Review by Nick_GE

"Who knew war could be so awesome?"

I'm a HUGE Star Wars fan, so I was anxious for this game. After getting it, I was slightly disappointed. That's not to say the game is bad, but it's still not as good as many Star Wars fans would have hoped.

The infantry gameplay is that of a standard third-person shooter. Run, jump, shoot, zoom, the basics. Primary and secondary weapons can be changed at the press of a button, which is nice. Naturally, the class you pick defines what you'll be doing. For example, if you pick the Pilot class, chances are you don't plan on doing much on-foot fighting. Speaking of piloting, the vehicular combat is quite impressive. The vehicles and starfighters all handle quite well, and the fact that firing the weapons will overheat them balances the whole thing out.

The presentation of Battlefront is spectacular. All of the music comes from the movies, and the game even includes movie clips in the Historical Campaign mode. The audio always seems to fit the moment. Graphics aren't really a big problem either. Everything looks smooth for the most part, and the vehicle models, along with the class models, look pretty good. The environments all look like their movie set counterparts, which is also a plus. Weapon effects are nice to see as well. The only thing I can really complain about is the Jedi models, which look decent, at best.

Needless to say, the main draw of Battlefront is it's online play. The game supports 16 players on a non-dedicated server, and most games run at a playable speed. However, a fair share of the games are choppy and sluggish. Even under ideal conditions, the game will occasionally lag as well. But even through lag and all, the game is still a blast to play online. Organizing an assault on an enemy command post is definitely an experience to remember.

Now that all the good things of the game are out in the open, let's talk about some things that could have been better. The fact that the game only supports 2 players per console is DEFINITELY an annoyance, especially if you've got several friends over at once. Also, the game doesn't support Xbox LIVE guests, which is also annoying. Speaking of online, the game could have used some fine-tuning on the lagginess (as mentioned before) and could have benefited from a couple more game modes (all that is here is the "capture the command point" mode). Deathmatch, CTF, etc. would have been nice. Also, a few different controller configurations would have been nice, since not everyone likes the classic TPS controls. The maps could stand to be larger as well. Also, once you're done with the 2 main game modes, there isn't much incentive to go through again.

Now if you're a hardcore Star Wars fan and have Xbox LIVE, you shouldn't even be reading this. Go buy this game NOW. But if you're a casual gamer with no online capabilities and you're just looking for a quick fix, you might want to consider something else.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 05/02/05

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