Review by Fastkilr
You can take the force and shove it up--your gaming collection!
If youve ever played games like Battlefront, you should know that the base of the game is its fast paced, heavy-hitting action. Even if youre buying for authenticity, its ok to admit that you are tired of long drawn out FMVs, and just want to get to the juicy fire-fights. Battlefront is an extremely linear game and wont last you much longer than a few days, which can be somewhat gratifying after playing endless seasons of Madden.
With games like Battlefront, one cannot help but wonder what a company like Lucas Arts was hoping to convey with a Star Wars game that was going to feature everything from the movies. The first thing Id want to know is why the game can be beaten in a little less than two hours, if you can do everything from the movies. Next Id try to find an incentive to make such a game--the whole Star Wars world is fortunately present, but there are so many things that couldve been added in that one cannot help but feel somewhat disappointed.
Featuring a Historical Campaign, and a Galactic Conquest, it would seem that the Single Player portion of the game might be somewhat hefty. After looking forward to beating this game multiple times upon its release, it wasnt easy for me to disregard the potential Battlefront had. Historical Campaign will take you through a series of missions which will force you to flip-flop between sides. This makes for an unbalanced game, and completely destroys any consistency in the story line. In Galactic Conquest, youll be taking on the opposition one planet at a time (two maps per planet.) This will take a while, and if the computer wins, then they have a chance to invade one of your planets, the points to obviously obtain all of them.
Once youve finally hit the battlefield, it appears that things are beginning to clear up, until you run into the deficient AI. In many instances your AI teammates will be running off in the games vehicles right before you have a chance to hop in, only to kill themselves in some sort of kamikaze effort (usually not involving the destruction of enemies!) Youll have to take the role of a general, and lead your troops through battle with a small series of commands. Unfortunately, your men dont exactly listen to you, and at times its best to stay at a good vantage point and play the role of sniper while your troops force a distraction.
After youve logged onto Xbox LIVE things become much better. Mixing a large number of humans mixed with CPUs will result in utter chaos when exchanging fire with another team, which actually makes for a lot of fun. Youll realize soon enough that if your characters class doesnt fit your playing style, then youre as good as dead on the battlefront. You can find a character that will suit your style, and a few of the units can hover around the levels on jet-packs which is good for aggressors.
At times the game will feel very linear and scripted, which means that youll be doing the same thing throughout every level of the game. The majority of the game consists of you striding from base to base, trying to capture specific areas over and over again, and theres no other variation. If this sounds extremely boring to you, then you could always kill off all of the enemies (it doesnt take long at all.) Even on Hard this game was far too easy, and it just didnt feel like a lot of liberties were taken to expand on an exciting idea.
Id advise you to get the Xbox version over the PS2 version due to its graphical differences. The Xbox version hardly ever has slow down in large areas with a lot of action either. Obviously the clear choice here for visuals is the PC, but for a console game Battlefront looks pretty spectacular. I dont think you can really go wrong with Star Wars music, so Id have to say its perfect, and just leave it at that. The sound effects are above par, and the voice-overs could use a little work.
Essentially there just isnt enough bang for your buck. Although it can become intense there just isnt enough content holding Battlefront together, and I cannot see it having much of a player base online in a couple years (which is the reason why youd get the game!) If youve been a Star Wars geek throughout your whole life, then your jaw will drop at the detail put into your favorite republic soldiers. In any case, Battlefront isnt a solid game, but it has a ton of replay value online.
Rating: 3.5 - Good
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