Saturday 17 March 2018

Star Wars Battlefront Beta - Let's Play!

Star Wars Battlefront - Rebels look to the skies
Star Wars Battlefront - Rebels look to the skies
Frank Whelan

Frank Whelan

The open beta for the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront is rumbling along right now. took it for a test drive.

Star Wars Battlefront has been a long time coming and thankfully it seems to have been worth the wait. There was always a certain amount of trust with DICE at the helm as developers.

Star Wars Battlefront - Darth Vader watches as an AT AT walks in the background
Star Wars Battlefront - Darth Vader watches as an AT AT walks in the background

The game looks fantastic, with massive battlefields seemlessly created while presenting fine details such as sunlight glistening on snow. In terms of sound, well, I don't think Star Wars has ever sounded so rich. There are sub-bass moments that demand a good set of sound systems. Everything is authentic to the series and the game play is a lot of fun.

To further sing the beta's praise, it's gone off without a hitch. Ubisoft's Rainbow Six: Siege beta was plagued by issues and when players eventually got access, well, the match-making was less than smooth. Here EA Games have done a great job. Everything is running smoothly and they're even on top of things on twitter, chatting about the beta to any randomer who tweets.

There are three modes available in the beta. Two multiplayer and one single player option.

Drop Zone is a race to capture and protect drop pods. It's a classic defend territory type game. The map feels like a battlefield cut into a huge rock, with open crater areas and ratways surrounded by steep walls. The landscape forces players to shift quickly from tense close-quarters moments in the trenches to more long distance crater moments where enemies can appear from all sides. The game here is pretty balanced and it's quite a common mode in shooters.

Walker Assault is a more unusual mode and works perfectly with the Star Wars universe we know. Set during an assault on Hoth, the Rebel Alliance team needs to activate and defend a number of uplinks. The uplinks allow Y-wing bombers to get a lock on the massive AT ATs that are walking steadily toward the rebel bass. Once the y-wings strike, the rebels then need to attack the AT ATs.
The imperial troops simply need to attack the uplinks and defend the AT ATs if they fail. This mode is heavily weighted towards the Empire. Rebels need to successfully achieve two objectives in a row in order to succeed, while the imperial forces simply need to keep attacking those uplinks.
The AT ATs are also incredibly strong, even a successful y-wing attack fails to them much.
A key point here is that playable Darth Vader and Luke Skywalkers can appear!

The final mode is survival. Alone. Always alone. Or with a partner. Survival Tatooine sees you crashing on the dessert planet and forced to survive against wave after wave of imperials. There are only six waves in the beta, but things do get mixed up when a drop pod crashes and the Empire deploy an AT ST. Something delightfully thrilling about dodging the walker while trying to get a shot or two in.

Star Wars Battlefront - It's a trap!
Star Wars Battlefront - It's a trap!

The beta is set to end on the 12th of October 2015, so there's still time to get a game on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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