the Sith tearing apart a hallway filled with rebels, you got to face his fury first-hand in a multi-stage boss battle that ended with Vader fighting on even with his armor in tatters.

1. Knights of the Old Republic: Discovering your character is Darth Revan

Say what you will about Bioware's more recent offerings, few can deny that the original Knights of the Old Republic was one of the best things to come out of the Star Wars expanded universe and offered one of the best twists since Darth Vader uttered the words, "No, I am your father."

After following in his tracks on planets across the galaxy in search of the Star Forge, it's revealed that your player-character was none other than the shadowy villain who resurrected the Sith Order in the first place: Darth Revan.

A Jedi who turned to the dark side after he and his renegades led the Republic to victory in the Mandalorian Wars, throughout the game Revan is referred to in hushed tones of hate, respect and fear.

That made it all the more epic when your ex-apprentice — Darth Malak —reveals that after he betrayed and tried to kill you, the Jedi Order wiped your memories to use you as a weapon against him.

From there, it was your decision to embrace your forced redemption... or exact terrible vengeance on the "allies" who tricked and manipulated you.

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