May the 4th Be With You: The Best Star Wars Games of All Time
Platforms: DOS, Windows, Mac OS
Update: As we mentioned on the X-Wing page earlier, as of October 28th, 2014, the original versions of X-Wing and TIE Fighter have been issued DRM-free re-releases to support modern systems.
Two similar games at the top of the list? Yes, they’re just that good. TIE Fighter was the sequel to X-Wing, but it did more than just put players on the opposing team. Graphics and sound were much improved, the missions were more complex, and the story arcs were some of the best of the entire Star Wars universe. Players fight to prevent a coup against the Emperor, help the fascinating and terrifying Admiral Thrawn stop an Imperial traitor, and fly wingman for none other than Lord Vader himself. The cutscenes and between-mission tasks are done well, and players will want to repeat missions to complete all objectives, hoping to slowly climb the ladder of the Secret Order of the Emperor. Both X-Wing and TIE Fighter were updated with enhanced graphics for a 1998 “Collector Series” release, and they can still be played today with a bit of tweaking.