This week I am going to review one of the most anticipated games of 2015; Star Wars Battlefront and with the hype building ahead of the new movie and anything linked to the Star Wars franchise, will this reboot of a much loved series be the Jedi master the galaxy needs or will it be just other Phantom Menace?
Right from the get go this is a multiplayer focused online shooter though there are a few single player missions but if you’re looking for a huge story driven campaign set in the Star War universe then I am afraid Battlefront isn’t for you as its main selling point is that it lets you relive epic battles from the original trilogy.
The mode that’s best for single player lets you re-live the standout out moments from the first trilogy like racing a speeder bike though the forest of Endor or battling against AT-AT on the snow planet of Hoth. These missions are very short but are very enjoyable as the feel and look of them is spot on, it’s an overriding feeling you’ll get from the game is that DICE have put a lot of time and love into crafting it.
The other two options in the missions section are a horde style mode which see you having to fight it out over 15 waves of enemies and a boiled down team deathmatch style mode where you pick between the Rebels or Empire and fight it out to see who can get to 100 points first, both of these modes are fun but definitely are second to the main meat of the game which is the multiplayer. The missions are worth your time though but maybe once you’re burnt out on the online side of things or if you’re looking to get some training in flying X wings or snow speeders; you can also play this side of the game in split screen on consoles which is a rarity these days.
The other half of the game is the multiplayer which sees you fighting it out over 12 maps with up to 40 other players in 9 different modes and this is where the most fun is to be found in the game. From standard style modes like Blast (team deathmatch) and Drop Zone (a headquarters style mode), to the more Star War focused modes like Walker Assault which sees the Rebels having to fight off any attacking wave of AT-ATs and Fighter Squadron where you go head to head with X wings and Tie fighter.
The modes and map that are here are ok but I can see them getting stale after you have played them inside and out which is where the season pass comes in which is priced at £45 odd on top of the £45 you shelled out for the game itself. Now I could go off on one here about how it’s an outrage and so on but the bottom line is if you enjoy the game and are invested in it, going on the Battlefield season passes in the past which I have bought, personally I think they were worth it in teams of adding new modes and adding content to the game and my enjoyment of the game be will it be the same for Battlefront only time will tell.
As for gameplay Battlefront is an shooter which you can play either in first-person or third-person and you can switch whenever you want during a match, similar to the previous games your fight your way across different planets from the Star Wars universe, like well-known ones such as Endor, Hoth and Tatooine, and new ones like Sullust and Jakku.
On each of the battlefields in the game you’ll find a range of vehicles including both air and land-based vehicles which include iconic fan favourites such as speeder bikes and AT-ATs, AT-STs, Tie fighter and of course X wings. Battles are planet-based however, restricting you to fighting it out in and around the planet but sadly not in space which is a bit strange when you fighting ship to ship in your x wing.
As for weapons, gear, and abilities in the game there are all customizable as you unlock the ability to purchase new weapons as you level up. These purchases are made with in game currency which is earned as you play through the medium of receiving bonus and doing well in matches. As for your abilities you pick them for a list of cards and build a hand made up of 3 of them, these can be either offensive or defensive like an ion rifle or a personal shield for example.
You can control either a Rebel Alliance soldier or an Imperial Stormtrooper and can customise their head to a number of different styles dependent on your level. Although why you’d ever want to play as a Stormtrooper without a helmet is beyond me but the Rebels can choose from a small selection of aliens but these only become available at level 40. On top of the standard cannon fodder troops if you’re lucky enough you can be a hero in some game modes if the hero token spawns near you and you can run to it fast enough.
Both sides have 3 to pick from with the Empire having Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Emperor Palpatine whereas the Rebels have Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo each of the heroes are totally overpowered and require teamwork to bring them down but it is great fun running around the map as them. In Fighter Squadron you’ll be able you be the Millennium Falcon or Slave 1 which are the hero ships in the game and are even more over powered than the heroes.
On the graphics and sound front the game is a sight to behold at times and one of, if not the best, next gen games I have played to date and the sound is perfect from the screech of the Tie Fighter to the pew pew of the blasters everything is 100% movie accurate on the sound front.
As for the downsides to the game as it is very welcoming a seasoned shooter fan will find it a bit easy at times but I do enjoy my time in the game, however others may find it dull. It has a very Titanfall feel to it as it is very similar in terms of how its games would playout, there are also a few exploits in the game like the auto-aim and spawn points but all of these can be ironed out with a few patches or updates to the game.
Over all Star Wars Battlefront is an enjoyable game and a MUST for fans of Star War it aims to be a more welcoming shooter than its bigger brother Battlefield or next door neighbour Call of Duty but it may lack depth and tactics that some seasoned shooter fans may look for in a game but for casuals and fans alike they will find it a more than a welcoming environment and it’s well worth a look by everyone.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 9/10 Format: PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a copy of Star Wars Battlefront for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of 5 days. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.