Multiplayer shooter Star Wars: Battlefront officially debuts today so we can finally find out whether DICE's much-anticipated revival of the series is worth playing. So, is it?
Most of the early reviews seem to agree that Battlefront feels like a true Star Wars experience. The game does a great job of delivering the sights and sounds of a galaxy far, far away. Many reviewers agree that Battlefront is one of the best-looking games ever released. Plus, it lets players act out many of their Star Wars fantasies like taking down an AT-AT walker or dicing up stormtroopers with a lightsaber as Luke Skywalker.
The most common criticism, though, is that there's not much here. The game has a small pool of modes and maps so it's easy to get tired of them. There aren't many weapons for players to unlock and many of the blasters feel pretty much the same. Battlefront's single-player/co-op modes, which pit players against bots, were roundly crtiicized as shallow and considered a poor substitute for a proper campaign.
The opinions on Battlefront echo many of the reviews for Titanfall: the game is fun but doesn't necessarily have enough staying power. The Season Pass is said to add a ton of content to the game but that's going to cost you a lot more.
Here are some excerpts from a few reviews. As usual, we've included a mix of positive and negative reviews to give you a sense of the strengths and weaknesses of the game:
"Star Wars Battlefront is a solid proof-of-concept that should be fully realized in an inevitable sequel. Like Evolve, Titanfall and The Order: 1886 before it, Battlefront chooses style over substance. It’s absolutely beautiful and captures what it’s like to be in a Star Wars film, but style can only take a game so far. Star Cards and Heroes help make battles interesting, but the combat is too simplified to create long-term engagement. There is fun to be had, especially when the spectacle of Star Wars is in full effect. That spectacle, however, soon wears off and what’s left is a game with too few weapons, maps and heroes." - HCG
"One of the biggest problems I have with Star Wars: Battlefront is how tightly packaged everything is. The larger modes like Supremacy and Walker Assault have the area of combat tightly gated, so that spawn points are tied to capture or timed objectives, rather than the areas of faction control. This means you always spawn just behind the area of combat. One way to break the game is to run as far around the active battlefield as possible to the next objective area, jump into an anti-vehicle turret and just wait for the objective area to move to you, then pick off all the enemies spawning in the area." - GameRevolution
"It’s hard to not get caught up in the occasional moment in Battlefront if you’re a big Star Wars fan. I loved stalking towards rebels as Darth Vader, force choking them as the Imperial March played. As I played as a Stormtrooper on Tatooine, I stopped for a moment to watch Luke and Vader battle with lightsabers as X-Wings and TIE fighters engaged in a dogfight above them. There’s a whole lot of Star Wars seeping out of every pore of Battlefront, and no amount of forced fan service took away from the fact that some moments in this game reminded me of the many things I love about the film franchise. If the impending release of The Force Awakens has you in the mood for a casual online shooter set in the Star Wars universe, this game can certainly provide that for a dozen or so hours." - Giant Bomb
"What still makes it so exceptional is how incredible it looks and sounds. It's an absolutely gorgeous game, and the sound effects are chaotic, but still passionately authentic. The music doesn't run the John Williams score ragged, but instead highlights the best moments of a match and lets the rest play out in silence. New pieces were written for the game, and they blend seamlessly with the legendary scores from the original trilogy. It's this attention to the minute details of Star Wars history, from the Jawas fleeing for cover into a Sandcrawler, or the satisfying sting of each TIE Fighter blast, that make Battlefront feel so different from the other incredible shooters this year." - GameTrailers
"Battlefront’s more natural use is as a game played between games. An enjoyable diversion for a few hours, either between more complex titles or, for more casual players, until their appetite for video games and/or Star Wars has been sated. There’s nothing wrong with that in our eyes, and we know we’ll be returning to the game again and again over the coming months." - Metro
"Star Wars Battlefront might not be terribly considerate of solo players and its by-design accessibility might deter DICE’s hardcore Battlefield fans, but there’s no denying the multiplayer is a hell of a lot of fun, and as far as creating the feeling of being part of a Star Wars movie, it doesn’t get any better than this." - Ausgamers