Evolution of Gaming Lightsabers

StarWars.com Team | May 21, 2008

If you’ve played enough Star Wars video games over the years, hopefully you’ve noticed the evolution of lightsabers from overly-pixelized sticks to the elegant weapons meant for a more civilized age.

Take a stroll down memory lane with GamesRadar.com Editor Brett Elston as he reminds us of such classics as Atari’s Jedi Arena, Star Wars on NES, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi, Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles, Star Wars: Obi-Wan, and Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast among others.

Here’s an excerpt:

Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi (PSOne/1997)
Often called the worst Star Wars game of all time, or the worst fighting game of all time, or the worst anything that appeared on Earth in 1997, Teras Kasi can still proudly claim to be the first one-on-one fighting game with lightsabers. But, in keeping with its immense suckage, they don’t cut people into bits or behave like energy weapons at all. Might as well be a stick.

But the best part is the list of lightsaber knock-offs used by characters in the games Time Killers, Mega Man X3, Einhander, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Silent Hill 3, Dead Rising, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, and even World of Warcraft!

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Evolution of the lightsaber


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