Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service has some new games on offer, and fans of a galaxy far, far away can rejoice because all of the new games are within the Star Wars franchise. This bundle is headed by none other than the legendary Obsidian Entertainment, presenting one of the best Star Wars games ever made.
The big draw for this bundle is one of the best Bioware games ever made, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The classic RPG that helped revive the Star Wars brand in gaming at a critical point in home console gaming is back. KOTOR is arguably one of the best Star Wars games ever made for a variety of reasons. There’s plenty of the iconic lightsaber dueling, but this RPG really shines when some fan favorite characters and impressively written storylines come into play. Everyone who has ever played this game knows the majesty that is HK-47, but that’s just one prime example of how well-done this game is.
Set in the expansive Extended Universe (Legends) period of Star Wars lore, several thousand years before the films, this 2003 RPG had all the trappings of a great Bioware title. The game featured an immersive and complex story, dozens of hours of quests across multiple planets, and even possible romance quest lines for your party members. There’s a lot to like about this game for a Star Wars or Western RPG fan. And rest assured, this isn’t the unstable and terrible PC port, so no nightmarish performance issues here.
Of course there are plenty of other great games. Also up for grabs is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, which let you play as a Sith clone on a journey of redemption and pain. And while the story and gameplay leave a bit to be desired, the big draw in these games was the impressive game engine which allowed complex environmental and character interactions. For it’s time, these games were revolutionary, and you should play them if you missed out.
Rounding things out is Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which packs in 36 levels across the first six Star Wars episodes. Bashing apart levels and enemies to collect Lego bricks is surprisingly fun, and I have fond memories of the first games on the original Xbox.
Xbox Game Pass, for the uninitiated, is Microsoft’s Netflix-style $9.99 (£7.99)-a-month subscription service for video games. It includes Microsoft Studios games such as Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2