40 Most Memorable Moments in 'Star Wars' Gaming

Some of our favorite memories from a playable galaxy far, far away

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Stealing the Death Star plans
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3. Stealing the Death Star plans

Just as the Hoth level defines Shadows of the Empire's legacy, so too is Dark Forces remembered by many as "the game where you steal the Death Star plans" – and that's somewhat of a shame, as the rest of it holds up as well as any 1995 first-person shooter can be expected to. Still, it's no exaggeration to say that Dark Forces' opening ranks among the most memorable first levels of any FPS out there. This isn't only because being a Rebel bounty hunter is cool – it's not even because it's immediately apparent how awesome the FPS genre mixes with Star Wars. Rather, from a level of narrative design, you're playing out a scenario whose importance you immediately fully comprehend due to your fandom of source material outside of gaming. It takes a film franchise as ubiquitous as Star Wars to make this anything close to possible. Now…why hasn't anyone modded this so that you're Jyn Erso or Cassian Andor yet?

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