Star Wars Battlefront Hero gameplay is extremely underwhelming

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Star Wars Battlefront hero gameplay isn't fantastic

Earlier this year when I got to play Star Wars Battlefront I loved it for one simple reason: it made me feel like I was in the middle of one of the films. Sure the glowing pickups that let you summon heroes like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader into the field broke that immersion, but it was fine because, well, you got to actually play as the two Force-powered killing machines. But after actually seeing them in action, I’m going to have to re-think that.

A handful of lucky people got some hands-on time with Battlefront a few weeks ago, and the most important footage to surface from the event was easily a duel between Luke and Vader on Hoth. A duel that Luke eventually lost, only to have some ungrateful rebel d-bag come and teabag his head in front of the Dark Lord of the Sith. Shouldn’t he be, you know, killing stormtroopers or something?

Despite the fact that it’s a clear representation of what will definitely happen online, it’s not the reason I’m not liking any of the Hero gameplay above. The animations for both Luke and Vader look extremely stiff, to the point where it’s actually uncomfortable to watch Luke run. (Run Luke, Run!) The lightsaber attacks also look loose and unpredictable, with wild slashes hopefully finding a mark while the camera figures out just what the hell is going on.

At least abilities like Force Choke and Push look extremely overpowered and fun to use. Although not if you’re on the receiving end of them.

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It just seems like Battlefront really knows what to do when it comes to shooting (be it first or third-person), but doesn’t exactly know how to handle third-person melee combat. It’s awesome that both heroes can engage in a fangasim inducing duel, but I do hope some of this gameplay is neatened out before launch next month.

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Grand Admiral Chief


    DAMMIT WHERE IS THE CANON??????????????

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Luke got teabagged?

    “Luke, I am your father!”
    “No! That’s not possARGLEARGLEARGLE”

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      Somehow I read that as AR GLEAR GLEAR GLE…

      • I am still trying to read it.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          You try to English and sound effect at the same time. It’s not as easy as it looks! Or sounds. Both.

          • I can hardly English…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            That’s nothing new 😛

          • With a lot of kak praat comes a lot of bad spelling xD

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Too true, too true.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            With great kakpraat, comes great enjoyment

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            HOW DO YOU ENGLISH?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            With ultimate wording is strong and plausible!

          • Grand Admiral Chief


  • Grand Admiral Chief

    Yeah, the meh is strong with him

  • Hammersteyn

    LOL there’s better sword fighting in Destiny

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      HAHA!! There’s better swordplay in Tetris…

  • Ryanza

    I’ve said it before. Battlefront’s gameplay looks boring. Always online boring and shitty game.

    Don’t Support DRM.

    • Brady miaau

      It does look a bit not for me and boring. Pity.

  • Hammersteyn

    Looks so stiff and awkward :-/

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      So, like your love life?

      • Nikola


      • VampyreSquirrel


      • Hammersteyn

        What love life?

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          I’ve seen you bond with Destiny…

          • Hammersteyn

            The game is built like a slot machine in that it pays out every now and then. It doesn’t help that you can now buy an item called coins of three that makes the odds of an exotic drop that much greater. Hell, one of these days the game will flash Jackpot across the screen

    • Brady miaau

      Did you do that on purpose, the phrasing?

      Opened yourself up there.

    • Ryanza
      • Hammersteyn


  • “but I do hope some of this gameplay is neatened out before launch next month.”

    You… you’re not serious are you? This is DICE we are talking about. It took them a YEAR to fix the basics in Battlefield 4 and you think something as complex as this is going to get fixed in a month.

    Get real.

    • If EA can drop microtransactions from this game then any miracle is possible. 😛

  • Nikola

    Was excited for the game but no campaign and more I look at it more disappointed I get! Won’t be getting this I would rather get the worst game ever which is COD than this!

  • Jac7

    I love how Luke is getting tea-bagged while Vader delivers his monologue.

  • HairyEwok

    Holy Crap! Darth Vader can actually run O.o

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