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Star Wars has spawned over one hundred computer and video games, dating back to some of the earliest home consoles. Some are based directly on movie material, with the remaining games heavily involved in the Expanded Universe. This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Four different video game consoles from different generations. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Early history

The first video games based on the franchise were released on the Atari 2600, beginning with The Empire Strikes Back (1982) in which the player drove a snowspeeder during the Battle of Hoth, destroying AT-AT walkers. Several other games appeared, such as Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle (1983), where the player controlled the Millennium Falcon in a mission to destroy the second Death Star, and Jedi Arena (1983), the first game to attempt to simulate a lightsaber battle (in this case, clearly inspired by the A New Hope scene, where Luke Skywalker trains with a seeker). More significantly, in 1983, the Star Wars arcade game was released by Atari based on A New Hope. In this game, featuring color vector graphics and the first ever digitized speech from a film, the player enters the seat of Luke's Red Five X-Wing fighter and battles waves of TIE fighters led by Darth Vader, weaves through towers across the surface of the Death Star and plummets through the Battle Station's trench in an attempt to destroy it. The sequel for the game, The Empire Strikes Back, used the same technology to re-create scenes from the second film, including battles with AT-AT walkers and an asteroid field. The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, was the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ... 1982 1982 in games 1981 in video gaming 1983 in video gaming Notable events of 1982 in computer and video games. ... The Incom T-47 Airspeeder is a two-person repulsorcraft from the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Combatants Galactic Empire Rebel Alliance Commanders Admiral Piett General Veers Darth Vader General Carlist Rieekan Princess Leia Luke Skywalker Strength 9 AT-AT walkers Several AT-ST walkers Several AT-AR walkers Several AT-PT walkers Snowtroopers E-Web Repeating blasters Death Squadron Imperial-class (Mark II) Star Destroyers Super... The All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT), also called the Imperial Walker, was a major part of the Galactic Empires army in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... The Millennium Falcon is a starship that first appeared in the original Star Wars film, A New Hope. ... The first Death Star, with TIE Fighters flying from it. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Luke Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... 1983 1983 in games 1982 in video gaming 1984 in video gaming Notable events of 1983 in computer and video games. ... Star Wars is an arcade game produced by Atari and released in 1983. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... The first Death Star, with TIE Fighters flying from it. ... The All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT), also called the Imperial Walker, was a major part of the Galactic Empires army in the fictional Star Wars universe. ...


Due to the video game crash of 1983, which temporarily killed the home console market, no further games based on the franchise were released until 1987 when UK software publisher Domark released several 8-bit versions of the Star Wars vector arcade game, followed by similar conversions in 1988 of The Empire Strikes Back machine. In 1987, Namco developed a Star Wars game for the Famicom for the Japanese market exclusively, based on A New Hope, but with several liberties taken with the movie's storyline. E.T. for the Atari 2600 is used as a symbol of the crash and is sometimes considered a co-conspirator in causing the crash, along with the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man. ... Domark was a computer and video games software house based in Britain. ... 1987 1987 in games 1986 in video gaming 1988 in video gaming Notable events of 1987 in video gaming. ... Namco Ltd ) is a amusement company based in Japan, best known overseas for video games development. ... Star Wars (English NES version) For an overview of Star Wars video games, see Star Wars computer and video games There are different versions of the first Star Wars game for the third generation of consoles, based on the first movie of the franchise, Star Wars Episode IV: A New... The Nintendo Entertainment System (U.S., Europe, and Australia) NES redirects here. ...


In 1991, the platformer Star Wars was released for both the NES and Game Boy, and one year later, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back covered the plotline of the fifth episode of the saga. Also in 1992, Super Star Wars was released for the SNES, followed by the remaining games in the trilogy: Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1993) and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1994). Notable events of 1991 in computer and video games. ... A simple platform sequence from the game Wonder Boy Platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles. ... Star Wars (English NES version) For an overview of Star Wars video games, see Star Wars computer and video games There are different versions of the first Star Wars game for the third generation of consoles, based on the first movie of the franchise, Star Wars Episode IV: A New... “NES” redirects here. ... The Game Boy ) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo, released in 1989 at US$89. ... 1992 1992 in games 1991 in video gaming 1993 in video gaming Notable events of 1992 in video gaming. ... Super Star Wars is the first of a series of three Super Nintendo games based on the original three films of the Star Wars series. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES, also known as SNES or Super Nintendo, is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. ... Notable events of 1993 in computer and video games. ... 1994 1994 in games 1993 in video gaming 1995 in video gaming Notable events of 1994 in computer and video games. ...


