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The gameplay variety is second to none with a good cross referencing of gameplay genres. You can also expect some surprises, as some famous playable Star Wars characters make an appearance. May this game be with you.
GamingExcellence (Nov 14, 2007)
Overall, Renegade Squadron is a solid title that brings great graphics and sound together with stealthy load times and seamless multiplayer. Renegade Squadron is a game that holds more value and novelty for Star Wars fans; others won’t be as impressed by the detail and may see this as a short-lived battle sim.
GameTrailers (Oct 16, 2007)
Although not everything works perfectly in Renegade Squadron, the most important feature in the game--the online multiplayer--is great. If you’re interested in the single-player content, you will come away disappointed, even with all of the different gameplay modes. Without online play this would be a hollow shell of a game. With it, you’re in for one great time on your PSP.
Is Renegade Squadron the next big hit for the PSP? No, not really. It is a must have though, with the insane amount of personalization and great multiplayer fun. The poor AI and incredibly short campaign will make it boring quickly, but the online play gives a new meaning to portable gaming. Find a wireless connection and jump on.
GameSpot (Oct 09, 2007)
This is, truly, the game Battlefront II should have been--it's fun, it's full-featured, and most importantly, it's online. If you felt that its predecessor was lacking a few things, you'll find Renegade Squadron fills in many of the missing pieces.
GameZone (Oct 15, 2007)
Star Wars Battlefront fans will certainly find a lot to like about Renegade Squadron and, even though the controls can be a bit frustrating at times, all the changes and fun game modes make this one worth a look. It’s a bit hard to really look past some of the issues that befall the game thanks to the PSP limitations but with a fun multiplayer mode and plenty of game modes to play, Star Wars fan boys and girls will not want to miss this one.
Game Over Online (Oct 22, 2007)
With the presence of a story-based campaign mode and full online support for both Ad-Hoc and Infrastructure, Renegade Squadron atones for many of the mishaps of the PSP version of Star Wars Battlefront II. The singleplayer portion is a little on the shallow side, what with the brief campaign and the one-night stand nature of the Galactic Conquest mode, but the multiplayer portion is ripe with replay value and the character customization is a great addition. In the end, Star Wars fans should be very pleased.
GamerDad (Oct 24, 2007)
The ground and space combat have both been improved from the original, but you will still be dealing with controls that will frustrate you more than necessary - especially compared to other shooters and air combat games. Aside from that, this game is wonderful fun and packed with gameplay. Jump into the action, play through the story, conquer the universe, or engage in 16 player battles. All of it is fun, and this is more than just the best portable Star Wars game yet - it is the best multiplayer shooter to date. It is an easy recommendation to fans of shooters, Star Wars, and multiplayer romps.
Fragland.net (Dec 16, 2007)
For the people that loved Star Wars Battlefront 2 on the PSP this is a great buy. If you didn’t like its predecessor, then you might want to try it out before you get it since this game adds a lot of new content like a singleplayer mode and several other features.
IGN (Oct 05, 2007)
Is it perfect? No, not by a long shot, but the blah graphics and love-it or hate-it gameplay are overshadowed by the customization options, extensive online modes and the satisfaction that comes from taking out an AT-AT while on foot.
Jolt (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
With more than a dozen planets to fight on, plus the space battles above several of them, and the large selection of weapons, kits and vehicles, Renegade Squadron goes a long way to provide you with the kind of variety and longevity you look for in a game like this. And if you have the benefit of wi-fi access, jumping into an online skirmish is a great way to fill five or ten or forty-five minutes. The controls take some getting used to, and there isn’t the same satisfying sense of skill you’d find using a full-sized system, but provided you can live with the fact that this is a slightly lame version of a much bigger game series, there’s enough good in Renegade Squadron to justify the purchase for both Star Wars and shooter fans alike.
Star Wars Battlefront fans will certainly find a lot to like about Renegade Squadron even despite the controls shortcomings. And although the single player mode is bit on the lean side the multiplayer modes more than make up for it. I had a blast online and it really opened up the game in terms of challenge and fun. Overall, Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron is a pretty solid title and it should not be overlooked by any gamer, from fans of the Star Wars saga to gamers who just happen to own a PSP.
