Star Wars is a media franchise about people fighting in space, hence the name (Star Wars). Of course, there are many games of Star Wars About space fighters, blow up enemy ships and save the galaxy.
However, for a time, there was a real drought of space combat games from Star Wars.
But with the recent launch of Star Wars: Squadrons the nightmare is over and now we have a modern new take on the classic Star Wars space combat simulator.
And it’s pretty cool, but what about all those Star Wars space games out there before?
Well luckily we have made this list with the 5 best Star Wars space combat games.
To be clear, this is not a list that ranks all games of Star Wars. Instead, it’s a list focused only on Star Wars games where a large part of the game is about spaceships, Star Destroyers, battle ships, and all of that stuff.
#5 – Star Wars: Squadrons (2020)
PS4, Xbox One, PC
The most visually impressive Star Wars space combat game ever made, it has a great campaign, a good script, and a great multiplayer mode called Fleets, which could end up being a classic for people for years.
You can play it all in virtual reality to finally fulfill your childhood dreams of sitting in an X wing and flying through space.
#4 – Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (2001)
The boilerplate name aside, this is a huge improvement over the original Rogue Squadron.
The first game from the Factor 5 studio to make the leap to the GameCube, the more powerful hardware allowed for stunning graphics that still look good today.
The game’s campaign encompasses all three films in the original trilogy in 10 missions. It also includes some great unlockable content, like an old 5 Factor demo created in 2,000 and a playable Buick, which lets you save the galaxy while enjoying a leisurely ride in their leather seats. It is hard to beat.
#3 – Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance (1999)
Technically the fourth and final entry in the saga, most fans consider it the third entry in the X-Wing series and the true sequel to TIE Fighter.
With this being the last game in the franchise, and therefore the most recent, it makes sense that it looks much better and that it has improved controls and more complex missions.
The game’s HUD and camera have also changed, making it less immersive than before.
Plus, it includes some cameos and references to the bigger Star Wars movies if you pay attention.
#2 – Star Wars: X-Wing (1993)
This is the game that kicked off the entire X-Wing franchise and the first real attempt at a great Star Wars game of space combat. Developed by Lucasarts, it was created after Star Wars became fashionable again in the early 1990s thanks to Expanded Universe novels such as the Thrawn trilogy. To take advantage of this newfound interest, Lucasarts took the technology he developed for his popular WWII air combat games and built a Star Wars game focused on simulating what it would really feel like to fly and maintain an X-wing. It was a great success and give us a sequel …
#1 – Star Wars: TIE Fighter (1994)
Just like “The Empire Strikes Back” is better than “A New Hope”, the TIE Fighter is better than the original X-Wing.
It has higher production values, more missions, better 3D graphics, and offers players a new perspective, being the first game to star in the Empire.
While we still have reservations for playing space fascists, we can’t argue with the good job TIE Fighter does in creating an Empire that feels more developed and powerful. It can be fun to be the bad guy once in a while.
To this day, TIE Fighter is considered by many to be not only one of the best Star Wars games ever made, but one of the best PC games ever made.