Star Wars Battlefront hyped itself up by building on our collective nostalgia for series and offering us the chance to play as the heroes (or villains) of the galactic civil war. Unfortunately, beyond the hype Battlefront misses the mark more often than an Imperial Stormtrooper trying to stop and ageing Jedi and teenage moisture farmer from escaping a military installation.
[Note: I promise that will be the only Star Wars pun :D ]
While I’m a big fan of the Star Wars franchise and the game does have a few great moments, overall I have to admit that Battlefront is a pretty mediocre shooter.
The Good Points:
1) It’s Star Wars! The developers can be proud that they have delivered what is arguably the most impressive Star Wars setting in any game to date. The game's impressively high production value, brings amazing realism to the game world and game recreates the best equipment (e.g. TIE fighters, walkers, speeders and the Millennium Falcon) and heroes/villains of the Star Wars universe (including my personal favourite Boba Fett!). All this adds up to create a real sense of authenticity to the game.
2) Walker Assault missions are great fun. As the showpiece multiplayer mode of the game, Walker Assault missions features chaotic, objective-driven battles, letting you live out your ultimate Star Wars fantasies. While the other battle modes are pretty generic, this really stood out for me as the most fun unique game mode.
The Bad Points
1) From the outset EA was keen to dismiss the idea that Battlefront would simply be Battlefield with a Star Wars skin. Ironically, to ensure this didn’t happen they seemed to have left out features of modern shooters which add depth and personality. If Battlefront did try to emulate Battlefield there would be a comprehensive upgrade system for the standard primary weapons (i.e. scopes, grips, attachments for extra functionality) and meaningful character classes with specialized abilities. Instead the game delivers pretty average weapons/gear and only cosmetic differences between alien races.
2) How you access gear is also quite frustrating. Star Cards, which unlock abilities and weapons, have to be earned as well as purchased as you level up (i.e. they locked behind both an in-game currency as well as player levels). Disappointingly, despite being a pain to unlock most of these items are pretty unremarkable.
3) The game also comes with very little content. There’s no single player campaign and only a handful of maps (some of which can only be used in specific game modes). While this is fun for a couple of days it doesn’t really justify $85 for the game plus another $80 for the season pass. Of all the PS4 games I’ve owned, this is probably the least content for dollar I’ve experienced.
To sum up, if you’re a massive Star Wars fan you will definitely get a kick out of playing this game. But in all honesty, if Battlefront didn’t have Star Wars nostalgia to fall back on, and the game was a group of generic rebels fighting an oppressive regime, the game would be just another unknown average shooter. Compared to Destiny, Halo 5, and Call of Duty, Battlefront is a pretty lackluster shooter which doesn’t have the depth, gameplay or customisation to really hold its own. It’s not a bad game by any means, just very, very average.