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Everything about this game screams Star Wars, from John Williams’ gorgeous score right down to the menus. Options abound as you can even choose between first and third person perspectives. And trust me; if you think the default third person view is cool, it ain’t got nothin’ on the first person view. I was blown away as a flood of memories came back to me when I jumped inside a turret on Hoth and saw an AT-AT lumbering towards our shield generator in that familiar, blue-tinted binocular view. It just felt so real I couldn’t help but laugh giddily until the first laser came tearing at me from the walker’s guns. Yipes! Despite the amount of options, the menu systems are easily navigable, proving that Pandemic spent some time on this game getting it right.
Als Star Wars Fan und Anhänger schneller Mehrspieler-Gefechte gefällt mir Battlefront ausgesprochen gut - teilweise sogar besser als das große Vorbild: Die Schlachten sind spannend, die Einheiten ausgewogen und die Steuerung tadellos. Schade ist nur, dass man Solo-Spielern nicht mehr bieten konnte - die Pseudo-Story mit recycelten Filmschnipseln begeistert mich ebenso wenig wie die oberflächliche Galaxie-Eroberung. Wer jedoch eh online oder im LAN zocken will, der kann bedenkenlos zugreifen!
Star Wars Battlefront is the game Star Wars fans have been waiting for and it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to massive online battles. While its single player game is seriously lacking a large number of things that could have made this game beyond spectacular, online is where you want to go when you want to experience real competition. Buy it if you’re a fan of the Star Wars franchise or like a great online game with an abundance of maps and scenarios straight from the films, you can’t go wrong with this one.
It's hard to do a franchise title right. It's especially hard if the franchise in question is the one that practically defined modern science fiction for millions upon millions of rabid fans. When a developer does handle Star Wars, it's necessary to create an authentic experience -- an obligation to ensure the franchise is being done justice. It's also necessary to ensure in-game events transpire similarly to how they played out in the films.
Pandemic has developed a title that hones in on the intensity and sheer size of the battles from both motion picture trilogies. War is waged on 10 different planets, including Hoth, Geonosis, Endor, and Revenge of the Sith’s Kashyyyk. Players have the freedom to choose who they’ll align themselves with in each of these conflicts. Naturally, vehicular units and personnel types vary by map. Players can pilot any vehicle, and upon death, can respawn as any trooper that they wish. In some cases, you may want a sniper. Other times you may need to fortify a base with someone wielding a rocket launcher. You really have to watch the battle unfold to determine the strategy that should be applied.
Star Wars: Battlefront is a team-based shooter game that will be thoroughly enjoyed by many hardcore Star Wars fans. Though the PC version is superior, this game offers an enjoyable experience and a new opportunity for people to play team-based games online. Nothing too new other than it being a new Star Wars game is delivered, this game is worthy of belonging in any PS2 gamers library of games.
Specifically geared towards multiplayer online play and spanning all six Star Wars films, Battlefront takes Battlefield 1942, slaps a Star Wars skin on it, and hurls you into team-based skirmishes where you are free to play on any side (Republic, Separatist, Rebel, or Empire) and pilot any vehicle from X-Wings and Spider Walkers to TIE Bombers and AT-ATs. And though heinous sitting-duck A.I. keeps the single-player experience a bit wan, waging galactic civil war over the internet with real live people destroys, despite slight technical flaws and cumbersome aerial vehicle controls.
While it's not without its problems (vehicles, for instance), Star Wars Battlefront is certainly one of the better games in the franchise's canon of titles. It's also one of the best online console games around, as the PS2 hasn't yet seen a large scale warfare games like this. Despite a few lags and slowdowns, the multiplayer action is always involving, and it gets pretty challenging when you're playing against a bunch of other humans. If you've got a PS2 online account, you owe it to yourself to give Battlefront a try. If you don't, you might just want to rent this one and buy the upcoming DVDs instead.
Even after all the hype, Battlefront manages to stand tall as a great game that does the best job we've yet seen of playing out the battles of the Star Wars movies. Though the game has some balance issues that may hurt its long term appeal, it's still likely to become a huge favorite online. But beware - if you don't have online access for your PS2, Battlefront probably isn't the game for you.
Overall, Star Wars: Battlefront delivers a satisfying team-based shooter experience that many hardcore Star Wars fans will probably enjoy greatly. Ironically, though the PC version of the game is technically the best, it also faces the stiffest direct competition, because to many PC shooter fans the game may come off as old hat. After all, aside from the Star Wars universe, Battlefront doesn't deliver anything PC players haven't seen before, even though it's a solid game in its own right. The console versions of the game--especially the Xbox version--might seem more fresh and appealing to their respective audiences, who don't have as many choices in online team-based shooters.
Some may yearn for a little more strategy from Battlefront, but this title may be as much fun as that time you set Chief Chirpa on fire in your garage.
Contrairement à la version PC, Star Wars Battlefront ne souffre d'aucune concurrence sur consoles. Le menu proposé est suffisamment complet et bien réalisé pour que les fans de Star Wars, comme les amateurs de grosses bastons online, se laissent tenter par la Force.
The best thing about Battlefront, though, is that it works so well online. Finding and joining a game is no problem for Xbox or PS2 owners. Both consoles are supported by dedicated servers, and finding a good game to jump into is usually a breeze. The Xbox supports up to 24 players per game with a dedicated or non dedicated host, which exceeds the PS2's max of 16.
Star Wars Battlefront ist ein gutes Spiel – daran besteht kein Zweifel. Doch so ganz überzeugen kann es nicht. Die Idee von actionhaltigen Multiplayer-Schlachten hat EAs Battlefield-Serie bereits salonfähig gemacht und beim Spielen fühlt man sich immer wieder an den Klassiker erinnert. Das Star Wars-Gefühl kann zwar einiges wieder davon auffangen, doch im Endeffekt spielt sich Battlefront wie ein guter Battlefield-Klon. Auch im Einzelspieler-Modus sind deutliche Parallelen spürbar: die KI ist zwar wesentlich besser als bei EAs Kandidat, doch immer wieder finden sich Momente, in denen man ob der Aktionen der eigenen Leute die Hände über dem Kopf zusammenschlägt. Dafür jedoch gibt es mit der galaktischen Eroberung einen leicht taktisch angehauchten Modus, der für mehr taugt als das pure Lernen der Karte. Technisch an alle Systeme gut angepasst, ohne wirklich in irgendeinem Punkt herausragend zu sein, kann man Battlefront durchaus empfehlen.
Upon loading up Battlefront for the first time you’ll likely be struck by two thoughts: Wow, this is a lot like being in the movie and Who the hell stuck a woman’s stocking over the camera? Seriously, go pull some pale nylons over your head and you’ll get an idea of the weird visual effect employed in Battlefront that most developers delving into their graphical toolbox have had the good sense to avoid. It doesn’t improve the visual quality any more than screwing up your eyes makes people more attractive, except by virtue of the fact that it’s harder to see.
Trots de många varianterna för en spelare blir det precis som i alla spel av den här typen för enahanda om man spelar ensam. Det är omöjligt att utnyttja de taktiska möjligheter som spelet erbjuder och det blir mest en enmansshow med lasergevär, där man egentligen knappt påverkar utgången av slagen. Men som en bland en trupp gamla rebellvänner som rycker fram genom Endors skogar eller som en av de 32 mänskliga passagerarna på en republikansk skyttel blir det en helt annan sak.