So, the game that’s been blowing peoples minds (in trailers at least) has finally landed a beta available now on PS4 but is it all it’s cracked up to be?
Now as an avid gamer and massive Star Wars fan, when the first trailer landed for Star Wars Battlefront, you know the one with the massive AT-AT foot, it’s safe to say I got a little excited. Well OK, massively excited.
So the beta is available now to download, there is no registration required, and it’s hanging around until 12 October so get in quick. There are three modes available to play. The incredible 40-player batter on Hoth Where you either have to protect the elephantine AT-AT walkers or call in some Y wing bombers to destroy them if you side with the rebels. This level really is non stop action, and as you can see from the video below, looks utterly incredible. Despite the looks though this is probably me being an utter noob but it can feel a little overwhelming. Expect lots of running around, being shot by other gamers who seem to have levelled up quicker than an express elevator.
The other mode is almost like a capture the flag. It’s called drop zone and sees pods landing on Sullest (not the most inspiring of levels). Here you must capture the pod before the other team, once captured you then have to find the next pod that will drop somewhere random, and capture that. I had more fun in this mode than the 40-player Hoth battle. It felt a little more refined and more accessible. Perhaps that could be because capture the flag is my favourite gameplay mode.
Finally there is some rudimentary single player mode (which can be played in co-op) these are survival missions set on Tatooine. Here it’s a basic case of surviving wave after wave of troops who vary in difficulty depending how far you get. I have to admit not the most exciting levels, but that’s mainly because you only get 5 waves in the beta, and the troop variation is minimal. A perfect place to get started however so you can learn the basics of the game.
A nice touch in both the multiplayer mode was the start with a partner option. This means you never need to re-spawn on the map alone again. Something I kind of hate because, well it makes you feel lonely and vulnerable and you never really felt like part of a team. That’s all changed now. Hit the start with a partner button and you’ll re-spawn behind a buddy and you can both go off and shoot imperial scum, and actually fell part of a bigger battle.
So Star Wars Battlefront is everything you expect. Epic battles on planets you know and love (and some you don’t) with vehicles, weapons, characters, sound effects and music that bring a warm glow to your Star Wars heart. The maps available on the beta are huge, especially Hoth. It really does need to be seen to be believed. Frostbite engine is definitely working over time here. All helped by the lag that the whole beta experience so far has been a smooth as Storm Troopers armour. I managed to get online first go with no lag or any glitches that to have plagued previous EA betas.
If I was to have one gripe, and perhaps it could be a major gripe, and that is it still feels just like Battlefield. Now I really enjoyed Battlefield 3 online and in single player. And this feels like nothing really has moved on since. The only draw back is that there is no single player campaign, which in my eyes is an essential addition to Battlefront. You see, playing the beta made me want to explore this beautiful Star Wars universe as part of a campaign. But instead you’re left with arena type maps (albeit huge ones) which is a little disappointing leaving you with the same old die – re-spawn – die – re-spawn gameplay which grinds so hard
I think it’s safe to say that if you love Star Wars and Battlefield multiplayer then you’re pretty much in your dream game. If you don’t like BF gameplay not even the sight of a giant AT-ST walker will change that.