Tuesday, 17 November 2015
For me, one game has stood head and shoulders above your Halo 5, Tomb Raiders and Metal Gear Solids. Yes, for me Star Wars Battlefront has been the game I have been waiting for.
As a Star Wars fan, to see EA hand development over to Dice was a great start and the early footage was promising. Then to actually play the beta had me counting the days down to full release. But was it worth my wait, all these days and months, well the easy answer is yes, but only just.
Graphically there has never been a better looking Star Wars game. The maps, from the snow covered plains of Hoth to the beautifully rendered forrests of Endor are quite simple stunning, pulling you right into the frantic action. All the while surrounded by some of the movies famous locations. At one point in an X-wing i forgot about the game as i spotted Jabba's palace and flew over to it. This happened on a few occasions. Unfortunately this was a big problem of the game as i will cover later,
Another high point was the sound design, full of sound effects like blasters and Tie fighter screeches straight out of the movies, helping you further loose yourself in the world. Unfortunately the voices of the hero's and villains weren't quite up to high values elsewhere.
Gameplay wise Battlefront delivers a solid but ultimately a little shallow shooter. The blasters on offer don't really offer much of a change between them, i settles on one and kept it as i saw little benefit from changing.
There are a few game modes available from the great Walker Assault and supremacy where u have to drive your squad onto the next point or get pushed back, to the less exciting droid run and drop zone.
Ultimately the biggest failing is the fact there is no campaign. These worlds are crying out to be explored. What makes this worse is the game gives you a glimpse at what could of been in missions. Small mini games like chasing down rebels on your speeder bike and invasion, where i have to take down a walker in your snow speeder.
But ultimately a game succeeds if its fun and the fact i want to rush this out so i can get back in the cockpit if my X-wing or run under an At-AT in Walker Assault can only be a good thing.
The more i play i cant help but think of a phrase Darth Vader once said to a certain young Skywalker, the force is with with you, but you are not a Jedi yet.
A solid, if a little shallow online shooter screaming out for a campaign.