Star Wars Battlefront review round-up

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It’s the first new big budget Star Wars in many a year, ever since Star Wars 1313 got wiped off the face of the planet like a bad day on Alderaan and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 drove us to the bottle. It’s Star Wars Battlefront baby, a shooter from Battlefield veterans DICE. Lasers! Death Stars! TIE Fighters!

It can’t possibly be rubbish, can it? Is Star Wars Battlefront a new Phantom Menace or a sublime Empire Strikes Back? Search your feelings, and you’ll know the following opinions to be true…

Polygon – 8/10

Battlefront (5)

In a sea of multiplayer-focused shooters, Star Wars Battlefront distinguishes itself as much by what it does as what it doesn’t, and that comes at a price. Its old school simplicity doesn’t always mesh with its attempts to bring those ideas into 2015, and it lacks some of those back-of-the-box bullet points that most modern AAA shooters wouldn’t be caught dead without.

Videogamer – 7/10

Battlefront (6)

Star Wars Battlefront, then, is one of the best experiences of the year, if only for a short while. Completionists may stay with it to unlock figures for the in-game diorama which shows how many challenges you’ve completed, but others will find their interest has waned long before that. Too limited in its maps and modes to keep people hooked, it will nevertheless provide enough fun to jump onto once in a while, hear that famous score and maybe take down an AT-AT. Those who wanted a Battlefront III, however, will have to wait a little while longer.

Attack of the Fanboy – 7/10

Battlefront (1)

Beautiful but lacking, Star Wars: Battlefront will most certainly please Star Wars fans with incredible fan service from DICE.  While it stacks up in terms of presentation to other contemporary shooters, Battlefront is an extraordinarily thin offering when it comes to content, making it less enjoyable the more you play it.

GamerRevolution – 3.5/5

Battlefront (2)

Whether or not Star Wars: Battlefront is worth your dollar may depend on three things: how much you love Star Wars, how much you wanted this to be Battlefield with lasers instead of its own game, and how much you are willing to gamble on EA and DICE supporting it with enough additional DLC content to keep it continuously interesting moving forward.

Destructoid – 6/10

Battlefront (3)

Star Wars Battlefront feels authentic in many ways, but that authenticity is aggressively pursued at the cost of gameplay, and is often tacked-on. If you’re in the mood for a relatively shallow shooter with caveats you likely won’t be disappointed, but I wish that DICE had a little more time to polish it and add more substance.

God is a Geek – 85/100

Battlefront (4)

At its core, Battlefront is a great shooter. Add in a perfectly crafted Star Wars dressing and an impressive amount of cinematography and you have my favourite multiplayer shooter in years. Accessible, well made and full of really, really cool moments, it’s hard not to love it.

US Gamer – 70/100

SW BF1

Ultimately, I think DICE and EA have done an otherwise tremendous shooter a disservice by seemingly holding so much content back for future expansions. There’s a lot to love about the actual gameplay; and on the surface, there are plenty of modes, but Battlefront doesn’t really stand up to extended scrutiny. It’s a sugar rush of a shooter that fades more quickly than it should. In a year or so, Battlefront may have reached its true potential. For now, it’s roughly one-third of a Game of the Year caliber shooter.

Last Updated: November 17, 2015

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  • WitWolfy

    I’m loving those scores!!! It’s good to see all of these reviewers seeing the lack of content and rate it accordingly!

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    Silly EA

    • WitWolfy

      Price drop imminent! I give it 3 weeks after release and this baby will drop to the R500 mark, heck who knows maybe even lower?!

      I guarantee it!

  • Hammersteyn

    Yoh, lot’s of @LlewellynCrossley:disqus scores there

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      xD

  • Some people actually gave this game 9/10…. madness

    • Hammersteyn

      I bet it was those Aussies wasn’t it?

      • lol it was indeed… strange that EA PR loves them more than us

        • Hammersteyn

          cant wait for the user reviews, always nice for one or two lulz.

      • WitWolfy

        Must be because its one of the few games that isnt banned in their region LOL

        • Hammersteyn

          ^this!

    • Jonah Cash

      Yes but they probably don’t understand that this game is not just a Star Wars game but actually have to compete with similar shooters in the market. The guy who gave it 9/10 probably don’t even play online shooters…

    • WitWolfy

      Maybe they meant 9/10 would not bang!

