Lightsaber, an elegant weapon from a more civilized age, they say. The weapon of a Jedi, they call it. The lasersword has been one of the most iconic weapons in culture for over forty years, and there are no reason to think it’s going to lose its status anytime soon. Why would it? It’s both simple and refined, and its cutting and defensive power has been proved time and time again.

It’s no wonder, then, that lightsabers kept appearing in various Star Wars media, or that there’s been plenty of imitators. That also includes video games, which definitely have a fondness for both the genuine article and imitators and competitors.

Which brings us here. On this list, we take a look at three Star Wars games featuring satisfying lightsabers, and at three non-SW titles which don’t, but are pretty slick with their use of substitutes instead.

Games Where You Can Use Lightsaber
Star Wars Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast 2003-09-16 Adventure Raven Software 71%
No More Heroes 2021-06-07 Action GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
Star Wars The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition 2009-11-03 Action & Shooter Aspyr Studios 82%
No More Heroes 3 2022-10-11 Fighting Grasshopper Manufacture 17%
Dead Rising 2 2010-09-27 Horror Capcom Vancouver 76%
Star Wars The Force Unleashed II 2010-10-26 Adventure Aspyr Studios 79%
No More Heroes 2 Desperate Struggle 2021-06-09 Action GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Classic 2005 2005-11-01 Action & Shooter Pandemic Studios 76%
Star Wars Battlefront 2 2017 Celebration Edition 2017-10-17 Adventure EA DICE 23%
Star Wars Battlefront Classic 2004 2004-09-21 Action Pandemic Studios
Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic 2003-11-19 RPG BioWare 78%
Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic II The Sith Lords 2005-02-08 RPG Obsidian Entertainment 76%
Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Academy 2003-09-16 Adventure Raven Software 78%
Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Academy 2003-09-16 Adventure Raven Software 78%

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order ( and Survivor)

Release date:2023-04-28
Developer:Respawn Entertainment

To start the list with something fresh let’s talk about the obvious example: Jedi: Fallen Order and its hot new sequel, Jedi Survivor.

It presents a fairly tame take on lightsaber combat, placing somewhere between the Prequel and Sequel trilogy in terms of showiness. It also features a pleasing degree of lightsaber customization, with options for hilt elements, material, and beam color.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order ( and Survivor)

The game itself is a third-person action-adventure game in the full meaning of the genre. It mixes exciting combat with a healthy dose of environmental puzzles and traversing complex levels. Sword fighting is reminiscent of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in its reliance on parrying and dodging and respawning on death and having to reclaim lost XP by attacking the enemy who killed you.

Key features
  • Customizable lightsaber in three styles: single blade, double-bladed, and dual-wielded
  • Well-designed locations, opening up the more abilities you unlock
  • Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope
  • A sequel putting protagonist Cal Kestis on a course to new adventures

Beat Saber

Release date:2019-05-21
Genre:Music, Indie
Developer:Beat Games

Leaving the Galaxy far away for a moment, behold Beat Saber. Or at least: do if you have a VR headset, because BS is VR-exclusive, and requires motion controllers too.

With a controller in each hand and the goggles blasting images into your eyes, what’s before you is one of the best rhythm games in electronic history, asking you to dispose of boxes flying at you.

Beat Saber

Each box specifies the direction it must be sliced, and you get two lightsabers for just that purpose. Add to that a lot of fun music, and you get a rhythm game, a lightsaber game, AND a workout all in one, because even the slow tame songs can generate some sweat, and the more intense ones will get you moving like a Jedi on an adrenaline high.

Key features
  • An excellent VR rhythm game
  • The default mode involves dual-wielding lightsabers beating sabers
  • A great library of original and licensed music tracks to slice boxes to
  • Can be quite a workout, even on less intense tracks

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Release date:2003-09-16
Developer:Raven Software

The second Star Wars game on the list, and one with a take on lightsabers that’s somewhat different from Jedi: Fallen Order’s.

