First impressions on Star Wars Battlefront–You won’t be surprised

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I am not a huge Star Wars fan. I thoroughly enjoyed the movies but that really is about the end of it; I’ve never really understood the love for the series transmedia properties.  I’m even okay to admit that I have no idea why there is so much hate for Jar Jar Binks. I say this because Star Wars Battlefront has not been made for me and that is abundantly clear from the outset.

But having said that I’m also a massive fan of shooter games like Destiny, Call of Duty, Battlefield and the rest so this game should be right up my alley right?

Well no. You see, in the few hours I’ve had with the game one thing has become clear to me and that is that this game is the most generic and mechanically unambitious shooter I’ve played since Spec Ops: The Line. But unlike that brilliant game this one has no storyline of any consequence.

Battlefront is an entirely multiplayer experience, boring training missions aside, and as such the game can only stand on its gameplay mechanic and how it looks. While Battlefront looks amazing, the gameplay is so frustratingly shallow. There is a progression system where you can grind away to unlock new weapons and cards, but all the weapons feel so eerily similar that I have zero desire to unlock any new ones.

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The cards are a nice touch and allow some level of customisation of your characters but again the entire thing always seems to come down to running around and shooting at each other with absolutely no requirement for tactics, skills or team work.

There are different modes and I will readily admit that I thoroughly enjoyed. The dogfight mode where you are given a choice of two space ships to use, (both of which feel identical), and are then thrust into a massive dogfight where you need to destroy the enemy transports while protecting your own. It’s a whole lot of fun but after around 10 games you start to notice the lack of depth once again.

People may be raving about the game but in reality it feels like it has been entirely made for superfans of the franchise and that’s fine. From my time there is very little depth to the game and if you aren’t a fan of the Star Wars universe then rather watch the YouTube videos.

My time was spent in the Xbox One version that I got because I’m subscribed to EA Access. We are still waiting for a review copy and if/when it arrives I will not be reviewing the game. I’ve had my fill.

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Last Updated: November 17, 2015

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Jonah Cash

    As I said on the other article. This game is an online multiplayer shooter. And it does that very badly! If you think of shooter you think of great gun play, some customization and a lot of different weapons that handle uniquely. By all accounts it fails at almost all of the above. So even giving it 7/10 is a bit too high in my opinion. Review the game for what it is, not for its name.

  • Pieter Kruger

    Agree, still have like 4 hours of play left on EA Access but cant be bothered!

    • Jonah Cash

      This makes me sad. They could really have done so much with it and they truly went and screwed it up.

    • Hammersteyn

      Three upvotes? I feel a disturbance in the force 😀

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    A run & gun shooter. Star Wars or not, it’s just not exciting these days anymore.

    • Brett Henning

      Wait for DOOM 4, at least that looks fun and interesting with SNAPMAP

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    And people wonder why movie tie-in games have a bad reputation.

  • Hammersteyn

    Still a better game than Battlefront 3

    https://media.giphy.com/media/RbXIlh6c4h82I/giphy.gif

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      There’s a licensed Star Wars porno game? I never saw that co… um… happening.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      So slavegirl Leia’s certain area is GREAT ?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I know right? Even better is the SPLOOSH!

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          “sploosh”

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Aaaafaaaah?

      • WitWolfy

        Things she had to do to survive…

  • Nikola

    I really thing if they added a single player campaign would have made the game and the overall experience a lot better!

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Then I would have maybe considered it

    • Hammersteyn

      I “thing” you’re right 😛

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        He’s on to somethink

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          *fink

      • Nikola

        F*** you!! Hahahah:)

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          XD

    • miaau

      Totally. There is nothing for me there, I, a huge star wars fan, may have bought it just for single player.

      We’ll salvage what we can. But I can tell you, dear God, for the father, nothing. (Obscure, I know)

    • Zubayr Bhyat

      Don’t think so. Even if the made a generic Jedi plot like Jedi Knight and Jedi Academy had, it’d still be multiplayer focused. Like with Evolve, Battlefront won’t last. After playing KOTOR and getting new lore / characters every other star wars game tends to suck, even The Old Republic.

    • Brett Henning

      Yup, as they should have noticed after b4’s terrible campaign. Their logic is impeccable!

  • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

    Too busy to read Gavin’s thoughts, but fair to assume he didn’t like it because not enough COD?

  • Brett Henning

    I figured people would have wised up after b4’s fiasco. No surprise here that battlefront is gonna be the same pos let loose from EA and DICE.

  • Hell-RaizeR

    You have to be crazy to pay full price for a multiplayer only game. Screw that. Better games are out anyways. Pass!

    • Brett Henning

      Wait for DOOM, has both, and map editor/creator

      • Hammersteyn

        Yes!

  • Darren Peach

    I wish I read this last week.

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