PlayFrance (Oct 19, 2007)
Il aura fallu attendre deux longues années avant que la PSP ne reçoive un Star Wars Battlefront digne de ce nom. Certes, le jeu est avant tout réservé aux adeptes du jeu en ligne, la faute à une campagne solo un peu courte et à une intelligence artificielle des bots discutable, mais les parties en ligne se révèlent vraiment plaisantes et il n'est pas très difficile ces jours-ci de rassembler 16 joueurs sur une même partie. Si vous aimiez la série dans sa version PS2 et étiez à la recherche d'un équivalent portable, Renegade Squadron est fait pour vous !
NZGamer (Oct 18, 2007)
When the battle’s done with and the bodies are rotting where they fell, Star Wars Battlefront is still at heart ‘Battlefield for Star Wars fans’ - and that’s what makes it great.
Mobile Tech Review (Jan, 2008)
Renegade Squadron offers exciting missions with multiple gameplay modes, as well as a variety of characters, weapons, and other rewards you can earn. The only problem is that experienced gamers will probably finish the game while they are still just beginning to learn about these rewards, making the game too short or repetitive to provide any motivation to seek out the rewards. The game is best suited to those who either do a lot of multiplayer gaming, or don’t particularly mind a short game (or just aren’t very good at gaming), but people concerned with getting the very best value for their money might prefer to move on to other games.
Console Obsession (Nov 22, 2007)
I was going to preface this review with a few sober, state-of-the-nation paragraphs on the PSP and its relationship with other consoles. Phrases like ‘competitive, high-end alternative’, ‘marketing formula/development strategy’ and ‘chocolate teapot’ were due to make an appearance. Then I remembered I was reviewing a Star Wars game.
Pocket Gamer UK (Oct 11, 2007)
Overall, though, the mediocre presentation and limited Campaign are the only shortcomings in what is overwhelmingly a compelling title due to engaging action and well-designed multiplayer modes. Not quite a must-have, true, but certainly a worthy addition to the Star Wars universe.
GameSpy (Oct 10, 2007)
To be honest, though, the space battles always felt secondary in Battlefront. It's the foot-based missions that people play this game for. And to be more specific, it's the multiplayer foot-based missions that are enjoyable. You'll have even more fun with the multiplayer mode when you start messing around with the fairly extensive custom character creator. Not only can you change your fighter's appearance, but you can also outfit them with the ideal set of weapons and items to match your fighting style. It's too bad that Renegade Squadron's single-player experience is over so soon, but think of it as training for the hours you're bound to spend online.
GamePro (US) (Oct 10, 2007)
Despite its shortcomings, Renegade Squadron remains an enjoyable third person shooter. The variety of content and options more than carry its somewhat shallow and repetitive gameplay and unimpressive visuals. If you don't mind a somewhat simplistic third person shooter and are a Star Wars fan you could do much worse than Renegade Squadron.
If you are looking for a handheld multiplayer experience, and are willing to tolerate some control aggravations, you may want to take a gander at Renegade Squadron. But if your desire lies anywhere outside of this, these are not the droids you are looking for. Move along.
GamePlasma (May 07, 2008)
Despite its shortcomings in certain areas, such as a slow single player campaign and often confusing controls, Renegade Squadron still brings in a good time. If you’re looking to kill time, then this might just be what you’re looking for. It’s short and easy to fly through. The multiplayer will be what keeps you around for more playing time. This is a solid effort for the series, and should be interesting if a sequel is announced down the road.
Eurogamer.fr (Oct 24, 2007)
C’est profondément frustrant. Certaines idées sont géniales, la présentation est top et les options innombrables, mais rien de tout cela ne contribue à donner au jeu une véritable profondeur et une longévité décente. Si vous n’attendez rien d’autre du combat en ligne que des duels désordonnés sur des cartes à peine correctes et des missions faciles ou que conduire des véhicules lourdingues et tirer sur des robots imbéciles, Renegade Squadron vous satisfera pleinement. Si vous espériez en revanche que la série Battlefront allait enfin exploiter son indéniable potentiel, il vous faudra attendre encore. Cela mérite un peu plus que la moyenne et rien d’autre.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 12, 2007)
It's deeply frustrating. There are some great ideas in here, the presentation is top-notch and the options are plentiful, but none of these good intentions add up to a game of any real depth or longevity. If your expectations for online skirmish gaming involve simply rampaging around some half-decent maps, performing basic tasks, driving clunky vehicles and blasting brain-dead bots, then Renegade Squadron will deliver all you need. If, however, you've been hoping the Battlefront series might finally deliver on its undeniable potential you'll just have to keep waiting. This is above average, but nothing more.
videogamer.com (Oct 15, 2007)
This will be good fun for Star Wars fanatics who want to see how Renegade Squadron fits in with the overall Star Wars story, and the game's best feature - online multiplayer - should keep most entertained for a good few hours. But this isn't an essential PSP purchase.