Expansion of the franchise

At the start of the 1990s, the Star Wars franchise began to move away from the official films and began to focus more on the Expanded Universe. The first, X-Wing, released in 1992, started the X-wing computer game series, which would prove itself to be one of the most popular space flight/combat simulators series ever.[citation needed] X-Wing was followed by several sequels and expansions. Other titles such as The Software Toolworks' Star Wars Chess were published or licensed by LucasArts, who also used the first "multimedia explosion" to release Rebel Assault (1993), which used FMV and photos extensively. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The X-Wing computer game series is a series of space simulation computer games set in the Star Wars universe that attempts to, faithfully to the movies, simulate the fictional experience of starfighter combat. ... The Software Toolworks is a video game publisher, and was active from 1980 until about 2001. ... LucasArts is an American video game developer and publisher. ... Screenshot of an FMV from Final Fantasy VIII using Bink Video. ...

Since 1998 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron has spawned two sequels by Factor 5.

However, the first step towards modern games was done with Dark Forces, a 1995 first-person shooter that put the player in the role of Kyle Katarn. The 1996 Nintendo 64 title Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was part of a LucasArts attempt to create a story between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of Jedi, putting the player in control of mercenary Dash Rendar. Shadows of the Empire featured fan-favorite parts from the Super Star Wars line, such as another reanactment of the Battle of Hoth, driving a snowspeeder and tying a cable around AT-ATs legs. After the Special Edition original trilogy re-release in 1997, LucasArts published two other novelty titles, Yoda Stories and Star Wars Monopoly, sequels Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II and X-Wing vs TIE Fighter, and a Star Wars themed fighter, Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi. Star Wars Rogue Squadron box cover This is the cover art for a video or computer game. ... Star Wars Rogue Squadron box cover This is the cover art for a video or computer game. ... Factor 5 is a software and video game developer that is best known for the Star Wars series Star Wars: Rogue Squadron. ... Star Wars: Dark Forces is a video game produced by the LucasArts Entertainment Company. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Doom is considered a landmark in the first-person shooter genre. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This section needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... In the fictional Star Wars Expanded Universe, Dash Rendar was a Corellian smuggler, and friend to Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Luke rescuing Yoda from his father, Darth Vader and two stormtroopers in the Windows version Star Wars: Yoda Stories is a 1997 computer game based on the Star Wars franchise developed by LucasArts. ... Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (aka JK) is a first person shooter computer game released September 30, 1997, by LucasArts. ... X-Wing vs. ...


As The Phantom Menace release approached, dozens of licensed titles appeared, from the praised expansion to Jedi Knight, Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith and the first game in the Rogue Squadron series and even educational titles, the market was flooded with several games, most of them of questionable quality. Film poster for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film by George Lucas starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Jake Lloyd. ... Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith is the expansion pack for the first person shooter Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. It was released January 31, 1998. ...


The saga continues

The Clone Wars was one of many games released based on the prequel trilogy

After the release of Episode I in theaters in 1999, an onslaught of games from the prequel trilogy began to be released for most major platforms. The first, Star Wars: Episode I Racer, based on the podracing sequence in movie, managed to sell well due to the hype surrounding the return of one of the most popular movie series ever. Others, including Battle for Naboo and Jedi Power Battles, were released, but with little success. The first strategic game in the Expanded Universe was titled Star Wars: Rebellion and broke new ground in that it incorporated ships and planets not found in the original canon, such as the Rebel Assault Frigate and the Bulwark Cruiser. But for all its ground-breaking new looks, it was not as successful as would have been hoped. The second strategic title, Star Wars: Force Commander was also released, but failed to keep up with other RTS games, since it was more focused on battling (no resource-gathering) and used a primitive 3D engine. Clone Wars box art This is the cover art for a video game. ... Clone Wars box art This is the cover art for a video game. ... Star Wars: The Clone Wars Categories: Computer and video game stubs | Star Wars computer games | 2002 computer and video games | Xbox games | PlayStation 2 games | GameCube games ... The year 1999 in film involved some significant events. ... Podracing is the name for a fictional racing sport known in the Star Wars universe. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Real-Time Strategy, often abbreviated RTS, is a genre of computer games characterized by being wargames which take place in real-time, where resource gathering, base building, technology development and direct control over individual units are key components. ...


In 2002, Attack of the Clones premiered in theaters, and another wave of Star Wars based games, including The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, and Bounty Hunter were released, this time focusing on events and characters from Attack of the Clones such as bounty hunter Jango Fett and the Clone Wars. This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) is the fifth Star Wars science fiction movie released and the second part of the prequel trilogy which began with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... Star Wars: The Clone Wars Categories: Computer and video game stubs | Star Wars computer games | 2002 computer and video games | Xbox games | PlayStation 2 games | GameCube games ... Jango Fett is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe. ... A scene from Attack of the Clones depicting the Battle of Geonosis, the first battle of the Clone Wars The Clone Wars (also known as the Clone War) are a series of fictional intragalactic battles in George Lucass science fiction saga Star Wars. ...

