Star Wars Battlefront isn’t too big of a download

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We’ve come so far, gaming. BACK IN THE DAY, in a galaxy that was not so far away I can still remember being absolutely gob-smacked when I picked up a video gaming magazine (it was like a video game website, only the news and reviews were two months late). The one advantage that print had when it came to the rising tide of those filthy nerf herder gaming websites however, was the humble demo disc.

PC Format easily had my favourite demo disc, mostly because each CD-ROM had a hidden folder filled with low resolution toilet humour. Brilliant stuff. But those discs are what brought the latest game demos to our doors. Games that we simply could not download back then, as those tens of megabytes were too much for a 56K modem to handle.

Hell, back then I could barely look at dodgy anime pictures without my line screaming like a One Direction fan at a show. These days, we scoff at such downloads. Scoff to the max. 90mb game demos? Say hello to gigabytes of data just for a beta. And really, it’s obvious stuff. Bigger games, bigger resources and bigger quality means massive file sizes.

And that brings us to Star Wars Battlefront. I wasn’t massively bowled over by Star Wars Battlefront during the beta. I mean, it’s solid but I’m just not feeling the magic yet. What I will say however, is that it is easily one of the prettiest games of the year. The maps look gorgeous, the frame-rate is smooth and looking up to see Rebel Alliance cruisers and Imperial Star Destroyers duking it out is something that is straight out of the movies.

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Hot damn, that’s going to be one massive download, right? Not really. Because Star Wars Battlefront won’t bust the Bothan bank, as EA confirmed:

Not bad at all. That’s the base game, all the maps across four planets, a half-dozen heroes/villains and various sound effects. It’ll most likely be the DLC and weekly updates, that chow your data like a Rancor in Jabba’s palace, once the game has launched next week.

Last Updated: November 10, 2015

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Because it’s not magic D, it’s midichlorians.

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Mehdichlorians, right? RIGHT?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Don’t make fun of their space mehgic!

        • VampyreSquirrel

          But why not? Spoil sport.

          Oh did that damn piece of Volt drop after I ducked?

          • Nope, we did not run without you. And then my Interwebs got all screwed up, Got an SMS this morning saying they are working on the exchange… o boy

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Ah ok cool. Sucks about your interwebs (again).

            I see you’re on Steam but “away” 😛

          • Was using my phone to check if the damn thing has changed to Rands yet 😛

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Still dollars last time I checked.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            The first time you dropped we went on to round 10, Vex armour giving a 400% odd buff to my Ignis damage was face-meltingly good.

          • Was on skype with Beefcake, I had a play by play of all the carnage and death going on xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lol yeah it wasn’t pretty. That Nova that joined wasn’t the most helpful, didn’t use MP much.

          • I noticed her MP did not go far, probably a new player. And without a constant AOE those infested rip your face off 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Star Wars fans are more rabid than a Rancor with a sore tooth. You’d swear someone shattered Han Solo and used him for ice cubes.

          • 10/10

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Hahahaha! So true

    • Mark Treloar


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Don’t come here with your science!

    • You’re dead to me.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Diabetes is a silent killer, even in space.

      • Hammersteyn

        METHstar, not even once

      • VampyreSquirrel

        No one can hear you go into a diabetic coma in space.

    • Dutch Matrix

      I still feel bad whenever I see him dying…

  • Its like, what, 12 maps or something?

    Reason for it being so small is the lack of content.

    • Hammersteyn


    • miaau

      Are they well realised, well created and above all fun and DIFFERENT maps?

      I should think 12 quality maps would be better than 40 samey maps.

      • Did I comment on their quality or playability AT ALL? Or, are you just being a total turd?

        • miaau

          sigh, today is not my day. I seem to offend as easily as breathing.

          No, I was asking what your thoughts around the playability and quality were, and delivering my opinion as well.

          Sorry about that.

          • K, well this is pretty easy. What is better:

            40 “well realised, well created and above all fun and DIFFERENT maps”
            12 “well realised, well created and above all fun and DIFFERENT maps”.

            If you answer is 12, I’d love to hear your argument for it. Because it shouldn’t be.
            Obviously time is a factor during development, right?

            My argument is that DICE haven’t been given nearly enough time to create a decent amount of quality content that should be there at release.

            Because EA is EA and EA is close to the worst.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            My guess would be they didn’t “waste” their time because players tend to stick to a small number of favourite maps anyway.

          • Dutch Matrix

            WAAAAAIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTT!!!!!!! This is not Common Sense Thursday!

          • Great, so we should pay less surely?… oh wait.

          • miaau

            Well, I chose 12 quality over 40 copy and past maps any day of the week, easy.

            But yes, I do agree with you, 12 does seem a bit on the “I want to sell loads more maps as DLC, we already have the created maps and will dole them out slowly, as we think you get bored with certain maps”, side.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Don’t be sorry. I think Mr Anderton’s last encounter with his girlfriend, Ms Palmer, did not meet expectations.

          • Oh nice. Masturbation jokes.

            This thread just needs to degrade to a comparison of Hitler or Nazis and we’ve just about hit every internet cliche out there. Nice.

          • miaau

            Sh1.t. I totally did not get that till now. And now I am sad.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Oh don’t mind him, he sticks to what’s familiar. 😉

          • miaau

            You comment here enough that I have to lean strongly towards the side of your choice of wording was deliberate. And funny.


          • Dutch Matrix

            Though with these water restrictions, I am going to have to go back to bathing with my mum.
            Wait. You weren’t talking about me, rihgt? I mean right? I can’t say right right.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Oh, and asking a guy if he’s a turd is the height of adult conversation, right?

          • miaau

            Ah, but Dutch, that is 2nd person I have upset, on these comment pages, in a short space of time.

            I am not a happy person, not slept well, got major deadlines, fighting at office, so, yeah, maybe that is coming out in my choice of words. I do not like that!

          • Dutch Matrix

            Yeah man. I hear you. Your comment wasn’t that out of touch in fact I thought it moved the conversation forward. So him going for the turd comment seems a bit far fetched

          • If only I had known I was going up against the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen I would have come up with something less… well…. shitty?

            Turd will have to suffice.

          • miaau

            at least I am a gentleman. Today, I will take that

      • Well, guess we’ve found the rest of the game. It’s behind a $50 pay wall.

        I rest my case.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Came here for this comment

  • Rancors are cold blooded and only eat slaves/prisoners every other week. 😛

  • doctorhino

    Battlefield 4 was a good 40gb at launch. This game must be pretty small (content wise) considering it should need roughly the same resource set as Battlefield to operate.

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