ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Ken McDonnell

Star Wars: Battlefront was released to average review scores in November of last year. Though the title is sensationally beautiful and recreates the Star Wars universe like never before in the history of video games, it is a limited and mediocre affair. There simply aren't enough maps, modes, or battle variations, especially when it's compared with the Battlefront games of years before.

And yet, when EA comes out and announces a weekend of double XP, I'm suddenly intrigued. This news follows a successfully completed Community Mission, where players were asked to complete three million daily challenges. EA announced that the community surpassed that goal, completing over four million challenges. But why do I still take part in these events?

What Is The Draw Of DICE's Mediocre Star Wars: Battlefront?

Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Battlefront

This double XP weekend is the result of players' success and it comes at the perfect time to "get your special someone a copy of Star Wars Battlefront, and lovingly help them reach level 50." Sure, EA... But why does this still interest me? Why am I going to make an effort to play Star Wars: Battlefront over the weekend, even though I'm trying to balance my time between X-COM 2, [Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4](tag:3755113) and Unravel (all of which are better games)?

Don't Even Mention The DLC...

Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Battlefront

And then comes the allure of future DLC packs. WHY DO I CARE? Why do I feel the need to buy every weapon variation, every Star Card, level them all up to gold and then continue playing? I don't play games like this. I hated the grind in Destiny, I barely dabble in Call Of Duty with Black Ops 3, and I've never been one for multiplayer ventures at all.

Yet time and time again, I return to DICE's [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021) and I look forward to the release dates of future DLC expansions. Am I the only one in this position? Does anyone else feel the allure but know that the game isn't all that great? Is this a common phenomenon with multiplayer shooters?! I'm at a loss here!

Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Battlefront

I acknowledge that the Star Wars universe has kept me engaged for a lot longer than it should have with Battlefront. If this wasn't a Star Wars game, I'd have stopped playing a long time ago. But it's gone beyond mere Star Wars love.

I'm in it for the upgrades, the thrill of the battles, the fight for the top of the scoreboard. Star Wars: Battlefront still has me hooked, and I dislike that it does. But I suppose I'll see you all on the battlefront on this Valentine's double XP weekend...


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