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POSTED 24/11/15


STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT

Dice/EA



What a piece of junk!

Sorry, we couldn’t resist going all quotetastic there. Star Wars Battlefront is not a piece of junk. But it also may not be the game that you are looking for.

If you want something that looks like Star Wars and sounds like Star Wars then maybe it actually is the game that you’re looking for. Visuals drip with detail and Lucasian beauty. The sonics make all the appropriate beeps, squeals and fwooshes so as to make you feel immersed in the lore of the Star War.

If the game you’re looking for has abundant gameplay, however... well, you know where we’re going.

In theory it’s all here. From lightsaber battles to aerial stoushes, shooming speeder bikes through the forests of Endor and beyond, at first glance there’s lots to get involved with.

But if you’re going it Han Solo then you’ll soon realise that you basically have some training levels and fairly basic skirmishes to play with, and that’s it. No overarching campaign, just bitty battles – often with shitty AI. Cue disapproving R2-D2 noise – BEEDEEP! BOOP! TWEET!

If you’re Han Multiplayer though, you may be happier than a Jabba in whatever Jabba likes being in. There’s a selection of varying battle scenarios from ground to air, from 40 players down to more sanity-maintaining two-player co-op.
Ultimately though, with what you get for your space bucks there are only four environments. While the greenery of Endor can be utterly breathtaking, the ice of Hoth can be yawn-inducing.

AAnybody expecting a deep and meaningful Star Wars game is on the wrong ship, for this is basically an arcade experience with some nods to complications like levelling up and collectables.

When it comes to looks and sounds, Star Wars Battlefront is everything that a fan could hope for. But then there’s the repetitiveness and lack of depth. You have your moments – not many of them, but you do have them.

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