Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Battlefront Follow-Up

Now that I've had more time with Battlefront I really need to follow up on my initial impressions.  While I still think this is a must-have for Star Wars fans I'm also starting to see the limitations of the game.

Don't get me wrong, it still gives an amazing sense of place and of being in the Star Wars universe.  When I need a quick fix for Star Wars this is an easy game to reach for.

But from a gameplay standpoint as a shooter... it doesn't have the same refined qualities as a game like Destiny, Halo, or Call of Duty.  The progression system is too slow and doesn't give enough options.  There are only 4 big maps, and they're cut up into smaller maps for different game types.  So while they say there are something like 16 maps... it's really just 4 tilesets and you'll quickly start to recognize parts of maps within different game types.

I'm also a bit disappointed with the single player offerings.  There are a few missions and survival mode... but they just aren't that fun solo.  Luckily they can be played co-op, which is a lot of fun.  But if you want to sit down for some non-competitive Star Wars action solo there isn't a lot here for you.

There are a lot of game modes, but most of them aren't that fun.  At this point I'm basically only playing three.  Walker Assault and Squadron modes are amazing.  They're a ton of fun.  When I need to break it up I jump over to Heroes vs Villains mode and take control of some of the special characters.  None of the other modes really clicked with me.

I'm still loving being in the Star Wars universe.  And I know that they're adding new maps and new abilities to the game for free as time goes on.  Jakku is the first new map being added and it comes out this week.  I'm interested to see what else they add for free before they kick off their season pass.

I'm also cautiously optimistic about the season pass.  Depending on how much content it adds I might pick it up.  If they use the season pass to actually add Galactic Conquest mode back into the game I'll probably have to buy it.  That's where almost all my time went in the original Battlefront games on PS2 and Xbox.

I don't regret my purchase at all, I just love Star Wars so much.  But I wanted to temper my initial enthusiasm because if you aren't as big of a Star Wars fan as me you could easily be disappointed with the amount of content in this game.


  1. Hit the nail on the head--it is a quick, fun thing to blow stuff up amd get blown up in wrapped in a Star Wars fan blanket. Never wanted more than that out of it, and it absolutely delivers there.

    What would have been nice is the game to be beefier for those whose entire gaming life cebters on shooters. Feels like most of the consternation directed at the title is because of that.

    Also, it remains hip to hate EA.

    1. Like I mentioned, I don't regret my purchase at all. But, if the shooting were tighter and the progression system more interesting I could easily see this game taking over all my gaming hours for a long time.