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.

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.

Last Updated: November 17, 2015

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