Instead of tight, controlled, parry-centric combat, Jedi Academy, like its predecessor Jedi Outcast, features a more free-from, dynamic combat power, more in line with FPS games like Quake than third-person action like Sekiro, the way JFO does.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

In return for this measure of this dynamic chaos, the lightsabers are a real treat. Indeed, occasionally you might drop a Stormtrooper by just walking at him with an active saber. The game was also famous for its spontaneous dismemberment system. Dynamic body part removal applies to everyone, troopers and Force users alike. Heads roll, arms flop, bodies tumble, you get the idea.

Key features
  • Customizable player character, a rare chance to play an alien species in a SW game
  • Three lightsaber types (single, double, dual-wielded) with adjustable grips and colors
  • Mixes lightsabers with good ol’ fashioned blasters and other ranged weapons
  • Excellent multiplayer

No More Heroes (series)

Release date:2021-06-07

Welcome to the life of one Travis Touchdown, a down-on-his-funds nerd who managed to win a beam katana in an internet auction and through a combination of events became a new member of the United Assassins Association.

Ranked 11th, now he’s got the motivation and opportunity to work his way all the way to the top, using his legally distinct energy blade to do so.

No More Heroes (series)

The No More Heroes series is up to four main releases and a spin-off, and originates on Nintendo Wii, but has been ported to other platforms as well. The combat system mixed direct inputs and motion controls. Slicing and dicing with the battery-powered dorky energy blade is very satisfying, especially during boss battles against very over-the-top enemy assassins you’re trying to surpass.

Key features
  • Doesn’t take itself very seriously
  • Motion controls in tandem with traditional input
  • Your „lightsaber” is a battery-powered beam katana using both physical an energy elements
  • The games originate on Nintendo Wii and Switch, but it has been ported to other platforms

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Release date:2014-01-09
Genre:Action & Shooter

Sure, it’s not an energy blade but consider this: no other game will give you the cutting power of a lightsaber.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a stupidly over-the-top action game by default, with ridiculous action sequences and a combat system which would make DMC and Bayonetta nervous, and it spices things up even more with the Blade Mode.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

While the core combat has cyber-lad Raiden performing scripted and set moves, in Blade Mode the power is in your hands, and it can slice clean through almost any object. Cutting a car into ribbons is not only possible: it’s easy! And you can use this power tactically to finish off your enemies in style. So yeah, it’s just a hi-tech katana, but this thing cuts like a true lightsaber.

Key features
  • A Raiden-focused spin-off of the Metal Gear franchise
  • Excellent, melee-oriented combat system
  • The Blade Mode is not just a gimmick: it’s a well-integrated gameplay mechanic
  • Developed by the studio responsible for Bayonetta

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release date:2022-04-05
Developer:Traveller's Tales

Let’s end this list the way we started it: with a Star Wars game, except instead of a mostly serious one, it’s probably the LEAST serious game on the list.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a thorough adaptation of the three Star Wars movie trilogies to the silly, lighthearted Lego game format. Since the roster includes a ton of Force users, you bet there’s a lot of lightsaber action.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

It’s not a hugely complex system, but there are some combos to bite into, and lightsaber wielders have their own styles, so you won’t see Obi-Wan fighting the same way Anakin does. The duels are done very well too, with tense clashes, maneuvering etc. It’s not quite a Souls-like level of tension and strategy, it’s a child-friendly game after all, but it’s not simplistic button-mashing at all.

Key features
  • 45 missions across 9 movies
  • Almost 400 playable characters
  • Vastly improved lightsaber combat compared to The Complete Saga from 2007
  • Diverse explorable locations, including places like Star Destroyers

Lights on

This ends our short look at games which either have really fun lightsabers, or have really fun not-quite-lightsabers. Unsurprisingly, it’s all action games, because what’s the point of having an energy blade, if you don’t get to attack and defend personally? No disrespect to Knights of the Old Republic games, though, they are some of the best SW games in history!

Hopefully, you’ve found your next flashlight and are ready to slice through stuff no ordinary sword could handle.