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Star Wars Battlefront

EA opens more Stars Wars Battlefront PC servers

Trooper or a rebel?
Oct 09
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts are opening more PC servers to cope with demand for the Star Wars: Battlefront open beta. In a recent tweet, the official Star War: Battlefront said that owing to "a lot of interest around the beta", it will s...
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Battlefront beta

The Star Wars Battlefront beta starts today, here's how to get in

It's free and easy
Oct 08
// Brett Makedonski
Any way you slice it, Star Wars Battlefront is one of the most highly-anticipated games releasing this fall. But, you don't have to actually wait until the November 17 launch date to get your hands on it. There's a ...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Han Solo, Emperor, and Leia heroes datamined through Star Wars Battlefront beta

You'll find them quite operational
Oct 08
// Chris Carter
Thanks to a dedicated dataminer, we now know that Star Wars: Battlefront will sport three additional heroes -- Princess Leia, Han Solo, and the Emperor. Files have been located similar to the other announced heroes so fa...

I'm not too impressed by the Star Wars Battlefront beta

Oct 06 // Chris Carter
Today, I had the chance to play the beta on PS4, and I came away with some mixed thoughts. Right now in the beta there are three modes available: Drop Zone, which supports 16 players, Walker Assault, which supports 40, and Survival (a two-player gametype that can be played offline or online). The former is a gametype that sees two teams of eight battling it out for pods, which randomly drop from the sky and inhabit the battlefield one at a time. It's up to each side to locate the pod, capture it, and maintain ownership until a timer runs out. Once it's done, power-ups will pop out, and it's onto the next one. I actually liked the objective-based feel of Drop Zone quite a bit, and the timers feel spot-on to add some form of tactical depth to each match without feeling like a slog. Walker Assault might be 40 players, but it will allow 10 in a lobby to initiate a match. It's here that I witnessed a fairly keen matchmaking system, which drew in players gradually and located games that were mostly full first before dropping me into an empty lobby. This asymmetrical mode sees rebels defending Uplink objectives to call in Y-Bombers from imperials. It has more of a classic Star Wars feel to it, most notably due to the inclusion of AT-ATs, AT-STs, and Tie Fighters (which are essentially killstreak power-ups now, picked up on the battlefield) into the proceedings. Although we only started with 10, it gradually escalated to a crazy 20-on-20 match, and that glorious Battlefront entropy was in full force. As for the gameplay, again, there are no microtransactions, and you'll have to unlock everything through credits. There is some rank-gating involved, but not nearly as bad as other online shooters (at least, so far), and the credit system allows you to buy, for the most part, the exact equipment you want -- from rifles, to thermal detonators. The game uses a card system for equipment (which isn't nearly as kooky as Titanfall's Burn Cards) that lets you customize which slot each piece of gear falls into (L1/LB or R1/RB, with an additional slot for Triangle/Y). I really dig the option to default to first- or third-person at any point as well. I don't miss classes or squads. [embed]314178:60645:0[/embed] The game feels...a bit cheap at times in terms of its gunplay. It looks beautiful (it can go 4K on PC) and runs smoothly, especially when you're gazing up at the sky and watching ship battles take place before your eyes, but there's a certain clunky feel to combat. Weapons really lack impact or "oomph" all around, and I experienced a bit of lag at times. You can chalk part of that up to being a beta, but the game is right around the corner after all. Survival mode lists four potential locations on the menu (Hoth, Sullust, Endor, and Tatooine), but only the latter is playable the moment. AI battles are also shown, but aren't active in the beta as well. It's horde mode, in essence, with a gradual ramping up in difficulty with each wave. It's here that I was able to experience most of the perks (which are unlocked from the start), such as a vertical jetpack boost, grenade launcher, and a temporary boost for your primary, all of which have cooldowns involved. To be blunt, without a second player, this mode gets old quick. After just three waves I wasn't really feeling it, as there isn't a whole lot of deviation from the horde formula, and the fact that you're a grunt rather than a hero character really puts a damper on things. I don't expect to get much play out of this outside of the occasional session with a friend or my wife by way of local co-op. For diehards, though, you'll probably enjoy tackling the various challenges like "no death" runs. So there's the Star Wars: Battlefront beta so far. It's not bad by any means, but I'm not sure it's worth the full asking price. When the actual game launches next month we'll have a better idea of all of the different modes involved, but again, solo players will probably want to wait for a price cut straight out of the gate.
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But I'm not disappointed either
There seems to be a healthy amount of skepticism surrounding the upcoming release of Star Wars Battlefront, and I don't blame people. After all, EA is involved -- always lurking in the shadows, ready to strike at consumers. T...

