Hands-On Preview: Star Wars Battlefront on PS4
The Force is strong with this one. The Empire is unstoppable in Star Wars: Battlefront on the PS4 and there was nothing I could do to stop it.
As a die-hard Star Wars fan, I think it’s safe to say Star Wars: Battlefront is one of my most anticipated games of 2015. The idea playing a role in perhaps most memorable battle of Star Wars history is a dream come true and my E3 demo did not disappoint one bit.
Battlefront does an amazing job of bringing the Star Wars to life.
We needed to take down the colossal AT-AT walkers from destroying our power generators. Since the Walkers are immune from most conventional firepower we needed to activate two satellite uplinks which allow us to defend from Imperial forces. The the longer you have uplinks activated the more damage your AI controlled Y-Wings can unload payloads of bombings on the approaching walkers.
I had two loadouts to choose from, one with gear designed for fighting infantry and the other for taking out vehicles. I was partial to the build with the jetpack since that let me zip in and out of the snow trenches in order to get the jump on some Imperial scum. Other gear includes thermal detonators, personal shields, and rockets. The demo I was playing had some severe aim assist on and it seemed like every opponent I came across was a pretty amazing shot.
As the Empire was pushing closer and closer to our base, I was able to pilot an A-Wing in hopes bringing down this goliath with a well place tow cable. Vehicles like X-Wings and Tie Fighters require you to pick up tokens sprinkled on the battlefield in order to get transported inside the cockpit. Flying starships took some getting used since the left joystick controlled your thrust while the right controlled your pitch and yaw.
I couldn’t quite figure out how to get my tow cable to take down the Walker so I did the next best and crashed into it. I tried to go out in a blaze of glory but instead I did a great job of disappointing my teammates.
The player seated next to me was doing well enough to control Luke Skywalker and it looked like for a moment we were going to turn the tide of battle. Heros work the same way they did in previous Battlefront games. That was until the Imperial player inside the AT-AT called down an orbital strike right on the Jedi Master’s head.
Looks like the Force really can’t help you against giant space lasers.
The Imperials marched and took the base in a landslide victory. Clearly the Imperial players had way better coordination and common sense which are the two things you need for a win.
I did find it strange that this felt more like a Battlefield game then a true Battlefront sequel. Even with a giant battlefield with a lot going things did fell smaller in scope. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, perhaps it was the player count of just 40 seemed a little small when something like Battlefield 4 supports such higher numbers. Perhaps this was the right number that DICE could work with in order to get Battlefront to run as smooth as possible.
Even with that mind, fighting Snowtroopers inside of a trench while try to avoid being bombarder with laser fire from Tie Fighters was an exhilarating experience that will put a smile on any Star Wars fan’s face. Even with this brief demo, I got the feeling that DICE has got something truly stellar on their hands and not just a Star Wars mod for Battlefield.
Star Wars: Battlefront releases November 17th 2015 on the PS4, Xbox One and PC.