BAT­TLE­FRONT

The Force was reawak­ened for this classy se­ries re­boot

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In­stead of mak­ing a se­quel to 2005’s Bat­tle­front II, EA de­cided it would be bet­ter to just re­boot the fran­chise and start again. To help it do so, the pub­lisher brought in the tal­ented de­vel­op­ers at DICE, which you’ll surely know from its in­sanely pop­u­lar Bat­tle­field se­ries.

As a re­sult, 2015’s Bat­tle­front is an ab­so­lute blast to play, how­ever it does lack a sin­gle-player cam­paign, in­stead opt­ing to fo­cus on bat­tles that take place through­out the StarWars canon – such as the cru­cial bat­tles on Hoth or En­dor. Later DLC packs were made avail­able and fea­ture a fierce bat­tle on Jakku (an event that’s ref­er­enced in TheForceAw­ak­ens), as well as skir­mishes in Cloud City, the Death Star and on Scarif, which fea­tures heav­ily in the movie RogueOne.

What makes this game stand out from other StarWars bat­tle sims is its im­pres­sive au­dio design, some­thing which was it­er­ated on for Bat­tle­front’s se­quel that ar­rived in 2017. Much like the ‘clas­sic’ Bat­tle­front games, you can play as he­roes like Han Solo and Luke Sky­walker, and take part in in­tense space bat­tles. These dog­fights are particular­ly thrilling and where we spend most of our time play­ing the game. n

“What makes this game stand out from other bat­tle sims is its im­pres­sive au­dio design”

ABOVE En­dor is just one of the many fa­mous bat­tle lo­ca­tions to fea­ture. BE­LOW In­tense dog­fights be­tween X-wings and TIE fight­ers are thrilling.

ABOVE Go­ing over to the Dark side to be­siege the Rebel base on snowy Hoth was just one high­light.

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