May the 4th has become Star Wars Day for many folks around the world. Every fan has their own way of celebrating this galaxy that means so much to us. Especially with the dangers of a pandemic keeping a lot of us indoors, there’s no better time to dust off your favorite home media. And there’s more to Star Wars than the movies; with video games, you get to be part of the action. Whether you’re a fan of the classics or a relative newcomer to this galaxy, you can definitely find a game worth playing today. Here are five of my best Star Wars Day recommendations for any type of gamer.
Try Something Old-School
If you’ve already earned every achievement in Battlefront II and played through Jedi: Fallen Order six times, give the classics a shot. There’s a reason fans adore titles like Knights of the Old Republic, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Episode I: Racer, and TIE Fighter. They’re incredible games, and age hasn’t diminished them. Best of all, whatever platform you like playing on, Disney’s holding a massive sale on its Star Wars games catalog right now.
Shoot Your Friends an Invite
After two and a half years of live-ops support and content drops, EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II stands as one of the all-time great Star Wars games. If you have a favorite Star Wars planet, chances are you can visit it in Battlefront. And with recent additions like a reworked Heroes vs. Villains mode, new co-op battles, and fresh skins inspired by The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Rise of Skywalker, there’s something to appeal to fans of all eras. Jump in an X-wing and fly alongside your friends in Starfighter Assault or grab a spear and take on the Empire in Ewok Hunt.
Dive Into Jedi: Fallen Order
Jedi: Fallen Order had to weather comparisons to developer Respawn’s past successes, older Star Wars games, and the recent films—and it still exceeded my expectations. It’s a phenomenal video game in the vein of Tomb Raider and Dark Souls as well as my favorite Star Wars story of 2019. What color do you want your lightsaber to be? This is your chance to feel like a Jedi surviving Order 66 in the dark times of the Empire. It’s worth your time.
Experience the Empire’s Fall (and Resurrection) in Battlefront II
Battlefront II’s multiplayer was the subject of some well-deserved criticism at launch. But if you opted out of the game because of those early reviews back in 2017, you skipped a fantastic campaign mode. Featuring a standout cast of new original characters—as well as old favorites like Luke, Han, Leia, Lando, and even Kylo Ren—you’re missing out if you haven’t tried this game’s single-player. You can grab it on sale right now for about $8.
Tell Your Very Own Star Wars Story
If you like building Star Wars LEGO sets, cosplaying, or even “Disneybounding” as your favorite characters and creatures, video games can give you some of that same joy. Grab a Star Wars character pack in Minecraft, build Palpatine’s Exegol arena, and let your imagination run wild. Create your own Star Wars t-shirts, costumes, and outfits with the Custom Design Pro Editor in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. And then use those tools to tell and share a Star Wars tale of your own.
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