Okay, this may not go down so well, but [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021) is NOT the Star Wars game you were looking for.
Or at least, not the game I was looking for. Sure, it looks pretty, plays smoothly and makes me feel like I’m part of the galaxy. But it’s flawed. Heavily flawed.
I don’t mind that it feels like a Call of Duty or Battlefield rip-off. It plays well, so no qualms with that. But it IS a rip-off. Ever since I opened it on release day, I’ve queried my decision to invest £45 of my hard-earned money on it.
It doesn’t help that, next to my Darth Vader miniature helmet, lies my PlayStation 2. The big, black, chunky one. With the original Star Wars Battlefront game inside it. And the sequel in its box on top of it.
Now those old games were the bomb. I never tired of falling into the Rancor’s pit at Jabba’s Palace, hovering across the stormy skies of Kamino as Obi-Wan Kenobi and leading the charge as Chewbacca on Kashyyyk. It was fun. Never-ending, homework-dodging fun.
The new game is graphically spectacular but lacks the magic of the old. Those games, Battlefront 1 and 2, were the real deal. It was all about being your heroes, on your favourite planets. It wasn’t about spraying bullets at some cocky nine-year-old online.
I don’t say that because I’m bad at it. There have been times where my PS4 username makes the awards list at the end, with my prowess with a blaster seeing me make the podium. The simple fact is, the game is not good enough.
Hoth, Jakku, Tatooine, Endor and Sullust. Five planets. All, with the exception of Jakku and Sullust, visited before. Sure, things were more pixelated back then, but that’s the way I liked it.
The game modes are enjoyable, for the most part. But, barring Supremacy, Walker Assault and Heroes v Villains, the rest are all rather pointless. Not Star Warsy enough for me. Did you ever see Han Solo have to save a pointless, sluggish droid? Okay…but you get my gist.
I want a game where I’m Luke against Darth Vader, where I’m Anakin against Obi-Wan on Mustafar and when I’m Obi-Wan surviving General Grievous’ four arms. Until I get it, no Star Wars game will suffice. Sorry EA, but you’ve failed Battlefront.