The Star Wars: Battlefront beta is fantastic! Since the announcement at E3 2014 the hype surrounding this and the upcoming movie has grown substantially and continuing to appeal to a new and old audience of the franchise – and a much needed wake up call for IP.
The game is due for release next month, so to add to the hype EA released a public beta to allow for what is commonly known as a “stress test” for its servers.
All to recently we have seen games released into the market that have had some serious issues, all could have been prevented using this method – so It’s refreshing change and something that I admire DICE for doing, and doing properly.
I sat down to play the beta over a couple of hours this weekend, and found myself hopping aboard the hype train.
It’s a solid shooter, and one that I feel is going to be very dominant amongst gamers and fans of the franchise. The multiplayer campaigns – Drop Zone & Walker Assault – appear to be very popular amongst social media at the moment, and every post that I see is taken from these 2 multiplayer experiences. They are tons of fun, and all be it from a few graphical and environmental glitches (it’s a beta after all) I found myself really enjoying a multiplayer shooter – something that I haven’t done for a long time.
The single player campaign on the other hand is very disappointing…
The campaign known as Survival mode drops you onto a layered map and asks you to defend upon waves of enemies, including Storm Troopers and AT-STs. Once completed you will get a time depending on how long you have survived.
I do agree that it is – as what you would expect from a survival simulator, but not from a Star Wars game. I was expecting much more, a purpose, more of a story and missioned based play – honestly, this is boring and dull and not something that I would pay £45 for at the moment.
However this is the point of having a beta test. Firstly to see how the systems react and play in real-world conditions, but also to see how the audience reacts.
Of course with this being a beta there is still a lot more to explore in the full game and I hope that the single player campaign is grown to be more than just simple wave attacks with no context to any story.
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