What’s up guys! John Macaluso of the Shitakis here with a quick preview of Star Wars: Battlefront! My partner-in-crime, Nick McFRE$H and I were lucky enough to fight for the Empire during its assault on Hoth.
John Macaluso, the Shitaki: First of all, I loved the overall feel of Battlefront. Dice develops the popular Battlefield franchise, so I expected it to be very similar to Battlefield. This, however, was only the case for the controls. Other than that, every sound, sight, and experience during the game felt like Star Wars. Blasters sounded like blasters, running through the base’s tunnels felt like you were in The Empire Strikes Back, and every AT-AT step rattles every character nearby. The blasters never need to reload but they will overheat if fired too consistently. In addition, you’ll be using thermal detonators, jet packs, grenade launchers, personal shields, and more. In this build, there weren’t any Jedi in this build and I wasn’t able to fly a tie fighter, but I’m really happy with what I’ve played so far! Oh, and Nick really sucked at it per the usual.
Nick McCandless, the other Shitaki: When Star Wars Battlefront was announced with its jaw-dropping CG trailer, I became ecstatic that the franchise I have sinked countless hours into was coming back. While I knew the trailer was not representative of the gameplay, just the fact that Star Wars Battlefront was coming back with advanced technology had me hooked. While at E3 this year, I had the opportunity to get my hands on the upcoming release and it was everything I wanted plus more. Visually the game is stunning, the controls are solid, the action is ruthless, and the sound is incredible. I will admit that at first I felt like I was playing Battlefield with a Star Wars paint job, but the more I played, the more apparent it became to me that this was not the case. Sure, the maneuvering of your character closely mimics that of Battlefield due to the use of EA’s Frostbite Engine, but once you get into the action packed battles, it all changes. As AT-AT Walkers move around the environment, they shake the entire terrain and the level of impact is all based on your proximity to their steps. Throw in a mix of tanks, speeders, and more and you have an action packed Star Wars experience that amplifies the Battlefront experience past anything it’s ever done before. I only had the opportunity to play one match, in fact I was in the last group to play at E3, but rest assured that if you are a fan of Star Wars Battlefront, this game is sure to deliver and offer an experience like no other.