Star Wars Battlefront Review

Star Wars Battlefront Review

Star Wars Battlefront jogs my memory why I love Star Wars. Its skirmishes unfold throughout iconic planets, with beautiful landscapes and sweeping vistas on a massive scale. Endor's trees dwarf us. Tatooine's desert stretches for miles. And when the battle music reaches its peak, and I glide over Hoth's frozen trenches, I'm right back in my childhood lounge, watching The Empire Strikes Back for the primary time.

However Battlefront lacks the longevity that makes its supply materials great. It affords initial engagement, and for the primary 10 hours, it swept me by way of its harrowing firefights at a fast pace. But then the cracks started to show. In the end, Battlefront feels more like an homage to Star Wars than a considerable Star Wars game in itself.

And yet, what a lovely homage that is: dynamic lighting, vivid textures, windswept forests--developer DICE has crafted a nuanced, detailed world begging for a more in-depth look, enveloping you at every turn. Rain glistens on drooping leaves. Icy crystals lengthen from cavern walls. You may even see clouds of dust billow throughout Tatooine's arid scenery.

This is all stunning, after all, nevertheless it's Battlefront's sound design that really reels you in. The ambient wildlife surrounds you and explosions carry by means of bunker walls, even as the pitter patter of rain strikes ferns in the wind. It speaks volumes that I considered turning the ever-present soundtrack off at occasions, just to listen to the detail in Battlefront's world.

Beneath all this grandeur, however, are shallow experiences. Maps look implausible, sure, however they lack focused design. Endor's undergrowth lends beauty attraction, but not much cover. Hoth's barren fields impart a way of distance, but few artistic sight lines.

There are exceptions in some of Battlefront's locales, nevertheless--Tatooine's blend of exterior and interior environments, as an illustration, creates engaging battles from one match to the next. By darting into a close-by bunker, I prevented AT-ST fire. This additionally allowed me to flank a trio of enemy soldiers at a close-by seize level, and with a barrage of grenade launcher rounds, I cleared them out. Battlefront's best maps encourage these ways throughout its varied game modes.

And make no mistake, there's an abundance of game modes here. Star Wars Battlefront offers nine competitive variants, each of them distinct, for better or worse.

There's the spectacular Heroes vs. Villains, which performs out precisely the way it sounds: as if a box of Star Wars action figures came to life and, not sure of what to do subsequent, resorted to violence. There's Droid Run, a unique variation of zone management through which the zones shift locations all through the match. After which there's Walker Assault.

This is Battlefront at its best. Walker Assault provides extra emergent gameplay moments and, in contrast to a lot of the game's combat elsewhere, it lends the sense of a bigger objective. Imperials escort--and rebels try to destroy--AT-ATs as they march toward the base on the finish of a path. That dichotomy between aims means a special expertise for both sides, and with numerous offensive and defensive options, battles unfold with stunning variety.

My favorite match befell on Endor. As a member of the Imperial group, I prioritized velocity over anything, sprinting alongside pathways toward Rebel uplink stations. If they captured enough of those, they might call more Y-wings in for bombing runs against our quadrupedal machine. So after all, I needed to protect those stations.

But because the game progressed, and each side adapted to the opposite's technique, issues changed. The Rebels made better use of their defensive turrets and whittled away at the AT-AT's health throughout bombing runs. So I started sniping from Ewok tree buildings above the battle, focusing my purpose on enemies working laser turrets. In the end, we nonetheless misplaced--a properly timed orbital strike brought our offensive juggernaut to its knees--but the battle remained partaking throughout. Walker Assault is the embodiment of revolutionary game modes.