Best-selling games set in a galaxy far, far away

Danial Norjidi

Each year on May the 4th, Star Wars Day is observed to celebrate the ever popular sci-fi franchise.

In line with this year’s celebration, the top 10 best-selling Star Wars games in the United States (US) were revealed by Executive Director and Video Game Industry Advisor Mat Piscatella of The NPD Group, one of the largest market research companies in the world.

Specifically, the list shows the top 10 best-selling Star Wars games in the US from January 1995 through March 2021, based on physical and full game digital sales from the Nintendo eShop, PlayStation, Steam and Xbox platforms for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel, ranked on dollar sales.

Topping the list was Star Wars: Battlefront by developer EA DICE. First released in 2015, Star Wars: Battlefront is a reboot of the Battlefront series that began in 2004.

The game sees players engage in multi-player battles on a galactic scale, fighting for the Rebellion or Empire in a variety of multi-player matches that support up to 40 players, seamlessly swapping between first-person and third-person viewpoints.

Star Wars: Battlefront. PHOTO: EA DIGITAL ILLUSIONS CE

Players get to play as iconic characters from the Star Wars universe, such as Darth Vader and Boba Fett, as well as hop into the cockpit of memorable vehicles from the franchise such as X-wings, TIE fighters, the Millenium Falcon as well as speeder bikes and AT-ATs.

Ranked second on the list was third-person action-adventure title Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which first release in 2019.

Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Fallen Order sees players embark on a galaxy-spanning adventure, taking on the role of an abandoned Padawan named Cal Kestis who must complete his Jedi training, develop new powerful Force abilities, and master the art of the lightsaber, all while staying one step ahead of the Empire.

2017’s Star Wars: Battlefront II took the third spot on the list. This sequel to the 2015 title sees the return of multi-player battles, taking place across three eras.

Battlefront II also saw the introduction of a single player campaign centred on protagonist Iden Versio, the commander of an imperial special forces unit called Inferno Squad, as she encounters “many of Star Wars’ greatest characters” in what is described on the official game page as “a story of revenge, betrayal, and redemption that spans 30 years”.

Fourth on the list was LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, an action-adventure title first released in 2007 and in which players experience the epic adventures of Star Wars Episodes I – VI through a whimsical world of Lego, playing as over 120 Star Wars characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

The fifth spot on the list went to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. In this third-person action game, players are cast into the role of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Starkiller, who has been trained to hunt down and destroy Jedi.

As described on the Star Wars website, “During his quest, Starkiller will ally himself with a most unlikely set of heroes and be forced to make decisions that could change the course of his destiny and set events in motion that will forever shape the galaxy.”

The sixth best-selling game was 2005’s Star Wars: Battlefront II, a first and third-person shooter where players engage in multi-player battles over 16 locations, along with the ability to fight as a Jedi and battle in space in various starcraft. The game also features a single-player experience where the player joins the rise of Darth Vader’s elite 501st Legion of Stormtroopers.

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is the seventh game on the list. Originally released in 2006, this Lego-themed action-adventure game follows the events of the first three Star Wars films (Episodes IV, V and VI), and features 68 playable Lego versions of characters from the films.

Eighth on the list was LEGO Star Wars, which first released in 2005. The game is based on the on the movies in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (Episodes I, II and III), and features a total of 56 playable characters (59 on the Gameboy Advance).

Ranking ninth was Star Wars: Battlefront from 2004, the first game in the Battlefront series. This action/shooter sees players select one from a number of different soldier types before they go on to re-live and participate in classic Star Wars battles. It features range of modes, including story-based Historical Campaigns to experience battles from Episodes I-VI from the perspective of four factions.

Rounding up the top 10 is Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. Released in 1996, this third-person shooter sees the player assume the role of a mercenary Dash Rendar, working to protect Luke Skywalker and help the Rebel Alliance defeat the head of a crime syndicate.