#5 Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)

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  • Original release year: 2015
  • Consoles: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

A new Star Wars film came out less than 3 weeks ago. It was awesome. If you disagree, you’re wrong and that’s just a fact (just like it’s a fact that the prequel trilogy is absolutely terrible). Sure, it rehashed a few old plot elements, sure, it relied on nostalgia a lot, but boy was it fun ride from start to finish.

So, of course, they had to release a Star Wars themed game around the same time as the film in order to capitalise on its release and Battlefront is what we got.

This is a controversial choice. I can hear it now; the screams of Star Wars fans, gamers, fans of the classic original Battlefront games roaring at me. “How can you rate this game?”, “It’s a rip off”, “It’s a DLC pumping scam”, “it’s boring”, “there’s no real single player mode”.

Yes, I know all that. You know what, though? I kind of don’t care. The Battlefront games were never about the single player experience, the focus was always on the awesome multiplayer. Sure, a solo player mode added longevity and gave you something to play if you didn’t want to play multiplayer, but it also was kinda bland. “Go here”, “Destroy these” etc.  Battlefront was always about recreating the kind of epic battles you see in the Star Wars films and allowing you to be a part of those battles. In that respect, the 2015 edition of Battlefront absolutely nails it.

At the time of writing (and keep in mind, I’m writing this in early January), Battlefront has two main areas of play; the multiplayer modes (allowing up to 40 players) and the single player/local multiplayer mode, which consists of a few training missions and wave battles. As stated earlier, the multiplayer is the meat and bones. There’s been one piece of free DLC (again, I say this in early January 2016), Battle of Jakku, adding two new maps and a new multiplayer mode.

There are quite a few multiplayer modes to play and they’re all a lot of fun to play. Undoubtedly, my favourite is the Walker Assault, transporting the players right into one of the of the most famous set-pieces in the Star Wars franchise. Featuring the series’ most iconic vehicle types and allowing lucky, select players to be able to assume the role of a legend like Luke Skywalker temporarily is a stroke of genius. Essentially, this is the showcase mode that amalgamates all the most awesome aspects of Battlefront together into one incredible mode.

It doesn’t get much better than this for Star Wars fans.

Other multiplayer modes are also great to play. There’s the heroes villains, round-based, mode, featuring a team of heroes vs a team of villains, with one member having the opportunity to play as a legendary character, such as Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker. If you fancy taking the fight to the sky, there’s the Fighter Squadron mode. There’s also team deathmatches, capturing based modes and plenty of other match types to try.

Star Wars: Battlefront looks stunning. It looks incredible, to be honest. This is a game that absolutely NAILS the Star Wars atmosphere. I also like the fact that it’s aimed a little more at the ‘casual’ gamer. It’s less competitive-based and more just about picking up and playing. The downside to Battlefront is that it is undoubtedly a little bit shallow in its current state and lacks content, BUT if you want to play a game that really makes you feel like you are in the centre of a huge battle in a Star Wars movie, this is the game for you. If you’re a fan of Star Wars and sustain the thrill of reliving your favourite battles from the franchise, then this may just be the game for you.

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