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Battlefront PC specs

Why the hell does Star Wars Battlefront recommend 16GB of RAM on PC?

That seems excessive
Oct 06
// Brett Makedonski
The Star Wars Battlefront beta starts in just a couple of days, and everyone's invited; there's no barrier to entry. Well, let me clarify. There's one barrier to entry if you're on PC -- you need to have a rig that'...
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Single-player campaign

Will you buy a game if it doesn't have a single-player campaign?

Star Wars Battlefront, Rainbow Six Siege
Sep 28
// Chris Carter
While it was once a weird one-off thing, more games are starting to eschew single-player campaigns in favor of totally online experiences. While the cynic in me knows a lot of this is to cut costs in favor of pushing controll...
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Star Wars Battlefront has a beta in two weeks, and it's easy to get into

That's nice, for a change
Sep 24
// Brett Makedonski
In recent years, betas have largely been used as a means of driving pre-orders. "Pre-order the game today and get into the multiplayer beta!" Ubisoft's running this promotion with Rainbow Six Siege as we speak (at least ...

Star Wars Battle Pod is an immersive, flashy, and elaborate arcade cabinet

Sep 17 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]310990:60396:0[/embed] It's not just the game that impresses here -- the actual cabinet itself does, too. Blowing air vents and rumble features that are synchronized with the action add to everything. The overwhelmingly large convex screen taking up the entirety of your peripheral vision certainly helps too. For the third time in this article, I'm using the word "experience" because Star Wars Battle Pod is more that than a game. Unfortunately for me, I'm kind of bad at it. Giving it a few different shots, I couldn't manage to clear any of the (approximately) three minute missions. Everything was going smoothly enough until "Mission Alert" flashed across the screen, meaning that there's an objective to fulfill -- defend a transport, blow up the Death Star...that sort of thing. I failed here each and every time. Oh well, it was still a hell of a ride. My go at Star Wars Battle Pod was at Bandai Namco's headquarters in Tokyo, where a free cabinet was set up. Those in the United States can give it the old college try, as it's in several Dave & Busters locations. That won't be gratis, of course; online reports seem to indicate that it's $4 per play. Steep, but maybe worth it for Star Wars fans to at least check out. There are likely diminishing returns across more runs, as Battle Pod shows its hand immediately. But hey, if the force is strong with you, who am I to stop you?
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And fans will probably love it
While everyone's waiting for that one Star Wars game this fall, there's another new(ish) experience meant to transport you to a galaxy far, far away. It won't scratch the same itch, but it's immersive, flashy, and unabas...

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Star Wars fridge

There's a Star Wars Battlefront mini-fridge, too

$130 with the game
Sep 15
// Jordan Devore
Walmart is selling Star Wars Battlefront with a Han Solo mini-fridge (PS4, Xbox One). It's not as good as the collector's edition Call of Duty: Black Ops III mini-fridge. It's not even as good as this other Han Solo mini-fridge. Dear future generations: sorry about wasting the planet's resources on this crap. [Via reddit]
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Darth Vader PS4

That Darth Vader PS4 with the remastered Star Wars games is available to pre-order now

It runs $450
Sep 11
// Brett Makedonski
Remember Disney's D23 Expo? It seems like it was a long time ago, but it's really just a month in the past. Also, it wasn't in a galaxy far, far away; it was in California -- the land of almonds which require a gallon of wate...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Drop Zone will be Star Wars Battlefront's take on King of the Hill

Campers beware
Sep 09
// Vikki Blake
Star Wars Battlefront's equivalent to King of the Hill will be a game mode called Drop Zone. The mode -- which can be played on planets such as Endor, Hoth, Sullust and Tatooine -- will feature eight vs. eight PvP combat, whe...
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Star Wars Battlefront won't have a server browser

