Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Review of Star Wars: Battlefront

By Jacob Gross

This November, EA DICE released their first installment in the new Star Wars: Battlefront series. Although there have been a few additions to the Battlefront series over the years on PSP and DS, the previous major release Star Wars: Battlefront II (for console and PC) was released by Pandemic Studios back in 2005.

Having the last game made almost a decade ago, EA DICE had to deal with quite a lot of criticism and pressure while designing this installment. Now, EA is definitely the most popular or loved gaming company in the world, but so many were sure that the project was doomed to fail from the moment they announced it. The final quality of the game, however, depends on who you ask.

Star Wars: Battlefront features nine different multiplayer game modes across four different planets and twelve different maps. Last week, EA released a free DLC for the game including the planet Jakku and a new game mode called Turning Point made exclusively for the new Jakku map.

(One such planet is Endor, including the bunker power station seen here.)

My favorite game mode would have to be Cargo. If you played Battlefront II, you should remember the Capture the Flag game mode. In this version, two teams must try and capture the other team's cargo and bring it back to their base, while defending their own cargo. The team who has the most cargo at the end of the round wins.

Battlefront features six hero characters, which in most game modes are activated by collecting a hero power up during a match. The six heroes include: Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Han Solo, Emperor Palpatine, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. Each hero has three unique abilities at their disposal that have to cool down after each use.

The game itself looks and sounds fantastic. The landscape is breathtaking, and the blaster fire has an authentic Star Wars feel to it.

(Who knew Tattoine could be so beautiful?)

That said, there are a few flaws I found in the game both with graphics and voices from the game.

(Hey, Leia... you okay over there?)

For example: the voices for all but one of the six heroes in the game are just not quite... right. They don't sound like their movie counterpoints, except for Boba Fett who is voiced by Temuera Morrison--the actor who played Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones. And then there are the visual flaws regarding the heroes. This mostly applies to Luke Skywalker, who neither looks or sounds like Mark Hamill's Luke. The other heroes look very similar to their movie counter parts, but their voices just don't match.

(Derpy Luke being extra derpy.)

Although, Battlefront lacks a story-driven, single-player campaign, it does have three basic single-player and co-op game modes. Training missions teach you the core mechanics of the game, battles let you fight as a soldier or a hero against computer players or a friend in co-op mode, and survival challenges you to fight off fifteen waves of enemy troops while collecting drop pods containing power ups.

(Oh, look. The Emperor has an invisibility cloak?!)

All together, this game is fun, despite its flaws and minor bugs. I've put over thirty-five hours into the game, and I have loved nearly every moment of it. We can look forward to sequels, as EA (who has a ten year contract with Disney for Star Wars games) has already talked about making at least one more Battlefront game. Thanks for reading, and may the force be with you. Always.

What do you think of Star Wars: Battlefront? What is your favorite Star Wars video game?

About Jacob

When I was ten years old, I discovered Star Wars and reintroduced it to my family. Years later, I accidentally discovered Doctor Who while browsing Netflix, and then I proceeded to turn my entire immediate family, and some of my extended family, into Whovians.

My fandoms include Doctor Who, Star Wars, Arrow, The Flash, Batman, Gotham, Marvel, and many more. I wait patiently for new episodes of Arrow and The Flash to air every week, while I usually put off watching the everything else and inevitably have to marathon episodes so that I can catch up.

I really enjoy playing video games, whether on PC or PS4. I grew up playing Lego Star Wars and Star Wars: Battlefront II, and since then, I have expanded my horizons to include different genres and styles. However, my favorite video game as of now would have to be EA's Star Wars Battlefront. You can add me on Steam and PSN if you want, my name is ShiboGama.

Age: 17
Location: Ohio
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Favorite book: Star Wars: Republic Commando

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