STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT
By Kevin "Methodone89" van Dongen on December 1, 2015
In a Galaxy far, far away... DICE and EA created a brilliant Star Wars multiplayer with powerful Dubstep grenades.
Star Wars Battlefront has been on my wish list for a long, long time. So after a period of waiting and crying myself to sleep, the moment in which I am finally able to play this game has arrived. After its initial beta last October, which was a bit of a disappointment in my opinion (although it was a huge success, based on numbers), my hopes for an amazing multiplayer game were gone. Fortunately the guys over at DICE and EA didn’t let me down after all. I have already spent quite some time on the battlefield as both Rebels and Stormtroopers in service of the Empire. Battlefront features an amazing multiplayer and I can’t wait to get back in there and blow some stuff up with the “Dubstep Grenade”. But, first thing first, I will spend some time sharing my thoughts on the game.
As I’ve mentioned already, Star Wars Battlefront features an amazing multiplayer mode! But what about its single player mode? Well, to be perfectly honest, Battlefront’s single player mode is quite limited; it features a few trainings missions, Battle missions and survival missions, which are cool for a single play through. Both Survival and Battle missions can be played in offline and online co-op, making it a multiplayer mode for up to 2 players. In Survival you’ll be battling 15 waves of Stormtroopers and AT-ST’s in some of the game’s most pretty and well-put-together maps. While the mode is enjoyable for a short amount of time, clearing the mode on master difficulty is pretty hard and rewarding. And while the single player mode might not be a total loss, it falls short in comparison with some of the other game modes, most of which are totally awesome.
The ‘Battle Missions’ mode lets you play as a hero or Villain and battle against AI opponents. Reaching a total of 200 tickets wins the match. With every kill you’ll make the enemy will drop a ticket, every ticket is worth 2 points. You can pick up the tickets your teammates drop to deny the other team their points. This mode is pretty basic and will give you the same feel as some of the multiplayer modes without actually playing against another human being.
The training missions are highly enjoyable and offer a few awesome moments like the Endor chase sequence. These missions are a definite must for everyone who just started playing Star Wars Battlefront.
The multiplayer is where Battlefront shines brightest. Many of the game modes featured in multiplayer are a blast to play and feature a unique approach to some of the modes we’ve seen in other games. The second most amount of fun I had while playing Star Wars Battlefront was during the objective-based multiplayer game modes like: Walker Assault, Drop Zone, Supremacy, Cargo and Droid Run. While these are all basically a number of objective-based modes, there are some unique features in each of them. Walker Assault is probably the most interesting of these missions; it lets you run around as heroes or villains, defend or bring down a AT-AT while you pilot ships and wreak havoc in AT-STs. Supremacy features everything Walker Assault has to offer, minus the AT-ATs and focuses on capturing zones for your team. Drop Zone is all about capturing pods and earning the most points, it features no vehicles and no heroes. Cargo is your basic capture the flag and droid run features three droids which will move around the map and need to be captured to win the match.
Battlefront also features the game modes: Hero hunt, Heroes VS Villains and Blast, which all revolve around killing as many enemies as possible. Blast is your standard 10v10 Team Deathmatch and doesn’t offer much more. Hero Hunt lets you hunt down a Hero (as one might have suspected from its title); the one who kills the Hero ultimately becomes a Hero. Heroes VS Villains features a team of three heroes and a team of three villains. The team that kills all three of its opponents wins the match. These modes are all highly enjoyable and feature some funny moments, especially when you encounter a Hero or a Villain.
And now for the really good part! The single-most enjoyable mode in my opinion is Fighter Squadron. Fighter Squadron is a game mode in which you can only pilot ships. And while this mode might not be as diverse as Walker Assault, it does have a big plus: it features the Millennium Falcon and Slave-1... how awesome is that?! And if that weren’t enough, Fighter Squadron also features TIE-Fighters, Interceptors, A-wings and X-wings, which are all at your disposal while you’ll fly into battle for your faction. The battle takes place high in the sky and every encounter with the enemy can be over very quickly. There are some objectives like defend or attack a transport ship, but most of the time it’s just a fast-paced shootout between you and another pilot. Unfortunately, sometimes that means killing an AI controlled pilot.
While some of these game modes offer a completely different type of gameplay (Like Fighter Squadron offers you the chance to participate in a spaceship battle), the largest part of Star Wars Battlefront will be played as a FPS or Third person shooter, depending on your preferences. The best feature here is that you can switch between FPS and TPS modes with a simple press of a button. You’ll have an arsenal of blasters at your disposal, ranging from heavy blasters to Han’s blaster. Picking the right one is essential; some blasters offer a high damage output but have a low fire rate. Some of them are single shot rifles, while others are semi- or full automatic guns. I can’t really say which one is the best; this just depends too much on your personal play-style and gaming preferences. For the majority of the game I played with the SE-14C which fires a 5 round burst and is ideal for close combat. For the bigger maps I picked the T-21 which delivers massive damage and is good at long distances. Once again, this is just a personal preference; you can really choose whatever takes your fancy, giving you a lot of options how to approach any given situation.
And although all of these weapons carry quite a punch, your blaster isn’t the only weapon on the battlefield. You can equip three star cards, which will aid you in battle. Apart from these cards, picking up power-ups is a must! Once unlocked, some of these power-ups will bring a completely different playstyle to the game. The Jump Pack, which is unlocked at level 13, will boost you high up in the air and lets you wreak havoc from above. You can jump-pack into a group of enemies and throw a grenade, preferable a Dubstep grenade (Thermal Imploder) because of its range and damage. At level 15 you’ll unlock your first trait, which levels as you gain a killing spree; having explosive damage resistance is like winning the lottery, when you’re in a match with a lot of dubstep grenades. All the star cards and power-ups combined, create a unique experience for each player and unlocking new items to equip is rewarding and much needed when you’re start playing the game for the first time.
Star Wars Battlefront is set during the original trilogy and features some iconic moments and characters from the movies. For instance, taking down an AT-AT with an Airspeeder’s towing cable is highly rewarding and enjoyable. The game looks beautiful and the audio is awesome; the blasters and guns feel and sound like you’d expect, which enhances the overall cinematic feel of the game. The heroes and Villains from the movies offer a gameplay style that suits them;, each Hero has a Villain counterpart with equal abilities and all of them combined make for a good team. While the game is full of nostalgic moments, feels and looks, it still manages to bring some new things to the world of Star Wars. Fortunately, these new toys in Star Wars Battlefront still feel like they fit in perfectly with the rest; the Thermal Imploder A.K.A. the Dubstep grenade is impressive both visually and gameplay-wise, and can create some tense situations on the battlefield.
Star Wars Battlefront has an impressive multiplayer and offers a wide range of modes, which are all enjoyable in their own way. The game looks and feels impressive and is one of my favorite multiplayer games of this year. The single player mode is a bit dull and doesn’t offer much replay value. But, seeing as how Star Wars Battlefront is basically one big multiplayer event, this doesn’t hurt the game one bit! If you’re into Star Wars or online multiplayer games, it is certainly worthwhile to go out and buy this game. You are guaranteed to have countless hours of fun, reliving iconic scenes from the original movies. May the Force be with you!
STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT
November 17, 2015 (NA)
November 18, 2015 (AUS) November 19, 2015 (PS4)