Star Wars Battlefront Review
Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.
Of all the wonderful memories I have of the original Star Wars trilogy, perhaps none stand out as much as the time I first witnessed the epic battle on Hoth in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes back. Though Star Wars is the epitome of the “Hero’s Journey,” it was iconic scenes like this -- these massive battles taking place in a galaxy far, far away -- that stand out the most. Nothing beats the tension of first witnessing the powerful Imperial army, complete with intimidating AT-AT, slowly approach the hidden Rebel base on the frigid icy planet. For me, that’s my most memorable moment; of course, you may have a different memory from the trilogy -- maybe the battle on the forest moon of Endor, maybe the opening fight sequence in Return of the Jedi. Whatever your favorite moment in the original trilogy, Electronic Arts and DICE make sure to play to it in Star Wars Battlefront.
EA’s Star Wars Battlefront marks the return of a series fans have long-awaited. But surely you remember the last Star Wars experience delivered to us after years of waiting. Thankfully, Battlefront doesn’t suffer the same fate as the prequel trilogy. While not the most original multiplayer shooter in the galaxy, DICE has succeeded where it matters the most -- creating a solid shooter that captures everything you love about Star Wars. From the breathtaking landscapes to the magnificent audio to the heart-stopping action, it’s hard not to immediately fall in love with Star Wars Battlefront. But for as authentic of a “Star Wars experience” DICE has delivered, Battlefront does seemingly lack the substance that keeps a game like this feeling fresh days later.
Star Wars Battlefront is, first and foremost, built for multiplayer. In place of a traditional campaign are “Missions.” This is comprised of five different “Training “missions, that are actually quite entertaining while teaching you the basics, though they lack replay value; “Battles,” which is essentially a versus mode where you must defeat enemy forces and collect their tokens; and “Survival,” a wave-based mode where you and a partner must increasingly difficult waves of enemy forces. Survival is probably the mode most best-suited for those who prefer single player. It’s fun, as you and a buddy take on increasingly difficult waves of enemies, but, again, there’s little substance to keep you invested in the mode after you complete it once. Missions feel like a giant waste of an opportunity, almost as if EA rushed it just to say they’ve got an offline and co-op mode for those who don’t enjoy competitive multiplayer. It’s unfortunate, because the opening moments before each mission are just a tease of what could’ve been had DICE taken the time to deliver a fleshed out experience.
Despite the shortcomings of missions, competitive multiplayer is the heart and soul of Star Wars Battlefront. And to that end, there is an entire suite of competitive multiplayer options available. From the grand battles of Walker Assault (a 20v20 mode where Rebels attempt to stop invading Imperial AT-AT walkers from reaching their destination) to the more traditional Blast (essentially a 10v10 Deathmatch), there’s pretty much something for everyone. Not all of the modes are of equal enjoyment though, and some just feel like they were thrown in as filler.
There’s a lot Star Wars Battlefront gets right; but, I can’t help but feel there’s also some missed opportunities. Let’s take a look at the positives and negatives.