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Seven Star Wars games that really need remake treatment after KOTOR

The iconic RPG Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic is being remade, and that's great, but here are seven other Star Wars games that deserve a remake, too.

Star Wars games that deserve remake: an image of Starkiller from Force Unleashed

It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of Disney’s semi-recent conclusion of the Skywalker Saga or not, it’s safe to say that the future’s looking pretty bright for the Star Wars franchise – and videogames are playing a huge part in that. Star Wars Jedi Survivor is already a force to be reckoned with, there’s a new Knights of the Old Republic remake from Aspyr and Saber Interactive, and Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming Star Wars FPS could see the Apex Legends developer revive an iconic Jedi Knight. However, why – as a society of Star Wars fans – should we just stop right there? We have seen a lot of fantastic remakes pop up over the last few years and there’s more than enough Star Wars games for developers to choose from when it comes to titles that deserve the same treatment. We know new games are what some people want to see, but we shouldn’t just abandon some of the older games to history. So, here’s seven Star Wars games that absolutely need to be remade after KOTOR.

Star Wars The Force Unleashed

First things first, and we know this is an obvious one, but we need to see both Star Wars The Force Unleashed and Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 get the remake treatment. If you’ve played these third-person action-adventure games, you’ll know why. If not, allow us to explain.

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Introducing the ever-talented Sam Witwer as Starkiller, a secret apprentice to Darth Vader, the Force Unleashed trilogy delivers a weighted narrative interwoven with the events that take place between the Prequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy (at least the events as they were when the first and second games were released in 2008 and 2010 respectively). It presents the player with slick lightsaber and force combat, impressive physics that really help to reflect Starkiller’s raw power, and some wonderfully memorable moments. It’s the hack-and-slash ancestor to Respawn Entertainment’s soulslike Star Wars Jedi series.

Of course, since its release, the Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm fully and retconned the narrative. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t deserving of a complete remake. With a few narrative tweaks, which we’ve seen implemented in other remakes, we could see the story of Starkiller and the Force Unleashed series finding a place in Star Wars canon again. Although, even if it’s a game that tells the same story, we don’t think that should stop people from considering remaking this truly fantastic Star Wars experience.

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Star Wars Republic Commando

Another truly brilliant Star Wars game that deserves the love and attention of a remake is Star Wars Republic Commando. This first-person shooter throws players into the combat boots of RC-1138, also known as Boss, a Republic Clone Commando heading up Delta Squad. As you might imagine, throughout Republic Commando, you’re tasked with completing a number of missions with and without your squad throughout the early stages of The Clone Wars.

Featuring the blueprint himself Temuera Morrison as Boss (and controversially other voice actors as the other members of Delta Squad), there’s a lot about this game that will feel familiar to fans of Star Wars and The Clone Wars – for example, Tom Kane lends his talents to Yoda and Rena Owen to Tuan We. But, it also offers you something you don’t get with other Star Wars media: it really does make you feel like you’re a Republic Commando. You can issue commands to your squad, everything is seen through your visor’s heads-up display, and you can often dictate how certain combat scenarios are approached.

Of course, though, it’s limited and there’s a lot more that you would expect to see improved upon if the game was released now and not in 2005. However, that’s exactly what makes this game a prime candidate for a remake; right? When you think about the technical improvements made over the last decade and the general improvement in storytelling and character work, a full remake of Republic Commando could elevate this already-fantastic experience to another level.

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Also, the recent release of The Bad Batch season two feels like proof enough that Star Wars fans are engaged with stories about clone troopers. It’s certainly one that sits nicely in this list of all the Star Wars series ranked. So, we can’t think of a better time to give this epic shooter the remake attention it deserves. Also, Scorch from Republic Commando is actually in The Bad Batch – and there’s also a Delta Squad cameo in The Clone Wars too. So, Star Wars hasn’t forgotten about them just yet.

Star Wars Bounty Hunter

One Star Wars game we feel as though has been forgotten somewhat is Star Wars Bounty Hunter – especially when you consider the fact that Aspyr has released an enhanced port of Republic Commando, Force Unleashed (one and two), Star Wars Episode 1 Racer, and both Knights of the Old Republic games over the last handful of years. Something of a prequel to Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Bounty Hunter follows a prime Jango Fett through a number of important contextual narrative points that precede the film.

Through this videogame, we learn how Jango acquired his iconic starship, why he was chosen by the Kaminoans as the genetic blueprint for their Clone Army, and really why he is the revered bounty hunter we know and love. Aside from the fact that it’s a narrative feast for Star Wars fans (which may or may not be canon, thanks to Disney), it’s also a decent third-person shooter that delivers on mechanics that feel ahead of their time; the game was released in 2002, after all.

With the Star Wars prequels now in something of a renaissance, we think it’s about time we get to re-explore this fascinating period of time and the machinations of Darth Tyrannus and his work for Darth Sidious. Temuera Morrison and Leeanna Walsman both reprise their roles here, too. So, what’s not to love about that? Exactly.

