In celebration of National Video Games Day, the good folks over at StarWars.com have asked members of the Lucasfilm Games Team to name their favourite Star Wars games and gaming moments.
With such a rich back catalogue to choose from, what will they choose — here’s a few of their selections?
Ando Prime twists and turns in Star Wars Episode I: Racer (1999) – MICHELLE, QA Brand Lead
“My favorite Star Wars game is Star Wars Episode I: Racer, particularly the Nintendo 64 version. I remember clearly forcing my friends to play Racer with me. I loved visiting all the planets, and racing games are still some of my favorites to this day.
My favorite course in the game was Ando Prime, which was a snowy planet I knew nothing about. However, it just felt so different than the other courses and I was always trying to beat my previous time. There’s a shortcut near the beginning that I was always going for and would surprise my friends with. That’s fair play, right?”
The immersion of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire (2018) – JACOB, QA Brand Tester
“My favorite Star Wars gaming moment is something that goes beyond a traditional game to instead being an interactive story — Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID.
The experience itself represents a profound moment in Star Wars where all of your fantasies of being fully immersed in the Star Wars universe are the most tangible and visceral. My favorite moment in particular was picking up a blaster as the alarm went off. I was actually a rebel spy infiltrating Mustafar disguised as an Imperial stormtrooper, and my friends and I ran across a truly infamous character that would make any Star Wars fan’s day.”
The go-anywhere fun of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) – JEFF, Associate Producer
“I’m going to be ‘weird’ and say my favorite Star Wars gaming moment was exploring Mos Espa as Qui-Gon in the Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace game. I was going through a Monty Python phase then and the Episode I game had a charm to it that particularly resonated with me.
Not to mention, as a 12-year-old, I was still very much infatuated with everything Episode I, as the movie had just been released earlier that year.
Exploring Mos Espa was different from the rest of the levels in the game, since it gave players a chance to explore or even do ill-will against the citizens. I hadn’t played too many games with sandbox elements at that point in my gaming career, so the experience was somewhat unique to me.”
Find out what others picked here. What would your favourite be? Happy gaming!