Star Wars Battlefront Review

Star Wars Battlefront game review

Star Wars: Battlefront is an upcoming action shooter game inspired by the movie franchise, Star Wars. It is a reboot from an existing series with the same name, in which Pandemic Studios developed Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefront 2. DICE, famously known as the developers of the shooter game Battlefield series, has taken over to develop the game, and EA wanted to release it on November 17 2015.

Graphics and Presentation

Star Wars: Battlefront takes full advantage of Frostbite 3 Engine, and it does justice of the engine’s capabilities, as it has the most beautiful and breathtaking graphics for a Star Wars game. It captures the greatness of the movies’ atmosphere if you actually are part of it.

The maps for each mode (there are three available game modes) look very different as it portrayed three major locations of the Star Wars Lore. Tatooine for Survival mode, Hoth for Walker Assault mode, and Sullust for Drop Zone mode. However, I wished other locations were available for the three modes to have variability.

The background music and overall ambiance of Star Wars: Battlefront is glorious and screams of Star Wars. They sound great, and it totally feels nostalgic hearing it in-game, and it builds up the tension, as the game modes are competitive.

Survival Mode

As I previously mentioned in this article, there are three available game modes for the Open Beta of Star Wars: Battlefront. First is Survival mode, and it is probably the lightest mode among the three game modes available, as you can play it on solo, online co-op, or just split-screen co-op (consoles only). It feels like a training ground if you want to rest from the competitive game modes.

All you have to do in Survival mode is to survive 15 waves of what Empire wants to throw at you, whether it is several Stormtroopers, AT-ST Walkers, et cetera. It is linear, and since there would be no campaign mode in this game, the developers thought this would be enough, but it is not, and it may pose a problem for some fans. Very repetitive gameplay, and a little bit boring if you’re doing it on solo.

Drop Zone Mode

The second mode, Drop Zone, is eight rebels versus eight imperials trying to capture the escape pods, and which team secured the most pod would win. It is a straightforward mode, all you have to do is go to objective and you win. Since there is only one objective, which secures the pod, you do not have to kill many enemies unless you have to. Inside the pod, there are power pickup you can use for your advantage, but since another escape pod would fall the moment you secured a pod, you would think twice if you would still get the power pickup or just head over to the other pod.

Most of the time, though, it is just run to the objective, and kill everything that moves. Eventually, it feels like just another battlefield game mode the more you play it.

Walker Assault

The third mode and the biggest mode so far is the Walker Assault, and it is a recreation of the great battles in the Star Wars lore, it is twenty rebels versus twenty imperials, and both have different goals. The rebels have to take down the marching AT-AT Walkers with the help of Y-Bombers, which you can call by activating the uplink and securing it as much as possible. On the other hand, the Imperials have to escort the AT-AT Walkers and kill everyone who stands in their way, so defending the uplink from rebels would be the most appropriate mission. The mission will end when the rebels manage to destroy both AT-AT Walkers as there are two of them, or the Walkers managed to get close to the rebels’ shield barriers, which will show a cutscene of the Walkers destroying it.

It is a big game, and very great too. Probably the most enjoying part of the beta as you can ride X-Wing and A-Wing, or even AT-ST Walkers, TIE fighters, and many more. You can also have a chance to be Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader if you are lucky enough. It is just something fans would love, and they did it justice in the Star Wars: Battlefront.

However, as of the beta, the game mode is not balanced, as the rebels tend to lose 80% of the time unless the rebel team is very good at being rebels, it would be hard to win against the Imperials.

Pros

– Very cinematic-looking. Best graphics for Star Wars game.
– The background music and sound are superb.
– Walker Assault is one of the best game modes, though unbalanced.

Cons

Only one map for each mode.
– Drop Zone feels like Battlefield after a long run.
– Survival mode is quite linear and boring to play on solo.
– No split-screen for PC.
– No campaign mode.

Star Wars: Battlefront Beta was a great opportunity for those who preorder it to see how the game would look and feel once it launches. For Battlefront fans, the lack of content at launch may disappoint them, but if you are new to it, then it would be a total blast especially if you are an overall star wars fan. They need to put up more maps and not put up a price of $120 for its season pass, it is a bad practice, but it is up to you to decide where if it is worth it or not.

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