Fans of the Star Wars movie will appreciate the chance to explore planets from the film and play as the movie’s heroes. However, some believe that the game’s appeal may rely on nostalgia instead of interesting gameplay and quality design. This Star Wars Battlefront review will take a detailed look at the characteristics of the game.
|Type of game:||Action, first-person shooter, third-person shooter|
|Total Play Time:||58 hours for co-op|
|System Requirements:||OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent
Memory: 8GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card: nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB or ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
|Price:||$29.99 for PC / $19.99 for Console|
The World of Star Wars Battlefront
Though the game got some high ratings, positive Star Wars Battlefront reviews just focus on how many movie references the game contains. We are going to take a closer look at the design, mechanics, and missions of Star Wars Battlefront. In order to properly assess the game, this Star Wars Battlefront review will see how the game measures up for both Star Wars fans and hardcore gamers.
Atmosphere & Location
The game is a relaunch of the previous 2004 game that focused more on the original trilogy than the Clone Wars era of the older games. It was built with the Frostbite 3 engine which was also used to develop the Battlefield games.
Most of Star Wars Battlefront is set on planets, including Endor, Hoth, Tatooine, Jakku, Bespin, and Sullust. The lack of space exploration in a game about Star Wars is rather disappointing, but the detail that went into the planet maps is truly beautiful. Even if you have not seen the movies, you will appreciate the lush, exotic settings.
Game designers used many recordings from the original movies to create an authentic feel, but they also needed some new sounds. For example, it became necessary to create a new sound for the blaster when it was fired in first person, because the sound effects from the movie are only in third person. In order to get the retro effect of the Star Wars movies, sound engineers mimicked the techniques in the movies. Most sounds were created by recording real world noises instead of synthesizing them electronically.
People who loved the movies get a thrill out of playing as most of the heroes and villains from the first trilogy. Unfortunately, you cannot use first-person view when playing as many of the movie characters. In order to get first person view, you will have to play as an anonymous Stormtrooper or Rebel Alliance soldier. This is a little limiting, but does provide some flexibility for different play styles.
Each named character has their own special skill set that allows players to pick a character who matches their play style. As Luke Skywalker, you can move quickly and deflect enemy fire. Playing as Princess Leia allows the player to one-shot enemies with her Trooper Bane ability. Han Solo gets special weapons bonuses that make him a very advantageous option.
Choosing to play as a character on the dark side also has its bonuses. Emperor Palpatine’s Force Lightning can easily overcome your opponents, and playing as Boba Fett lets you fight with a flamethrower. Darth Vader is also a playable character who has the unique Force Choke ability.
Most of the named movie characters are only used while you play the singleplayer mode. During most of the multiplayer game modes, you can only play as anonymous fighters on either the Rebel Alliance or Empire side. Sadly, you do not have the option of fighting against an array of Lukes and Darth Vaders in online mode. Many players were disappointed to find out that they can only play as their movie favorites in the singleplayer Hero Battle game mode.
The storyline is the part of the game that most players find disappointing. Game developers seem to be relying too much on the fact that their game was inspired by a movie series. Instead of following any plot, players typically end up just being dropped into the various battles that take place in the movie. It is understandable that developers did not want to create non-canon Star Wars material, but they seem to have avoided creating any sort of new storyline at all.
The lack of any sort of cohesive story is most evident when playing online multiplayer. Though players technically have objectives like taking over an enemy camp or bringing down an AT-AT Walker, most objectives are solved just by shooting each other. Without in-game mic support, players cannot talk to each other easily about completing objectives. It is essentially just a basic FPS where you spawn, rush the enemy, shoot the until they shoot you, and then respawn. Unfortunately, the lack of new weapon skins or other rewards makes this mode seem even more pointless.
Singleplayer and co-op missions provide a slightly more in-depth storyline than other gaming modes. You can complete missions with either bots or real people on your team. Though most of these missions are just acting out battles from the movies, it does provide more complex combat mechanics. These missions can be completed on a split screen, so you can play with friends who are actually with you. After the trend of action games that take away local co-op, it is refreshing to see that Star Wars Battlefront has kept this option.
DLC & Expansion Packs
There are many expansion packs available for people who desire more content. The Battle of Jakku DLC gives the player access to two maps and a few missions on Jakku. Outer Rim DLC lets players battle within the palace of Jabba the Hut. These two DLC packs add some new content, but buying them is probably not necessary unless you play the game a lot.
More interesting DLC for sale is the Bespin pack that lets you play as Lando Calrissian and the Death Star pack that lets you play as Chewbacca and battle aboard the Death Star. Fans of the newest Star Wars movie will also appreciate the Rogue One: Scarif DLC that lets them play as Jyn Erso on the tropical planet named Scarif. Most movie fans will want this DLC, since it gives them the opportunity to play as some of the franchise’s most beloved characters.
People who want a unique combat game will be somewhat disappointed in the repetitive combat and uninspired gameplay. Though probably not the best option for hardcore FPS fans, Star Wars Battlefront is very accessible to new gamers. The realistic graphics and sounds are the best part of the game, so it is definitely a must-have for Star Wars fans. It generates a nostalgic feeling of being within the iconic films that is very entertaining. Let us know what you think of Star Wars Battlefront in the comment section below! Do you prefer the original 2004 game or the new reboot?