These Star Wars Games Are Worse Than The Last Jedi

These Star Wars Games Are Worse Than The Last Jedi

While The Last Jedi often gets panned for its narrative choices, the history of Star Wars video games shows that iffy writing isn’t exactly new.

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These Star Wars Games Are Worse Than The Last Jedi

There’s never been a worse time to be a Star Wars fan… at least, that’s what most Star Wars fans would have you believe. According to many, Disney’s handling of the sequel trilogy has tarnished the franchise and left a black mark on what was otherwise a pristine set of films… assuming you ignore all of the flaws with the other six movies. With The Rise of Skywalker apparently set to disappoint everyone this weekend and The Last Jedi having killed the franchise so thoroughly that nobody can ever stop talking about it, we thought it may be prudent to recap some of the other awful plot points and narrative arcs introduced to the galaxy far, far away.

Movie-based games often get a bad wrap, and, for the most part, Star Wars hasn’t managed to break the mold and deliver a whole lot of worthwhile video game content. Sure, we’ve recently been treated to EA and Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, but that shouldn’t cover up the painfully slapdash campaign attached to 2017’s Battlefront II.

Battlefront II’s Campaign

These Star Wars Games Are Worse Than The Last Jedi

Set just after the events of Return of the Jedi, the game’s campaign actually starts on a pretty interesting note. Players take control of Iden Versio, an Imperial Commander, who, in her quest to help restore order to a fractured Empire, learns the evil, selfish nature of her leadership’s ways and eventually defects to the rebellion. It would have been a neat story were it not four to five hours long, terribly shallow, and packed with yawn-inducing combat sections against braindead AI. There’s also an obnoxious amount of fanservice present, with brief and unnecessary cameos from Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and plenty of other notable franchise names.

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Shadows of the Empire

These Star Wars Games Are Worse Than The Last Jedi

Two console generations before that, fans were subjected to the cult classic that is Shadows of the Empire. More than a simple Nintendo 64 title, Shadows was a full-on multimedia project, with a novel and soundtrack coinciding with the release of the game. However, though it is usually remembered for its excellent opening sequence, which takes place during the Battle of Hoth, the rest of the game is a clunky mess. The main character, Dash Rendar, is basically a stand-in for Han Solo, and he journeys across the galaxy to rescue the real Han from his carbonite imprisonment and to save Princess Leia from some gross alien overlord who has the hots for her. It’s really strange, incredibly schlocky, and we’d be willing to be that most who remember this game fondly didn’t make it too far beyond the opening mission.

That era also saw the release of the Phantom Menace game, which was a convoluted retelling of the already boring and convoluted events of the first prequel movie. Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi was also released, which featured a wafer-thin plot involving the Emperor enlisting the help of a martial arts master to eliminate members of the alliance after the destruction of the Death Star.

Rebel Assault

The early 90s introduced PC players to Rebel Assault I and II, both of which were almost unanimously panned for their terrible stories. Featuring FMV sequences that could only have come from that era, these on-rails shooters more or less try to rewrite Star Wars history by replacing Luke with the player character during the Battle of Yavin. These games are so hoaky they almost fall into so-bad-it’s-good territory, though we still wouldn’t recommend going back to them.

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All in all, while The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker may have their problems, they certainly aren’t the worst narrative ideas ever presented. We may not expect as much from video games or novels as we do from the actual movies, but it’s important to remember that there’s a lot of terrible Star Wars-related stuff out there — there’s probably more bad than good, honestly. So, in these apparently dire times, fans can take heart knowing that, as bad as it may seem, it could always be worse.

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