Star Wars Battlefront is a game that needs no introduction and after a significant amount of playtime here is what I came to realize.
I am one of those lucky guys whose better half decided to buy Star Wars Battlefront as a birthday gift which she probably regrets by now, being stuck on the game for hours with zero capability of responding to any significant questions about nail polish and hair highlights colors. It is in my nature that any Star Wars-based game will get me addicted fast, even ones that are actually hilariously bad.
The first stage of addiction came along with the tutorial and single-player section of Star Wars Battlefront which seemed extremely engaging, but to be honest, that is not what I came for. After rushing through the tutorial, it was time to warm up that hardcore clicking finger (which by now operates like a built-in macro ) and dive into the dirty world of PvP. After a good while of playing, it was evident that the game’s features and characteristics can be divided into three major groups, Good, Bad and Ugly.
It is best to begin with what seemed like the best aspects of Star Wars Battlefront. The first positive value that I bumped into was the extremely fast game queueing system. Anytime a server join was initiated, it took literally seconds to join in the fun, even during nighttime. Hub-based shooters often have long, irritating queues that get us to impatiently stare at the monitor, waiting for an empty slot to appear.
The other major positive side of Star Wars Battlefront were the stunningly beautiful visuals. There was no way I would accept any setting other than Ultra, and it was well worth it. There are tons of other great features I can think of, such as the great variety of game modes and the Hero system.
In any game, people are bound to find something irritating and Star Wars Battlefront is not an exception. Fundamentally speaking, I am a sniper fan in any shooter, but this game is one of those rare cases where you will not be able to start off as a master of disguise who hides on top of a tree to snipe off wandering players. Eventually, you can unlock higher-range weapons, as well as a secondary one called Pulse Cannon which has an awkward charge-up time and a smelly cooldown, but it is currently a nuisance.
This is the most delicate section of this article and it is hard to describe it in a diplomatic way, so instead of beating around the bush it seems best just let it out. Cheaters are commonly found in many online games nowadays who often use third-party programs to gain an advantage over others. Star Wars Battlefront is one of the worst cases in terms of so-called ‘hack’ availability. Other than automatic aiming (Aimbot), some programs equip the cheaters with a ‘damage hack’. Yes, it sounds cheesy, and trust me, you do not want to meet those players that utilize a 1-shot-kill program. This seems like a common topic for players in-game, and you will rarely find a match where people do not complain about it.
Overall, Star Wars Battlefront is one of the best current online shooters out there, and EA keeps releasing updates and DLCs that really add to the experience. If you are a Star Wars fan or an FPS/TPS enthusiast, this might just be the right choice for you.