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If there’s one thing we don’t see enough of when it comes to Star Wars games, it’s multiplayer. Outside of EA’s now-abandoned Star Wars Battlefront series and the SWTOR MMO, there’s not a lot of options out there for Star Wars fans who want to play together online. Sure, Star Wars Squadrons is a fantastic flight combat sim with a decent multiplayer mode, but it’s a little complicated and its lack of post-launch support has left it a little dead in the water. However, the rise in popularity of handheld and mobile gaming lends itself perfectly for our next suggestion when it comes to Star Wars games that need to be remade.

Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron

A handheld exclusive that was available on the iconic PSP from 2007, Battlefront Renegade Squadron was a decent attempt at bringing the often chaotic action of the Battlefront series to handheld devices and delivered on an interesting single-player campaign that followed the titular Renegade Squadron through the final stages of the Rebellion’s fight against The Empire.

However, as interesting as it would be to see this campaign remade and improved upon (while also being re-canonised into the Star Wars universe’s continuity), this isn’t why we chose it for this list. Battlefront Renegade Squadron is a little bit like the Battlefront 3 we never got in the early 2000’s, with customisable characters, asteroid bases littering space battles, and a fantastic array of characters to play as alongside your standard troopers.

We know the more-recent Star Wars Battlefront games have explored things like customisable characters, but we can’t help but feel as though these older iterations of the title deliver a more satisfying gameplay experience on the whole. A remake of this shooter for mobile devices – and platforms like the Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck – would be the perfect way to offer Star Wars fans this fantastic arcade action on the go. We also think it would be a fantastic way to bring Renegade Squadron back into the fold narratively.

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But, we can imagine that calls for another Star Wars Battlefront game – especially one from the older iteration of the series – are few and far between after the 2017 release. So, that’s why the next game on our list isn’t 2005’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 (as much as we love that game), but is something rather different instead.

Star Wars Racer Revenge

Star Wars Racer Revenge, the sequel to the 1999 release Star Wars Episode 1 Racer, takes everything that was great about the first game and “arcade-ifies” it (we know that’s not a word, but hear us out. With the introduction of permadeath, Star Wars Racer Revenge becomes a much more competitive experience than its predecessor while still delivering the same fun racing experience.

We think a remake of this game in the vein of Activison’s Crash Team Racing Nitro Fuelled would be a perfect addition to the arcade racing genre and right one of the wrongs with the original release. Star Wars Racer Revenge replaces seven of the podracers from Episode 1 Racer with new characters, offers up an almost entirely new set of tracks, and doesn’t include any sort of secret unlockables. When you consider the mechanical improvements this game has made, it’s a shame to see so much content from its predecessor missing.

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Either way, trading paint on a straight and jostling your opponents around a tight bend elevates the experience this racer offers and we think the arcade racing scene is ready for a proper remake of this classic – or, at the very least, a spiritual successor.

Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith

Do you want to know what else we think Star Wars fans are ready for? A full remake of Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith – the game, not the movie. Although, you can see where our friends at The Digital Fix have Episode 3 in their definitive Star Wars movies ranked right here.

Now, we know the movie tie-in games get a bad rap – which is usually for a good reason – but the Revenge of the Sith game is genuinely brilliant. Not only does it offer a campaign that follows the plot of the move, with some detours to facilitate decent-length levels, but it also features a multiplayer duelling mode, several isolated co-operative bonus missions, and an alternative ending. This is as much a fighting game as it is a hack-and-slash.

That core hack-and-slash gameplay, though, offers more depth than you might realise. You can counter, block, parry, grapple, and take advantage of a number of combos that can be upgraded and improved upon throughout thanks to the implementation of an experience system. It’s not quite as open as something like Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, but it’s the perfect example of a movie tie-in game done right. The duel mode is also something we haven’t quite seen in Star Wars games prior or since and really could be a lot of fun if it was fleshed out a little bit.

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We also think it’s worth keeping in mind that this game’s 20th anniversary is on May 4, 2025 – around 10 days before the 20th anniversary of the film’s release. So, if there was ever a time to release a remake of this classic, surely it’s coming up. You might also want to check out Seagate’s new Star Wars SSD that equips your PC with a lightsaber – it’s pretty slick.

Star Wars Empire at War

Finally, though, we need to talk about how we need a Star Wars Empire at War remake. This 2006 RTS sees players control armies on both sides of the Galactic Civil War – and the Zann Consortium, a pirate faction – in timeless real-time strategy combat that stretches across the Galaxy we know and love. It’s easily one of the best Star Wars PC games out there – and we think it deserves to be spruced up a bit.

Sure, Empire at War doesn’t do anything too flashy when you think about the mechanics it employs, but it’s one-of-a-kind when it comes to Star Wars games. In fact, you could practically count the number of Star Wars-based strategy games on one hand, and Empire at War is the best of the bunch. It’s a genre of games that fans of this franchise deserve to explore. Sure, a new Star Wars RTS would be nice, but we would be more than happy with a remake of this classic.

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We know there are so many Star Wars games out there – some of which you might argue should be on this list – but these are our picks. We don’t know if we’ll see any of these remade in the future, but we can hope. If you’re looking to play some Star Wars games right now, you can find out more about the best Xbox Star Wars games here and the best PS5 Star Wars games right here.