No, this game doesn’t use the Doom engine like some claim online, but it does play a lot like that classic PC shooter; just instead of demons and rocket launchers, you have stormtroopers and blasters. Dark Forces is considered one of the best Star Wars games ever made and while it might not visually hold up as well in 2023 as other games on this list, it’s still a very good Star Wars adventure that tells a now non-canon story about Kyle Katarn— the dude who stole the Death Star plans—and all the wild shit that happened to him after that.
And wonderfully, someone has gone and made it easier than ever to play this game with modern PC support and better controls. We still don’t have a Mandalorian game, but Dark Forces is a solid substitute for now.
As a reminder: The Star Wars franchise is massive and there’s no way I could mention everything that is even slightly connected or relevant to The Mandalorian in one article. So, this isn’t a comprehensive rundown of every piece of Star Wars media related to criminals or bounty hunters, but more an introduction to the sketchier, more dangerous side of the Star Wars universe.
So please, if you have any other suggestions for other Star Wars books, TV episodes, or other such media you think people should check out if they love The Mandalorian, recommend them in the comments below!
This article was originally published on December 21, 2019. It has been expanded and updated in time for Season 3 of The Mandalorian.