Star Wars Battlefront | Game Review

This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 30 February 2016.

In a galaxy far, far away… Battlefield developer DICE set their sights on developing a game that pays fan-service to Star Wars and all of its iconic moments.

The game does indeed achieve this initial goal, and Star Wars fans will be thrilled by what the game offers you. Epic battles, AT-ATs, X-Wings, Lightsabres, the Dark Side versus the Light Side, Hoth, Ewoks… everything is there and accounted for.

However, to get the most out of Star Wars Battlefront, you will need to play the game online. It does not come with a traditional singleplayer campaign, so those that prefer the solitude of offline play may feel a little short-changed by the game.

Solo (and co-op) play is based around what is best described as tutorial missions, aimed at preparing you for multiplayer combat. They are every iconic moment from Star Wars in short, adrenaline-fuelled bursts of action. The speedbike chase through Endor is likely to thrill the most passing of fans, while taking down the AT-AT on Hoth will see shrieks of excitement. But you will probably play it once and not go back to it.

Alongside those clearly fan-service moments, the other offline option for gamers is the ‘Survival’ mode which sees you have to face down waves of enemies while securing a number of objectives.

However, the real meat of the game is the multiplayer, which comes in a number of options. Some offer 40 player battles featuring a mixture of foot soldiers and vehicles where objectives are either kill all enemies or secure certain specific mode objectives to win the mode. It is at times manic stuff and quite exhilarating… with a decent internet line that is. There are no local game servers so you will need to be prepared to play the game via European servers with all the issues that brings.

The game looks and sounds the part too. You will – without a doubt – feel immersed in the Star Wars universe, and the weapons, vehicles and voices will all be instantly familiar to fans.

It’s clear that Star Wars Battlefront will appeal to fans of the universe with an adequate and stable internet connection, but anyone falling outside of those parameters may find that the game is not as compelling as some recently released action games. Star Wars Battlefront is a fun game, but it is (sadly) not a great game if you remove the Star Wars skin from it.

Score: 7/10
Available for: Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC
Distributed by: Prima Interactive and available at all retailers of games

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Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.