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Battlefront is a very nice (looking) game by electronic arts
Battlefront is a very nice (looking) game
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Star Wars: Battlefront: the review

Author: Ethan Butterfield – Contributor

I’m doing a Star Wars review one way or another! Ahem…I mean, hey everyone! Well, while the new Star Wars movie is out breaking records, I’m going to be talking about a game that broke my sense of wonder in half and proceeded to grind it into dust with the heel of its boot. I speak of none other than Star Wars: Battlefront. (Available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One).

There has been a lot of news surrounding the latest entry of the Battlefront series, most of it ‘meh.’ I, on the other hand, feel… well, I also feel kinda ‘meh’ about it too. It’s a great game and all, but when push comes to shove, I wish there was just a little more shove. On one hand, the content is dry, the customization is laughable, the maps are bare to almost nonexistent and the ‘Heroes and Villains’ you get to play as are in short supply.

On the other hand, though, I’ll be damned if it isn’t one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever seen. The look and feel of game is amazing and it does a great job of making you believe that you’re in the thick of it during an enemy attack or when you’re dogfighting in an X-Wing. I’m actually a little ashamed to admit that I felt some joy begin to warm my cold, bitter heart.

If you’re thinking of picking up the game, there are some pretty good and not-so-good modes to look forward to. The ones I had a blast with were ‘Heroes vs. Villains,’ even if there was a lack of both. ‘Blast,’ which is your standard ‘Team Deathmatch’ mode is pretty fun, too. If you’re looking for chaos, though, I recommend trying out ‘Supremacy’ and ‘Fighter Squadron,’ two incredibly hectic matches that’ll have you looking for cover faster than Pod Racing at Boonta Eve.

However, the not-so-good modes I’m going to mention are ‘Hero Hunt’ and ‘Droid Run.’ Now it’s not that these two aren’t entertaining in their own way, it’s just they require a quite a fair amount of skill. This especially goes for ‘Hero Hunt,’ a mode in which you play as either a regular soldier or a hero from the Star Wars universe. The objective is to get as many points as possible by either taking down the hero or taking out soldiers. The problem that comes into play is that when the person who’s the hero is very good as the hero, you have little-to-no chance of winning the mode. All in all, though, the modes are fairly good for what they bring to the table.

So, do I recommend Star Wars: Battlefront? No, no I do not. Because behind all the nice-looking wallpaper, it’s a game that was designed in a corporate setting to sell to fans of a beloved series for the highest dollar. This was not a gesture of love; this was a gesture of greed. And I bought in like everyone else who purchased it. Although, if you do like nice looking wallpaper, then by all means. Its available now for $79.99… plus tax of course.

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