9 classic Star Wars games that need to be remastered and re-released

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic art. Photo courtesy of igdb.com.
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4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003, Xbox/PC/Mac)

Originally released on July 15, 2003, on Xbox, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic hit PC months later and jumped to Mac in 2004. Despite the nearly two decades that have passed since its release, this classic RPG remains one of the most beloved Star Wars titles that has ever been released.

Knights of the Old Republic, and the sequel, are still enjoyed by PC gamers today and retain a dedicated and appreciative fanbase. While re-released for iOS and Android phones in 2013 and 2014, Knights of the Old Republic has never seen a full remaster.

These titles later spawned Star Wars: The Old Republic, and that MMO continues to see new content and expansions today, but many players would prefer a single-player experience like these classics. Whether it’s just a graphics update and a console port, or a more extensive remaster, there seems to be no better choice than Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

5. Star Wars: Empire at War (2006, PC/Mac)

Originally released on Feb. 16, 2006, on PC and then on Mac in 2007, Star Wars: Empire at War aimed to finally nail real-time strategy in a way that previous Star Wars games had failed to. Learning from the failures of Star Wars: Force Commander in 2000 and Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds in 2001, Empire at War was created from the ground up with a completely new engine.

The game saw commercial and critical success, and it even spawned an expansive and dedicated modding community around the title. Considering the progress that’s been made for RTS games over the last 14 years, a full remaster of Empire at War could become a new favorite for Star Wars fans on PC, and maybe even current-gen consoles.

6. Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995, PC/Mac/PlayStation)

Originally released on Feb.  28, 1995, for PC and Mac, with a 1996 release on PlayStation, Star Wars: Dark Forces was seen by many as a clone of the PC classic Doom with a Star Wars theme. However, Dark Forces built upon the standard set by Doom and introduced new features like the ability to look up and down, duck, and jump that are essential to first-person shooters today.

While this classic spawned the Jedi Knight series that later included Dark Forces II, Jedi Outcast, and Jedi Academy, it is this original installment that Lucasfilm Games should look at remastering. This original focused more on shooting and less on a hack-and-slash style, and a remaster with new graphics but the same overall gameplay could be a hit on Nintendo Switch and as a digital-only title for other current-gen consoles.