Knights of the Old Republic is one of the most critically acclaimed Star Wars games, winning top "game of the year" honors in 2003.

Also in 2002, Jedi Outcast was released and gave players the first chance to experience advanced lightsaber duels, and it also detached itself from the usual idea of movie tie-ins. Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter was released allowing the player to be a Jedi Master flying a Jedi starfighter. A third RTS game with a much more conventional approach to the genre's norms and using the Age of Kings engine, Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, offered a better alternative to those seeking strategy in the Star Wars universe. One year later, the last game in the Jedi Knight series, Jedi Academy, was released, as well as Knights of the Old Republic, a BioWare RPG that debuted on the Microsoft Xbox and PC. Knights (also known as KotOR among fans) was critically acclaimed, even winning "Game of the Year" at the Game Developers Choice Awards, (along with many other critics ) in 2003. The first MMORPG, titled Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, was also released in 2003 and was subsequently followed in 2004 by its first expansion Jump to Lightspeed. kotor box art This is the cover art for a video game. ... kotor box art This is the cover art for a video game. ... Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) is an RPG video game originally for the Microsoft Xbox and later for PCs running Microsoft Windows. ... Obi-Wan Kenobi evades Jango Fett in his Aethersprite The Delta-7 Aethersprite Interceptor is a fictional starfighter from the Star Wars saga. ... Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (or simply Age of Kings) is a real-time strategy game set in the middle ages, released in 1999. ... Galactic Battlegrounds Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds is a real-time strategy game built on the Age of Empires II engine. ... Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) is an RPG video game originally for the Microsoft Xbox and later for PCs running Microsoft Windows. ... BioWare Corp. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... The Game Developers Conference has annually hosted the Game Developers Choice Awards presented by the International Game Developers Association for outstanding developers of video game entertainment since 2001. ... An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (SWG) is a Star Wars themed MMORPG for the PC, developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts Entertainment. ... For other uses, see Star Wars Galaxy. ...


Adjoining the release of the final Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Battlefront, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (both in 2004), Star Wars: Republic Commando, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Lego Star Wars (2005) were released. A sequel to that Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was released during 2006. Three more games, Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III: Rage of the Wookiees (a second expansion to Galaxies), and Episode III: The video game (action) were also released close to the premiere of the third movie, with various degrees of success. This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ... Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (KOTOR II) is an RPG video game for the PC and the Microsoft Xbox. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Star Wars: Battlefront II is a video game set to be released in November of 2005 for PC, Xbox, PSP, and PlayStation 2. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (SWG) is a Star Wars themed MMORPG for the PC, developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts Entertainment. ...


After the films, more Star Wars titles are continually being released and developed. Empire at War (an RTS), was released in early 2006. Force Unleashed, currently in development for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, will use a new and detailed graphics engine. PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[7] commonly abbreviated PS3) is Sony Computer Entertainments third video game console. ... The Xbox 360 is the successor to Microsofts Xbox video game console, developed in cooperation with IBM, ATI, Samsung and SiS. Information on the console first came through viral marketing campaigns and it was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information divulged...


See also

This is a list of LucasArts Star Wars games. ... Star Warped is a parody themed video game for the PC, which parodies the Star Wars universe. ...

External links

  • LucasArts

Star Wars games at MobyGames MobyGames is a website devoted to cataloging computer and video games, both past and present. ...


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Star Wars computer and video games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1063 words)
Star Wars has spawned over one hundred computer and video games, which comes of no surprise since the theatrical release of the original trilogy nearly coincided with the advent of home consoles.
In 2002, Attack of the Clones premiered in theaters and another wave of Star Wars based games, including The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, and Bounty Hunter were released this time focusing on events and characters from Attack of the Clones such as bounty hunter Jango Fett and the Clone Wars.
Three more games, Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III: Rage of the Wookiees (a second expansion to Galaxies), and Episode III: The video game (action) were also released close to the premiere of the third movie, with various degrees of success.
Computer and video games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4445 words)
The term "computer game" also includes games which display only text (and which can therefore theoretically be played on a teletypewriter) or which use other methods, such as sound or vibration, as their primary feedback device, but there are very few new games in these categories.
The popularity of computer and video games, as a whole, has been increasing steadily ever since the 1984-1987 drop-off caused by the video game crash of 1983, and the popularity appears to be continuing to increase.
Computer and video games have been the subject of frequent controversy and censorship, due to the depiction of graphic violence, sexual themes, advertising, consumption of illegal drugs, consumption of alcohol or tobacco, propaganda, or profanity in some games.
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