Because matchmaking always works...
Sep 02
// Joe Parlock
DICE has a history of controversy when it comes to server browsers in its games. Before release, there was a lot of criticism of Battlelog in Battlefield 3, which saw the server list removed from the game and shoved into your...
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Star Wars: Battlefront

EA provides details for Star Wars Battlefront October beta

Coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One
Sep 01
// Chris Carter
EA  has spilled some details for the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront beta. It'll be available in early October on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One platforms, and is a technical test that will feature 40-person battles on Hoth, p...
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Star Wars Battlefront

EA shares first details for Star Wars Battlefront's new planet

Battle of Jakku
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
The desert planet of Jakku is set to make its film debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this year. But it's also making its game debut earlier in December, once Star Wars: Battlefront hits. EA has shared some news rega...
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Weekend Deals

Weekend Deals: Fallout 4 pre-order discount returns to 25%

Save $15 on your way to Boston
Aug 22
// Dealzon
August has been a semi-slow month in terms of gaming deals but things are about to heat up as we near Fall release schedule + holiday season. Digital retailer GMG released a new 25% off coupon that works on select upcoming PC...
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Star Wars

Star Wars: Battlefront PS4 bundle announced, comes with remastered classic Star Wars games

Mmmmm, red D-pad
Aug 16
// Zack Furniss
A new Star Wars PlayStation 4 bundle was just announced at the Disney D23 Expo. Darth Vader's visage is emblazoned across the top of the console, and the controller has a sweet red D-Pad. You get cool white analog sticks that...

Weekend Deals: Star Wars: Battlefront and ARK Survival Evolved up to 25% off

Aug 15 // Dealzon
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Deals to browse, you must.
Star Wars: Battlefront, Need for Speed, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and more pre-orders are 23% off this weekend at GMG after coupon. The code has actually been available all week at GMG but only started to work on ...

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GMG has 23% off Star Wars Battlefront, Black Ops 3 + other preorder titles

Yay pre-orders!
Aug 14
// Dealzon
No single player? No problem. We all know Star Wars: Battlefront will be a big title just by its nostalgia factor alone (plus it's freaking Star Wars). GMG just unlocked its typical site-wide coupon on select pre-order titles...
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Star Wars

EA on Star Wars Battlefront: Most people would've skipped single-player

'That's what the data points to'
Aug 13
// Jordan Devore
Do you play the campaign in games like Call of Duty and Battlefield or head straight to multiplayer? During a wide-ranging interview with GameSpot, Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore commented on the lack of a campaign mode in ...

Star Wars Battlefront's Fighter Squadron mode needs some variation

Aug 08 // Brett Makedonski
The build of Fighter Squadron that we saw essentially operates as a team deathmatch. There were X-Wings battling against TIE Fighters -- ten humans to a side with another ten AI-controlled vehicles, which brings the total to 40 players in each game. Aside from attempting to shoot down others, occasional large transport ship would spawn. They needed to be either defended or destroyed. The way your ship functions is the best thing about Fighter Squadron. Everyone has a set of blasters that are prone to overheating, a homing missile that's effective (yet still challenging to use properly), and a set of evasive maneuvers. The difference between sides is that TIE Fighters have a boost mechanic, while the X-Wings get a shield. The trick is that everything needs to be used in moderation because reusing it all is on a short timer. Generally, this sort of fast ability freeze-out wouldn't be too big of a deal, but it is because of the pace that Fighter Squadron moves at. With all the other pilots making quick cuts across the battlefield, you need to perfectly time when you pull your punches. Otherwise, your lasers get lost in the great void. [embed]297271:59829:0[/embed] For a more authentic experience, players can switch to a cockpit view. This first-person seat is where Fighter Squadron looks the greatest but plays the worst. As previously mentioned, this mode is relentlessly fast. Trying to play from the pilot's seat only decreases the already limited time to get off a good shot. Despite everyone controlling a standard vehicle, Fighter Squadron has bigger opportunities. Power-up icons put the player in a hero ship -- The Millenium Falcon and Boba Fett's Slave I are the two we were told about. We didn't see either, but those situations will likely draw the attention of everyone in the skies. These hero ships are an example of the potential that Fighter Squadron holds but doesn't live up to yet. Simple team deathmatch grows old quickly, as it needs more variation. TIE Interceptors, A-Wings, and Y-Wings are all planned and might accomplish that goal if they play differently enough from one another. Better objectives need to be implemented too. Defending and attacking transports felt largely without consequence and tacked-on. Star Wars isn't necessarily all about dogfighting, but it's integral enough to the franchise that it can't be overlooked either. If Star Wars Battlefront is going to be the seminal title in the series for the foreseeable future, it needs to do dogfighting right. Fighter Squadron just misses that mark because it isn't quite interesting enough yet. There's still time for that to change, though.
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For now, it's a nice distraction
Thoughts of dogfighting over the surface of the planet Sullust should raise your heartbeat a little bit. It's an exciting prospect. Really, that goes for piloting any vessel in the Star Wars canon through any franchise l...

