STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT
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
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.