Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. AceGamez
    Action-packed and so fast-paced that you won't have time to sweat, this title should definitely get a ride in your PS2, filling your screen with blaster shots, explosions and entertainment at a high level.
  2. Savvy joystick jockeys will be able to finish the story mode in about 10 hours or so, not including the extra game modes. Fortunately, the game is so much fun that you'll want to play it again and again.
  3. A pleasant surprise: a Star Wars game with great graphics and superior audio that also manages to be fun.
  4. Da Gameboyz
    Starfighter has refueled the Star Wars name with hope and glory as a solid title that shows off the PS2's graphical power very nicely. In fact you'll be hard pressed to find a title currently available for the PS2 that looks this good.
  5. Daily Radar
    The in-game models, landscapes, lighting and explosions are all in keeping with the Star Wars galaxy, and the engine is no slouch either.
  6. While Starfighter is without a doubt a solid game, I can't help but wish for a more dynamic storyline or level structure. The ability to progress in the game without complete success would definitely boost the depth by leaps and bounds.
  7. 90
    With stunning graphics and superb gameplay, Starfighter succeeds in rescuing the franchise from movie license purgatory.
  8. 90
    The action is fast and furious, packed with epic amounts of dog?ghting and brief story interludes that are not exactly the greatest Star Wars story ever told, but get the job done. All in all it's a good time.
  9. Starfighter has won back my trust with pretty visuals, controls as smooth as a baby's freshly powdered ass and an highly enjoyable play structure which welcomes replay.
  10. While Starfighter could have used a little more polish in both departments, the game presents a compelling story, excellent presentation, and gameplay that will surely satisfy fans of LucasArts' N64 shooters.
  11. 79
    By far the best Star Wars game to hit a console in recent memory.
  12. 100
    The graphics are breathtaking. After minutes of play the real world around you just seems to melt away...May many, many hours of great gameplay be with you!
  13. With all the knowledge they acquired from previous Star Wars flight combat games, the latest graphics engine on the world's most powerful console, an exceptional story with a cast of three, and a reworked control setup, Star Wars: Starfighter offers one helluva ride.
  14. One of the most visually stunning games for the deuce. This, coupled with engrossing arcade gameplay, kept me coming back for more. It's a must-have for your PS2 library.
  15. Shooting fans will love it, and Star Wars fans, too -- but hardcore gamers will wish something more original was piled on to this "Rogue Squadron" update.
  16. 90
    One the best space shooters that has been released on PC or console and in the Star Wars universe or out of it. It has a similar feel to titles like "Colony Wars," "Rogue Squadron," and the X-Wing/Tie-Fighter games, but on a much larger and more polished scale.
  17. The long missions require a lot of patience, but not as much as you needed to sit through the movie.
  18. A complete package that includes a convincing storyline, likeable characters, solid action, some of the best control ever and voice acting as icing on the cake.
  19. Total Video Games
    The first thing that will hit you is the stunning visuals in SW:S, everything is crystal clear, even with the speeds that you'll reach in the game nothing slows down, the action remains at a constant fast pace.
  20. The basic thrill of playing Starfighter cancels out these minor gripes and most players should find this an engrossing and explosive experience.
  21. A definite must-have for fans of the movies and action junkies, pick this one up at your next opportunity and I'll guarantee you a good time.

Awards & Rankings

#64 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#81 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Jan 3, 2014
    Great game. I called this the "Rogue Squadron" of the PS2. The story was also good. Hope this game series is restarted and/or remade forGreat game. I called this the "Rogue Squadron" of the PS2. The story was also good. Hope this game series is restarted and/or remade for next-gen consoles. Full Review »
  2. Jun 2, 2017
    The controls are extremely hard to grasp, but once you get it the game is fairly rewarding. This is the game that made us forget about Jar JarThe controls are extremely hard to grasp, but once you get it the game is fairly rewarding. This is the game that made us forget about Jar Jar long enough to appreciate The Phantom Menace, but it is not perfect. But, hey if you can grab a copy at Disc Replay for $3 who cares? Full Review »
  3. Michael
    Mar 23, 2003
    This game has awesome graphics, good story, and great gameplay but for some reason it gets boring alittle fast so I will give it a 8.0.