Gamervision (Dec, 2007)
Multiplayer is much, much better. It still isn’t nearly as good as the Playstation 2 or PC Battlefront games but it tries its hardest. Plagued by all of the problems listed above this game falls far short. If the PSP is your chosen platform and you are in love with Star Wars this could be for you, but everyone else is best renting this puppy.
AceGamez (2007)
Star Wars: Battlefront Renegade Squadron is one third an excellent game, one third a terrible game and one third a passable game… shaky and not stirring! What the game does well (Galactic Conquest, the general on-foot blasting) it does very well, but when the game falls down it just can't get up, with unplayable space levels and a repetitive and simply boring story mode. At times I really enjoyed it, but then later I would be pulling my hair out with a frustrated rage at the uncooperative controls and terrible game construction. If you can adjust to the controls then the Star Wars universe is lovingly recreated and here to be a part of - but if not, you're left with a horribly frustrating gameplay experience that will leave you feeling like Anakin after Obi-Wan lopped off all his limbs and set him on fire. The best advice I can offer is that if you have any choice at all, pick the PC or console versions over this half-broken PSP effort.
Gamestyle (Nov 13, 2007)
For fans of the first two Battlefront games there is plenty here to enjoy. The single player is a limited experience which will disappoint most, but for those with access to the online features then Renegade Squadron is well worth the asking price.
PCMag.com (Dec 13, 2007)
In Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, you're a member of the Rebel Alliance gathered by Han Solo, and you fight your way through the galactic empire. You'll visit an assortment of locales, including the Valley of the Sith on Korriban, as well as participate in visually stunning dogfights in outer space. The gameplay on land is not as brisk as those in space, but is exhilarating nonetheless. The big kudos here is that the game features a robust online model where players can team up or compete with fans all over the world via Wi-Fi.
Game Revolution (Dec 10, 2007)
In the end, it’s the customized character loadouts and the chaos of a fully-manned (or fully-womanned, as unlikely as that may be) multiplayer game - not to mention the still-rousing Star Wars audioscape - that make Renegade Squadron. The single-player campaign is on the short side and the AI definitely isn’t the most tricked-out droid in the sandcrawler, but the medal-unlock challenges and multiplayer definitely give this shooter some space-legs.
1UP (Oct 09, 2007)
The campaign mode is the best yet in the series (let's just ignore the lack of challenge and short length for a moment). It further separates Battlefront from the Battlefield games it originally ripped off. The missions are now more than just endless "capture the command post" runs. In one chapter, you have to protect Chewbacca while he's making some repairs. In another, you have to draw the Emperor's attention by busting up his personal collection of statues. Wait...what? OK, the individual missions may not all be epic, but the side story of this renegade squadron (whose tale weaves in and out of the events from the original movies) is one worth seeing through. (Hey, you can be done by lunchtime.)
Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron is a real disappointment. Sure, it has a crack at offering the infrastructure support for multiplayer that its predecessor was lacking, but it falls short in so many areas – graphics, gameplay and fun factor. A key element of a multiplayer-centric game such as Renegade Squadron is ensuring that the player experiences a high level of enjoyment during those first few matches – if you do not catch a player’s interest early on then the whole multiplayer element of the game will be lost to them. Renegade Squadron really failed to do that for us – there are a handful of good ideas such as character customization, but the game offers little depth, controls very poorly and looks awful. That said, it is possible that some players might find greater enjoyment than we did in the title – just keep in mind that it is the very definition of average.
The Video Game Critic (Feb 05, 2008)
If you've played the previous Battlefronts, Renegade doesn't even feel like more of the same - it feels like much less.

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