Celebrate National Video Game Day, today on September 12th, with a list of ten of the best Star Wars video game characters whittled down from all those Jedi, Sith, droids, and aliens by Matt Cabral on StarWars.com.
Cal Kestis (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order)
Star Wars gaming’s most recent protagonist is also one of its best. An unlikely hero tasked with restoring the Jedi Order, former Padawan Cal Kastis perfectly fits the underdog role. But while his backstory — which also includes a narrow escape from the great Jedi purge — has you rooting for him from the get-go, it’s witnessing his lightsaber and Force skills grow right alongside your own abilities behind the gamepad that make him so relatable.
Revan (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic)
You could pack an entire cantina with awesome characters from 2003’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. But while the role-playing game spawned many a memorable Jedi and Sith, few KOTOR characters have had as iconic of a look or made as big of an impression on gamers as Revan. Known as one of the greatest Sith leaders of the Old Republic, there weren’t many who could face Revan on a battlefield and survive the encounter.
Kyle Katarn (Star Wars: Dark Forces and Star Wars: Jedi Knight series)
For Star Wars fans who find it impossible to pick a favorite between Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, let us introduce you to Kyle Katarn. First appearing in 1995’s Star Wars: Dark Forces, the character is a gun-toting mercenary whose blaster skills could make Solo blush. But as Katarn matures through three Jedi Knight games, he holsters his gun in favor of a lightsaber. More than just a cool character with versatile combat skills, though, Katarn’s four-game arch represents some of Star Wars‘ best interactive storytelling.
Iden Versio (Star Wars Battlefront II)
2017’s Star Wars Battlefront II is primarily a multiplayer game that allows fans to fight each other online as their favorite heroes and villains. But the title’s hidden gem is its single-player, story-driven campaign starring Iden Versio. An Imperial Soldier and skilled TIE fighter pilot struggling with the death of the Emperor and destruction of the second Death Star, Iden gives players a glimpse into what it’s like to be good despite siding with the Empire. As her story progresses and her alliances change, we’re treated to an emotional, layered performance that significantly raises the bar on typical “sci-fi hero” redemption tales.
BD-1 (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order)
The Star Wars galaxy is brimming with adorable companion droids, from R2-D2 and BB-8 to all the loyal buckets of bolts in between. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order‘s BD-1 effortlessly joins these ranks, serving as both Cal Kestis’ faithful, bi-pedal friend and an incredibly useful companion able to tackle problems that can’t be solved with a lightsaber or the Force. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the cute bot’s always right there with a life-saving stim when you’re low on health.
Find out who else made the list here.
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