5 Lessons from Star Wars video games

With Star Wars the Old Republic on the very imminent horizon (and early access underway), I can only think back on old Star Wars games to think of the lessons they’ve taught me. From the simplest platformers to the RPG Star Wars games, I’ve played been fortunate enough to have played some great games considering that licensed games are usually trash. So let’s take a look at some of the best lessons that the Star Wars games have given us…

5. Just because it’s a prequel doesn’t mean it’s bad.
Think about it, some of the best Star Wars video games now take place before the original Star wars trilogy. Knights of the Old Republic is a prequel set thousands of years before Luke Skywalker was even a twinkle in his father’s helmet. And even if we’re not talking about KoTOR, I’ve noticed that Episode 1 Racer, although it’s based off the worst movie in the franchise, is a damn fun game. High octane racing is tough to dislike even when it’s based on a crappy movie.

Kotor 5 Lessons from Star Wars video games

Don't underestimate the power of an original story.

4. A smuggler’s story is just as good as a Jedi’s
Even though I’m not talking about Han Solo (although he is an awesome character) I’m talking specifically about Dash Rendar from Shadows of the Empire for the Nintendo 64. With Rendar not being force sensitive, he has to rely on his good old Blaster and it works out just as well for Dash since Shadows of the Empire was an epic to say the least. So in a galaxy with telekinetic monks, even a smuggler has the chance to show his worth to the Rebellion.

shadows 5 Lessons from Star Wars video games

It might not look like much now, but this was the closest I got to driving a snowspeeder.

3. If it has “Super” in the title; it’s a tough game.
I’m not kidding about this one and I’m sure there are plenty of other gamers out there that know what I’m talking about. The “Super” Star Wars games like “Super Star Wars”, “Super Empire Strikes Back” and
Super Return of the Jedi” are a test of endurance and they also test your levels of frustration. These games gave me emotional damage back in the 90’s because they were so tough and even though I look back on them with fondness, I still can remember them with a hint of terror since I know those games were almost unfairly difficult.

Jedi 5 Lessons from Star Wars video games

These games are still dificult, just check them out on the Wii.

2. If Kyle Katarn is there: you struck Gold.

It’s tough to match another Jedi up to the likes of Luke Skywalker, Ben Kenobi or Yoda from the original trilogy because they all showed a sense of competence power. In Return of the Jedi Luke was no longer a whiny farm boy, but instead a man on a mission, Ben Kenobi was a kind mentor but when pushed came to shove he would cut your arm off and Yoda was so wise and powerful that he could lift a spaceship with his mind. So when I first heard about Kyle Katarn I thought that he would be nothing more than a footnote on a history of great Jedi. But I was wrong and Katarn’s record of great video games is substantial. From the Dark Forces series to the Jedi Outcast games; Katarn has shown that you don’t need to be a Skywalker to wield the force like a master.

outcast 5 Lessons from Star Wars video games

Stormtroopers beware: he's not very merciful.

1. Jar Jar will always suck.

SWB 5 Lessons from Star Wars video games

The bane of the Star Wars universe.

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