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Star Wars is a huge franchise, its fans can be decidedly unkind when it comes to something they don’t like. Lately there has been a lot of negative and mixed reactions for Kinect Star Wars, I actually found that game to be quite fun and it’s certainly not the worst Star Wars game ever made. That train of thought got me to thinking of some of the Star Wars games that I’ve played in the past that were simply terrible in every meaning of the word. A lot of people think LucasArts has only recently started releasing bad games under the Star Wars brand, well I’ve got news for you, they’ve been releasing poor Star Wars games for a couple of decades now.
It would be a bit too easy to list a lot of the older Star Wars games, like the ones for the Atari 2600, but I figure those games have gone through enough and I’m not going to pile on. After all, that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I’ll try to stick to my personal top 5 of bad Star Wars games, which offers an eclectic mix of games from the 1990’s and the 2000’s.
1.Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi
Did you ever wonder what a poor fighting game based on awful mechanics that featured Star Wars characters would be like? Wonder no more, because Star Wars Masters of Teräs Käsi is just such a game. The game itself features some of the worst character models ever seen, and the idea to do a fighting game with Star Wars characters is just insane and not the good kind of insane. This game handled like a shopping cart, which is a running theme with Star Wars games. Not only is this probably the worst Star Wars game, it’s probably the worst excuse for a fighting game as well.
2.Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing
You say you like cart racing games and Star Wars huh? Well I’ve got a really bad game for you, Star Wars Super Bombad Racing! It seems that LucasArts thought it would be a good idea to shrink down Star Wars characters and give them bobble heads in a cart racing game that handles like…you guess it, a shopping cart. I mean seriously, who wants to play as Boss Nass?
3.Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes
I don’t even really know where to begin with this debacle of a game. The premise sounds pretty nice, you play as Jedi during the Clone Wars television series. The problem is that the game looks terrible, it looks worse than a PlayStation 2 game and I was playing the Xbox 360 version! Let me tell you that the PlayStation 2 version looked really bad as well. There were no versions of this game that were good, the game had stiff controls and handled so very bad. These aren’t the Republic Heroes you’re looking for.
4.Star Wars: Racers Revenge
This was a little known follow up to the popular Pod Racer game for the Nintendo 64 and the Sega Dreamcast, both were really solid games. I remember logging hours and hours into the Dreamcast version, which looked fantastic and allowed for online scoreboards. Racers Revenge had none of the charm of the original, I mean who wants to play as grumpy older Anakin Skywalker? The controls weren’t nearly as good and considering they were utilizing the PS2’s pressure sensitive sticks, it was a bit surprising. The courses were mostly imported from the previous game and I actually think the Dreamcasts original version of Pod Racer looked better than this one did.
5.Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
The original Force Unleashed game was pretty good, I really enjoyed it and thought it was really well done, I loved the force powers and the story itself was actually canon and well written. The Force Unleashed 2 was an obvious cash grab by LucasArts and the game resembled little of the original. The campaign was very short, around 4-5 hours and while the graphics were improved, the characters in the game weren’t nearly as engaging or likable.
All in all there have been a lot of Star Wars video games, some are bad and some are good and some like Kinect Star Wars lay in the middle of the pack. I’ll be doing a list of the top 5 good Star Wars games soon. If there is a Star Wars game that you think is terrible, let us know about it in the comment section below. Maybe with enough prodding we’ll get LucasArts to give us a Battlefront 3 or new Jedi Academy game.