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While the latest Star Wars Battlefront game and the forthcoming Rogue One remain firmly on everyone’s lips, it pays to rewind your minds back to a time when the gaming world was rife with different Star Wars games, each presenting a different dimension of intergalactic strategy, action and excitement.

With rich storylines, HD and 4K graphics dominating and a whole new emphasis on online gaming, it is sometimes a breath of fresh air to revisit some of those old classics we loved in our younger days.

You only have to look back a few years to find such esteemed Star Wars classics as Knights of the Old Republic, the Lego Star Wars series and the critically acclaimed Jedi Knight saga, but beyond those are some truly underrated gems lurking underneath the surface.

Forget what you thought about The Phantom Menace and open your minds my padawans, as we take a journey through those Star Wars games that truly deserve another chance.

10. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Episode 1 game

After the first film of the new trilogy somewhat proved that George Lucas had sold-out, it was the PlayStation adaptation of Episode I that recuperated some measure of respect for a franchise return that was sixteen years in the making.

Allowing players to recreate the ‘classic’ scenes from the film, The Phantom Menace game actually offered something unique to Star Wars games, especially at the time; the fact you could take control of a variety of different characters with different abilities. Wielding lightsabers and fending off blaster fire as both Obi-Wan Kenobi or Qui-Gon Jinn remained the main draw, but in possessing the ability to also control Padmé Amidala and Captain Panaka, it gave the whole thing a surprisingly refreshing edge.

Where the game truly excelled (as many Star Wars games do) was in its presentation and music; the PS1 was nearing retirement age in 1999, but LucasArts pushed the hardware to breaking point, letting John Williams’ score inspire the hero in us to complete each level.

The film may have been total throwaway toss, but The Phantom Menace as a game was one of the best titles to bare the license so far.

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