  • Hammersteyn
    • Loftus

      Quick change it before The Chief grammar nazzi you. it should be U R breaking my <3 :'( not UR. 😛

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        I’ll allow it

        • Loftus

          Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja… you have changed. Getting older has made you soft 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            Urban dictionary approves said spelling. Even though it’s classified as moronic. Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja is wise in all things grammar. You under estimate his POWA!

            http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ur

          • Loftus

            ja ek mag dalk sy powa under estimate, maar dis lekker om die leeu se balhare te pluk!
            😛

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Los my balhare uit dammit

          • Loftus

            Net die wat grys is ou baas word gepluk! 😛

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Fine, enjoy the smell

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Don’t underestimate his moronic-ness then? ;P

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            LB

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I’m soft towards those loyal to me

          • Loftus

            So @hammersteyn:disqus is one of your evil minions now ? say it ain’t true!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            He always has been, he is the enforcer

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          You’ve gotten soft in my absence

          • Hammersteyn

            How’s the eye?

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            The eye? Did something happen to my eye that I don’t know about?

          • Hammersteyn

            We had a bet going. I wagered you stuck eyeliner in your eye again, that;s why you were absent
            *Runs

          • Loftus

            Bwahahaha. Brilliant !

          • VampyreSquirrel

            LMAO!!!!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            *that’s

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Haha. Well, the odds were probably in your favour.
            Or not

        • Sageville

          I don’t even know you any more….

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            What can I say, I have a soft spot for the silverbutt

  • Jac7

    They truly did themselves (and every Star Wars fan out there) a massive disservice by not including a single/co-op player campaign. Silly people.

    • Hammersteyn

      EA will blame the low scores on the negativity of the internet. People complained about no SP, no space battles, no classes, no galactic conquest. The last one is a biggie. I lost hours on that back on the PS2.

      • The game has no depth, none… It’s pure fan fiction

        • Hammersteyn

          Ouch. EA might have to implement Order 66 sooner than later

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            OMG no! You mean… you mean they’re going to summon… eye gee en!?

          • Hammersteyn

            Hahahaha

        • WitWolfy

          “It’s pure cashing in on a franchise”

          *fixed

    • Sageville

      How can you not have a single player campaign in a Star Wars shooter, feels wrong.

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    Still not really intrigued by it.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    So basically it’s an average shooter with simplistic game play that is very limited in terms of content. But it has a Star Wars skin so… woohoo I guess.

    • Hammersteyn

      They should’ve remastered Battlefront 2 instead

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        Yes

  • Hammersteyn

    One more thing. They release NFS with zero DLC and then this piece of bread with hardly any butter. Selling two thirds of the game on the side? Did they really think people would just conform to the BF model without blinking?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      But they will conform because it’s what they’re used to. Dumbasses in their twenties don’t realise they’re being screwed now. I’m also sure there’ll be lots of people defending it heh.

      • Hammersteyn

        This is why we can’t have nice things. I bet if it wasn’t for them EA would have made space battle maps where you get to blow up the Deathstar. Both of them. But no. Roll out a few maps and give us $60.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Gaming’s a first world hobby, we’re in the third world.

  • Jonah Cash

    So exactly what I said even without having played the Beta? Oh but wait I was told I know nothing as I didn’t even play it… This looked boring and shallow all along and with EA doing it you all should have known that you would only get half the game at full price and will have to pay for the other half at 90% of full price!
    Skip

    • Hammersteyn

      Destiny sounds enormous compared to this. Even if you take just the base game with SP, Raids, Strikes, PVP.

      • Jonah Cash

        Exactly that! Destiny got hammered for being a shallow game with no story and very little to do. This gets 9/10?!?!?! I think if Destiny released now instead of two years ago it would have got over 90% average. It was too early for its own good!

    • Fox1 – Retro

      EA have also gone and messed up NFS. They are churning out mediocre games for full price just to stuff it into the Vault.

  • Mossel

    I watched the gameplay trailer last night and it was pretty legit. Depending on the player base I might be getting it!

  • I like Star Wars and I mildly enjoy BF4 every now and then so yeah this is a good buy.

    • Mossel

      Do you know where we can check the player base? Don’t want to buy a game that only 500 people play

      • Actually I have no idea. However I know that the pre-orders for this on Origin broke some sort of EA record so I am not too worried about players right now.

        • Mossel

          Good point. I’m dying for a new online shooter and it’s between this and BO…I’m leaning towards this.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Just come SpaceNinja with us. F2P, so you can try it out at least

          • Mossel

            Isn’t Warframe co-op?

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            There is some PvP elements as well

    • This is nothing like Battlefield…

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        But Star Wars is love and…

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          Corner, now!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            See, proper gifs are accepted, but silly music, is not

      • WitWolfy

        More like Battlefied Hardline, without the campaign.

      • True but I enjoyed the Beta.

  • iusedtobe(a)regular

    Looks like this year belongs to the RPG’s.

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