Star Wars fever is upon us with Episode 7, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening next month. As many fans including myself starts consuming all things Star Wars in anticipation for the movie, Electronic Arts and DICE brings to Star Wars fans the perfect holiday present, a game called Star Wars Battlefront.
At first I was hesitant about popping the disc into my PlayStation 4 as well, I am extremely bad at First Person Shooter (FPS) games for the console. Give me a mouse and keyboard any day I always tell my gaming friends. But that familiar Star Wars opening sequence claimed me as I took up my DualShock 4 controller and tried out the tutorials. Not that I need them as I have already played the open beta weeks ago but that was on the PC and now it’s on a totally new control environment.
Thankfully the tutorial went without a hitch with me even getting the credits for the 2nd and 3rd tier objectives and I have to say that it isn’t as bad as I expected it to be. Not that its easier than the traditional fps keyboard and mouse setup but Star Wars Battlefront doesn’t penalise you so much if you are a bad shot (like me) as compared to the other hardcore FPS games in the market. Somehow accuracy regardless of how you shoot your blaster seems almost if not the same and this helps a lot especially for those new to FPS with the controller.
In fact I find it easier to control the vehicles with the controller than the keyboard and mouse so flying the X-Wing, controlling the AT-ST and even the speeder bikes were an ease. I guess you can guess which tutorial modes I got the most credits from. I even had a top kill with the Fighter Squadron modes flying both the X-Wing and the Tie Fighter although somehow I never got a chance to pick up the Hero power up before.
Feeling a little more adventurous, I went back to Hoth. Yes, the planet of icy cold where the Galactic Empire side would steam roll the Rebels no matter what. Sure I won 2 rounds on the Rebels side and the developers also admitted some balancing can be done to even out the playing field.
Well for my game, the Rebels won with me playing a part by getting into the T-47 airspeeder or snowspeeder and bringing the Imperial AT-AT down with its harpoon and tow cable. Yup it was diffidently a good idea to finish the tutorials where you get to practice doing this. But more so on the experience of shooting with the DualShock 4 controller wasn’t that bad at all. Maybe it my muscle memory from my Destiny days that helped or somehow things just felt more natural the more I play (and failed as I did missed a backstab point blank shot before).
Graphics and Sound wise, Star Wars Battlefront feels like reliving the good old George Lucas Star Wars Episode 4 to 6 again. Hoth is as icy cold harsh as I remember from The Empire Strikes Back, The Millennium Falcon is as good looking sleek as I remember when I first watched A New Hope and the X-Wings are still my favourite from the whole series. Sure it didn’t look as pretty as on my PC with a powerful Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme and an i7 Intel CPU and 16GB of ram, but when the battle starts and Dath Vader himself starts swinging his red lightsaber at me, pretty graphics take lower priority and keeping myself alive takes over.
Overall Star Wars Battlefield is for every Star Wars fan out there. Sure it will not be hardcore enough for the level grinders (not that there isn’t but it feels less grindy) or the tactical fans as there is no squad movement. But its accuracy to the celebrated space opera franchise by George Lucas and its forgiving game mechanics will make this a good buy for the Holidays. Just remember to top up your PlayStation Plus Account as the fun is where the multiplayer is.
Now to get me some headphones for the PlayStation 4 so that I don’t wake the whole family up with Blaster sounds, Tie Fighter Roars and Lightsaber swings!
Ratings: 4 out of 5 Stars
By Kenneth Wong
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