All the contributing factors to the latest Star Wars game had expectations low and speculation high. Given the less than stellar reputation of games like The Force Unleashed I and II as well as the declined interest in The Old Republic, not too many of us had high hopes that Battlefront would arrive with a very compelling experience. Add to the mix the soiled reputation of DICE with the still tragically flawed Battlefield 4 delivery, we were at best skeptical that this game would satisfy in any way.
Sometimes we find that our love and devotion to a franchise can be rewarded. Although not the best or most well-rounded game, Battlefront has provided me with hours of fun and I still have a wanting for more. The major complaint that I will register is the absence of story. Those looking for a rich character experience in games had best skip this title completely since there is no true campaign and replay-ability is based solely around the desire to play the different multiplayer game modes. There are things to do solo but even those feel as though they are meant not to be done by a solitary player.
Much in the way of Titanfall, Battlefront is solidly centered around its online, multi-player elements. The choices range from a standard death-match mode that sets two teams of six against each other but for those that enjoy lager battles game modes like Supremacy pit two teams of two against each other in a zone control format. If you need a break from infantry combat, there are even modes that are vehicle based. How well you do in these games help determine how quickly you can unlock and upgrade items. At first the progression systems can be can be confusing but they become more intuitive as you keep playing.
Underneath the game modes are the game’s graphic and mechanics. These elements are very well done and worth experiencing in any of the aforementioned game modes. Weapons have unique behaviors that make some more favorable than others in given circumstances which helps to encourage variety when combined with the player’s skill set. Graphics are tremendously detailed and look beautiful. One great example is the battle map on the Forest Moon of Endor where one can see realistic water flows and small bugs flying around as you rush by to find your enemy.
Being a Star Wars fan doesn’t hurt your experience either. If you want to see or even play as your favorite heroes and villains you can. There are game modes dedicated to this or you can score the opportunity via an ability card during other game modes. The character and vehicle models look as though they came straight from the movies helping make this game feel like it is truly part of the franchise. Playing in environments based on parts of the movies helps bring a sense to the player of being there and not just seeing it on screen.
Of some of the games I have played this year, this is by far my favorite. It is likely a combination of my love for FPS games and Star Wars. What really draws me to this game that I don’t have to be very good at it to enjoy it, I can jump in and out as I please, and when I do play get a sense of progression for nearly every match. I’m looking forward to having a lot more fun playing this game.
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