10 Awesome Star Wars Games to Play in 2016

Hungry for more Star Wars? Check out these awesome games!

By now, you've probably finished your list of New Year's Resolutions for 2016, right? Great! How about a new resolution? “Play a bunch of awesome Star Wars games.”

With 2015's release of The Force Awakens, Star Wars fever is back in full swing. Fans are getting back into the Galaxy Far, Far Away, and looking for anything that will hold them over until the new movies come out. There's a whole bunch of books and TV episodes to enjoy, but we're all here for games, aren't we? 

Here's 10 incredibly fun Star Wars games, covering many different genres and play styles. We'll cover what they are, what made them great, and why you should play them if you're a fan. Hit the hyperdrives, and dive in!

10. Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005)

Republic Commando
The game puts you right into the helmet of a clone trooper and his squad.

It's rare to play a Star Wars game where you're not a lightsaber-swinging Jedi. Star Wars: Republic Commando is a first-person shooter (FPS) that features the often-overlooked troopers that do all the shooting across the movies, specifically for this game, the Clones. Before the Clone Wars cartoon series started showing Clone Trooper personalities, there was this game, which gave you 4 different squad mates, all with their own characters, equipment, and abilities.

Republic Commando
Your squadmates all have distinct personalities, despite being clones.

As you shoot and blast your way through the missions, the game gives you a really great squad control system inspired by classic military titles like Rainbow Six. Looking through your Trooper helmet (a cool way to design a HUD), there's context-sensitive actions like breach-and-clear, which are easily highlighted and quick to execute, but you can also tell specific members to go to a point, defend, attack, and more. Different squad members bring different talents to the table, which are all needed for different objectives, whether it be Sev's sniping, Scorch's demolitions, or Fixer's hacking. The AI is good, and the teamwork works really well.

The game gives you a great look at a side of the Clone Wars that you didn't get to see, while also providing some exciting, strategic FPS gameplay. 

 

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