Above is a random gameplay video from the new Star Wars battlefront game.
Dice's version of Star Wars battlefront definitely gets a huge makeover definitely has a "Call of Duty" or Battlefield style feel. The game is primarily set in the original trillogy, though the game also has Sullust (seems to be from the expanded universe) as well as Jakku from Star Wars Force Awakens. The game reminds me alot of Battlefield 1943 on the Xbox 360 in many ways, which was somewhat like an online only Call of Duty game where players can play as either as the Americans or Japanese (usually chosen randomly between battles), reliving various battles in the Pacific during World War with one side usually coming out on top at the end of each mission. Star Wars Battlefront has a similar feel where you play either as the Rebel Alliance of Galactic empire, except that the game is much bigger. While the game does have plenty of things for single players to do, such as training missions, battle matches (where gamers play for points) as well as an extensive survival mode where the player's character is stranded on a planet (like Hoth or Tatooine) and must survive many waves of imperial forces before being able to leave the plent, the game is definitely best played on the online multiplayer mode (aka Xbox Live). In online multiplayer mode the game gets much more interesting and fun to do with many different modes to play in. Some of the most popular modes to play in my opinion includes:
-Fighter squadron (where you pilot an Xwing, Awing, tie fighter or tie interceptor) and go up against other pilots (though some enemy ships are controlled by AI forces too). Sometimes you can fly a millenium falcon or Boba Fett's Slave I ship, but you have to get a special power up to play as them.
- Walker Assault Mission. These maps are often huge with players playing either as the rebel forces or imperials The imperials launch an invasion against rebel forces, while it is up to the rebels to try and destroy the AT-AT Walkers. Game ends when either the rebels destroy 2 AT-AT walkers or when the rebels are no longer able to call up the y wing squadron.
- Domination: the goal of the mission is for one side to control all of the major points on the map on a planet.
- Heroes vs Battle (perhaps my favorite). In this mode, legendary heroe(Han Solo, Leia, Luke Skywalker) go up against Star Wars Villians (currently Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and Emperor Palpatine). Each hero or villan has their own unique abilities and powers. For example, Luke can whack people with his light saber and even has the force push availability, Darth Vader can use force choke on his enemies in additon to his usual lightsaber availabilities, and Palpatine can use his signature force lightning against opponents too). Only 6 players can control a hero or villian at a time (3 per side) so whenever there are extra players, they play as either rebel soldiers or storm troopers tasked with providing protection for their heroes and villian coutner parts. The game randomly chooses who play as a hero/villian or who plays as a rebel soldier / storm trooper and usually changes each round (one round you might play as say, Han Solo, another round you might control Princess Leia, and occsionally you might control a rebel soldier or storm trooper instead). Also, if you die as a hero or villian, you automatically assume the role as a rebel or storm trooper. I would like to see more heroes and villans added to the mix (such as Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, Darth Maul, etc) I am sure if they are added, they will come as DLC.
Things I like about Star Wars Battlefront:
- Great multiplayer mode. Almost like a Battlefield or Call of Duty game.
- Lots of variety.
- Stunning graphics. You definitely feel like you are in the Star Wars universe. Each planet and map have their unique feels and looks. Tatooine feels like the desert planet it was in the movies (even has a Sarlacc creature lurking in the sands too, if you know where to look). Hoth is incredible too and feels like you are reliving the battle of Hoth from Empire Strikes back
- It is often fun playing as heroes or villians. Adds some variety to the game play
- The training missions are fun too and somewhat extensive. In one mission, you pilot an X wing and go up against tie fighters. In another mission, you control one of the speeders on Hoth and have to try and destroy At-At or At-St walkers. Conversely there are plenty of fun imperial missions too, such as one mission where you control either Darth Vader or Palpatine and slaughter rebel troops on Hoth or pilot speeder bikes on Endor too (btw they are easy to crash in my opinion, making the mission extra challenging).
- This game will definitely be a hit for Star Wars fans in many ways especially when being able to relive various battles and events in the Star Wars Saga as well as challenging other players too.
Negative Aspects about Star Wars Battlefront. Sure this game might not be for everyone
- Limited Single player mode. Personally I find that the online mode offers alot more than single player mode. Single player will likely get old and boring after a while. Sure there are plenty of training missions you can do, survival maps to play through as well as battles to relive, but single player only offers so much for the player. You will definitely get more out of the game with the online multiplayer mode
- Limited number of maps and planets to play through. The Star Wars universe is much bigger than planets like Tatooine, Hoth, Sullust, Endor, and Jakku. I hope Dice and EA add more maps over time, such as Coruscant (wouldn't it be fun to relive the battle of Coruscant that appears at the beginnign of Revente of the Sith), Genosis, and even Naboo along with various maps and planets from the Clone Wars. Even Force Awakens has got to give Dice some more inspiration too (such as the battle on the Star Killer Base).
- I would also like it if they added more heroes and villians to the mix too. They should also include Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and other heroes in the mix.
Overall Grade: A-
Interested in getting Star Wars battlefront? You can either buy it at your local retailers ro order it online at Amazon.
Other platform differences:
I remember trying the demo version of Star Wars battlefront on the PS4 at one of the Walmart stores, but I found the controls are easier to master on the Xbox one version Other than that, I don't know too much about the other versions. If you have the PS4 or PC version, feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.