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Star Wars Battlefront

Fighter Squadron brings dogfights to Battlefront

Aug 05
// Laura Kate Dale
Today at gamescom we got our first trailer for Fighter Squadron, a twenty person dogfight mode for Star Wars Battlefront. You can pilot a bunch of different ships, including the Millenium Falcon, and there will be twenty AI fighters flying in the skies alongside the twenty human players. Yep, this looks pretty cool. I'm glad we finally have this confirmed for the game.
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Star Wars Battlefront has a team deathmatch mode, too

Blast off! Up to the stars we go
Jul 30
// Brett Makedonski
There's an explanation for nearly all action in the Star Wars universe, but sometimes you don't want to lean on reasoning as an excuse to shoot first. Sometimes you do it because it feels right (and because you want to a...
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Strap-on Gaming Star Wars

Star Wars podracing is pretty awesome in VR

As is dancing at the cantina bar
Jul 28
// Jed Whitaker
Someone went through the trouble of recreating Star Wars' Tatooine for the Oculus Rift and it is awesome. In the demo appropriately named Tatooine, you can visit the cantina where a dance party is taking place with the ...
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KotOR II update

Knights of the Old Republic II is now even better on Steam

New update, playable on Mac and Linux
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
Aspyr has a real pleasant surprise for Star Wars fans today. The company released an update for Knights of the Old Republic II on Steam that helps ensure the Obsidian Entertainment-developed RPG will live on for another decad...
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Star Wars Battlefront will be a part of Xbox One's EA Access program

Play it before launch
Jul 21
// Chris Carter
When Star Wars Battlefront is released later this year, EA Access will provide Xbox One owners a way to play it early, Phil Spencer confirms. This is likely similar to their previous early access offerings, which typically pr...
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Promoted blog

Better with age: Knights of the Old Republic 2

Promoted from our community blogs
Jul 16
// James Internet Ego
[James experiences a true aging taste with Knights of the Old Republic 2. The first time might have been an experience, but every subsequent playthrough was about challenging his old notions of morality and re-evaluating his ...
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Hearst's Kingdom

Kingdom Hearts 3 news next month alongside playable Star Wars

Hearst's Kingdom
Jul 13
// Steven Hansen
We previously anticipated some Garrison Hearst Kingdom Hearts 3 news in November courtesy of Kingdom Hearts at the D23n event in Japan, but the Disney/Square crossover will be at Disney's American D23 Expo next month with "ne...
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Star Wars

Star Wars: Uprising looks an awful lot like Diablo

Ok, it's mobile, but maybe it'll be good
Jul 08
// Chris Carter
Star Wars is in a pretty good place. It has a ton of major films in the works (Han Solo was just confirmed this week), and there's [a new] hope that the games for it will actually be good. Star Wars: Uprising might...
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Game Critics Awards

Fallout 4 wins E3 2015 'Best of Show'

Game Critics Awards
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
Fallout 4 nabbed the Game Critics Award for "Best of Show" during E3 2015. Each year select outlets vote to award the best games that are in, "hands-on playable form" at the show. See a collage here of voting outlets. We're o...
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Visceral Star Wars

Visceral's Star Wars has hints of Uncharted and 1313

Uncharted writer lost 8 months of work
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Visceral Games' (Dead Space, Battlefield: Hardline) Star Wars game was noticeably absent from EA's E3 showing this year. I thought there was a chance we'd see it, anyhow. Uncharted voice actor Nolan North did give some hints ...

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