BATTLING THE MONOTONY
Star Wars Battlefront
While visuals and sounds are top notch, Star Wars Battlefront offers little else, and will only appeal to die-hard Star Wars fans who enjoy shooting or getting shot by other diehard Star Wars fans, repeatedly.
It’s Star Wars season after a very long hiatus, and Star
Wars Battlefront is here to kick things off together with Episode VII. The hype for the movie has been enormous, and equally great was the hype for the game. Does the game live up to it though? Unfortunately, no. THE IMMERSION IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE Let’s first begin with the good parts of the game. And where the game is good, it’s actually great. And we’ll start with the really obvious – graphics. The beauty of Battlefront will bring tears to your eyes. The level of details – from the environments, down to the weapons and vehicles – would make you believe that you are actually in a galaxy far, far away. The characters are also recreated faithfully, no doubt thanks to the capabilities of the Frostbite engine.
The sounds are great too. The voice acting for the heroes and villains can be a little wonky at times, but when you play the multiplayer components, you’ll hear the grunt chatter that not only sounds very convincing, they actually make sense. For instance, when you see an ally behind cover with a few enemies shooting at him, you’ll actually hear his character shouting to your entire team that he’s being pinned down. This makes actual human communication via microphones immersion-breaking.
And speaking of the multiplayer components, this is pretty much what Battlefront is about. There are large-scale clashes where 40 players come together and battle against each other in a shooting tugof-war, capture-the-flag, and other modes. There is also a Heroes vs. Villains mode, where you’ll get to pit Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia against Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and Boba Fett – or vice versa – in a test of skill, with a few others playing the grunts, and you taking turns controlling the ‘star’ characters. SINGLE PLAYER IS NOT THE MODE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR Unfortunately, if you want to take a break from the online components, you can’t. The single player bits serve only to be a tutorial of sorts to familiarize you with the controls and game modes on offer. Once that’s out of the way, going back to it will prove to be a chore.
There are other things you can do, such as the survival mode, and finding collectibles, which will prove to also be another tiresome affair. The only break you’ll be getting from online multiplayer is another mode within online multiplayer. Once you get tired of it all, however, it’s a sign that you’ve gotten tired if the game as a whole.