In A Galaxy, Far, Far Away. (Cue Star Wars Theme)
I have always been an avid Star Wars fan. I remember my young days in Canton Illinois, as my father, Eric, explained to me the concept of Return of the Jedi, the Force, and the balance between good and evil. I was about 7 or 8 years old when I seen my first lightsaber, and heard Yoda speak in his usual riddle style, often perplexing Luke Skywalker.
Ever since, I have followed the scene religiously, seeing every movie, buying action figures until my mid-teens (because let’s face it, a guy with a house full of action figures is a little creepy), and most importantly, playing every single Star Wars video game I could get my hands on.
I have been team Playstation since the launch of the Playstation 1.
I remember when controllers went wireless, and began to have the “rumble” or vibrate motor. Star Wars games were plentiful on the PS2, and different experiences from flying aircraft to an in depth campaign mode were always keeping my imagination running.
I, like any self respecting geek, was super excited when Star Wars: Battlefront launched for Playstation 4.
The graphics looked amazing on the preview, and it promised a multiplayer mode in a vast universe setting with access to tie-fighters and x-wings.
I took advantage of my Playstation Plus subscription, and purchased the game via the Playstation store for $29.99, considerably less than retail, and launched the game.
The install process was long, taking about 45 minutes to initially download, then another 45 minutes to install, however, they had a mode where you could play as Darth Vader in what appeared to be an aircraft hanger, force choking and saber throwing your way through endless hordes of Rebel scum.
The lack of the ability to be killed during this mode became redundant, and I placed the controller on the couch, and tended to yard work while the game finished it’s install.
After the installation, I launched the mission mode, immediately expecting to be immersed in the nostalgic days of my youth, swinging lightsabers and saving the galaxy from the clutches of the Dark Side.
Much to my dismay, the missions have no actual basis in the game, but are more or less goal oriented with zero story line.
Furthermore you don’t start off playing as one of your favorite heroes or villains to save the galaxy.
You learn to fly an X-Wing, the controls are a bit different than Battlefield but I managed to get the hang of it and began destroying those pesky Tie-Fighters.
Crash and burn? No worries. In something out of the 1990’s you spend a heart to spend a life, and re-spawn where you left off.
Bored almost immediately with the lack of effort put in by the game’s story designers, I turned to multiplayer.
As an avid Battlefield fan, I could appreciate the use of airspace and vehicles as well as the cover options of the mountain terrains I played on. Again, however, You did not play as one of your heroes, but as a generic Rebel or StormTrooper, complete with blaster rifle.
Earning weapons with the stock battle rifle isn’t easy, and neither is getting a hang of the games mechanics.
The jumping is sub-par, and seems to be heavy on the gravity.
No lightsaber to do battle with takes away from the nostalgia factor, add on the “cards” or other weapons you earn shown in the bottom right hand corner, and you are left with a horrible sci-fi spin-off of Battlefield meets Call of Duty.
There are modes where you can play briefly as a hero or villain, until you die, and then you re-spawn again as JohnDoe RebelTrooper.
The game is rather glitchy as well.
On the Ice Caves map, I pressed the rush button towards a covered X-Wing ship and ended up going right through the orange tarp, and becoming stuck until Darth Vader found me and lightsabere’d me to death through a piece of metal.
The games controller functions are full of defects as well.
I played with multiple villains and heroes, on multiple controllers, and as I would hit the toggle to sprint, it would automatically use one of my cards that I was saving for battle, more often than not, the triangle card.
All in all, I look forward to the glitches being patched and it is a good way to kill time on a slow day, however I would rate this video game: 5/10