Star Wars: Battlefront Preview

Star Wars: Battlefront is a new first-person and third-person multi-player shooter game from Electronics Arts (EA) DICE. Star Wars? Check. First person shooter? Check. Multi-player? Check. You can’t go wrong. Or can you?

The Good

I played the demo at San Diego Comic-Con this year and I was also able to participate in the multi-player beta in October. I genuinely enjoyed the graphics and sound effects. I have played many Star Wars games in the past, and there is nothing like seeing and hearing the sounds of TIE fighters flying overhead or laser blasters firing all around you. The Star Wars universe is so familiar that there is no denying the joy of getting lost in a completely fictional world that feels real because it is such a big part of our culture. The controls and visuals are exactly what you would hope for from this game. Running and gunning around taking out Stormtroopers is as satisfying as watching it on a big movie screen.

I did not get the opportunity to pilot any of the vehicles that are featured in this game, AT-ATs, TIE fighters, X-Wing fighters and the like, but I imagine it would be pretty exhilarating to finally play out some of our favorite scenes from the Star Wars universe in all their HD glory. There are definitely enough different weapons, characters, and vehicles to keep any gamer occupied for a considerable amount of time. If you are a fan of Star Wars and multi-player shooters, look no further as this is your game.

The Bad

There is no single-player campaign. This is unfortunate for me, but I can understand why they went this route. In the world we live in today, the majority of the kids these days are spending the most money on the latest Call Of Duty, Battlefield, or Halo video games for the multi-player aspect. EA being your giant video game company is going to go where the money is. It only makes sense for them to go in this direction. The unfortunate part it seems, is that even their multiplayer mode is lacking. This Forbes article with a more in-depth preview nails down additional reasons to be wary of what you’re getting in this game. In a nutshell, they note that Star Wars: Battlefront is a one-trick pony in that its best mode is the 40-player Hoth Walker Assault. EA put all of their time, money and effort on this game mode, leaving the rest of the game modes half-baked.

The Verdict

Buyer beware. This is a brand new Star Wars game on the latest consoles with the latest in current-gen graphics. However, without a fleshed out campaign mode and an incomplete multiplayer experience, you may find yourself quickly yearning for more and heading back to a more mature franchise, cool sound effects and visuals be damned.

Star Wars: Battlefront is scheduled for release on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 17, 2015.

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