May the 4th Be With You: The Best Star Wars Games of All Time
Platforms: DOS, Windows, Mac OS
Update: Good news, X-Wing fans! As of October 28th, 2014, the original version of the game has been issued a DRM-free re-release to support modern systems.
LucasArts’ first Star Wars game for the PC was also one of its best. Designers Lawrence Holland and Edward Kilham dropped players into a galactic war, putting them in the highly detailed cockpits of X-Wings, Y-Wings, A-Wings and other Rebel craft as they took part in epic engagements one battle at a time. Players were tasked with managing their weapon, shield, and engine power in addition to tracking countless TIE Fighters on their scopes. Missions had primary and secondary objectives, the latter required in order to earn coveted commendations, and a “simulator” mode let players brush up on their combat skills and replay completed missions. It looks dated now, but heading down the Death Star’s trench to the sound of laser fire all around was incredible in the early 1990s.